Who Is This Guy Going After Hillary, Obama & Gwyneth Paltrow? Meet Artist SABO. And He's Just Begun.
According to a street artist named SABO, Gwyneth Paltrow is a drone. And so are Samuel L. Jackson, Jon Stewart and other Hollywood Glitterati who have had the misfortune of being the muse that drives him back to his drawing board and computer.
In an exclusive interview, SABO explains his frustration with the Hollywood elite who unabashedly support the President and his policies:
I really wanted to like Barack Obama, but I stepped back and listened to him and heard him speak and discovered he said nothing. He was just a vessel.
As a result, the Arts Center of Pasadena-trained artist has made the President, and those hanging onto his every word, among the targets of his street art—usually with hilarious or shocking results, depending on your point of view.
Gwyneth Paltrow's neighborhood was strategically hit with SABO's drone posters just this week. It made a big impact on Hollywood press - which is exactly what SABO was after.
I do this street art to make dramatic impact. When someone's in their car going 20-30 miles an hour, they don't have time to read a book. They don't have time for communication. I do this because it's easier for people to quickly grab what I'm telling them.
Now you know why SABO keeps his face covered. He makes people angry—especially the Hollywood and Washington, D.C., liberals. Some of his friends don't even talk to him anymore:
Before GW Bush I loved the [political] combat, but when he was elected…it got awful. I lost all my friends. I don't think LA will ever like me. But I'm brown. I feel comfortable here.
Rejection may hurt his feelings, but it fuels his art. And SABO's making enemies in powerful places. His Wendy Davis Abortion Barbie image got organized women's groups after him:
The poster depicting the President as a pimp looking for his money on Tax Day upset the Obama faithful:
And the Hillary Clinton image superimposed over a flying monkey from the Wizard of Oz on posters and T-shirts could be as ubiquitous for the right if Clinton gets into the race as Shepard Fairey's Hope poster was for the left in 2008. At least SABO hopes so:
He actually cites the Clintons for stoking his intense interest in politics, and not in a good way:
To watch Hollywood and the left circle the wagons around Bill Clinton…it taught me how intellectually dishonest they are. I felt real political fear because I saw what people were willing to overlook just to back their guy. I won’t do that for a Republican.
And he doesn't have any plans to play nice, if this comment is any indication: “I'm not done with a piece until I look at it and say ‘you’re gonna go to hell for this’ and then it’s done. If it pisses people off all the better.”