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Shepard Fairey takes a break from legal battles to spin at Coachella

April 18, 2009 |  1:54 pm


Shepard Fairey has spent the past several weeks in court fighting the city of Boston and the Associated Press, neither of whom are very happy with his anarchic form of self-expression. So what does the L.A. street artist (and now talk-show habitué) do to take a break from all of the hubbub?

He heads to an even crazier media-dense environment: the Coachella festival.

On Sunday at 2:15 p.m., Fairey is scheduled to spin an hourlong set at the Sahara tent under his stage name, DJ Diabetic. No word yet on what he's planning to perform, but his representatives say it will most likely be his preferred mix of hip-hop and punk rock.

In case you're wondering where his stage name comes from, Fairey has suffered from diabetes for much of his life and has been losing his vision to the disease. (He also goes by the name Emcee Insulin.)

On the Coachella message boards, one observer posted a snarky reference to Fairey's dispute with the AP, in which the news organization claims the artist illegally used a photograph of Barack Obama for his "Hope" poster:

"i hope he doesnt steal mixes like he steals art."

-- David Ng

Photo: Shepard Fairey by his Obama posters. Credit: Damian Dovarganes / Associated Press