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Shepard Fairey's Studio Moves to Elysian Park, Gallery to Open in April

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Shepard Fairey (left) with Dericc Swinfard of Monster Media Inc. Swinfard printed and delivered the super-sized image pro bono.

After discovering a massive Shepard Fairey-designed Obama print off Sunset yesterday, we went hunting for the background story, which led straight to the artist himself.

The giant billboard (at 1331 W. Sunset) in question marks the location of Fairey's new HQ: Studio Number One with the soon-to-open Subliminal Projects gallery on the first floor.

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Shepard Fairey, 38, (who we've covered extensively) gained notoriety with his Obey Giant street campaign (AKA Andre the Giant Has a Posse) two decades ago. He wanted to do something for Barack Obama's campaign but Obama's team balked at the idea of a convicted graffiti artist promoting the cause.

Finally in late January, Fairey was given the thumbs up and the Obama print was designed and printed on the fly. By Super Tuesday, the image had spread beyond expectations, seen on Facebook profiles and at Obama rallies nationwide.

How many thousands of Obama posters have you gone through to date?
17,000