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SCALE TIPPING

April 25, 2014

Shepard Fairey has released his latest print ‘Scale Tipping’ to bring more awareness to the affect that corporation donations have on democracy.

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“I have frequently talked about the many problems created by the current campaign finance structure. Corporate donations distort their influence in politics and corrupt our democracy. This is an issue not many Americans seem interested in but it affects all Americans by ensuring that corporate interests are put before the interests of the average person. Genuine democracy should guarantee that politicians create the greatest good for the greatest number of people but that idea has eroded with the favours owed by politicians to corporations in exchange for their contributions.

A portion of the proceeds from the ‘Scale Tipping Services’ print will go to two organisations who are fighting against political corruption and for campaign finance reform – rootstrikers.org and unitedrepublic.org. Check out their sites and the quotes below from Rootstrikers’ Lawrence Lessig and United Republic’s Josh Silver. These organisations are doing great work so please support them! Thanks for caring.” – Shepard Fairey

50 Shades of Black Recap

April 23, 2014

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My 50 Shades of Black show opened on Wednesday night and the turnout was amazing. I was honoured to have so many great people come to the show including musicians Ian MacKaye from Minor Threat, Chuck Dukowski from Black Flag, Matt Sorum from Guns ‘n’ Roses, Clem Burke and Frank Infante from Blondie, Tim Armstrong from Rancid, Danny Boy from House of Pain, Moby and Flea.

The music component of the evening was amazing starting off with The Shrine making ear drums bleed with their Black Flag meets Black Sabbath strain of skate rock heaviness. They are westside skate punks, so it was great to see O.G. icons Jeff Ho and Jim Muir from Zephyr and Dogtown at the show.

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Next up was my friend, collaborator and favourite DJ…. Z-Trip. Z-Trip added some fresh mixes to the amazing music he put together for my SOUND & VISION show and to top it off he brought out a special guest named LL Cool J!

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LL is the coolest guy and he crushed us all like jellybeans running through ‘Mama Said Knock You Out’, ‘I’m Bad’ and ‘Rock the Bells’. Those are possibly my three favourite songs of his so I was blown away to have Z-Trip and LL Cool J performing them together in my gallery parking lot!

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The show (art and music) was a huge production so a big thanks to Dan Flores, Lorrie Boula, Erica Overskei, Kevin Abrantes and the rest of our staff for making it happen. Thanks to Jon Furlong for the great photos too. The show is up for a month so if you couldn’t get in to the opening then stop by and have a listen to my favourite records. – Shepard Fairey

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EARTH DAY RESPONSIBILITY

April 23, 2014

Yesterday was officially Earth Day; considering that this is the only place we all have to live I think we should treat EVERY day as Earth Day. I’m not a ‘wake up and grow yerrr own vegetables or die… meeeaaannn kinda guy but hey, it’s cool if you are. I’m mostly just a believer in keeping the earth inhabitable for future generations.

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We don’t need to behave like greedy, short-sighted pigs and we certainly shouldn’t let our corporations behave that way at our expense and their profit. I didn’t create this image for Earth Day I made it for any day – but it fits and while we are on the Earth Day topic – let’s not let the corporations paint our green earth black… let’s do what we can to paint our blackening earth a little more green. When I release this ‘Paint It Black’ print a portion of the proceeds will go to the NRDC to support responsible environmental policy. Enjoy the ambience today, because I’ve noticed that the atmosphere here isn’t what it used to be. Let’s reverse that trend while we still can. Thanks for caring. – Shepard Fairey

NØISE

April 17, 2014

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I’ve been a die–hard music fan since my youth but I began to understand the structure of music when I learned to DJ 12 years ago. After a few years of DJing with vinyl a program called Serato was introduced that allowed me to DJ using MP3s with the same control I had with vinyl. As a bonus though, unlike vinyl, MP3s can be edited and remixed.

My first production endeavours were simple re-edits of songs for improved mixing; my friend John Goff, a lifelong analogue and electronic musician, would help me with these re-edits and indulged me as I became more ambitious with my arrangements. John suggested that we build some original music together so we created some instrumental compositions.

We then serendipitously met Merritt Lear and her former bandmate Joe Cassidy who added incredible vocals, melody ideas, guitar, production and arrangement. We completed two songs, decided to name our project NØISE, and to rush produce a 7 inch for release at my 50 Shades of Black art show. I worked up some art for a screen-printed cover and we cut and glued 500 sleeves to complete the NØISE – Little Lions 45 RPM 7 inch.

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Additionally all 500 are signed and numbered but will still be priced at $10… with no added ‘Art Tax’ in sight. You can listen to the music on the turntables provided in the Subliminal Projects gallery or buy it for the art. To be clear though, this is not an art project with music included, it is a music project with art included. We’ll release some stuff digitally eventually but it’s vinyl only for now. – Shepard Fairey

50 SHADES OF BLACK

April 17, 2014

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The artwork in 50 Shades of Black is inspired by the 12-inch record cover format. Since 2006 Shepard Fairey has continuously created artwork with the record cover template in mind. The first time he presented his full body of work in one space was in 2011 for the Revolutions Exhibition at the Robert Berman Gallery in Santa Monica, California. The second instalment was presented at Stolen Space Gallery in London, UK in 2012 as ‘Sound & Vision’. The 50 Shades of Black show is back on Shepard’s home turf of Los Angeles and the opening night event will include a performance by DJ Z-Trip who created the soundtrack to the ‘Sound & Vision’ show.
50 Shades of Black will feature 50 Hand Painted Multiples and a box set with screen print editions of each of the 50 new album cover designs; a record store installation with customised vintage turntables and a portion of Shepard’s own record collection will also be on view. Viewers can participate in the exhibition by selecting records from Shepard’s collection and playing them on the provided record players whilst visiting the gallery.

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“The artwork in 50 Shades of Black is representative of how music has long since been an inspiration for Shepard as ‘a democratic medium that can bring joy whilst also delivering provocative and compelling social commentary.’ His album cover art seeks to convey the infectious accessibility that music has in a visually compelling way. His art also succeeds in striking certain social and political chords through his careful consideration of which music personalities and movements he chooses to echo within each unique design.
Music has taught me a great deal about connecting with a broad audience. Music is universal. I’ve had some very moving encounters with art in my life, especially in the street, but almost nothing can compare to the first time I heard the boots marching and first chord of the Sex Pistols’ ‘Holidays in the Sun’ or the air raid sirens leading and ‘too black, too strong’ on the intro to Public Enemy’s ‘It Takes A Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back’ or the opening guitar scream of Black Flag’s ‘Rise Above.’
Music is visceral but also has the additional powerful layers of the lyrics with their content and politics; then there’s also the style and personalities of the musicians themselves. Compelling album covers have always been a great complement to great music; there’s something subversive about bundling seductive visuals with provocative ideas or provocative visuals with seductive ideas. An audience that’s looking for escape doesn’t expect a confrontation and a call-to-action but I believe the best music and the best art can deliver both. Call the approach ‘hi-brow/lo-fi’ or ‘lo-brow/hi-fi’ but I try to use it in my artwork to capture the same energy and spirit that makes music so powerful.” – Shepard Fairey

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Shepard does visually what I do musically. We have many of the same influences; it made perfect sense for us to collaborate on 50 Shades of Black. I am honoured to be a part of it. – Z-Trip
The show will run from 16th April until the 17th May.

Strummerville

April 10, 2014

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“The Clash are my all-time favourite band and their frontman, Joe Strummer, is a hero of mine for his music, lyrics, wit, compassion for the underdog, and stance against injustice. Joe’s widow, Lucinda, approached me about creating an image of Joe to help raise funds for Strummerville the charity set up to honour and fulfil Joe’s belief that music can inspire and empower. Strummerville provides opportunities for musicians around the globe. I was incredibly honoured that Lucinda asked me to be involved and I was moved when she shared her opinion that Joe and I have similar philosophies. The print is a collaboration with photographer Kate Simon who shot the first Clash cover. Please check out what Strummerville is about and show your support! Thanks for caring.” – Shepard Fairey
Set up by the friends and family of Joe Strummer in the year after his death the charity seek to reflect Joe’s unique contribution to the music world by giving opportunities to aspiring musicians and support to projects that create social mobility through music.
Stummerville reaches out to music projects around the globe such as WAYout Project in Sierra Leone. They also work with bands and musicians here in the UK to help get their music recorded and provide a platform for them to showcase their music.
Recent projects have been to install a recording studio and provide instruments and training to WAYout project in Sierra Leone, set up a music room in Tilinanu, Malawi as well as rehearsal rooms in Belfast and London with more planned.

Spring Socks

April 2, 2014

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Socks. The great unifier. The garment that binds. Whether you’re classy gentlefolk, scuzzy punks, beach loiterers, or something completely unclassifiable – we all wear socks right?

This season we’ve upped our sock game once more; we’re fully stocked and we’ve got socks for days. We’ve introduced the Ace Sock – a subtle cream number with three colourways of stripe; they all feature the OBEY script logo on the ankle under the jacquard stripes. We’ve also introduced the tie dyed Aquarius Sock and ethnic striped Temple Sock that boast patterns worthy of a healthy turn-up on your denim. You can also find updated colourways of our classic gym-style Cooper Sock; these sporty tube socks come in a variety of colourways to complement your kicks.

As a great philosopher once said: “It doesn’t matter if it is good – it only matters if it rocks. The main thing that we do is to rock your socks off.” – Tenacious D

LIBRARY FOUNDATION OF LOS ANGELES 6TH ANNUAL TOAST RECAP

March 31, 2014

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Check out the artwork Shepard Fairey created to raise funds for the Library Foundation Of Los Angeles. Here’s what he had to say about it:

“My wife Amanda and I believe in the value of libraries to provide resources for the public, especially those who can’t afford decent computers or an extensive book collection. When I was younger I did most of my research for art and design at the library. The LA Public Library system also has great tutoring and summer reading programs that are free to the public and a needed supplement to our underfunded school system. We have worked with the Library Foundation of Los Angeles to raise money for their programs for the last 3 years. This year’s event was a blast with a great group of people.” – Shepard Fairey

Shepard Fairey x OFF!

March 28, 2014

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“It makes me very happy when art, music and politics come together. I was first moved by the powerful combination of those elements on the “Let Them Eat Jellybeans” hardcore compilation with music by Black Flag, Bad Brains, The Dead Kennedys, and the Circle Jerks with art by Winston Smith. The Circle Jerks soon became a favourite of mine and I found out that their vocalist, Keith Morris, had been the first singer of Black Flag. I saw the Circle Jerks many times over the years in S. Carolina, Rhode Island, and LA. A few years ago Keith formed a new band – OFF! with guys from other bands I like including The Burning Brides, Red Kross, and The Blackheart Procession. OFF! totally rock and have a killer vintage hardcore sound but they still sound fresh. I was incredibly honoured that, after visiting my studio, Keith and Dimitri from OFF! suggested that we collaborate on a 7″ where they’d write a song inspired by my art. I was blown away by the idea but instead they ended up writing the song inspired by the themes in my art first and then I created the art to fit the song! The result is the Learn To Obey 45 that comes out on Record Store Day. I’m also doing a poster that will come out around the same time. I love the way the music turned out and I’m proud to have my art associated with OFF! especially since art genius Raymond Pettibon, one of my favorites, usually does the art for OFF! I kept my approach to the art reverent to Pettibon but irreverent to greed. Read more and hear the song here.” – Shepard Fairey

A TALK WITH MOBY AND SHEPARD FAIREY AT PROJECT GALLERY

March 24, 2014

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“Moby and I have become friends over the last few years and I was honoured that he invited me to join in him in a discussion about art and music at the Project Gallery where his “Innocents” photography is showcased. Our mutual friend, writer Shana Nys Dambrot, moderated our discussion and asked great questions about the cross-pollination of art and music, inspiration, punk, process, etc… Check out Moby’s show before it closes if you are in LA.” – Shepard Fairey