There are infinite “flavor of the week” celebrities in today’s mass culture, but which individuals are changing the face of American culture forever? USA Network’s Character Approved Awards seek to expose our generation’s most notable innovators, from fashion to food to architecture. Shepard Fairey took the cake for art, and he deserves it. In the words of USA Network,
“The creator of Barack Obama’s iconic HOPE image, and the mind behind the ubiquitous Obey Giant sticker campaign, Fairey has left an indelible mark on the face of America. Don’t believe us? Just take a look at TIME magazine’s 2008 Person of the Year cover. Born in South Carolina and currently residing in Los Angeles, Fairey’s one of a kind style and keen eye for design, combined with his unique approach to spreading art among the masses, make him a true character . . . All of that and he’s only 38 years old. Fairey is undoubtedly an art world rockstar.”
Watch Shepard’s video interview here.