Someone Bought This: Andre The Giant Has A Posse… and some cool stuff, too!

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Andre The Giant Has A Possee sticker

Crapper Little Louie P (AKA: The Doctor Of Style) writes:

Artist Shepard Fairey became a star by drawing the iconic Obama posters c. 2008–but a pro wrestler gave him his 1st claim to fame!

In 1989, Fairey made a stencil of Andre the Giant which he turned into a trendy “street art” campaign called “Andre the Giant Has a Posse.” Through the 90s, he and his fans pasted this stencil onto buildings and street signs around the world.

Reportedly, the WWF complained, so Fairey streamlined Andre’s face, with a run-in from Roddy Piper’s movie “They Live”! He paired the new stencil with the slogan, “OBEY”–apparently a reference to prop posters in that movie. “The OBEY sticker attempts to stimulate curiosity and bring people to question both the sticker and their relationship with their surroundings,” says Fairey on his website.

The Andre stencil has taken on a life of its own, and can now be found in art museums and various merchandise like this sold by Fairey.

Who needs an Andre Memorial Trophy when you can have something cool like that?!

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6 Responses to "Someone Bought This: Andre The Giant Has A Posse… and some cool stuff, too!"
  1. The Scanian Maniac says:

    Why are the WWE such copyright trolls? Shouldn’t they count themselves lucky for getting publicity and exposure like this?

    • "The Big Cheese" Paul Kraft says:

      They have to protect their copyrights. I can understand why they have to. They could lose a lot of money if they don’t.

      • The Scanian Maniac says:

        It has long been a debate about whether you win or lose money on it or not.
        Here is a famous book by a copyright lawyer who argues against it, for example:

  2. John C says:

    Well I’m relieved that’s what the story was about, when I read it I thought it said Andre had a…well similar sounding word something feline related. Nevermind.

  3. The Doctor of Style says:

    Hard to believe Andre’s been dead more than 20 years — but now he’s achieved this strange form of immortality! He might also be the only wrestler you can see on exhibit in an art museum.

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