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X has a Posse is a series of parody images based on a famous real life memetic image, Andre the Giant has a Posse. The images all depict a sketchy black & white image of a famous figure with their name replacing the X in the title, usually with stats in the top right corner somehow related to the person.
The original image was created in 1989 by a pair of students at the Rhode Island School of Design named Shepard Fairey and Ryan Lesser while practicing stenciling techniques, which they then proceeded to stick all over Rhode Island. It was from there picked up by the skating community, who helped it to become a viral phenomenon all across the United States.
The image eventually became a subject of lawsuit due to the name “Andre the Giant” still being under copyright, forcing the creators to stop producing their own versions, leading to the creation of an alternate “OBEY” poster, which has also been parodied, although not as extensively.
Interestingly, Shepard Fairey later went on to become the designer of the famous Barack Obama ‘Hope’ Poster.
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