• Posted:Monday, November 16, 2009
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Believe in Fairey's in Amsterdam

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Believe in Fairey's in Amsterdam
Whether you're into graffiti or not, whether you think it's vandalism or an art form fuelled by genius (Banksy, anyone?), if you're staying in a hostel in Amsterdam at the moment and you're wondering what you should be doing today, let me tell you. There's only one thing you should be doing and that's heading down to Amsterdam Centraal Station to check out some of Shepard Fairey's artwork.

He's a little bit political, but then the best always are. According to website I Am Amsterdam, the New Yorker shot to fame as a graff artist due to Barack Obama, whose marketing people harnessed his creativity and used it for their own ends. Luckily, it worked out well both for the president and the painter and Fairey's Hope stencil - which is now famous the world over - was dubbed "the most efficacious American political illustration since 'Uncle Sam Wants You' by critic Peter Schjeldahl. If you want to have a gander at it, you'll have to head to Washington DC however as it hangs in the US National Portrait Gallery.

If that sounds at all appealing - and, let's face it, why wouldn't it? - make sure you visit the Dutch station in question, although if you're arriving in the city then you've probably already been there. Watch out for the part of the area being renovated as Fairey has daubed his creations all over the timber boards, giving the construction work a rather interesting twist.

If that doesn't sound attractive, then you're sure to like ChocA - the country's annual chocolate festival, which started on November 7th. If you go, you can learn all about the yummy stuff during presentations, exhibitions and tours.

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