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“Humanity” connotes empathy and good will toward fellow human beings. When I say sometimes I feel optimistic about the GOOD in humanity, yes, I am saying that I don’t think humanity frequently demonstrates much of its supposed inherent GOODness. I have been watching the town hall health care discussions disrupted by unhinged mobs. I have witnessed the intentional right wing dissemination of misinformation about health care reform. I thought this behavior was reserved for a minority of zealots and wing nuts. However, a cursory glance around the coverage of my Obama cover for Rolling Stone alerted me to how naive my assessment of the hatred and insanity quotient was. My Obama cover was not an endorsement or criticism… it posed a reasonable question. Some of the responses it conjured are terrifying. I did not fish for crazy comments on right wing websites. Many of the comments below are from places like the Rolling Stone site and the Huffington Post. My heart is in the pit of my stomach seeing the hateful, racist, fear based comments about Obama and health care reform that dominate the web. I try to find the good in people, and long after 9/11 I graded people on a curve for their poor behavior. Sadly, there is no excuse for the abundance of hatred currently on display. I implore sane people to read the comments below, which are the tip of the iceberg, and realize what we are up against if we want rational, thoughtful, humane behavior to prevail. Please stay focused and diligent in your efforts to restore “humanity” to a GOOD word. As a country we are better than this. Thanks for listening.


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Obama So Far

It’s been six-plus months since Obama took office, and the Rolling Stone cover is the first image of Obama I’ve created in that time. As a candidate, his vision and his message of shared civic duty were inspiring, but as president he faces an unbelievable pressure to accomplish what he set out to do, despite the reality that he can’t do it alone. Much like my “Hope” image was intended to express his vision and his intellectual diligence, I also wanted this new image to convey his focus, but with the added weight and stress of responsibility. Whether media like the New York Daily News are looking to fan conservative flames with “liberals think Obama is the messiah” talking points, or just saying things like that to create juicy headlines, it should be obvious that this image is not about anything divine, but about dealing with the real world job at hand. While he is undoubtedly our leader, the question I placed inside the presidential seal “Will he take bold action or compromise too easily?” is one that I think we all need to ask about ourselves and what we’re doing to work toward what we believe in. The pitfalls of “politics as usual” aren’t reserved for politicians.

However, a lot can and will change. As Joe Strummer of The Clash once said, “The future is unwritten.” In my illustration I make reference to Gilbert Stuart’s famous unfinished portrait of George Washington to capture the idea that, although we’re quick to judge, it’s too early to tell how Obama’s presidency will turn out. Hopefully Obama and all of us who have stood behind him will do everything we can to fill in our incomplete future the way we’ve pictured it.
– Shepard



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Shepard Fairey, Z-Trip, Chuck D at the ICA

Here are some pics from the OBEY Experiment REDUX at the ICA for the Closing Reception of 20 Year Supply and Demand Exhibition.  Thanks to Z-Trip and Chuck D for their support and incredible performance.  If you werent there you missed out on something special.

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Shepard Fairey Guest DJ on KCRW

UPDATE, 8/3: If  you missed Shepard on the KCRW,  you can hear the session and read the interview in the archives here: http://tinyurl.com/shepardMBE

Shepard Fairey is going to be a guest DJ on KCRW’s Morning Becomes Eclectic Tomorrow (7/29, Wednesday) at 11:15 am (PST). If you don’t live in Los Angeles you can listen live here tomorrow. For more information please visit kcrw’s website.

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Aung San Suu Kyi Download

If you missed the screen print or the offset here is a DOWNLOADABLE version of the Aung San Suu Kyi image.  Please take advantage of this free download and create your own posters and place them where anyone can see them.  Help bring some change in Burma!

ATTENTION: This Download is not to be reproduced for Sales Merchandise or For-Profit Materials.  

To learn more go to U.S. Campaign for BurmaHuman Rights Action Center, and http://www.huffingtonpost.com/jack-healey/shepard-fairey-and-the-ca_b_220396.html, http://freedomtolead.causecast.org/

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I believe very strongly that green energy is the only way for the United States to achieve energy independence, create valuable technology, and protect the environment. I created this windmill image as a patriotic symbol of the green energy mission. I am proud to team up with MoveOn to promote clean energy.
-Shepard Fairey

Wind energy is one of the most important facets of a Clean Energy Future for America – that’s why we need your help with our new Cover September in Windmills Campaign. Starting this September 1st, we’ll be working with MoveOn and a coalition of organizations to get Shepard’s beautiful windmill image, “Clean Energy for America”, hung up by forward thinking people like you.

CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE  your “Clean Energy for America” posters and help us Cover September in Windmills:

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“The Detournements of Wynn Miller” – Closing Reception

We couldn’t be happier with our success with “The Detournements of Wynn Miller.”

We would like to extend a notable thank you to all those who could attend and support our opening reception. If any show deserves an honorable conclusion, this would be it!

Please join us in celebrating our achievement by attending the closing reception for “The Detournements of Wynn Miller.”

25 out of 500 Limited Edition signed Obey Giant prints held over for the closing reception will be available.

Date: Friday July 31st 2009 7PM – 11PM

Featured Artists: Shepard Fairey, Mark “Gonz” Gonzales, Shawn Barber, Greg Gossel, Nate Frizzell, Chloe Trujillo, Axis, Lauren Bergman, Jon Chase, Richard Villa III, Nazrn, Eric Monson, Dennis Mcnett, Michael Ruiz, Mario “FDubs” Luevanos, Jeff Ho, Votan, Tony Meister, Jamie La Chappa

DJ: Al G

Open Bar Provided by Transphusion

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A Tribute to Love and Rockets

New Tales to Tell
A Tribute to Love and Rockets

Wednesday, 7/29
Space 15 Twenty
1520 N Cahuenga Blvd, 90028
6:30 – 9:30pm

DJ Shepard Fairey
Performances by
Astra Heights, VEX, The Invisible Humans
Hosted by Richard Blade

RSVP to: www.myspace.com/LoveandRocketsTribute

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Art for Life x Charity Buzz Auction


Rush Philanthropic Arts Foundation is proud to present the Tenth Anniversary ART FOR LIFE East Hampton, an annual benefit event celebrating the creative energy of New York City youth. This benefit is one of Rush Philanthropic’s most important annual fundraising efforts, attended annually by a sold-out audience of more than 750 leaders in the entertainment, arts, business, and philanthropic communities.

Shepard is being presented as this year’s Featured Artist for the event.  Last year Shepard donated an original OBAMA HOPE piece that was a great success in fundraising for the Foundation.  This Shepard is again donating piece of artwork of a brand new image.  For more information on the Rush Philanthropic Arts Foundation, ART FOR LIFE, and the Artwork, please click the links below.


ART FOR LIFE, East Hampton

Rush Philanthropic Arts Foundation

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OBEY Radio and The Crosby

For a Very Special Children’s Benefit
w/ CHOC (Children’s Hospital of Orange County)


Friday July 24th 9pm-2am

@ The Crosby
400 N. Broadway
Santa Ana CA 92701

21+ / No Cover

Walk-In Donations Accepted All Night. Please Support!

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