Superman may be dead, but the punk spirit is quite alive! Friday night was intense. I was really proud of the art… the paintings, prints, photos, and installation that Dennis and I put together, but my greatest excitement was for the live show with Steve Jones of the Sex Pistols, Billy Idol of Generation X, Clem Burke of Blondie, and Leigh Gorman of Bow Wow Wow. The band is a supergroup of people who helped to shape the sounds of Punk and New Wave. Considering that these bands were all very important to me growing up, to have their members playing in our parking lot was surreal. I guess I was not the only one excited to see the band (and maybe the art), because about 2,000 people showed up, including music lovers like Flea, Moby, Gary Numan, Travis Barker, Steve Stevens, Linda Ramone, Fred Armisen, David Arquette, and others. We were also joined by the stickler fire marshall who was regulating the gallery and stage area capacity, meaning that many of our lovely guests were denied entry… Still, people watched the band perched on top of cars and walls and were dancing in the streets. I couldn’t have had a better time. Dennis Morris’s daughter Pearl warmed up the crowd with three of her own songs, and she sings beautifully! The main event was blistering energy with the band Ritchie Love (named in tribute to Sid’s real name: John Simon Ritchie) ripping through “I Wanna Be Your Dog”, “Somethin’ Else”, “Silly Thing”, “C’mon Everybody”, “Dancing With Myself”, “No Fun”, “My Way”, and “Waiting For The Man”. The band seemed to have a blast, and if the whole experience wasn’t seared in my brain thoroughly enough, Clem Burke signed me his drum sticks as a memento. Fortunately, Jon Furlong of Obey Clothing was there to capture all the action in photos… enjoy! Oh, and if you didn’t get to see the art, it is up until Jan. 11. The remaining Sid letterpress box sets will go for sale on OBEYGIANT.com Dec. 19, so if you are in LA and want to be sure to get a set, come by Subliminal Projects between now and then. Thanks for the support!
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Don’t say there isn’t something for everyone at the SID, Superman Is Dead Opening tomorrow. For those with limited cash for chaos, Subliminal Projects will be releasing a show t-shirt printed by OBEY Clothing and featuring the SID Superman logo for $20 each. They will only be available at the gallery so, Get Yours!
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What started as a huge (but private) thank you for the top patrons of oversubscribed,150% funded A TOTAL DISRUPTION Kickstarter campaign has morphed into a rollicking benefit to raise the funds to build out a premium online search and discovery platform in order to make the hundreds of hours of interview footage with innovators that ATD has captured over the past 3 years an open, searchable online resource in an effort to become the hub for entrepreneurship around the world. Timoner will present this groundbreaking platform at the event.
There will be a live auction with exclusive artwork from all of the artists involved, as well as tickets and meet & greet to Andrew Bird’s upcoming Los Angeles show, dinner & boxing with Josh Harris the notorious star of WE LIVE IN PUBLIC, overnight stay & tour of Zappo’s CEO Tony Hsieh’s revolutionary Downtown Project and more. The ATD Soirée event will be a mix of audio & visual feasting, brain food, and opportunity to experience new ways of life. It is destined to change lives.
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I donated a few prints to this show to raise money for the music charity Strummerville, founded to honor the legacy of Joe Strummer, whose music and activism have been one of my biggest inspirations. Check out!
11am to 7pm OPEN ON SUNDAYS
KEIRA RATHBONE R.G. McHARG III ALEX MAHOOD
ANNIE MACKIN HAYDEN KAYS BOB GRUEN
GRANT FLEMING SHEPARD FAIREY
CRISPIN CHETWYND ALEX COX AND MORE…
My friend Chris Holmes who is a DJ, and not just any DJ, but a DJ with enough style to be Paul McCartney’s DJ, just put together a great mix of the Beatles, Wings, etc… stuff that he has played on Sir Paul’s tours. Check it out!
Here is an exclusive look at one of the new paintings featured in SID: Superman Is Dead, a collaborative exhibition between Dennis Morris and Shepard Fairey, at Subliminal Projects Opening December 13th.
Opening Reception: Friday, December 13 from 8-11pm
Special Opening Night Musical Performance by RITCHIE LOVE featuring: Steve Jones, Billy Idol, Clem Burke, and Leigh Gorman.
($10 suggested donation at the door)
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My friend Juan is dealing with a frustrating situation. I sympathize with him because when I was struggling as a designer people frequently asked me to do work on spec, promising big rewards later, which usually never materialized. Check out Juan’s letter to Spike Lee.
I am creating visuals and working as an executive producer on an amazing new TV series called Rebel Music. As a fan of musicians like The Clash, Public Enemy, Bob Marley, and Rage Against The Machine, I am a huge believer in the power of art and music to serve as platforms for social and political commentary. Rebel Music mirrors the approach and philosophy I’ve embraced throughout my entire career – art as a catalyst for social change. I believe in this project passionately because it highlights REAL people struggling with REAL issues in regions of the world where the same freedoms we take for granted in the U.S. are being fought for daily. The people featured in Rebel Music are courageous and inspiring in their use of music and art to push for justice and humanity. MTV World 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! I’m excited to be working with the Rebel Music team on such a vital project for today’s generation. Avoid apathy!!!… take a look at the Rebel Music site http://www.rebelmusic.com. Here are the show times and can watch the episodes through the main Rebel Music link.
Thanks for caring.
Rebel Music- Show times
MEXICO 12/02 @ 9/8c on MTVu
ISRAEL/PALESTINE 12/09 @ 9/8c on MTVu
INDIA 12/16 @ 9/8c on MTVu
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The Brave New Films drones film Unmanned powerfully cuts through the propaganda of the “War On Terror” to reveal the devastating human consequences of drone strikes where innocent civilians and families are literally and figuratively torn apart. The film reveals why the US war of terror makes America less safe, not more safe, by creating tremendous hostility with those impacted by our indiscriminate drone attacks. BNF scrutinizes the U.S. drone policy with far greater depth than the mainstream media in an effort to get the truth out to people. Anyone who sees value in human life and due process should be appalled by the human rights violations this film exposes. There is a fundraising drive to raise money for the discussion guide and college outreach for the drones film. They are offering copies of the DVD as well as the FREEDOM FROM FEAR t-shirt I designed Please check out the link and support! unmanned.warcosts.com/unmanned_university
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