It’s finally time to usher the most notorious of west coast gangster rappers ever to die with a Raiders cap on into the Obey Giant universe – Eazy-E on a Shepard Fairey poster. It’s a collaboration between the print artist and photographer Mike Miller who shot the original image you’re seeing here – and yes, that’s a White Sox cap, but it’s alright, Eazy-E represents the whole of America. You’ll find this image appearing both in print form up for sale at the Obey Giant online shop and through an exhibition at SUPRA Paris.
If you’re a fan of odd or otherwise rare Shepard Fairey images that make their way to 18 x 24 inch prints, you’re going to have a difficult time saying no to the edition of 250 Metallica version of “Disposable Heroes.” There’s a version that you’ve probably already seen called “Artist Edition” now by The Black Book Gallery for the recent group-show with a basic self-title “Fairey / Hecox / Houser” title on it. The image you’re seeing here was made for a Metallica-themed show in Los Angeles called “Obey Your Master.”
Pharrell Williams is the search term most blinked at World Famous Design Junkies over the past week or two. At the same time, those fun folks over at the BBCiceCream blog have released the cover of a brand new N*E*R*D album cover and that helluva looker is right there front and off-center. With an army helmet on and a red, a blue, and a white feather sticking out the side. Continue reading
I don’t know if you know it, but oil in water? That sucks. I’ve not done very many posts about projects related to the British Petroleum “Deepwater Horizon” oil spill in the gulf, mostly because I simply have no idea how it’s ever going to be rectified. The project you see here, above and below, is done by Shepard Fairey, a dude who, if you don’t know, I/we have met and give our confidence to. He’s tops. This project consists of two prints, white and cream, both with the same image, both called “Dark Wave.” Look upon in horrible awe. Continue reading
The image you see above of a rather epic looking Neil Young with guitar is the latest in a series of famous persons portraits by modern artist Shepard Fairey. These images were all had their debut at the May Day show that took place on May 5, 2010. There’s been a wild cross section, boy howdy. This is the first landscape style to be released. Neil Young. Musician and political activist and one classy looking mother. Continue reading
In direct parody of the Your Way series of poster prints by Shepard Fairey is this “My Way” print by Chris Burns. Printed in 2006 but only distributed now, in 2010, this print summons the spirit of one Frank-N-Furter known for his Tim Currey role in the Rocky Horror Picture Show to activate a strange, strange energy in print form. Continue reading
The following is a collection of photos as shot by John, Pubes, and Roam, all of them from the Obey Giant Clothing Line. I’ve included here the shots of early in the day and during the show, but purposely left out the after-party shots so you could go check them out at the post they have going on the official Obey Clothing blog. Look at this madness! A million billion people showed up for this masterworks show by Shepard Fairey. Rumors said there’d only be a set of large portrait canvasses, but BANG! There’s just so much more than that. Album covers, rubyliths, retired stencils, giant canvasses, small, medium, invisible, everything! Continue reading
This poster print depicts the epic lyricist and political activist Chuck D. Most well known for his group Public Enemy, a rap duo with more influence than most deadly diseases. This poster is a screenprint and part of the Shepard Fairey portrait collection, one that includes political and musical characters ranging from Blondie to Martin Luther King Jr. Take a peek at some words on the print from Shepard Fairey below. Continue reading
Shepard Fairey is in New York. Everybody knows it. Two gigantic murals up, paste-ups galore, a show called MAY DAY on the way. Both of those murals? They are right here, in daredevil fashion. All photos presented by COPE2 who you can see in the photos, he’s the guy with the black shirt spraying COPE everywhere. First in the post here you’re going to see photos of the Deitch mural, made in most direct response/preparation for the May Day show, with one photo of Shepard Fairey and COPE2 together smashing brains about what they’re going to execute, when they collaborate, then the rest of the gallery is the second mural. The second mural is half Shepard Fairey and half COPE2. I don’t think anyone will have a problem distinguishing between the styles. Continue reading
Deitch Projects. May 1 until May 29. Shepard Fairey presents “May Day.” A pretty large show with some rather large works of fine artwork in it. Epic nature will be happening. In this post you can see 6 prints made based off the large portraits that will be hung in the show. There’s going to be more than 6 in the show, but the prints will maybe be limited to 6. As SF explains, “These people I’m portraying were all revolutionary, in one sense or another. They started out on the margins of culture and ended up changing the mainstream. When we celebrate big steps that were made in the past, it reminds us that big steps can be made in the future.” Believe it and habeeb it. Continue reading
All look upon his fabulous face and love his leadership qualities! This is an utterly classic image from the banks of Shepard Fairey / OBEY Giant imagery history. This one goes by the name “Lenin Money” and it’s way back from the ancient year of 2003. The original print is in a numbered edition of 350. This one’s unique. Continue reading
Soon there will be a rather epic show. It will be in New York on Wooster Street, it’ll be works by Shepard Fairey, and it’ll be hosted by Deitch Projects. “May Day” is the theme, and in several epic canvasses you will see the epicness of the epicness. But before that, there’s a whole lotta prep. Lucky for all, Furlong from the Obey Clothing line went up to the secret lab in the past few days and snuck in a few lovely black and white pics. Continue reading
Hello oh my gosh what the weird and wonderful and wild? This is a soccer team that plays in California. Recognize their shirts? They’ve got derivations of a mark made by Shepard Fairey for the Obey Giant street art campaign. Indeed that was also a remix of a mark, originally the Misfits Fiend Club logo. But wait! Wasn’t the Misfits mark taken from something else too? You betcha. Let’s talk about this interesting path right now, all during a fabulous round of the greatest game. Continue reading
With a whoosh, there goes Shepard Fairey’s faith in the sacred O. Maybe not, maybe more of a crap’s last crap has been given about the modern age of U.S. politics: more likely that. This is a poster that’s going to be released on the second of April, 2010 – it’s called “These Parties Disgust Me” and it’s looking an aweful lot like Meryl Streep, or it feels like that anyway, doesn’t it? Meryl! Smell the filth of the parties here and now! Continue reading
Just when you think all the good famous people were already turned into a poster, there he is, running at you with his squeegee and buckets of ink. Shepard Fairey creates a portrait of His Holiness The Dalai Lama. This portrait is done in celebration of both the 75th birthday of the Lama as well as March 10th being Tibetan Independence day. Proceeds from the print will go to a couple Tibet foundations, and all the posters I think should just go to me. Continue reading
Let’s talk about copying for a moment. Ripping off someone else’s hard work, and using it as one’s own. Let’s start by me saying that I basically have a hard time taking anyone seriously who says they’ve not been properly credited in these modern times. I don’t believe for a moment that any one person is qualified enough to explore a single idea to the fullest. I believe in the sharing and free distribution of ideas, and the idea that once an idea is freed into the world, it is free. For the betterment of the idea. The following set of images (and the one above) were found and set up by designer / artist / internet person / retired design professor Bob Caruthers. Continue reading
For it is a freaking joyous day! Straight from the team-mates mouth, codename TheOmethod, we’ve got super new super early photo pics of this Shepard Fairey / Smokey Robinson poster collaboration. There’s a gold/black version and a “color” version of each of the two poster prints, with Fairey and Smokey signatures on em all. There’s a series going right now in the OBEY world called American Pioneers, dealing in the fields of art, music, and a slightly general category called “culture.” Smokey’s still hot! Continue reading
Oh friggy it’s a set of prints from Shepard Fairey. These are called “Eye Alert” and are two separate eye prints, one left, one right, each of them 18″ x 24″ and an edition of 350. If you’ll take a peek at the iris, there’s a skull in there. If you take a peek at the tear below the eye, you’ll see an inverted Rod of Asclepius, aka the symbol most often associated with the medical world in modern times.
WORLD IN BLOOD – you think Shepard Fairey is worried about the state of Health Care in the USA today? I think so. Look below for larger versions of each poster. Continue reading
It’s rough on the streets. On the streets, you’re on your own. When you want to do some art in the streets, you get arrested. But first, you get slapped in the face for not being original! Holy cripes you just wrote your name like everybody else. Look at this, though, this lady right here, Nina Wehrle, aka one half of “It’s Raining Elephants,” they paint boats and monkeys. Boats and monkeys! Ships and apes! Check out the whole collection of things they’ve done below, all done within the last year. Continue reading
Cash fans and Clash fans alike, cheque it out! Artist Shepard Fairey and author/director Antonino D’Ambrosio celebrate not only the book about Johnny Cash “A Heartbeat and a Guitar”, but also, and more furiously, the new Clash documentary “Let Fury Have the Hour.” The big fat party was on December 19, 2009 at Subliminal Gallery and called A Furious Heartbeat Exhibition. Below and above we’ve got photos of the screenprint poster that’s floating around now, plus some photos from the show! Continue reading
Oh hay so you know what one fellow named Jasper Johns? He’s an ahhtist. He’s an artist that’s done a lot of circles and flags and whatnot. And now a guy who’s done lots of portraits and maybe is also kinda famous now, Shepard Fairey, he’s doing a portrait of Johns.
Cheque it out. Continue reading
I loves me a good party. One that’s good natured, full of running around, dancing, and throwing of the colors. Note the lack of bad times here. These photos are part of a gallery of fun made by photographer Gregory Byers in lower California. If you look closely, you can see a photo of our favorite musical artist in the whole world – Santigold! Continue reading
Oh my goodness stickers. In the history of stickerdom I’d say one name “sticks” out in my mind pretty prominently. Shepard Fairey. He’s made a giant career out of stickering and in the process has come in to contact with many an art partner. One of those big-timers was and is PEEL, a magazine for graffiti stickers.
In the process of creating a fantastic outlet for street artists such as Shepard Fairey, the creators of PEEL Magazine, Dave and Holly Combs, have lost their home. It’s time to pay them back. The print you see in this post is made by Shepard Fairey and all proceeds from the sale of the print go toward helping the Combs couple out. Dig it! Continue reading
UPDATE: this is now gonna be a 24″ x 18″ screenprint as well. Get your clickers, paypals, and F7 buttons out, it’s time for the races! (released 9/29/09)
ORIGINAL POST: (January 29, 2009) A fellow like Shepard Fairey isn’t a person to stay away from recognizable symbols, but lo! here one might be! For 20+ years Shepard Fairey has been dealing in the reproduction and distortion and embellishing of famous and underground symbols. It should seem out of place that he’d do the art piece above; just a wave. Comparable to images Shepard Fairey produced in his short time in Hawaii, this giant wave artwork was a work known by few up until now, discovered by the fine sleuths at thegiant.org – a community of artists I personally endorse. Ride the wave! Continue reading
As I’m sure you’re aware, I’ve been hooked on Obey Giant, aka Shepard Fairey since before the world knew who Barack Obama was. Even before that. Way way way back in time. And now what’ve we got here. Shepard Fairey is in international art superstar, creating and recreating the world in his image. Every time he hooks his hand up with another superstar subject or person, it’s a thrill. Today it’s the Bull. Michael Jordan.
UPDATE: Full series info below, direct from Obey Giant. Continue reading