Acclaimed artist Shepard Fairey recently was sentenced for the poster that turned national attention towards his work the “HOPE” poster that became synonymous with Barack Obama’s 2008 presidential campaign. The Obey founder was ordered to do 300 hours of community service Friday for a criminal contempt conviction but was spared jail time. The lawsuit was filed by news powerhouse The Associated Press and the photograph he relied upon to make the poster.
Mr Fairey was seen nodding is head in agreement with U.S. Magistrate Judge Frank Maas as he was told his sentence of two years probation and a fine of $25,000. “I am deeply ashamed and remorseful that I didn’t live up to my own standards of honesty and integrity,” he said. After the sentencing, Fairey hugged his lawyers, was kissed by his wife, and shook hands with more than a dozen friends who packed into the small Manhattan courtroom.