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To Build a Mosque

This weekend was the 9th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, and Michael Moore wrote a great piece looking at the recent NYC mosque controversy from above the irrational emotions and politicking. It is a sad anniversary. 9/11 can’t be undone, but the kind of hate that fueled it does not have to be perpetuated. Tolerance has never been easy, but at least it has at some times been an American aspiration. Let’s not allow Fox news style fear tactics to shift American culture in a more intolerant direction. Read below and rise above. Thanks-Shepard

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Arctic 50th Anniversary Print

Alaska’s wild lands — including the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge — are under attack. This extraordinary treasure trove of lands, set aside decades ago to be protected now and in the future for the benefit of the American people, is in severe danger of being destroyed forever by short-sighted politicians and the extractive industries. They want only the resources these pristine areas can provide, regardless of the resulting devastation to the habitat, wildlife, and cultures.

Alaska Wilderness League is a non-profit 501(c)(3) corporation founded in 1993 to further the protection of Alaska’s amazing public lands. The League is the only Washington, D.C.-based environmental group devoted full-time to protecting the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge and other wilderness-quality lands in Alaska.

The League exists to lead the effort to preserve Alaska’s wilderness by engaging citizens, sharing resources, collaborating with other organizations, educating the public, and providing a courageous, constant and victorious voice for Alaska in the nation’s capital.

Alaska Wilderness League works at the federal level on a variety of issues affecting Alaska’s wild land and waters. Currently, the League is fighting to permanently protect the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge as wilderness, promote the sustainable future of the Tongass National Forest, and check the unbalanced and potentially destructive development of Alaska’s Arctic waters and Western Arctic public land.

The League, based in Washington, D.C., opened an Arctic Environmental Justice Center in Anchorage, AK in January 2007. The center provides a base of outreach and support for members of Arctic communities who are on the front lines of the destruction from industrial development.

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Beyond the Street x Subliminal Projects

Gestalten x Subliminal Projects
Book Signing & Reception
Beyond the Street: The 100 Leading Figures in Urban Art
September 16th / 7 – 8pm

Gestalten and Subliminal Projects cordially invite you to the Los Angeles signing and presentation of the book Beyond the Street: The 100 Leading Figures in Urban Art.

Book signing with featured contributors including Amanda and Shepard Fairey, Dave Kinsey, Jana DesForges of BLK/MRKT, Marsea Goldberg of New Image Art, Patti Astor, Retna and Saber.  And dont forget to stay for the Opening Reception of Printed Matters, an exhibition of printed work by Shepard Fairey, beginning right after the book signing.

Subliminal Projects
1331 W Sunset Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90026

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Sacred Gallery x NYC

Protest vs Propaganda
Featuring Shepard Fairey, Aidan Hughes, Max Grundy, Adam Hays, Nik Moore & others.
Opening Sept 4th 2010, 7pm – 11pm

Sacred Gallery
424 Broadway, 2nd Floor
New York, NY

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Mr. Spray – Gold


Mr. Spray is here!  Brought to you by Obey and Strangeco the Gold version will be sold exclusively by Obey Giant on Thursday 9/2/2010. Price is $100.  Outer packaging signed by Shepard.  You will find it in the Collectibles section of our store on 9/2/2010 at a random time.

Mr. Spray is an original character created by Shepard Fairey in 2004 as a street-art appropriation of an advertising character design of the 1950s. Mr. Spray is the first original vinyl figure design by Shepard in eleven years.

Mr. Spray is a rotocast vinyl figure, 11 inches tall. 4 points of articulation and packaged with an OBEY mini stencil. Illustrated card box packaging.

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John & Yoko Canvas Print

John and Yoko have elicited a wide spectrum of emotions, but to me, this image is undeniably uplifting.  Yoko Ono has been scapegoated by some as the woman who broke up the Beatles. I disagree, and regardless of my love of the Beatles, I think Lennon did some of his most powerful and brave work as a solo artist with avant-garde artist Yoko Ono as his partner and collaborator. Yoko helped cultivate amazing things with John. The “Bed In” that the two held to discuss their peace advocacy and their WAR IS OVER (if you want it) campaign were courageous and ambitious. John and Yoko were persecuted for their politics, and the U.S. government under Nixon made several attempts to deport Lennon for his outspoken opposition to the Vietnam war. Lennon’s songs from his time with Yoko Ono like Power To The People, Happy X Mas, War is Over, Give Peace A Chance, and Imagine demonstrate a profound reflection on the struggles of humanity.

Yoko Ono continues to be a peace and gay rights activist, artist, author, and philanthropist. She generously gave permission for me to make the painting and poster based on photo by Iain Macmillan . Proceeds from this print go to Yoko Ono’s Spirit Foundations.


18 x 24″ Screen print on paper.  $70.   Edition of 450.   For sale on 8/26/10 at a random time.  Limit 1 per person/household.

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Dance Right x 4 Year Anniversary x DJ Diabetic

Dance Right has been going weekly nonstop for four years now and to celebrate, Shepard (aka DJ Diabetic), the former resident of the party, is returning to do a special DJ set. Come out, high-five, and dance the rest of the summer away to Shepard’s special selections of rap, hip hop, rock, and more.

4 Year Anniversary, Thursday, 8/26
Downtown LA @ La Cita
RSVP at danceright.net or danceright.net/rsvp.html

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The Radiant Child Opening

My studio, Studio Number One designed the credits and I made the painting for the poster for the Basquiat documentary film by Tamra Davis THE RADIANT CHILD. The film is excellent, great interviews, art images, and music. I think this is the definitive Basquiat doc. It is playing at the NUART in LA and wider distribution depends on the LA attendance. Please support.

One Week Only, 8/20 – 8/26
Exclusively at Landmark Theatres
Nuart Theatre, Santa Monica Blvd
Buy Tickets Online at LANDMARKTHEATRES.com

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COEXIST x GEF x Russell Simmons

Check out this blog post and project that Glen E Friedman and Russell Simmons are working on that addresses the panic and talks about the proposed building of a new Muslim mosque near Ground Zero.


Freedom of religion is a fundamental right our nation was founded upon.

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Woody Guthrie Canvas Print

This print reflects the format of the Woody Guthrie painting it is based upon. The print is on18x24 paper and will be signed and numbered just below the bottom border of the printed area… allowing the purchaser to choose between a standard(more affordable) 18×24 frame, or trimming the excess paper below the signature and custom framing the print. Cropping the image to more closely suit the 18×24 proportion compromised the composition.

Woody Guthrie (1912-1967) was an American folk singer and songwriter best known for the song “This Land Is Your Land” frequently sung in American schools. Though the song is used patriotically, it was  originally intended as as a “power to the people” themed anthem, and had its more controversial verses edited out. Full original lyrics below. Guthrie grew up in Oklahoma during the dust bowl and the depression which gave him empathy toward farmers and working class people in general. Guthrie was given the nickname “The Dust Bowl Troubadour” and wrote many songs championing workers, unions, outlaws, farmers, and the downtrodden. When Woody performed he often had the slogan “This Machine Kills Fascists” emblazoned across his guitar. If Steinbeck’s “The Grapes of Wrath” was the literary embodiment off the struggles of the era, Guthrie’s songs were the musical equivalent. Guthrie was blacklisted during the McCarthy era for his left leaning views. Woody Guthrie’s influence can be felt in the tradition of social justice in music ranging from Pete Seeger, to Johnny Cash, to Bob Dylan, to Jimi Hendrix, to Neil Young, to Joe Strummer(who’s original nickname was Woody”). In my MAYDAY art show, Guthrie was an essential inclusion for his tremendous influence on so many of my favorite musicians who have combined entertainment and social commentary. Proceeds from this print go to the Woody Guthrie Foundation. The painting and print are based on a photograph by Sid Grossman.


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