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Street artist Shepard Fairey's new solo show 'Damaged'

November is a big month for Los Angeles street artist Shepard Fairey, the man behind the famous red, white and blue campaign poster for Barack Obama.

Fairey is the subject of the new documentary "Obey Giant," which debuts on Hulu on November 11. That's the same date he launches "Damaged," a major solo show in downtown Los Angeles.

Fairey began his career as a student at Rhode Island School of Design in the late 1980s. At the time, he also worked at a local skate shop.

One day he picked up a local newspaper featuring an ad for an upcoming appearance by the pro wrestler Andre the Giant. Fairey turned that image into a sticker with the tag line "Andre the Giant has a posse." He stuck it on surfaces all throughout town, and it soon became a worldwide underground phenomenon.

Shepard Fairey recently spoke with KPCC's Alex Cohen about his career, the lawsuit that nearly ended it and why he loves Los Angeles. Listen to the interview by hitting the blue player above.