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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.

FOUNDATION ONE GALLERY PRESENTS THE GRIND

The Swift-Cantrell public skate park is being built in Kennesaw, GA. The park will be included in the Swift-Cantrell mixed recreational use park now under construction just outside of downtown Kennesaw. The planned 30,000 sq. ft. concrete skate park will include street and transition skating areas and will be designed and built by one of the top skate park designers in the country. Costing an estimated $1,000,000 the park will be the first and only public skate park in the area. For more information on the Swift-Cantrell Skatepark, visit www.swiftcantrellskatepark.com or contact Zak Cochran at zak@kennesawskatepark.com

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White Space with Chris Yormick

Check out this free event in New York on Thursday. This event will also be the Icons Issue 2 Release party for swindle Magazine.  There will be free issues of the Icons 2 at the party.

In collaboration with W Hotels’ White Space project, SWINDLE presents an exhibition of works by Chris Yormick at W Times Square. W Hotels’ White Space is a program that brings an ever-changing visual/sensory experience in the public spaces of W Hotels, while supporting the work of emerging artists.

Chris Yormick’s approach to painting reflects his teenage years spent in DC in the late 80’s and early 90’s as a skateboarder and graffiti writer with a special sense of balance between physical and structure. Yormick has made a formidable career as an artist, designer and art director, utilizing his unique understanding of compositional balance. Yormick’s artwork has been features in gallery shows over the world. He has done design work for clients such as DefJam, eS Footwear, Fuel TV & more.

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LED ZEPPELIN – MOTHERSHIP

I was recently asked to do the package for Led Zeppelin’s two CD one DVD greatest hits package Mothership. Zep is one of my favorite bands of all time and if they aren’t one of yours, you need to check that your DNA is human. If my art is 1 percent as good as this band I’m in good shape. What I’m trying to say is that the opportunity for me to hitch a ride on the coat tails of such an influential band is an honor and a coup. I was also asked to make a limited run of screen prints. 400 to be exact, of which 100 are for sale on obeygiant.com and the rest will be sent out selectively by the band and label. One hand painted multiple on collage will be available at my Merry Karnowsky Gallery exhibition, IMPERFECT UNION, opening December 1st.

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