Archive for March, 2013

OBEY X SXSW Recap

March 28, 2013

The crew and I made the trip to Austin for SXSW this year. We lined up a couple of walls to paint murals, and I DJ’ed a party and spoke on a panel about rock poster art. It was a very busy four days. We worked on the murals all day and tried to check out music and parties at night. I was able to catch the Yeah Yeah Yeah’s, a Just Blaze DJ set, and a fantastic new band called The Skins made up of mostly multi-ethnic 18 year old Brooklyn girls. They rocked hard doing Zeppelin and Sabbath covers along with their own material that sounded kinda like the Hives but harder! I’ve often wondered “where has the primal spirit of rock and punk gone in the younger generation?”, and in The Skins I have found one of the places! I can’t wait to check out a proper album by them. We got to hang with some Texas friends while we were in town. Austin transplant Ernesto Yerena helped out on the mural along with Mack Simpson who drove from Dallas. Amanda Fairey even did some stencil cutting. The murals went pretty quickly because the subsidy helpers and usual crew of Nic, Dan, and Z all did a great job. Thanks y’all. Some cool people stopped by while we were painting including Flying Lotus, The Blitz, Amanda Palmer, Squeak E. Clean, etc… SXSW brings the hip fold around.

The portrait of Joan Jett is a collaboration with Blondie guitarist and primary songwriter Chris Stein. Chris shot Joan while she was still in the Runaways in 76 or 77 when Blondie was touring LA. I love the photo and made an illustration based on it. Joan and Chris both dig the illustration, so there will probably be a screen-print coming out soon. Stay tuned.

Thanks to Vevo and the Empire club for giving us walls to paint on!
-Shepard
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CASIS Misson Patch by Shepard Fairey

March 28, 2013

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Recently Shepard was approached by CASIS to design the mission patch for their inaugural flight. In 2011, NASA chose the Centre for the Advancement of Science in Space (CASIS) to be the sole manager of the International Space Station U.S. National Laboratory. The mission of CASIS is to maximize use of this unparalleled platform for innovation, which can benefit all humankind and inspire a new generation to look to the stars.

Shepard runs through designing the iconic patch in the video below.

Indigo, Indigo, Indigo……

March 13, 2013

We caught up with our friend Nikki Livingston to learn about her company Lookout & Wonderland. She makes textiles, particularly working with indigo. Nikki runs us through the beautiful and organic indigo dye process and how she got started working in the field.
I wish they would have taught this kind of chemistry in high school.

Spring 13 Artist Series: Martine Johanna

March 1, 2013

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Our new women’s artist series is with Dutch artist Martine Johanna. She began her career as a fashion designer but mid 2008 her direction turned entirely towards painting and drawing. Sometimes on the streets most of the times just anywhere possible. When she makes prints or paints she tries to use bio-degradable materials and inks whenever possible. Most works are build up from mixture of materials water-based oil paint, graphite, ink on wood or canvas, sometimes just a paper & pencil is enough. View the collection here: shop.obeyclothing.co.uk

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