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SHEPARD DJS @ BARDOT / ART BASEL

I will be DJ’ing a couple times in Miami. This Bardot gig should be fun. If you are in Miami for Art Basel or otherwise… check it out!
-Shepard Fairey

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Honor The Treaties film awarded Best Short Doc.

The “Honor the Treaties” art and film project that began with collaborations by Shepard Fairey, photographer Aaron Huey, and artist Ernesto Yerena has won the Best Short Documentary at the 9th Annual Red Nation Film Festival in Los Angeles.  Last Wednesday the 14 minute film about Aaron Huey and Shepard Fairey by Director  Eric Becker won Best Short Doc.  That same night Shepard was awarded the “Activist Award,” voted on by Native Americans in the Film Industry.  Huey was also honored with the “Vision Award” for evolving dialogue and journalism on Native issues.  Both artists received handmade drums and spoke to an audience about their process last week in Los Angeles.  The speeches culminated with a call to action for both the Native and Activist communities.  “This is the time to be loud.  Make your voices heard!  The Black Hills Are Not For Sale!”

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Safecast – radiation monitoring – please watch!

My long time friend Sean Bonner has been working on a great project called Safecast to measure and report radiation in Japan. The methodology of the project demonstrates that grass roots “do it yourself” ingenuity can accomplish what slow moving governments cannot. Sean comes from punk rock, so he knows the time when it comes to making things happen outside the system. The project is a noble effort, and more exposure is very beneficial. Please take a second to check out the 3 minute doc. Thanks.

-Shepard Fairey

The State of Climate Science

I’ve been convinced, based on science, that humans contribute to climate change(even if we are not the ONLY factor) for years. The scientific community is virtually unanimous in its assessment of global warming as real and a huge threat to the planet. I prefer to hear truth seeking scientists’ opinions over climate change denying spin doctors from fossil fuel companies or religious fanatics who blow it off as “God’s will”. Check out this article that does comparative research and please take this issue seriously for the sake of future generations. Thanks.
-Shepard

V1 X Opening Friday

V1 GALLERY PROUDLY PRESENTS
TONIGHT WE WONT BE BORED – 10 YEARS OF V1 GALLERY
A celebratory exhibition with works from:
André, Andrew Schoultz, Anika Lori, Ari Marcopoulos, Asger Carlsen, Ashley Macomber,Barbara Kruger, Carl Krull, Clayton Brothers, Dash Snow, DearRainDrop, Eine, Erik Parker,Evan Hecox, Faile, Futura, Geoff McFetridge, Hesselholdt og Mejlvang, Henrik Vibskov, HuskMitNavn, Jakob Boeskov, Jacob Holdt, Jamison Brosseau, Jenny Holzer, Jes Brinch, Jesper Dalgaard, John Copeland, Julie Nord, Kasper Sonne, Katherine Bernhardt, Kenny Scharf, Kim Gordon, L. Fong, Mads Lynnerup, Matthew Stone, Misaki Kawai, Misha Hollenbach, NeckFace, Peter Beste, Peter Funch, Pica Pica, Richard Colman, Rory McBeth, Ryan Schneider, Shane Bradford, Shepard Fairey, Steve Powers, Søren Behncke, SørenSolkær Starbird, Thomas Campbell, Thomas Øvlisen, Todd James, Troels Carlsen, Ulrik Crone, Vincent Szarek & Wes Lang.
OPENING: FRIDAY NOVEMEBER 30. 2012. TIME: 17.00 – 22.00
EXHIBITION PERIOD: NOVEMBER 30. – JANUARY 12. 2013.

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Bad Brains “Into the Future” Album DROPS today!

Bad Brains are one of my all-time favorite groups!! I first heard Bad Brains in 1984 on the seminal hardcore compilation LET THEM EAT JELLYBEANS which included their track “Pay To Cum”. I loved the song and I was hungry for more. My friend had the ROIR cassette first Bad Brains album and I was hooked. The record had blistering speed, power, (positive mental)attitude, aggression, and a heap of great melody. On top of the great hardcore songs, there were reggae songs on the album that made it much easier for me to admit to my punk friends that I was secretly Jammin’ to Bob Marley.

 

I made home-made t-shirts on both white(drawn with sharpie) and black(paper-cut stencil) of the iconic first album cover with the Capitol being struck by lightning. I love the ROIR album and Rock For Light, but I was blown away when I picked up I Against I, the bands third album, which diversified their sound with funk grooves, metal flourishes, soulful vocals and song speeds other than “the fastest”. When I saw that the song “I Against I” was playing on MTV’s 120 Minutes I thought that Bad Brains would surely achieve the commercial success they deserved to complement the critical acclaim they’d earned. That didn’t happen because this world isn’t always just and Bad Brains were too far ahead of the curve.

 

I first saw Bad Brains live in ’89 on the tour for Quickness, the follow up album to I Against I at the same venue in Providence R.I. where the video for “I Against I” had been shot. The show was one of the most energetic and chaotic I have ever been to. The venue was WAY over capacity and the crowd was completely possessed by the music. I was amazed by HR’s showmanship and the band’s chops… they were f’ing tight even though the scene was unhinged!

 

I’ve seen Bad Brains many more times since then. I’ve also made a few art pieces in tribute to Bad Brains over the years, and through my friend Glen E. Friedman I was able to do an official art collaboration with the band in 2008. As a result of that collaboration, I became acquaintances with bassist Darryl Jenifer who asked me if I’d be interested in doing the art for the upcoming Bad Brains album which featured the band’s original lineup. It was hard for me to grasp that a band I loved so much would consider me to do their album art, but of course I said “hell yeah”. Darryl shared some of the songs from the “Into The Future” album and they ROCKED! I think the material on this record has a vibe similar to I Against I as powerful but with a great groove.
I’m incredibly honored to create art for this release and to be connected to a band that has provided so much inspiration, energy, and sheer pleasure for me over the years. Thanks Bad Brains! There will be a limited edition 18×24 screen-printed poster of the cover art released in conjunction with the album. All four members of Bad Brains and I will sign it. Stay tuned and keep that P.M.A.
-Shepard Fairey

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Keep Money Out of Politics

Bloomberg News was the first to report on our long awaited campaign to end the auctioning of our elections: “A new coalition, including former Federal Election Commission Chairman Trevor Potter, Republican lobbyist-turned-convicted felon Jack Abramoff, Theodore Roosevelt IV, and representatives of both Occupy Wall Street and the Tea Party have launched a campaign to push Congress to overhaul campaign finance laws. The twist? The group, Represent.us, first plans to get 1 million signatures endorsing the proposals, and then plans to wage campaigns against incumbents in 2014 who don’t sign onto the legislation.”

After more than a year of planning, Represent.Us: the campaign to pass the American Anti-Corruption Act, is off and running. Take a look at the campaign website, watch the two-minute video, and check out the details of the Act.  (Links to other press coverage can be found at the bottom of this post.)

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Justin Van Hoy R.I.P.

This is my friend Justin Van Hoy holding my daughter Vivienne’s hand in 2007. You can tell she is miserable and that Justin is a mean person. I might feel less bad right now if that were true.  Justin passed away yesterday and I’m not sure why. I know why literally… but what I mean is, why?, when there are so many despicable human beings who thrive by causing suffering and live to old age, do kind and good people leave us too young? The only explanation is that karma just has faulty calibration sometimes.    I met Justin through email or maybe old fashioned mail in 2002. He was going to Winthrop University in Rock Hill S.C. where my grandfather had been president in the 70′s, but Justin did not know there was a family connection because my grandfather was my Mom’s dad whose last name was Davis. I was intrigued by the connection. Justin sent some artwork samples and asked if he could intern at my studio. I liked his stuff so I invited him out to LA to intern and he lived at our house. Justin was a pleasure to be around, he did some great art and design, and worked hard, sometimes staying up to help me cut stencils in the garage until the wee hours. I encouraged him to move to LA after he graduated. We did not have enough work at our design studio to hire Justin, but he had made some friends and connections and soon had steady work in LA. He was a frequent contributor to Swindle Magazine and often did graphics for Obey Clothing. He also worked with Mark The Cobrasnake. Justin always reached out to meet up at Tip’s House Thai by our Korea Town office. One day over lunch he told me that a chronic cough he had was caused by a tennis ball sized lump in his chest. It turned out to be cancer, which he fought and beat with chemo once, only to have to go through the process again 18 months later. He and his fiancé Holly got married immediately, just in case the cancer did not go away the second time. Through it all he maintained a great attitude. After beating cancer, Justin helped to start THIS Gallery http://thislosangeles.com where there are always great shows supporting emerging artists. Justin was as much, or more, about incubating the art community as he was about advancing his own art career. The art community will miss you Justin, and Amanda, Vivienne, Madeline, and I will miss you as a good friend. We will meet up again at Tip’s House one day.

-Shepard Fairey

Check out Justin’s art and design at http://work.thedutchpress.com He’d love to know that you stopped by.

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Bring Back the Boardwalks

In the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy we would like to join forces to help rebuild our beloved beach communities of Far Rockaway and Coney Island through art. We want to do something more than just write a check so we are all rallying together to raise money in a fun, unified way so that these places can recover, rebuild and come back stronger than ever.

We are asking many friends to donate, artists to contribute their work, companies to sponsor our event and friends to join our committee to make this event the success it needs to be – and you are one of them!  So please join us and consider being a part of our fundraising effort on Saturday, November 17th from 2-9pm at Trais Gallery on 76 Wooster Street.

100% of the proceeds of the silent auction and all cash donations will go to the recovery and rebuilding of the communities of the Rockaways and Coney Island and we’re not stopping there!  In the coming days we aim to secure a separate fund for our project within their organization to be evenly split 50/50 between Rockaway and Coney Island!

As passionate lovers of Coney Island, and heavily dependent recreationalist’s in the Rockaways we all have a sincere interest to bring these communities back and help the neighborhoods to recover, rebuild and come back from this disastrous nightmare.   Click for more info.

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OBAMA WINS!

Whewwwwwwwww!!!!!!! Is my response to last night’s election. Let’s push things forward!

Four years ago, I knew that electing Obama wouldn’t be the magic bullet to fix every one of the nation’s problems. Another four years of Obama will likely not achieve all I hope for, but it will take us forward, not backward. How far forward we can move depends largely on us, not Obama. Progress depends on how hard we push. I’ve often described my approach as the “inside/outside strategy.” Obama can be an ally on the inside, but we have to use all our voices and resources to push from the outside. Your vote is just one very important part of your voice and power. There are many issues on Obama’s agenda that I’d like to see succeed, and the potential for effective results is greatly enhanced by exterior pressure on government, not just pressure from government.

If you care like I do about the issues of: tax fairness, Wall Street regulation, green energy, fuel efficiency standards, climate change, education, infrastructure and infrastructure jobs, health care, gender equality, and marriage equality, then push Obama and Congress to move these ideas forward.

-Shepard

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