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When Fender asked me to help out with the Joe Strummer Telecaster package I was incredibly excited to be able to contribute to the legacy of a man whose music and actions have been such an inspiration for me. When I was asked to write up something about Joe’s inspiration I decided a personal letter I sent to him in the summer before he died would be better than anything else. Some of my friends at Epitaph records called me and said Joe Strummer was at their office if I wanted to come by to meet him. One of my only regrets in life is that I did not deliver this letter and its accompanying package of posters in person. Joe may be gone, but his influence lives everywhere.

Check out the webpage: http://www.fender.com/joestrummer/

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‘E Pluribus Venom’ is the title of Shepard’s most ambitious art exhibit to date and it debuted this month to the masses in NYC, but for him and the rest of the crew, the REAL theme of the past few months was ‘Veni Vidi, Vici’. Not only did we ‘conquer’, but we survived, and THAT was an even taller order. Consecutive long, looong work nights that literally turned into days were mixed alongside non-stop press interviews, subway commutes, taxi cab rides, curious neighborhood passer-byes, DUMBO street lurkers, and art world guests from around the world (and elsewhere).

‘Failure was NOT an option’ (as Shepard’s father would say) and we did NOT fail. Materializing this project wouldn’t have been possible without the small army of co-workers, managers, employees, interns and assistants; there are many we must thank personally- Jonathan Levine and all of his incredible staff, Michael Petrovich, Dan Flores, Stuart Noble, Ernesto Yerena and countless more Studio Number One interns. Our support staff back home in the LA offices-Tina Soikkeli, Jaspr Baj, Russell Varner, and Olivia Perches. Volunteer troopers like Kyle Oldereup, Delphine Ettinger, Kevin Taylor and Todd Schwartz also helped immensely. Adam Wallacavage and Andrew Clark from Curio Wallcoverings were responsible for the amazing flocked patterns at the DUMBO space.

We are really proud of this accomplishment, so get out to see the Jonathan LeVine Gallery in Chelsea (until July 21st) and the especially the temporary space in DUMBO (until July 7th) while you can.

-Jason Filipow


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We are having are summer sample sale again. Don’t sleep on this.

OBEY Clothing summer sample sale
Friday, June 15th from 9am – 7pm
Saturday, June 16th from 9am – 5pm

New address
3500 West Carriage Drive
Santa Ana CA 92704

Early Arrival Suggested
cash & visa/mc only – all sales final!
no returns/exchanges – no bags/backpacks/bad attitudes

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New York Magazine has a feature article on “the Splasher.” Its a good read, go check it out.

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Covert Booking Presents: Punk

Gabba Gabba Heys
Tribute to the RAMONES

A Fabulous Tribute to BLACK FLAG.

Bitches Doin’ Misfits

Tribute to the CLASH

DJ Sets by Shepard Fairey

June 7th, Doors open at 8
Knitting Factory
7021 Hollywood Blvd.

All Ages – Ten Bucks

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An art benefit to preserve and protect the oceans of the world.

June 16th at 6:30pm
1515 marlborough
Riverside, CA 92507

Monster Media and Sea Shepard invite you to “Sea No Evil”. A unique art show event that is close to our hearts. We hope yours too.

At a time when people around the globe seem to be search for ways to make a difference, we have been taken back and amazed by the many accomplishments of Paul Watson and Sea Shepard. Although these accomplishments are merely a starting point to a solution, they do give us the confidence to believe that change is possible.

Partivipating in “Sea No Evil” is a small action that can help create a ripple effect that becoms a global wave of change.

Please come and share this special evening with the participating artists and the many others who care as much as you do about our oceans and environment.

Feel fee to share this invite with whomever may have interests.

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To capture the mood of our times with the album cover for ZEITGEIST—the forthcoming album by THE SMASHING PUMPKINS—the band turned to acclaimed Obey Giant graphic designer and illustrator Shepard Fairey. After being given the album’s title to work with, Fairey came up with a haunting image: it’s a red, black and white illustration of a drowning Statue of Liberty, positioned in front of the sun that is either setting or rising.

“Like a great artist can do, Shepard had summed up very simply a lot of complex themes,” says the band’s Billy Corgan. “He also used the type font from our very first single, and I asked him about it and he had no idea. He was just on point.”

Says Fairey, whose Andre the Giant street art has been seen around the world and whose credits include creating anti-war posters and the poster art for the feature film Walk The Line:

“I think global warming is an issue that is currently relevant, time sensitive, and a symptom of the shortsightedness of the U.S. As a broader metaphor, the drowning Statue of Liberty, a revered icon of the U.S., symbolizes the eminent demise of many of the ideals upon which the nation was founded. Civil liberties, freedom of speech, privacy, etc. have been decreasing since 9/11. The sun in the image could either be setting or rising and this ambiguity shows that there is still hope to turn things around.”

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BOMBSHELL; The Life and Crime of CLAW Money

BOMBSHELL The Life and Crime of CLAW MoneyThursday, May 24, 2007 8:00 – 11:00 pm: Book Signing at Turntable Lab, 424 North Fairfax Music by DJ Blu Jemz & DJ Pube$ 11:00 pm; After Party at Dance Right at La Cita Downtown Los Angeles 336 South Hill St. (btw. 3rd & 4th) Drinks courtesy of Dewars

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Reminisce Providence

In 1993 I was working late night at Kinko’s on some Obey Giant materials when I noticed a guy xeroxing a zine called KILL ROCCO, as in Steve Rocco, the founder of World Industries who many credit with taking the skateboard industry in a negative direction. I told the guy, who introduced himself as John Freeborn, that I had a mini-ramp in my studio and he was welcome to come ride it. He took me up on my offer and totally slayed it on my ramp. We became friends and I sorta sponsored him by giving him t-shirts and stickers. I also put him in my skate and propaganda video “Attention Deficiency Disorder” (which I still have a few VHS copies left of). He started his own skateboard and t-shirt company called GOOD AND EVIL and was kind enough to include a small part for me in his GOOD AND EVIL video in 1995 or so. I’m in section one of the video. The footage of me is on my mini-ramp in my studio in Providence. Notice that in my first run I’m on a normal skateboard, and my second run is on a dinky 70’s toy board. I had more goof off time in 1995. Also, artist Jim Houser is in the video. He actually started drawing and painting seriously while working for me in Providence. John Freeborn went on to co-found Space 1026 in Philadelphia.




(Bueno Aires, Argentina) Las cosas que pasan por la cabeza del gigante Noviembre 1999
Por Carlo Marnitinni
Muchas, pero muchas calcomanías es lo que pensó hacer en un principio. Con una imprenta que tiene elementos del graffiti, algo de collage prolijamente diseñado y un poco de la provocación situacionista llena de intenciones comerciales (que vacían todo su contenido combativo), llegaron después las ideas de Stephen Fairey y su Obey Giant. Interesante. Todos nos quejamos de él, pero heme aquí escribiendo una nota sobre el gigante. André -así se llama a quien debemos obedecer- quiere aparecer en todos lados tal como lo hizo el big brother orwelliano. En parte lo logró. Su página obey giant recibe miles de visitas, sus stickers inundan las ciudades del primer mundo y Fairey ya consiguió que clientes de la talla de Airwalk paguen por sus servicios. Para más información: http://www.obeygiant.com