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Time Magazine Cover

I’ve been honored to do two Time Magazine covers, one of Barack Obama in 2008 and one of an Occupy Wall Street protester in 2011. Both of these covers reflected my values and belief in the subjects at those times. However the new Mitch McConnell Time cover is not a cover I would ever do. While I appreciate Time’s irony. I don’t agree with the politics of the Republican party, or Mitch McConnell’s voting record. It’s always flattering to be referenced, even in a sarcastic way, but I take the future of our democracy, our country, and the well being of its citizens very seriously. CHANGE is right, but it is in the wrong direction. With the mid-term elections the country took a step backward. I don’t think the Republican platform of tax breaks for the rich, voter suppression, never ending war and fear-mongering, corporate welfare, sexism, and lack of empathy for the struggles of the shrinking middle class really align with the values of most Americans. In my opinion, many Americans voted against their own interests, or did not vote at all in the mid-terms. The result is that the situation for the average American will now be worse and policies that favor corporate interests and Wall Street will be the norm. The hopes for campaign finance reform, one of the only remedies to corporate and political collusion and corruption, will be more dim. Please read this article to understand the potential consequences of Mitch McConnell as majority leader.

I use my art to promote justice and the Republican agenda is the opposite of my vision of justice. Please educate yourself about the issues and the deeper dynamics behind them. I have my own issues with Obama, but the Republicans created many of the problems for the nation that they blame Obama for, and a largely uninformed populace, susceptible to misinformation, believed them. We all need to know what we are really voting for. Thanks for caring.
-Shepard

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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!
-Shepard

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.
-Shepard

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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!
-Shepard

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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.

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