THE 008, SHEPARD FAIREY PARTNERS WITH UPPER PLAYGROUND TO SUPPORT BARACK OBAMASAN FRANCISCO, February 25, 2008 â€“ In an ongoing effort to secure Democratic hopeful Barack Obama’s presidential bid, The 008, Shepard Fairey and Upper Playground are working together to create t-shirts of Faireyâ€™s popular Obama campaign posters to be distributed throughout Texas prior to the primary on March 4, 2008. In the past month, Fairey announced his endorsement of Obama by creating a limited run of posters adorned with a portrait of the Senator along with the words â€œHopeâ€ and â€œProgressâ€ that have become defining slogans of his campaign.Shepard Fairey and Upper Playground will be offering the t-shirts for purchase at Upper Playground stores and online through www.UpperPlayground.com. The t-shirts are available in both a â€œHopeâ€ and â€œProgressâ€ edition and they each retail for $25. All proceeds from the sales of the Shepard Fairey/Upper Playground collaborative Obama t-shirt will go directly to creating more campaign t-shirts, posters, and stickers by other artists in support of Obama’s bid for President
You can purchase these shirts here.
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Tony Alva was the first guy to catch air out of a pool on a skateboard. That moment, documented by Glen E. Friedman (www.burningflags.com) about 6 months after Glen’s photo below, changed skateboarding forever. Alva’s (the man and the company) impact on skate culture is immeasurable. The second skateboard I ever got back in 1984 was an Alva board. I rode many Alva boards over the years and even got to skate with some of the Alva pros including Tony himself at various points. It is a tremendous honor for me to be able to collaborate on a print with Glen and Tony, both of whom I admire greatly. The prints will first be available at the Alva store, and then on obeygiant.com/store.
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“I may seem Obama obsessed as of late, but after two terms with Bush, Obama is someone to feel optimistic about and is worthy of a good bit of my energy. I’m well beyond jaded hipster posturing these days anyway. My enthusiasm seems to be infectious. My friend Derick Swinfard of Monster Media Inc. was kind enough to donate a 16×30 foot banner for the side of the new Studio Number One office in Echo Park at 1331 Sunset. Also, Reuben Raffael of Sticker Robot www.stickerobot.com printed 50,000 Obama stickers at cost. 1331 Sunset will also house the expanded Subliminal Projects gallery. Learn more at www.subliminalprojects.com.”-Shepard
If you missed out on getting this print, you can print out your ownÂ here
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Tuesday I’ll be the guest DJ on Henry Rollin’s show “Harmony in My Head” along with legendary skateboarder Tony Alva. The show is on LA’s indie 103.1 FM. If you are not in LA listen online at www.indie1031.fm. Expect to hear a lot of punk rock and stories about skateboarding. I can say that I may have had an insider advantage getting the gig considering that I did the indie 103.1 logo and I have done art for Rollins. It is no coincidence that Tony Alva is my co-host. Tony and I recently collaborated on a poster. The poster is my illustration of a photo of Tony from 1977 by photographer Glen E. Friedman who has captured amazing iconic moments in skateboarding, punk rock, and hip hop. Check out his site www.burningflags.com. To celebrate the release of the Alva collaboration, we will be doing a party/art opening Sat. March 8 at the Alva store at 1086 S. Fairfax. The posters as well as some fine art pieces will be available. The posters will be available online March 11. They are signed by me, Tony, and Glen.
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A couple of friends of ours from Aerosol Warfare in Houston were asked to paint a mural of Shepard’s Obama print image on the Obama Campaign Headquarters. We think it brings the message. Good work guys!
And check out the video of it being done after the jump!
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First of all we would like to apologize for the delayed release of the Obama Offset last week. Due to the EXTREME amount of volume to our website and webstore our hosting server crashed. We thought we were sufficiently prepared for the release, with upgrades and release times, but to our surprise an exponential amount of buyers came and continued to stay and attempt to access our site which denied even our web administrators access to the site to upload the print. Essentially, we (just as you) waited until traffic died down enough for us to upload the artwork and release the print. The Obama offset was released and SOLD OUT on Friday afternoon. Unfortunately, we do not have anymore to sell and are not taking any special requests for the prints. We are receiving 100’s of emails regarding the print, its release, and availability, so please do not email us unless your inquiry is unrelated. Once again we apologize for the delay and thanks to all that supported our efforts.
The nytimes has an article about revolutionary campaign posters.
But now everyone is talking about the Social Realist inspired poster of Barack Obama by Los Angeles graphic designer and street artist Shepard Fairey, and how unique it is. In truth itâ€™s not all that unique. Indeed, artists have been inspired by particular candidates for years and have designed posters that break the mold not only in terms of color and style but also in message and tone.
It is worth a read.
Jason Filipow and I met at a skateboard contest in 1986. I dug his style on a skateboard and also soon realized that he was one of the only other people at my school who made stencils. We bonded over skateboarding, punk music, and art. We have been friends ever since. The picture of Jason in the sunglasses was taken in 1988 in Washington D.C. I hand drew the Bad Brains tee with a sharpie by me mixing graphics from their ROIR cassette release and their third album I Against I. I gave Jason the shirt because he said he liked it.
Fast forward to 2004 and I hired Jason to come work for my design studio, and to help me as a fine art assistant. Jason’s help has been invaluable to my progression for many reasons. Since 1986 we have shared a love of many of the same art processes and frequently discussed art theory. I trusted Jason’s opinion, and many aspects of my art evolution were critiqued by Jason. Jason also helped with collage and stencil work that allowed me the freedom to work as a fine artist and graphic designer simultaneously. Without an assistant of Jason’s calibre, aspects of my art or design would have suffered due to lack of time for both. Like George Martin was the guy behind the scenes helping the Beatles sound amazing, Jason has been the guy behind the scenes helping me realize my potential. Well, Tomorrow is Jason’s last day as my full time assistant. He is going to go out on his own to realize his potential as an artist and designer. I can only hope that Jason will achieve all of his dreams to the extent he has helped me achieve mine. As a coincidence, but a fitting twenty year landmark, Jason’s last project for me involves helping to prepare a 12 by 14 foot Obey Bad Brains tribute mural. Jason and I have both said that we do the same things we did in high school, just bigger, and now we get paid for it. Thanks for everything Jason. I’ll miss having a co-worker I have so much history with, who can finish my sentences with Big Lebowski, Spinal Tap, Fargo, or Dodgeball quotes. Good luck.
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Everyone here at OBEY is very disappointed in those who chose to auction their Obama posters, especially their STREET PASTERS on EBAY. A great deal of effort was made by our small crew to get as many posters as possible out on the streets to support the OBAMA campaign before the Primaries. Despite the EBAY screenprint auctions, we decided to basically give away OBAMA posters to people all over the country to help bring awareness. It looks like we were naive in believing that people would be true and do what they actually said they would do. All those that received these street pasters knew that they were not to be auctioned on EBAY or sold anywhere else. Its extremely discouraging when we intentionally make Shep’s art obtainable and affordable for all and in turn are exploited and taken advantage of by GREEDY people. We put 100% of the poster proceeds back into the Obama campaign.
Unfortunately, from here on out we will have to be more cautious in how we conduct our business and with whom. We are still actively checking EBAY for auctions and taking aggressive action against those that continue to take advantage. We stand by what we believe and say and are proud of our mission to keep OBEY accessible to all. A new offset Obama print is going for sale to generate additional revenue to pay for posters for more markets yet to hold primaries. Also, we’d like to make the Obama image accessible at reasonable prices. Don’t reward the ebay vultures!
So on Thursday we are going to be releasing 600, 24×36, signed and numbered HOPE offsets on thick stock at a random time. Prints can be purchased HERE. This offset prints will be $30, 1 per customer/household.
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