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Artist Behind Iconic ‘HOPE’ Poster Makes New One For Occupy Wall Street

If there is one iconic poster of the 2008 presidential campaign, it is artist Shepard Fairey’s HOPE graphic:

Now, in order to honor the 99 Percenters protesting everywhere, Fairey has released a new version of the HOPE poster, featuring a demonstrator in a Guy Fawkes mask saying that the movement hopes President Obama is on their side:

Fairey says the new “image represents my support for the Occupy movement, a grassroots movement spawned to stand up against corruption, imbalance of power, and failure of our democracy to represent and help average Americans. On the other hand, as flawed as the system is, I see Obama as a potential ally of the Occupy movement if the energy of the movement is perceived as constructive, not destructive….Change is not about one election, one rally, one leader, it is about a constant dedication to progress and a constant push in the right direction. Let’s be the people doing the right thing as outsiders and simultaneously push the insiders to do the right thing for the people.” (HT: @elliottjustin)