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Top 5 Moments of 2014

1). Halsey Institute of Contemporary Design (May, 2014)

The Insistent Image: Recurrent Motifs in the Art of Shepard Fairey and Jasper Johns – “This show with the Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art in Charleston, S.C. amplified my focus on the decline of the “American Dream.” Showing with the Halsey for the second time was great because they championed my work when I was far less established, and I like to be loyal to those who have supported me. I also think it was a great opportunity to show how my work has evolved in the last dozen or so years, and Jasper Johns is one of my all-time favorite artists, so it was an incredible honor to show alongside him.” Read more here.

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I have been a big fan of Brave New Films for a long time, long enough that I had to rent or buy their films! Lucky for us, Brave New Films believes in democratizing their content as the technology now allows. Their film “Outfoxed”, a look at the bias of Fox News, is now available online. Check it out, share it, and make a donation so Brave New can continue doing the great work they do!

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Farewell to Freedom

I have been a fan of The Colbert Report since early in it’s run. I really love the character Stephen created, because he brilliantly illuminates and satirizes the techniques of cable news pundits while simultaneously using the aggressive nature of the character to ask tough questions of guests across the political and cultural spectrum. I’m in awe of Colbert’s intelligence and quick wit. I’ve had the honor of being a guest on The Colbert Report a couple of times and my artwork has been used or discussed on the show a few other times. Stephen is such a formidable interviewer, that I almost lost my nerve to go on his show when I was first asked in January 2009. Right before I went on the show, I found out that Stephen and I both went to the same uptight and elite prep school in Charleston, S.C. I felt that our shared experience at Porter-Gaud, a school where the key to survival was being able to verbally and intellectually eviscerate the enemy, made me more prepared for the interview. I hated Porter-Gaud, sought refuge in art, skateboarding, and punk music, and left the school after 9th grade, while Stephen obviously thrived and stayed through graduation. Regardless, I thought I did pretty well in my interview. Click here to watch the interview.

When Stephen asked me if I’d be one of the guests on his farewell show, I was incredibly flattered, but when I was also asked to do a graphic for the final episode, I was humbled. The pressure to do something strong for the FINAL Colbert episode was daunting. With Stephen everything has to be over-the-top, hyperbolic, life-imitates-art or art-imitates-life (who knows which?) ego-driven absurdity, so we conceived an image that would aspire to the grandeur of his final skit. Stephen liked the image I created enough to not only incorporate it into the show, but to allow me to make a limited edition of art prints. They will be available TODAY! I’m grateful to Stephen for his inclusion of me and my work on his show, but I’d mostly like to thank him for being a supreme leader in the war against bullshit! Even in character, it takes incredible smarts and courage to maintain the rigor of his show and bring the heat to George W. Bush at the White House Correspondents’ Dinner. The Colbert Report will be missed, but I’m sure that with his fierce intelligence, Stephen will bring a new dimension to the Late Show. I look forward to it.

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I met Jeffrey Durkin while in San Diego painting my Burmese Monk mural and we discussed his film “Art as a Weapon.” I really liked what the film was about and am happy to be a part of it. He documents and follows a school in Myanmar that teaches street art as a form of non-violent struggle, and shines the light on Buddhism and human rights in Burma – and clearly anything that incorporates art and activism is something that I support. If you have a moment check it out below.
– Shepard

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Dennis Morris / The Bollocks: Release and Book Signing

In 2013, Shepard collaborated with photographer Dennis Morris on a series of works focusing on the life of Sid Vicious, culminating in Subliminal Project’s joint show SID: Superman Is Dead. Dennis’s shots of Sid Vicious served as the basis for this collaboration specifically covering Sid’s volatile tenure as the Sex Pistols’s bassist. Now in 2014, Morris presents a comprehensive exposé of the entire band in his work, The Bollocks. This new publication features a foreword by Shepard and additional texts by Dennis Morris and Billy Idol. Limited to 200 copies, The Bollocks will also come with two individually signed and numbered 18×12 inch prints by Morris to be presented in a hand stenciled wooden box. Be sure to check out this extraordinary glimpse into the world of the Sex Pistols. Click here to purchase and if you’re in the Los Angeles area be sure to check out Dennis’s book signing on Friday, December 19 at Known Gallery on North Fairfax Avenue. Details below:

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Kai and Sunny / Lots of Bits of Star

My friends Kai and Sunny have a great show of new work up at the Jonathan Levine Gallery in NYC. We collaborated on a piece together that is included in the show. Check it out in person if you are in NYC, or online HERE.

Be sure to catch this show before it closes this Saturday, December 20!

Jonathan LeVine Gallery
529 W 20th Street, Gallery I
New York, NY 10011

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Earth Crisis Prints

As you all know I’m concerned about the future of the planet. My political stance on protecting the planet is driven by my concern for the quality of life for future generations, not by any financial benefit for me. When you look at the true motives of those who deny climate change, they are transparent in their greed or their political benefit for those aligning themselves with certain corporate donors. The correlation between Carbon emissions and climate change is virtually unanimous in the scientific community. I’m not an alarmist, but I do think people need to understand reality… check out some of the info on this NASA site: http://climate.nasa.gov The government does not want to send citizens into panic and hysteria, so I imagine these stats err on the mild side. If you aren’t a bit concerned, what is it going to take… Florida, New Orleans, and NYC submerged?

Proceeds from this print will go to the NRDC to aid in their efforts to influence legislation to protect the environment. Thanks for caring.

3 Colorways available.  18 x 24 inch screen print on cream Speckletone paper.  Signed and numbered edition of 200.  Limit 1 per person/household.  $50.

Release date: December 15, 2014 at a random time between 10 and 11am PST in PRINTS

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Agenda Emerge conference

I’ll be at Agenda Emerge in Long Beach, CA on January 6th, 6-10pm. Get tix HERE and enter OBEY to get your $30 posse discount. Agenda Emerge, powered by GroupY, is a creative and brand building conference. Other speakers joining me include: Tinker Hatfield (VP Nike Innovation & Creative Concepts), Bob Hurley (Founder of Hurley), Lyndon Cormack (Co-founder of Herschel Supply), CR Stecyk III, Mike Ness (Lead Singer of Social Distortion), and Ryan Hurley (Creative Director for Hurley).

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A Message from the Shipping Department

Our office will be closed between Dec 22 to Dec 28, 2014.  If you are on the East Coast we recommend that you place your order by Monday, Dec.15 to ensure your order ships before the holiday break.  If you are on the West Coast we recommend that you place your order by Wednesday, Dec. 17  (this is for domestic orders only).  All orders placed on Friday Dec 19 will be shipped after we return on Monday Dec 29th.   Thank you for your patience and support!

Reminder: Obey Giant is located in California.  We ship via Ground Service only. We can not guarantee delivery times so place your order early!  Please let us know if you have any questions by emailing us at [email protected]

Enjoy the holidays!

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The Interpol guys and I were happy enough with our mural collaboration that we decided to make a screen print diptych set of the same art. 450 sets will be signed by me alone, and 100 sets will be signed by me and the band and available on Interpol’s website (SOLD OUT). If you missed the post about my history with Interpol(the band) and our recent mural collaboration… here you go:

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