The Echo Park-based artist was arrested Friday night by police in Boston on graffiti charges as the creator of the well-known Obama “Hope” poster was in town for the opening of his first major museum retrospective. Fairey, 38, is no stranger to jail, claiming he’s been arrested at least 14 times, according to the Boston Globe. Earlier this week, Fairey, who lives in Los Feliz and runs his studio and ad agency out of Echo Park, was negotiating a settlement with Associated Press, which claims the artist failed to get permission to use one of its photos to create the Obama poster.
Fairey’s problems may not be over when he returns to Los Angeles. On Friday, a building inspector was scheduled to visit the artist’s Echo Park office (pictured above) to determine if a giant Obama “Hope” banner hanging from the side of the building was an illegal supergraphic or legal sign. Stay tuned.