The composition of "OBEY Hammer" is a classic example of work by Shepard Fairey that combines historic design elements and his identifiable iconography. The use of arrows and exclamation marks are a reference to Russian Constructivism, and Social Realist propaganda posters inspire the hammer and ribbon. Fairey also inserts his iconic imagery, the Obey Star, an element that borrows from the Soviet Flag that he created in 1996 alongside references to the key elements of the "Andre the Giant Has a Posse" sticker, "Seven Feet Four Inches" and "Five Hundred and Twenty Pounds." In an urban landscape covered with advertising, Fairey has chosen to use imagery associated with communism to steal the viewers' attention.
OBEY Hammer. Serigraph on Coventry Rag, 100% Cotton Custom Archival Paper with hand-deckled edges. 30 x 41 inches. Signed by Shepard Fairey. Numbered edition of 89. Comes with a certificate of authenticity. $900.