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Honor The Treaties | JUSTICE & PROTECTION Mural

My friend Jaque Fragua and his friend Tom Grey Eyes just finished a great mural for native women’s rights. The mural is part of the HonorTheTreaties project that I have been supporting personally and through the Obey Awareness Program. Check out www.honorthetreaties.org to learn more and support!

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I admire Ai Weiwei for his art and his activism. His art is beautiful in form, and in function embodies the principles of populism and social consciousness I aspire to in my own practice. This poster is a tribute to Ai Weiwei’s art, his courage to be outspoken, and in support of his ongoing political struggle with the Chinese government. I hope the image will help raise awareness and advance dialogue that might lead to permission for Ai Weiwei to travel freely and continue to express himself.   – Shepard

Check out more about the support of Ai Weiwei in collaboration with Friends of Ai Weiwei in this recent article from the Los Angeles Times.

The Ai Weiwei print will be available as a limited edition of 375; the artist is donating 100 posters to the Brooklyn Museum, which will present an Ai Weiwei retrospective exhibition, “Ai Weiwei: According to What?” from April 18 through August 10, 2014. Thanks to Pace Prints for their support.

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Dennis Morris | Bob Marley: Giant

My friend, photographer Dennis Morris, with whom I collaborated on the SID show, has a show of his amazing Bob Marley photos coming up March 29 at the Known Gallery.  Dennis invited me to collaborate on a Marley image as part of the show and I’m very happy with how it turned out. I did a painting and there will be an 18×24 screen print signed by both of us available at the gallery. If you are in the LA area, check it out!


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A talk with Moby and Shepard Fairey at Project Gallery

Moby and I have become friends over the last few years and I was honored that he invited me to join in him in a discussion about art and music at the Project Gallery where his “Innocents” photography is showcased. Our mutual friend, writer Shana Nys Dambrot moderated our discussion and asked great questions about the cross-pollination of art and music, inspiration, punk,  process, etc… Check out Moby’s show before it closes if you are in LA.  -Shepard

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My friend Brad Grossman created the Zeitguide 2014 Cultural Almanac.  It is a powerful digital tool for today’s leaders who strive to positively impact our world.  Each year he produces this yearly cultural almanac to explore the conversations and projections in every industry.  Check it out.  -Shepard

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The Human Trial Print

What’s stopping us from stopping diabetes? Since I was diagnosed with Type1 diabetes (T1D), I’ve heard the cure was only 5 years away. That was almost 30 years ago.  Friends of mine are making a documentary film called The Human Trial (thehumantrial.com) that is following top US researchers in their quest to cure T1D. They are asking the tough questions about why there hasn’t been a cure. I want to see this film get made. Click here to purchase a print of the film poster I created. Get involved. Support the cause.


Shepard Fairey x Charity:Water T-shirt

Space Invader, Faile and I designed limited edition tees in collaboration with BNE to raise funds + awareness for charity:water.  They are a NYC based non-profit on a mission to bring clean and safe drinking water to every person on the planet. Tees are made in the USA with organic cotton and are limited to 100 per artist.  The tees will be released tomorrow: Thursday, 3/13, 10AM PST at BNE.org.

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Unlocking The Truth

A short film about me, “Obey The Artist“, by Ondi Timoner, two time Sundance winner for her documentaries “Dig!” and “We Live In Public”, just premiered at SXSW. I think Ondi did an amazing job on the 15 minute piece on me, which is part of her A TOTAL DISRUPTION project. As a perk of going to the premier, I was able to see some other fun films that were part of the program. There was a fantastic film about artist Kehinde Wiley, an igneous film called Best Sound about making music from the sound of a guy getting drunk, throwing up, and washing the shirt he wipes up his puke with. There was a great piece about the record label DFA, who have put out records by The Rapture and LCD Soundsystem. My favorite doc, because of its subjects, was about a heavy metal band called Unlocking The Truth, comprised of 12 year old black kids from Brooklyn. These kids rock and have such a passion for what they are doing. They are multi-disciplinary shredders because they skateboard too. I think I’m gonna watch them open for Motorhead the 2nd week of April. Check them out!

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Jello Biafra

The Dead Kennedys album “Plastic Surgery Disasters” was one of the first punk albums I bought back in 1984. I loved the music and lyrics from the album, especially the song “Bleed For Me” which skewered Ronnie Reagan’s foreign policy and human rights record.I bought all of the Dead Kennedys albums that were out up to that point and they were a big part of my evolution toward questioning authority and corporate greed. “Fresh Fruit For Rotting Vegetables” is a classic. I have been able to work with Jello Biafra,  the singer and brilliant  lyricist of The Dead Kennedys, on a few projects over the years, and when he asked me to design a portrait skateboard of him for Powell-Peralta I knew I’d ask Glen E Friedman if I could work from one of his photos. Glen liked the way the skateboard turned out enough to suggest we do a screen print. Jello agreed and all three of us signed it. I think this is a pretty special collaboration considering how influential Jello and Glen have been in my life. Oh, Winston Smith deserves a shout out, because he created the Dead Kennedys logo and the Alternative Tentacles logo which are included in the collage.

By the way, Jello Biafra and his band The Guantanamo School of Medicine will be playing live at the Roxy in West Hollywood on April 6. I’ll be there and you should be too. It’s gonna rock.


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Opening Reception this Saturday for APEX


Opening Reception: Saturday, March 8 • 8-11 pm
Exhibition Dates: March 8 – April 5, 2014

SUBLIMINAL PROJECTS is proud to present an exhibition of new work by San Francisco based street artist Apex (aka Ricardo Richey). The works in Warp & Weft are a fresh twist on his 2011 Indigo series, which was originally inspired by Apex’s personal love for jeans and his desire to use denim as a fine art surface in a way that incorporated his street art roots.

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