A warrant was issued for Fairey's arrest after he illegally carried out artworks on buildings which he did not have permission for. Fairey was in Detroit as he had been commissioned to paint his largest mural to date.

dsc_0180 Fairey's Detroit mural
Image via Detroit Metro Times

The Detroit Free Press reported that 18 illegal artworks which had been created by Fairey had been found. Further investigation is underway to discover if there are any other illegal Fairey works in the Detroit area.

Screen Shot 2015-07-15 at 14.10.29 Shepard Fairey in front of his iconic Obama ''Hope'' poster
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If found guilty of these 18 counts alone, Fairey could face up to five years in jail with potential fines of more than $10 000.

After negotiations with the artist's attorney, Detroit authorities have not extradited the Fairey as he turned himself in.