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LA Philharmonic Hall

Shepard was commissioned by the Los Angeles Philharmonic to do a piece of artwork for their Concrete Frequency Series. The print Shepard created is an image the famous Walt Disney Concert Hall designed by Frank Gehry which is one of Los Angeles’ newest landmarks. For information about the Philharmonic, the Concrete Frequency Series, and Shepard’s involvement please visit, http://www.laphil.com.

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HAPPY HOLIDAYS!!!

From Shepard and everyone here at OBEY, we wanted to wish you a Happy Holiday and Best in the New Year! We also wanted to THANK all of OBEY’s supporters and fans for making this year an extraordinary one – we couldn’t have gotten here without you. We have new works and plans for 2008, so keep checking up on the site and once again,

Thank you and Happy Holidays!

OBEY::WK INTERACT Collaboration

These prints were made for the Agnes B::OBEY::WK INTERACT Collaborative Exhibition that took place in Tokyo and Paris of this year. We happen to get our hands on a few of the prints after they were only available at the exhibitions and now they are available to all of you! This first batch is only signed by Shepard but for those that want the infamous WK signature its coming soon! Stay tuned.Edition 250, Signed by Shepard Only Check out the pictures after the jump.

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OBEY VISUAL definition

VISUAL definition is a contest to provoke creativity. OBEY challenges you to capture the essence of your favorite city, anywhere in the world, in a single photograph. Think of the sights that have influenced you to pick up a camera while prowling a city. The architecture of a building, the sights of a skyline, the street that has a favorite shop, the art that peels off a well weather wall, these are elements that evoke a feeling. It is this emotion that compels you to explore what more the city may have to offer. Show us what inspires you and we will reward the best results with prize packages from both OBEY and Karmaloop for the effort.

The grand prize submission will be offered as a printed, limited edition OBEY/Karmaloop t-shirt, along with a signed version of Supply and Demand, a limited OBEY signed print and an assortment of OBEY product.

Shoot and submit! Enter the contest HERE!!!!

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LA BOMB SQUAD

LA Bombing

Can be seen around town.

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POW PRINT

This week’s print was made to help bring awareness and some funding to a campaign that has a mission to shut down Guantanamo Prison. Witness Against Torture was a group of friends who– as Americans — walked to Guantanamo to visit the prisoners, to perform a work of mercy, to respond to the victims of the war on terrorism.

Once we returned from that journey, we began to organize more broadly to shut down Guantanamo, working with interfaith, human rights and activists organizations. We have planned a series of nonviolent direct actions to expose and decry the administration’s lawlessness, build awareness about torture and indefinite detention amongst Americans and forge human ties with the prisoners at Guantanamo and their families. The profits from this week’s print will be we donated to the Witness Against Torture organization. For more information please visit, www.WitnessTorture.org.

Update: NY Times Article featuring this print.

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London Crush; FINAL

Lond Crush; FINAL

The last of the pictures of London. See Lodon Crush 2 for Photo Credits.

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OBEY::KARMALOOPTV

During this year’s annual trip to Las Vegas for the clothing tradeshow extravaganza, Karmaloop stole Shepard for an in-depth interview about his and OBEY’s history. Check it.

KarmaloopTV.com, a groundbreaking insider’s look at all elements that fuel streetwear culture, launched today and features an exclusive interview with Shepard. Conducted by Karmaloop.com founder Greg Selkoe, the interview is part one of a two part series (the second part will be debuting in the coming weeks).

Bonuses For Dropping Sick Policyholders

This article from the LA Times reminded me that I wanted to post about the flawed health care system. I recently saw Michael Moore’s SICKO on DVD having missed it in the theater. Michael Moore tends to be heavy handed, but his subjects are always worth inspection. The health care industry is of particular interest to me both because my father is a doctor and because I am a type 1 diabetic who is not eligible for insurance within the current system except through group plans. If I were not working for, or in this case owning, a company with the minimum number of employees, I could not get health insurance. SICKO basically shows that the insurance companies are out to make a profit regardless of the human consequences… the less care they give and the more risky patients they decline, the less money they spend. The LA Times piece shows that certain insurers are doling out bonuses based on their employees denying patients care and saving the company money. In SICKO Moore interviews a woman who’s husband dies of cancer because his health insurance denies his treatment. My dad has told me that he frequently is hung out to dry by insurance companies who refuse to pay for very easily justified care he has given patients. The drug and insurance companies have successfully lobbied to crush support for universal health care as “un-American” or “communist”. Once again, big business is manipulating government. If lobbying were made illegal, politicians could not be easily bought and they would be forced to look out for the welfare of their constituents. Please read the article and check out SICKO. www.michaelmoore.com/sicko/trailer/

-Shepard Fairey

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Shepard Fairey Interview – Rise Above Exhibition

http://www.byosmosis.tv Interviews Shepard at the “Rise Above” exhibition in Los Angeles.