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Dia de los muertos


This Day of the Dead (Dia de los Muertos) print collaboration was mostly executed by my friend and co-worker Ernesto Yerena with a little help from me. Ernesto is the closest thing to an apprentice I’ve ever had, but beyond just learning my art and design style, he brings his own influences into the mix at our studio. Read what Ernesto has to say about the inspiration for the print.

Being from the border-towns of El Centro CA, U.S. / Mexicali B.C., MX  I have always been proud of both of my cultures and never belonged to one particular group or subculture.  Since Mexicali is more of a modern city compared to most cities in the southern region of Mexico I never really got to experience the full effect of the Day of the Dead until I moved to Los Angeles where I see iconic DOTD sculptures, painting, posters , etc.. really often because of the Latin population that originates from southern region of Mexico and throughout Latin America.  Overtime the DOTD culture has been adopted by many different people not just latinos from skaters to art collectors which is a good example of the same type of cultural overlay that has made this country what it is.  This image is my interpretation of your typical DOTD skull that symbolizes my heritage, my home of LA, and what we do here at Obey Giant.

Edition of 300, Signed by Shepard and Ernesto, On sale 11/1/08

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Obama x Z-Trip x Shepard x Fresh Pressed

Barack Obama x Z-Trip x Shepard Fairey x Fresh Pressed from Barack On! Obamathon on Vimeo.

Looks good, Nic and Z!

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Johnny Ramone

I first got into the Ramones in 1984 and they quickly became one of my favorite groups of all time. I saw them live in 1988 and 1989 and the shows were non-stop blistering action. I was recently honored to be asked to do the logo for johnnyramonearmy.com. I was very pleased with the logo and asked if I could make a fine art piece of the illustration. This poster was created from the fine art piece. There are two color ways. A black and gold color way is available through Obey Giant, and a black and red version is available through Johnny Ramone’s Official Store Here . Check them both out.

I saw the Ramones three times, but the show I saw in the fall of 1988 at the Living Room in Providence R.I. was the most intense. The Living Room should have held 500, but in Providence clubs paid off the cops and there were probably 1,000 people in the venue. Jane’s Addiction opened up and raised the energy level. When the Ramones came on the crowd was ready to go nuts. I was near the stage and the crowd surged forward compressing everyone so tightly that I thought my ribs would be crushed. I could actually pick my feet off the ground simultaneously without using my hands. The Ramones played non-stop, no breaks between songs for about two hours. The band was super tight. Johnny leaned into the crowd and didn’t even take his leather jacket off for an hour even though it was sweaty as hell in there. Joey’s hair was in his eyes but he stayed planted in front of the mic and sounded great. Providence loves the Ramones, so the crowd energy never waned. At certain points I felt like I was going to suffocate or be crushed, but I refused to give up my spot right at the front. It may seem weird to say you are having the time of your life fighting for your life, but that’s the only way I can describe that show.”


For info please visit www.johnnyramone.com and the Johnny Ramone Official Store

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red, white, and blue collar

While my days are spent at Obey Giant, my nights and weekends are devoted to writing and producing music.  The coming presidential election and Shepard’s Obama poster inspired me to my own act of patriotism.  The song, “Red White and Blue Collar”  is my call to action.  Change is in OUR hands!  Let’s do what we can to create the world we want to live in!  Make sure one of your actions is voting on November 4th, next Tuesday.   The video was filmed at McArthur Park by Angela Heine and at Subliminal Projects gallery by Derek Millner, who also did the editing.
Thank you Shepard!

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For more info on Jaspr’s music go to: http://www.jaspr.us

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mad history

Check out this link to a plethora of parodies of my Obama HOPE poster. I’m very happy that the HOPE poster has become such a point of reference. One parody that is not included is something I consider a high point in my career for pop culture recognition. Mad Magazine’s new cover is a spoof of my Obama image. I loved Mad as a kid. I think Mad’s satire heightened my understanding of irony and hypocrisy. I’m very excited to be a part of Mad’s history.


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Berliner Liste 2008 Art Fair

Merry Karnowsky Gallery
Featuring the work of Shepard Fairey, Camille Rose Garcia and Kill Pixie 3rd floor in room 54.

On the BERLINER LISTE 2008 –
fair for contemporary art, photography and art since 1960
73 galleries from 10 countries show their selection of art works.

Join us at the opening reception on Wednesday, October 29, 6 – 12pm
at the old 5 star hotel Cumberland at Kurfürstendamm 193 – 194

regular opening hours:
Thursday, October 30 until Saturday, November 1, noon to 9 pm
Sunday, November 2, noon to 7 pm

further informations on www.berliner-liste.org

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full coverage – part 2 – boston

Special Thanks to our friend, for some fresh shots.  And again, much respect to the Crew.

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full coverage – part 1 – dc

Shep and crew just got back from a week long trip to DC and Boston and needless to say the capital city was crushed.  Here are some pics of some of the damage, courtesy of arrestedmotion.com. Special acknowledgments go out to the OBEY Crew for making it sooooo special.  Enjoy.

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shepard for obama

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Regime Change Starts at Home

Group Exhibition featuring Shepard Fairey, Al Farrow, Paul D. Miller

Opening reception with the artists:  Saturday, October 18, 6-9PM
October 18 – December 6

1412 14th St., NW, Washington, DC 20005
Phone: (202) 332-8767

Artists’ Dialogue at the Corcoran Gallery of Art
Friday, October 17, 7PM

Art Meets Politics: Shepard Fairey and Al Farrow in Dialogue. Shepard Fairey and Al Farrow discuss their innovative work and reflect on the social and political issues that inspire them. Sarah Newman, Curator of Contemporary Art, Corcoran Gallery of Art, will moderate the discussion. A reception follows the program.

To Purchase Tickets Click Here

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