Obey Giant Headlines

Arizona x SB1070 x Day 1

Today marks the first day that the Immigration Law, SB1070, is in effect.  The law met with some obstacles as some of the most controversial components of the law were struck down by a federal judge late last night.  Also protesters were taking a stand as the entrance to Sheriff Arpaio’s station was faced with a human barricade to block any arrests processed under the law.  Keep up the good fight!  Thanks Ernesto for the photos.

Click for more

Sea No Evil 2010

Saturday, July 31st, 2010, 6:00 pm

For one night only over 60 art pieces from noted artists will be sold in an silent auction format for the sole benefit of Sea Shepherd Conservation Society.  Shepard will be there spinning records and will have limited edition Paul Watson Prints available plus donated artwork!


Click for more

Moon Over Biloxi

The title of this print “Moon Over Biloxi” is a tribute to the  Dead Kennedy’s song “Moon Over Marin”. In 1984 I picked up maybe my 4th punk record which was the 2nd Dead Kennedy’s album “Plastic Surgery Disasters”. The album is a great listen all the way through and includes some blistering tunes like “Riot” and “Bleed For Me” laced with social commentary. The surprise song though is “Moon Over Marin”… detractors have called it the Dead Kennedy’s “U2” song, but I disagree. “Moon Over Marin” is more melodic than most DK, but juxtaposed with the darkness of the lyrics, the song evokes a powerful sense of existential melancholy. I think the concept that struck me, and stuck with me, is that our disrespect of each other and the planet may doom us , but things will continue without us. I think it is healthy to recognize impermanence, but also to appreciate the value of the ephemeral. Moonlight, real or electric, will probably be around, but what it will be casting light on is the real question. There will always be a moon over Biloxi.

Prints will ship within 10 to 15 days from the date of your order.

A portion of the proceeds go to the NRDC.  Click for more to hear the Dead Kennedy’s song.

Click for more

AZ Immigration Law Email Response

Dear Emailer,
Thanks for your note and support of my clothing line. I guess you and I have different concerns and opinions. Just because a majority of people support something does not make it right. The majority of the country supported slavery, segregation, and not allowing women or blacks to vote at various times. Yes, I need to make enough money to survive, but my business endeavors are secondary to my stance on human rights. In fact, I use my business to finance my art, which is often political. I think how we make and spend money can be very political, actually, almost every decision we make has political repercussions. I take a stand on issues I believe in despite the possible resulting harm to my business. The immigration issue is complex, but what I think is important is compassion. I see no difference between immigrating here for a better life as a Latin American now, or a European 200 or 300 years ago. Racial profiling has obvious potential for abuse by law enforcement, and tearing apart families is never the right solution. I’m not advocating illegal immigration or lawlessness. I’m opposed to abuses of basic human rights and liberties for all people. If these rights for immigrants are not supported, there may be a situation in the future that may disqualify YOU from those basic rights.

From: Emailer
Date: July 24, 2010 4:58:56 AM PDT
Subject: [Obey Giant Contact Form] General Inquiries

I run a business, too, and I think it’s foolish to mix your personal views with your professional image. Lashing out against the AZ law on your business website was a poor choice. Over 50% of the county supports this law. It will likely cost you business. Stick to what you know–making t-shirts. Nobody cares what their t-shirt manufacturer thinks about immigration. Sorry to sound harsh, but I like your clothes and if you want to stay in business you need to exercise some discretion.
– Emailer

Click for more

GIANT vs. Giant Round 2

OK, just so you drama queens know… GIANT is a friend of mine and was invited to do this piece. Sorry to deny you the joy of spreading juicy “beef” gossip, but I’m sure your quest for juicy “beef” can be satisfied elsewhere.  Enjoy!
– Shepard

Click for more

Racial Profiling Ahead Billboard

We can’t stop now. We must keep fighting this unjust law that will effectively institutionalize discrimination against the Latino community.  Proceeds from the “We Are Human” print go to immigration reform organizations such as the one below!  Please take a second and support.

Brave New Foundation’s Cuéntame asks:
If you can help us raise $10,000 by Monday, July 26, Cuéntame will purchase a billboard on a populated street in Phoenix showing the law for what it really is. The powerful line for the billboard has already been chosen on Facebook by the members of Cuéntame. Now all we need is your support.  Please help us in our next step to send a giant message to the Arizona government.

Click for more

Update: Jim Houser x The Homebody

If you missed the opening of Jim’s show be sure to stop by Subliminal and experience the transformation of a gallery into a work of art. Check out the video and get a little insight to Jim’s artwork and take notice of the music which was written and recorded by Jim himself. If you love it like we do you can own the music – Available at Subliminal Projects!

Juxtapoz Interview featured HERE!

Click for more

OBEY x San Diego x MCA SD

The crew and I went down to San Diego last week to do some murals and attend the “Viva La Revolucion” show at SD MoCA. With the help of Nic, Dan, and Spencer, I did my largest all painted mural of the Burmese Monk at 30 feet high. We also did a huge mural on 5th in Hillcrest, and a couple stenciled large icons around. It was a nice way to return to San Diego after having to deal with a good bit of police harassment when I lived there from 96-01. I was on probation there until recently for putting one sticker up! Almost all the artists in the show did outdoor works, which is a big deal for the very clean and conservative city of San Diego. Of course, the younger crowd which the city seems to ignore, was enthusiastically supportive and showed up to the museum opening in record numbers. Maybe San Diego will recognize the positive impact a show like this makes upon the creative community and community at large. Check it out if you are in SD. Thanks to Pedro Alonzo, curator of the exhibition for his hard work, and to all my SD friends for coming to say hello. Photos by Geoff Hargadon.

Viva La Revolucion: A Dialogue with the Urban Landscape
July 18, 2010 – Jan 02, 2011
MCASD Downtown, Jacobs Building

View the Exhibition and Other Outdoor Installations at http://www.mcasd.org/vivalarevolucion/

Click for more

By The Sword Skateboards

I met Jason Filipow at a skateboard contest in Charleston SC in 1986. The Charleston skate scene was very small and a new skater on the scene with a unique style and bag of tricks stood out. I noticed Jason’s creativity as a skateboarder immediately, and after realizing he was a year behind me at the same school, we became skateboard comrade’s and friends. At that stage, skateboarding and the art and music culture associated with it, shaped our lives, and provided a DIY escape from southern conservatism and the usual high school social system. Jason and I worked on a ‘zine he created called “Streetscribe”, doing photography and paste-up design. We both made stencils and tee shirts. We have stayed friends and continue to collaborate, in many ways built upon the rebellious creative foundation skateboarding provided. Jason and I both admired an innovative skateboarder named Mike Vallely who emerged from the under-represented East coast scene in the mid 80’s. I’m very happy that Jason and Mike have teamed up on a skateboard company that embodies the Do It Yourself ethos that shaped all three of us. Check it out.


Click for more


This coming week the OBEY Crew will be in San Diego participating in a massive group exhibition of todays street art elite.  If you are in Southern Cali, this is an exhibition not to be missed.

Opening, July 17th, 7 – 10pm
July 18, 2010 – Jan 02, 2011
MCASD Downtown, Jacobs Building

A multifaceted exhibition that explores the dialogue between artists and the urban landscape, Viva la Revolución: A Dialogue with the Urban Landscape features works both in the Museum’s galleries as well as at public sites throughout downtown San Diego.

The exhibition includes a diverse range of 20 artists from 8 countries that are linked together by how their work addresses urban issues — Akay (Sweden), Banksy (U.K.), Blu (Italy), Mark Bradford (U.S.), William Cordova (U.S.), Date Farmers (U.S.), Stephan Doitschinoff [CALMA] (Brazil), Dr. Lakra (Mexico), Dzine (U.S.), David Ellis (U.S.), FAILE (U.S.), Shepard Fairey (U.S.), Invader (France), JR (France), Barry McGee (U.S.), Ryan McGinness (U.S.), Moris (Mexico), Os Gemeos (Brazil), Swoon (U.S.), and Vhils (Portugal).

For more information please visit http://www.mcasd.org/exhibitions/616/viva-la-revolucion

Click for more