Monday, November 23, 2009

Entry: Andre the Giant Has a Posse

This kinda blew my mind. It was one of those instances where you see something, and you don't know what it is, and it turns out to be a random configuration of stuff that you already knew about. Although, if you know what molecules are, then pretty much everything falls into that category, but you're a smart group, I'm a lazy writer, you know what I mean.

So I had seen these stickers around in the public sphere, slapped to various large objects:

And I never paid them much mind. Until I stumbled upon the sticker's Wiki article! (Well, I didn't literally StumbleUpon the article, my friend and I were having a discussion about culture jamming and you don't care at all.)

Those stickers are a portrait of Andre the Giant (aka Fezzig from The Princess Bride), as created by Shepard Fairey (aka the guy who did the Obama "Hope" poster). And the "OBEY" is a reference to They Live (aka the movie with the guy with the crazy sunglasses). It's a crazy pop culture golem! My favorite kind of golem.


Mr. Beautiful said...

I still have about 50 original "Andre the Giant has a posse" stickers from the late 1980s. One of these days, St. Thomas, USVI, will see a renaissance.

Unknown said...

OMG, its like a mystery of my life has been solved! Kind of like when my husband schooled on the history of triple-six mafia and UGK and I finally knew what they were saying in that Jay-Z song "Big Pimpin"