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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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My friend, artist, designer, and former co-worker, Phil Lumbang has launched a line of tees and iPhone cases with his bear artwork on them. I appreciate his D.I.Y. spirit and plus, Phil has new twins, so buy some of his stuff so he can afford diapers!

Phil’s website is available here, with new products up every week.

Follow Phil on Instagram @philiplumbang

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Amber Jean Young / There’s A Shape In These Hills I Know

Great turn out for the Subliminal Projects opening of Amber Jean Young’s show, There’s A Shape In These Hills I Know. This is Young’s first solo show in Los Angeles and features unique fabric sculptures, quilts, and wall hangings. Here are some photos from the Opening Night. Be sure to stop by Subliminal Projects between now and November 15th to see these amazing works in-person.

Subliminal Projects
1331 W Sunset Blvd
Los Angeles, CA

Gallery Hours:
Wed – Sat 12-6PM, Tues by Appointment Only
Closed Sun & Mon

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An Evening Of Art With Billy Morrison & Joey Feldman

Shepard is DJing the Rock Against MS foundation benefit called An Evening of Art With Billy Morrison & Joey Feldman this Sunday, October 26th. The event takes place at the world famous Village Recording Studios in Los Angeles and features works by both artists.

Be sure to check out Billy Morrison’s Christmas Grenade piece featured below as well as more work on his site here:

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Poster For George

I was honored to be asked by Dhani and Olivia Harrison to work on a portrait poster to coincide with the major reissue of George Harrison’s first six solo albums, released between 1968 and 1975 on The Beatles’ Apple Records label, digitally remastered from the original analogue masters. The Apple Years 1968-75 will be available on CD and digitally on September 22. Designed to complement Harrison’s 2004 collection, The Dark Horse Years 1976-92, the new box features an exclusive DVD with several video pieces, including a new seven-minute film with previously unreleased footage. The Apple Years box also includes an exclusive perfect-bound book with an introduction by Dhani Harrison, new essays by award-winning radio producer and author Kevin Howlett, and rare and previously unpublished images.

Reissue Purchase Links: Amazon / iTunes

Poster For George will be offered in two editions, Red, and Silver. Both editions limited to 400 signed and numbered copies. Red edition available from Obey Giant web store on 10/23/14 at a random time between 10am and 12pm PST. 1 per household/person. Silver edition to be released 10/24/14 through the George Harrison estate web store at 10am PST located here.

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Glen E. Friedman & Ian MacKaye discuss some of the photographs in MY RULES on Vimeo

As I’ve mentioned previously, I worked on the design and wrote an essay for Glen E. Friedman’s awesome new book MY RULES. The book is a large format beast, weighty literally and in terms of its culturally significant content. Here are a couple of videos, one with Glen discussing some of the photos with long-time friend Ian MacKaye from Minor Threat and Fugazi, and one of his talk at Book Soup attended by his photo subjects like Tony Alva, Christian Hosoi, Jeff Ho, and Russell Simmons. Check them out, but even more importantly, pick up the book if you care about the seminal stages of skateboarding, punk rock, and hip-hop!

Check out more photos from the book signing and the videos on Glen’s site here

Be sure to order your book in advance and get a discount! Click here

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War Child Art of the Guitar Benefit Auction

Shepard was one of 16 artists from music and contemporary art to design a custom Caparelli guitar for an upcoming auction at Bonhams New York on Nov. 9 at 7pm. Guitars were designed by other creative luminaries including Iggy Pop, Michael Stipe, Gus van Sant, and more and all proceeds benefit War Child USA. War Child’s mission is to work with war-affected communities to help children reclaim their childhood through access to education, opportunity and justice. Shepard’s contribution features the aptly named Peace Dove guitar as seen below.

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Obey In Toronto Video

Toronto was the last stop on my seven city mural tour and it was a fun place to end the tour with a bang. The Obey Clothing crew tagged along for this one and photographer Jon Furlong put together this quick montage of the murals and other happenings in Toronto.

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I’m one of the judges for the #MAYDAYin30 video contest. Help reduce the corrupting influence of money in politics.

Get creative and submit your video entry by Thursday, 5 PM – EST. Learn more here.

Thank you for caring,

– Shepard


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Nov. 4 election. Please vote… apathy leaves your future in the hands of those you may not agree with!
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