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The Contemporary Arts Center's satanic mural

CAC's satanic mural
CAC's satanic mural
Tom Arbino


  • ModemacH 6 years ago

    Hate to burst your bubble, but that's not Satan. That's the leftovers of the Andre the Giant "Obey" meme, which gave birth to a clip-art poster and graffiti spree that saw the Giant's face and the word "OBEY" plastered across nearly every light post and wall in the Cambridge-Boston area in the late 1990s to early 2000s. Andre the Giant, by the way, was a professional TV wrestler who also is known for his role in the movie "The Princess Bride." He died in the mid-1980s, before the graffiti campaign started.

  • MamaChelle 6 years ago

    Wow, I guess if you try hard enough you can find Satan in anything. ModemacH is correct, this is a collection of posters by the artist Shepherd Fairey, who often uses tongue in cheek humor to convey an anti-establishment message. Nothing to do with Satan or religion whatsoever.

  • Nickie Wild 6 years ago

    "Shee, you guys [at the Examiner] are so unhip it's a wonder your bums don't fall off."
    Tell me where that quote comes from, without using Google, and maybe you can redeem your lack of pop-culture knowledge a bit.

  • Matt 6 years ago

    You, sir, clearly need to go back to whatever collegiate institute you got a degree from and demand a refund.

    First of all, the upright star is a "Pentacle" not a "Pentagram." It has many different meanings, but the upright star is a sign of protection in Wiccan. That is the same as saying an upright cross is the same as the inverted "satanic" cross.

    ModemacH has already told you about the symbolism of Andre's face. It is clearly him, as the photo reference for the material is out in the open for you to view. If you would have done the proper research, maybe you wouldn't be so far off point.

    The "housewife holding a picture of satan" should be viewed as a person using an aerosol can to kill the o-zone, hence the arrow going up into the atmosphere and the aerosol can just spewing freely.

    Fairey usually has clear imagery in his posters, all of which you completely misinterpreted as the opposite of his intentions.

  • CSynthare 6 years ago

    You do realize that's Andre the Giant, right?

  • Matt 6 years ago

    OR the "housewife" could also be viewed as one of the many followers of Fairey to help spread his message. The can could be spray adhesive and the arrow is where she's going to put up the Obey poster.

    There can be many interpretations, but none (or very very very little) of Fairey's work has been religious in nature. He uses pop-icons, not religious subject matter.

  • kiff 6 years ago


  • Tim 6 years ago

    As Bugs Bunny would say: "What a maroon". What is it with this Satan nonsense? Searching for evil under every rock and behind every symbol hints of obsessive/compulsive disorder. If it's evil you're looking for, try the Glenn Beck Show.

  • Anonymous 6 years ago

    That's Andre the Giant, professional wrestler famous in the 80's, not Satan.

  • Ankara 6 years ago

    uh unless andre the giant is satan, then this isnt about satan. Please at least do an internet search before writing silly articles.

  • JZP 6 years ago

    You have been corrected by all the comments, so I can only add that the housewife is obviously using Ubik spray to fix your reality.

  • M Otis Beard 6 years ago

    A satanic pentagram has two points up to symbolize the horns of a goat. The star in this artwork has one point up, not two. The face inside the star is that of Big Brother, the dictator from George Orwell's book 1984, not Satan. The shape below the star, in which the building appears, is not a 'pentagram' or even a pentagon, which would have five sides... the shape that appears has six sides, and is a hexagon. The word OBEY is meant as an exhortation to obey Big Brother; in other words, to obey the government.

    Your religious beliefs are coloring your every thought, apparently. This isn't satanic and is not even close to being any kind of violation of the separation of Church and State, you're just a superstitious idiot.

  • The Todd 6 years ago

    You sir, are a complete IDIOT! Morons like you are why the USA is turning into such a hell hole. You and your fear mongering is ridiculous. That's Andre the Giant in those pictures. A well known wrestler and actor. So go get a grip on reality, because it's you who is doing Satan's job by spreading fear and hate.

  • DetroitGraffitit 5 years ago

    You fat Don Vito looking dare you lump Shepard Fairey into the group of Satan dumb are you...if you payed any attention to pop culture you would realize that this image and OBEY itself has been around for a good 10 plus years...even Family Guy had a joke about it. Obey came from the Roddy Roddy Piper movie "They Live"....Shepard Fairey is a marketing genius and doesnt come close to the thing's you claim....You are exactly whats wrong with the Media these day's....fat piece of garbage.

  • thomas 5 years ago

    What a dope

  • Satan 5 years ago

    Please refrain from projecting your own little wickedness on this mural by Shepard Fairey. I am almost everywhere, but there is none of me in that mural. Where I am is in your soul, so I would suggest turning your efforts inward if you want to avoid spending eternity with moi.

  • Satan 5 years ago

    And may I recommend a comprehensive training program like P90x or the like? Looking at your picture, it is quite apparent that your eternity may come sooner than anticipated.

  • BC 5 years ago


  • Big John Studd 5 years ago

    Arbino does not have a posse!

  • Onibra 5 years ago

    Arbino has a Devi's haircut, hmmm...

  • Beelzebub 5 years ago

    "research".. try it.

  • JESUS 5 years ago

    You should just obey Satan. It's not so bad. I did it and look what a star I've become.

  • TheMan 5 years ago

    I guess all of the Christian, African, and Asian religous art on display at the publically funded Cincinnati Art Museum never got any notice from you before? The pagan artifacts on display from agent Egypt alone should have gotten a few posts from you. I'll let the others point out your obvious complete ignorance about the mural you reference above. I mean Satanism? Wow, that is just laughable.

  • mike 5 years ago

    Shepard's work is performing a tertiary role now as a filter for ignorance.

  • artegennaro 5 years ago

    he just forgot to blame the mexican for this, je je je orale bato , es el diablo buey!!

  • Andre 5 years ago

    Wow! i cant imagine someone employeeing you to write for them. How can you assert your made up reality without researching? You my friend, should have been a star in Shutter Island!

  • Sessa 5 years ago

    You are awesome. Please, never give up your craft.

  • 5 years ago

    you are an ignorant a-hole and people like you are what's wrong with this world. learn your facts before you spit garbage!
    this art has zero to do with devil and all to do with the great wrestler andre the giant (may he rest in peace)
    educate not propagate hate

  • Little helper 5 years ago

    I've seen Satan's image in this picture and he looks truly disturbing, perhaps you better put the laptop down Tom and maybe check into a gym after you finish in the library, where you can look up the meaning of the word 'pentagon', isn't there quite a famous building in America with that name and 5 sides? (far more Satanic than this piece of artwork).

  • Ralph 5 years ago

    Maybe it's a joke...?

  • GOD 5 years ago

    Wow, I can't believe people let you have a computer. Seriously. This isn't the Da Vinci Code and if you actually looked into what was going on at your Museum and then maybe picked up a credible newspaper like the New York Times you might actually be in touch with what is going on.

    The entire practice of this artist (you don't deserve to know who he is) is to call into question notions of propaganda, power and media. Honestly, never ever write another word again.

  • Gawd 5 years ago

    Wow, and all this time, I thought Mr. Fairey was using a stylized image of Andre the Giant. Now you say it's satan, hmmmmmmm, silly me! LOL

  • YOU SIR 5 years ago

    Are a complete moron! Get a clue.

  • JA 5 years ago

    Ha! Do your research, you fool. Look up Obey Giant on Google, and read about it. It has absolutely NOTHING to do with Satanism! Stop writing and go back to your house of worship, you fear mongering church goer.

  • Clue 2 years ago

    This guy has it right on. It is satanic and "giants" were nephilim-the results of fallen angels and humans having children. That's why there was the great flood-to get rid of all the evil and sadistic giants that came to be.
    Obviously, many of you "obey" and programmed already-another brainwashed zombie. Don't get me started about aliens (fallen angels/demons) humanoids and all the conditioning going on there in TV shows and movies. Satan knows how it will end and the time is coming and he's trying to get as many souls as he can.

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