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Rebel Music 2

I’m proud to be an executive producer on MTV’s new show Rebel Music.
I’ve also created the visuals for the show. In the second season
premiere we are pointing the lens on the struggles the Native American
community faces here on our own soil. The people featured in Rebel
Music are courageous and inspiring in their use of music and art to
push for justice and humanity. MTV has the ability to reach a huge
audience and give voices to young people highlighting the power of the
combination of music, art, and activism. If you are like me, and you’d
like to see more programming that gives voice to creative people with
great ideas questioning orthodoxy, please tune in to Rebel Music and
spread the word about it!

Exclusive premiere on MTV’s FB page, 4 pm ET/ 1pm PT, Thursday, Nov 13th.

Rock the Casbah!

Please take a moment to check out Rock the Casbah – an EP by Ranking Roger & Dopegrinders featuring 5 rare and collaborative tracks with Joe Strummer and the Clash. All profits from the sales will go to Strummerville – The Joe Strummer New Music Foundation. Strummerville promotes Joe’s legacy of creativity and compassion by funding music programs for underserved communities around the world, a philosophy that I shared with Joe and share with his widow Lucinda who runs the operation. Music, like art, inspires and empowers and I’m happy to support the Strummerville charity, please show your support as well! You can pre-order the EP now exclusively through PledgeMusic; it releases in December 2014, which marks the 12-year anniversary of Joe’s death. Thank you for caring, we miss you Joe!
– Shepard

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Black Keys Turn Blue

After creating the posters for the Black Keys shows at Madison Square Gardens in 2012, I was honored to be asked to do the LA Forum poster for the band’s Turn Blue tour. The Black Keys are one of my favorite bands and they have been making consistently great albums. Their newest, Turn Blue, rocks as always, but has a brooding, soulful, psychedelic side as well. I love the art for the album, designed by Patrick Carney’s brother Michael, so I decided I should riff off of that art and color palette for my show poster. I’m very happy with how the black, metallic silver, electric blue, and pink work together on the grey paper. Jake Bugg is excellent also, so I’m looking forward to the show.

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Today’s the day, go out and vote!

I’d like our democracy to work better but one thing’s for sure, if you don’t vote it will become worse. Go out and vote today!
– Shepard

Take a selfie at the ballot and tag @obeygiant and #obeygiantvotes on instagram. We will repost our favorite selfies!

Vote Yes on Prop 47 tomorrow / support education over Imprisonment

America has the highest rate of incarceration on the planet but I’d prefer if it had the highest quality of education! Please support Prop 47 tomorrow to shift our spending from incarcerating people for low level crimes to giving them the education that gives them life options. Thanks for caring.
– Shepard

Cast YOUR vote tomorrow and let YOUR voice be heard.
Stop wasting prison space on low-level crimes, save hundreds of millions in prison costs, and a re-invest the money into prevention, treatment and schools. Imagine a better future for California. VOTE yes on 47!

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Joan Jett’s full, uncensored, fury / Your help is crucial, right now!

As flawed as our two party system is, it is essential to vote for the people who come closest to representing your views and interests. I already cast my votes by write in, but if I hadn’t I’d be at the polls Tues. As a supporter of Move On, and a big fan of Joan Jett, I wanted to share this message from Joan about the Republican assault on women’s rights. Check it out and stand up for equality!

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Russell Brand brandishes Power & Glory Day of the Dead Skull print

The Power and Glory Day of the Dead Skull prints drop today! Russell Brand got his, make sure to get yours too! Check out the details here.

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Halloween Art Event

If you’re in LA for Halloween be sure to check out this rad Halloween art event in Echo Park. Our friends Bomit, Art Primo, and EggShell Stickers will have stickers and beer as their tricks and treats. Details are below, hope to see you there!

Who: Bomit, Art Primo, EggShell Stickers
What: Art Event – Stickers & Beer
When: Friday, Oct. 31st 2014 from 10pm-2am
Where: 1461 W. Sunset Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90026

More information online here: http://bomit.com/party.htm

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Mayday in 30 Contest Results Are In!

The results are in for the MAYDAY in 30 video contest! Check out the “behind the scenes” video of the judging process which Shepard participated in, as well as the winning videos here.

Power & Glory Day of the Dead Skull

The Power & Glory Day of the Dead Skull is my second collaboration with Ernesto Yerena on a Day of the Dead skull. Our first skull was more of a general homage to the Dia De Los Muertos style, but this one is more topical. If the idea of the Day of the Dead is to remember those souls who occupied the earth before us, then I can’t help but think about how those who come after us will remember us. Were we good stewards of the earth and the legacy of humanity? Ernesto and I have similar political views on war, greed, human rights, corruption, and the destruction of the planet, so we decided to make this skull about those subjects. I did a show exploring the dark sides of Power & Glory and this skull image is another cautionary call for us to think about our values and the legacy we will be remembered for.

The first time Shepard and I collaborated on a skull was in 2008 and since then I have created my own versions of skulls once a year. For each skull I have chosen a certain theme to go off of, using the iconic Dia De Los Muertos style but also using it as a platform to make a specific statement and to celebrate culture or history. For this collaboration Shepard and I went back and forth and we chose this theme to incorporate the downfalls of living in a country that has taken the course of an Empire. In a way this piece serves as a time capsule for us to lament what our government is doing at this moment. – Ernesto Yerena

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