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Cleon Peterson | Dark Rider

My good friend and co-worker Cleon Peterson is releasing a print called “Dark Rider” tomorrow at 10AM. I like the image so much that I bought the original painting, so this print is the best you’re gonna get… don’t sleep on it!   -Shepard
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STRUMMERVILLE

  The Clash are my all-time favorite band and their frontman, Joe Strummer, is a hero of mine for his music, lyrics, wit, compassion for the underdog, and stance against injustice. Joe’s widow Lucinda approached me about creating an image of Joe to help raise funds for Strummerville, the charity set up to honor and fulfill Joe’s belief that music can inspire and empower. Strummerville provides opportunities for musicians around the globe. I was incredibly honored that Lucinda asked me to be involved, and I was moved when she shared her opinion that Joe and I have similar philosophies. The print is a collaboration with photographer Kate Simon, who shot the first Clash cover. Please check out what Strummerville is about and show your support! Thanks for caring.
-Shepard

Ai Weiwei rally in Brooklyn this Thursday

The PEN American Center will hold a rally for #AiWeiwei in Brooklyn, NY on Thursday, April 10 to bring attention to the fact that he is not able to visit his museum show in Brooklyn.
Tell your friends and share!

https://www.facebook.com/events/432657160203087/

7pm
Meet at steps of the Brooklyn Library at Grand Army Plaza in Brooklyn, NY.

“I hope this image will help raise awareness and advance dialogue that might lead to permission for Ai Weiwei to travel freely and continue to express himself.” – Shepard

#art #justice #obey

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Shepard Fairey Inc. Artist/Professional/Vandal

Jim Daichendt, an arts professor at Azusa Pacific University, just released a new book about me titled “Shepard Fairey Inc. Artist/Professional/Vandal.” I was not involved in the creation of this book other then being interviewed but I do think it is a thoughtful and fair analysis of my ART AND business practices. His book covers much of my career with a critical eye and it’s cool that people are interested in learning more.

-Shepard

If you’re interested, you can purchase it through Amazon

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Worldwide Wave of Action Begins April 4 at Former Occupy Sites

As many of you know, I was a passionate supporter of the Occupy movement for its ideas and members’ courage to take a stand in person. My friend David DeGraw, one of the minds behind the 99% movement, has been working on a new activist movement called the WORLDWIDE WAVE OF ACTION. Please check it out and consider the importance of taking action for justice and equality, also known as basic fairness, in our society. The scales are tipping in the wrong direction, but your voice helps to reverse that!

-Shepard

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Ai Weiwei x Cost of Expression Print

This coming Tuesday, April 8th, the Ai Weiwei, Cost of Expression, print created by Shepard Fairey will be for sale on our website. The Cost of Expression print will be available as a limited edition of 375. Check back Tuesday between 1 and 2pm (PST)!

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GREETINGS FROM OBLIVION

My friend and one of my artistic heroes, Winston Smith, is having a show in San Francisco on Friday, and as a fellow thought criminal, I’m proud to be a guest artist in the show. I’m a huge Orwell fan and OBEY was in part inspired by 1984. If you are in the Bay area, check it out!  -Shepard

“Greetings from Oblivion”  
 
—Celebrating the 30th Anniversary of Orwell’s “1984″.  

Featuring works by notorious “Thought Criminals”
Doug Rhodes, Erik Chipchase, Shepard Fairey, Jack Perkins and Winston Smith.
Friday, April 4th, 7 pm till 10.
Grant’s Tomb Gallery
50-A Bannam Lane (near corner if Union & Grant in North Beach)
San Francisco, Calif.  94133
One Night Only!
This production is sponsored by
The Collage Museum of San Francisco.
Check out Official Announcement on the website:  www.WinstonSmith.com

Indian Alley

My Friend Stephen Zeigler who curates the art at Indian Alley Sent me this great 360 degree art animation in the alley.
Check it out and support the treaties.

-Shepard

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ZEITGUIDE to Global Warning

Most of you know that I am very concerned about the dangers of climate change.  Dick Cheney said “if there is even a 1% chance of a terrorist attack, we must do everything in our power to be prepared”. 95% of the scientific community agrees that climate change is happening, and is a dramatic threat to the planet, yet far less is being done to fight climate change than to fight terrorism.  My friend Brad Grossman  just put out a new Zeitguide that shows a correlation between climate change and terrorism, or at least, political and economic instability. Please check it out. Thanks for caring.   -Shepard

Americans are coming around to the view that the climate is indeed changing—but a majority still don’t see it posing a serious threat in their lifetime, according to Gallup.

But three articles and reports we tracked in the past week said we better start worrying.

Not because of melting glaciers, species die-off, acidifying oceans, or super storms—among the aspects we discussed in ZEITGUIDE 2014—but because climate change will certainly hurt businesses, the global economy, and political stability.

In sum, because global warming increases the likelihood of war…

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Esquire magazine interview

It makes me very happy when art, music, and politics come together. I was first moved by the powerful combination of those elements on the “Let Them Eat Jellybeans” hardcore compilation with music by Black Flag, Bad Brains, The Dead Kennedys, and the Circle Jerks, with art by Winston Smith. The Circle Jerks soon became a favorite of mine and I found out that their vocalist, Keith Morris, had been the first singer of Black Flag. I saw the Circle Jerks many times over the years in S. Carolina, Rhode Island, and LA.  A few years ago, Keith formed a new band, OFF! with guys from other bands I like including The Burning Brides, Red Kross, and The Blackheart Procession. OFF! totally rock and have a killer vintage hardcore sound, but they sound fresh. I was incredibly honored that after visiting my studio, Keith and Dimitri from OFF! suggested that we collaborate on a 7″ where they’d write a song inspired by my art.  I was blown away by the idea, but instead, they ended up writing the song inspired by the themes in my art first, and then I created the art to fit the song! The result is the Learn To Obey 45 that comes out on Record Store Day. I’m also doing a poster that will come out around the same time. I love the way the music turned out, and I’m proud to have my art associated with OFF!, especially since art genius Raymond Pettibon, one of my favorites, usually does the art for OFF! I kept my approach to the art reverent to Pettibon, but irreverent to greed. Read more and hear the song here.

and don’t miss Record Store Day.

-Shepard

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