The Decapitator Strikes Again, Beheading Daft Punk in Shepard Fairey's DJ Hero Ad

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All photos courtesy of the Decapitator's Flickr stream
Spring Street on November 6, 2009

In case you haven't been following along, the street-artist known as the Decapitator has been in New York recently. And in addition to hiding headless Shakiras in the Union Square Barnes & Noble (one was found as recently as yesterday, according to a commenter here), the culture jammer has also strategically swung his wheatpaste scythe at public ads around our fair city. But instead of just targeting smug humans, s/he's gone after a French robot--specifically Daft Punk's Guy Manuel de Homem-Christo in one of those omnipresent DJ Hero ads.

The result is an especially deft execution. This time, there's no bloody stump and protruding epiphysis left behind, but a metal spine and exposed wires. Another nice detail is that the LCD visor of de Homem-Christo's partner Thomas Bangalter now reads DECAP. Also worth noting: these DJ Hero ads are the commercial gloss of one Mr. Shepard Fairey, and no matter what you think of the guy these days, this is a far better means of visual commentary than a hastily tossed bucket of paint. Well played, Decapitator, well played. [The Decapitator's Flickr stream]

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