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Shepard Fairey x Red Dog x Glen E Friedman x Collab Skate Decks

Almost 30 years ago I started skateboarding and listening to punk rock. I’m not sure when I first heard or read the name Jim Muir, but I knew the name of Dogtown, the skateboard company he founded, from shortly after I began skateboarding. Dogtown had pioneered the wide skateboard and was highly respected by all the O.G.’s. In 1984, I also began listening to Suicidal Tendencies, fronted by Jim’s brother Mike, and managed by photographer Glen E. Friedman. I was stoked to discover that Jim and Mike were at the forefront of skateboarding and punk, the two subcultures that changed my life. I have been a Dogtown fan for a long time. I vividly remember the Muir brothers featured together in Thrasher. I rode several Dogtown boards in the 80′s… Scott Oster, Mick Alba, and Eric Dressen. I loved the Dogtown graphics by Wes Humpston and their cross logo. I made a paper-cut stencil Dogtown tee shirt when I was a freshman at art school. At my first Action Sports Retail Trade show in 1995, my booth was right next to Dogtown’s booth and Jim Muir was there. I was too intimidated to say hello, but I hoped he noticed my designs. I later made OBEY tribute graphics to several of my favorite old school skate graphics and the Dogtown Bulldog art was one of the logos I remixed.

Even though I worked on the soundtrack design for the documentary Dogtown and Z-Boys, and we have several friends in common, I did not meet Jim Muir until after he broke his neck surfing in 2009. My friend Glen E. Friedman let me know about Jim’s accident and asked if I’d collaborate with him on a portrait of Jim to raise money for his medical expenses. I was happy to help out a skate icon in need and do another collaboration with Glen. I was very familiar with Glen’s photos of Jim and I knew I could make a cool illustration from the Endless Wave 1977 shot. The prints sold out right away and Jim stopped by my studio to say thanks and hello. I got along with Jim right away and we had a bunch of shared interests in music and art. Jim even mentioned my ASR booth from ’95 and I felt like an idiot for being scared to talk to him. Jim and I kept in touch and one day he let me know that he’d found the actual hand-made board that he was riding in the Friedman shot from ’77. He used it as a template and made some new boards the same way he made them in ’77. He asked if I’d be interested in putting the art I’d made based on Glen’s photo on a run of the boards. Of course, I loved the idea of having the boards come full circle after 36 years! Jim did an amazing job selecting the wood, building the shapes, airbrushing, hand screening, and lacquering the boards. The boards are all signed by Jim, Glen, and me. I’m very proud to be part of this project and grateful to Jim for his hard work.
-Shepard

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Power and Imperial Glory Offsets

I recently made some open edition offset lithos of Power and Imperial Glory because they are two of my favorite newer images and I wanted to make some for the street. A lot of people request these images, so if you missed out on the screen print, here’s a chance to get it as an offset. Cheers.-Shepard

 

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Phil Lumbang X Designer Con X Panda Toy release

My friend Phil Lumbang is releasing an original sculpt toy of his panda character this weekend at Designer Con in Pasadena. Phil will be there in person, so roll through and say “hi”.

-Shepard

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Jerry Inscoe and Cleon Peterson Prints available from S.S.I.

My friend John Goff just printed some very cool prints for Jerry Inscoe. Check them out and pick up a Cleon Peterson print as well while you are there.

-Shepard

Shepard Fairey X MTV World: Rebel Music

I am creating visuals and working as an executive producer on an amazing new TV series called Rebel Music. As a fan of musicians like The Clash, Public Enemy, Bob Marley, and Rage Against The Machine, I am a huge believer in the power of art and music to serve as platforms for social and political commentary. Rebel Music mirrors the approach and philosophy I’ve embraced throughout my entire career – art as a catalyst for social change. I believe in this project passionately because it highlights REAL people struggling with  REAL issues in regions of the world where the same freedoms we take for granted in the U.S. are being fought for daily. The people featured in Rebel Music are courageous and inspiring in their use of music and art to push for justice and humanity. MTV World has the ability to reach a huge audience and give voices to young people highlighting the power of the combination of music, art, and activism. If you are like me, and you’d like to see more programming that gives voice to creative people with great ideas questioning orthodoxy, please tune in to Rebel Music and spread the word about it!  I’m excited to be working with the Rebel Music team on such a vital project for today’s generation. Avoid apathy!!!… take a look at the Rebel Music trailer.  Here is an LA Times piece about the show too.  Also, click below for a synopsis of the six episodes, which are all amazing.

Thanks for caring.
-Shepard

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Flaming Lips | A Beautiful F’ing Experience

ATTENTION:  THIS JUST ADDED!  100 of these prints will be available with a Blu-ray disk of the film “A Beautiful Fucking Experience”.  $5 will be added to the shipping fee.

My friend Sage Seb made a fantastic documentary about the Flaming Lips attempting to break the world record for most shows in 24 hours in different cities. The Film is called “A Beautiful Fucking Experience”. Sage and Wayne Coyne of The Flaming Lips asked me to make the poster for the film which is a huge honor for me. I’ve been a Flaming Lips fan for many years and I’m briefly interviewed in the film. The movie is excellent and Flaming Lips fans, as well as any passionate fan of music, will love the spirit of the film. If you are unfamiliar with The Flaming Lips, I think their albums “The Soft Bulletin” and “Yoshimi Battles The Pink Robots” are beautiful and powerful,  and should be purchased immediately. I’m releasing a screen-printed poster to coincide with the first public screening of the film which happened a few days ago. I’m not sure whether there will be future public screenings because there is some political red tape with MTV, who funded the project. However, the first 100 people to buy the poster will get a free copy of the film “A Beautiful Fucking Experience”. Like I said, the movie is amazing, so don’t miss this opportunity to see the full film along with owning the poster. Hopefully the film will get out there somehow.

Here is the film’s synopsis and trailer. Check it out!
-Shepard

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R.I.P Lou Reed

Lou Reed made some great and important music that I’m grateful to have in my life. His band The Velvet Underground failed commercially but influenced many important bands. Their music was a unique mixture of feedback drenched energy, and beautiful simplicity. To me it still sounds fresh and was way ahead of the times when it was released in the late 60′s. I’m feeling sentimental, so if you aren’t familiar with the Velvets, I recommend the beautiful “Sweet Jane”, but “I’m Waiting For The Man” has great energy. Lou made some gems as a solo artist too. My favorite solo album is Transformer, which was produced by David Bowie. “Perfect Day” is an absolute masterpiece http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QYEC4TZsy-Y

Also, check out Steve Jones from the Sex Pistols and friends performing a great version of “Perfect Day” recently… http://vimeopro.com/chromehearts/perfectday

-Shepard

http://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/lou-reed-velvet-underground-leader-and-rock-pioneer-dead-at-71-20131027

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New Statesman Cover x Russell Brand

Russell Brand recently asked me to design the cover of the Nov. issue of the New Statesman which he guest edited. The theme of the issue is “a revolution of consciousness”. Since I’ve known Russell, I’ve been impressed with his intellect and his ability to merge low-brow entertainment with high-brow provocation. Russell has done several projects and interviews lately that display his wit and social conscience. I have been impressed with Russell’s courage and I’ve been meaning to re-post some of his finest moments. Conveniently, my friend David DeGraw, one of the forces behind the 99% concept and Occupy, put together a great post on Evolve Society(for which I created the logo). I love what David wrote and what Russell has been up to, so please check it out!
-Shepard

Russell Brand: Radical Prophet, Mystical Force of Nature

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RAVI ZUPA | HARD DREAM | OPENS TOMORROW | SUBLIMINAL PRIOJECTS

Ravi’s paintings arrived from the framer yesterday and they are mind-blowing. A lot of the work can be viewed on SubliminalProjects.com, but I recommend seeing the work in person to soak up all of the subtleties. If you miss this show you’ll regret it so come through tomorrow night!

-Shepard

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Unmanned – live Twitter chat

The Brave New Films drones film Unmanned powerfully cuts through the propaganda of the “War On Terror”  to reveal the devastating human consequences of  drone strikes where innocent civilians and families are literally and figuratively torn apart. The film reveals why the US war of terror makes America less safe, not more safe, by creating tremendous hostility with those impacted by our indiscriminate drone attacks. BNF scrutinizes the U.S. drone policy with far greater depth than the mainstream media in an effort to get the truth out to people.  Anyone who sees value in human life and due process should be appalled by the human rights violations this film exposes. Join in the conversation.

-Shepard

TODAY (10/24) @ 3EST join @cenkuygur@KatrinaNation & @robertgreenwald in LIVE Twitter chat on #drones. Tweet questions to @WarCosts, use #UNMANNED

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