Shepard Fairey, viewed by some as a cutting edge and important “street artist” and by others as a vandal for his works of graffiti on both public and private property, has had a warrant for his arrest issued by the City of Detroit. Fairey is no stranger to legal controversy, previously having faced both felony and misdemeanor vandalism charges relating to his graffiti activities and also charges that his iconic “Obama Hope” poster was based on a copyrighted photograph that he had not obtained permission to use. Fairey visited Detroit last month to create, at the request of the owners of an 18 story building, the largest mural of his career. However, while in Detroit, Fairey decided to tag other properties across the city without the permission of the building owners. Detroit officials say he did over $9,000 in damage. He now faces felony criminal charges in Motown.
You can read more about it in the Detriot Free Press