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50 Shades of Black Box Set

Shepard Fairey has created a limited edition box set with screen prints of each of his 50 new album cover designs inspired by the 12-inch record cover format. The 50 Shades of Black box set is the largest number of images to date and is a work of art itself! Each box set is a limited edition of 200 and includes 50 signed and numbered screen prints of all new album cover designs, as well as an album cover stencil, an LP sticker sheet, and a certificate of authenticity. The box is hand made and features the Sound and Vision LP graphic on the cover presented in gold foil stamping with embossed highlighting throughout.

The box sets will be available on the OBEY website on Thursday, April 24; Two releases are scheduled for 10 am and 3pm PST.

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Earth Day Responsibility

Today is officially Earth Day. Considering that this is the only place we all have to live, I think we should treat EVERY day as Earth Day. I’m not a “wake up and grow yerrr own vegetables or die… meeeaaannn” kinda guy, but hey, it’s cool if you are. I’m mostly just a believer in keeping the earth inhabitable for future generations. We don’t need to behave like greedy, short-sighted, pigs, and we certainly shouldn’t let our corporations behave that way at our expense and their profit. I didn’t create this image for Earth Day, I made it for any day, but it fits, and while we are on the Earth Day topic, let’s not let the corporations paint our green earth black… let’s do what we can to paint our blackening earth a little more green. When I release this “Paint It Black” print, a portion of the proceeds will got to the NRDC to support responsible environmental policy. Enjoy the ambiance today, because I’ve noticed that the atmosphere here isn’t what it used to be. Let’s reverse that trend while we still can. Thanks for caring.


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My 50 Shades of Black show opened Wed. night and the turnout was amazing. I was honored to have so many great people come to the show, including musicians Ian MacKaye from Minor Threat and Fugazi, Chuck Dukowski from Black Flag, Flea, Matt Sorum from Guns ‘n’ Roses and the Cult, Moby, Clem Burke and Frank Infante from Blondie, Tim Armstrong from Rancid and Operation Ivy, London May from Samhain, Everlast and Danny Boy from House of Pain, and Steve Depace from Flipper. The music component of the evening was amazing starting off with The Shrine making ear drums bleed with their Black Flag meets Black Sabbath strain of skate rock heaviness. They are westside skate punks, so it was great to see O.G. icons Jeff Ho and Jim Muir from Zephyr and Dogtown at the show. Next up was my friend, collaborator, and favorite DJ…. Z-Trip. Z-Trip added some fresh mixes to the amazing music he put together for my SOUND & VISION show, and to top it off, he brought out a special guest named LL Cool J! LL is the coolest guy and he crushed us all like jellybeans running through “Mama Said Knock You Out”, “I’m Bad”, and “Rock the Bells”. Those are possibly my three favorite songs of his, so I was blown away to have Z-Trip and LL Cool J performing them together in my gallery parking lot! The show (art and music) was a huge production so a big thanks to Dan Flores, Lorrie Boula, Erica Overskei, Kevin Abrantes, and the rest of our staff for making it happen. Thanks to Jon Furlong for the great photos too. The show is up for a month, so if you couldn’t get in to the opening stop by! My favorite records are there to listen to. -Shepard

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Interview Magazine posted a fantastic Q&A with Shepard discussing 50 Shades of Black, his record collection, punk rock, patriotism, his upcoming show with Jasper Johns and more!  Read the conversation between art correspondent Kurt McVey and check out the incredible photos by photographer Brian Higbee.  50 Shades of Black will be up through May 17, the opening was a huge success so come check it out if you couldn’t make it last night!

Exhibition Dates:   April 16 – May 17, 2014

Subliminal Projects
1331 W Sunset Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90026

Photography by Brian Higbee www.brianhigbee.com

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The “Learn to Obey” 7″ with my art for OFF! comes out on Record Store Day, this Sat. April 19. It is limited, so don’t miss your opportunity to pick it up at a record store. OFF is on tour right now and just released a great new album”Wasted Years” check out http://offofficial.com to snag it and see their tour schedule. OFF suggested we do an art poster of “Learn to Obey”  as well. It will be released next Tues. 50 will be bundled with the 7″, so you can get the art and music in one shot. If you haven’t heard the song check it out.  -Shepard

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In case you missed Shepard’s interview on KPCC this morning, check out the story here: http://bit.ly/1jL7K2v
See you all tonight at SUBLIMINAL PROJECTS!  Doors open at 8pm.

50 Shades Of Black x Shepard Fairey x Subliminal Projects

SHEPARD FAIREY: 50 Shades of Black

Opening Reception:
Wednesday, April 16, 2014
8 – 11 pm

Free to Public
RSVP Required:
[email protected]

Shepard Fairey releases his third installment of new album cover artwork on Wednesday, April 16th at SUBLIMINAL PROJECTS.  Friend and legendary DJ, Z-Trip will be joining him opening night for a special live performance.

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50 Shades box set Flipagram

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I’ve been a die–hard music fan since my youth, but I began to understand the structure of music when I learned to DJ 12 years ago. After a few years of DJing with vinyl, a program called Serato was introduced that allowed me to DJ using MP3’s with the same control I had with vinyl. As a bonus though, unlike vinyl, MP3’s can be edited and remixed. My first production endeavors were simple re-edits of songs for improved mixing. My friend John Goff, a lifelong analog and electronic musician, would help me with these re-edits and indulged me as I became more ambitious with my arrangements. John suggested that we build some original music together. We put some instrumental compositions together, and then serendipitously met Merritt Lear and her former bandmate Joe Cassidy. Merritt added incredible vocals and melody ideas, and Joe added guitar and production/arrangement. We completed two songs, decided to name our project NØISE, and to rush produce a 7 inch for release at my 50 Shades of Black art show. I worked up some art for a screen-printed cover, and we cut and glued 500 sleeves to complete the NØISE “Little Lions” 45 RPM 7 inch. Additionally, all 500 are signed and numbered but will still be priced at $10… with no added “Art Tax” in sight. You can listen to the music on the turntables provided in the Subliminal Projects gallery, or buy it for the art. To be clear though, this is not an art project with music included, it is a music project with art included. We’ll release some stuff digitally eventually, but it’s vinyl only for now. Get the NØISE “Little Lions” 7 inch  at 50 Shades of Black.

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KCRW Exclusive: Z-Trip Soundtrack for Shepard Fairey’s Sound + Vision Exhibit

For all of you who missed my SOUND & VISION opening in London, you’ll have a chance to see Z-Trip at my 50 Shades of Black opening in LA this Wed!  Z-Trip is my favorite DJ and he made an amazing mix for SOUND & VISION that riffed off of the musicians I referenced in my art. You can listen at the link below. I hope he’ll play some of this material Wed., but with Z-Trip, you know whatever he plays will make you shake your rump and pump your fist! Check out the mix!       -Shepard

KCRW Exclusive: Z-Trip Soundtrack for Shepard Fairey’s Sound + Vision Exhibit

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