In an ongoing effort to secure Democratic hopeful Barack Obama’s presidential bid, The 008, Shepard Fairey and Upper Playground are working together to create T-shirts of Fairey’s popular Obama campaign posters to be distributed throughout Texas prior to the primary on March 4, 2008. In the past month, Fairey announced his endorsement of Obama by creating a limited run of posters adorned with a portrait of the Senator along with the words “Hope” and “Progress” that have become defining slogans of his campaign.
Shepard Fairey and Upper Playground will be offering the T-shirts for purchase at Upper Playground stores and online through www.UpperPlayground.com. The T-shirts are available in both a “Hope” and “Progress” edition and they each retail for $25. All proceeds from the sales of the Shepard Fairey/Upper Playground collaborative Obama T-shirt will go directly to creating more campaign T-shirts, posters, and stickers by other artists in support of Obama’s bid for President. Upper Playground recently endorsed Obama’s campaign by creating campaign posters featuring artwork from the Date Farmers.