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The 3rd Annual Rock and Roll Carnival – Tickets on Sale NOW!

I donated some art to this event. There are great performers… Jonathan Richman of The Modern Lovers(you better google Roadrunner and Pablo Picasso if you don’t know ‘em) and John Doe from X! Polyphonic Spree are great too. It will be fun and supports a good cause.
-Shepard

Musack 2013 from Tessa Olson on Vimeo.

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DUMBO LOTUS WOMAN MURAL

The crew and I headed out to NY for the Wooster Collective 10th Anniversary Show and did a mural over in the DUMBO section of Brooklyn. The wall is near where I did my E Pluribus Venom show, and Jonathan Levine was kind enough to help facilitate the 26×46 foot beautiful brick wall right by the York St. subway stop (Jay & York Street). I wanted to retain the character of the brick, so I just stained it a little darker and then painted on top of the stain. We had good weather so it went pretty quickly. WK Interact and Pat Miller stopped by to say hi as well as my RISD pals from Urban Folk Art, Adam and Jason. Thanks to Z Bomit, Kyle, Nic, Jon, and Dan and JLV Staff for their help!
-Shepard

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Free Barrett Brown / Jeremy Hammond Fundraiser

I have complained about the war on whistleblowers several times, but here I go again. History is littered with examples of people who were persecuted/prosecuted for acts that society later considered noble and are now highly regarded as stands for the greater good. Jeremy Hammond and Barrett Brown are suffering for trying to alert the public to things that should not be secret. Read more about them and support justice and this fundraiser. I donated some prints.
-Shepard

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Not Great Men

The Not Great Men print was inspired by the Gang of Four song of the same name from their album “Entertainment”.. Gang of Four are a great band musically and lyrically with many of their songs tackling subjects like consumption, capitalism, obsession with power, exploitation, narcissism, and class structure. The song Not Great Men has long struck me as a wise indictment of the contradiction or paradox of leadership and power. It takes assertive, charismatic people with self-confidence to be leaders, but on the dark side, leaders are often power hungry, manipulative, and abusive of their power. Once someone has power it is not only possible for them to shape history for better or worse, but it is also easier for them to manipulate historical portrayal of their role in their favor. I think Gang of Four’s point with Not Great Men is to suggest that power is not inherently great and should be feared as much as revered. The world is often shaped by those who are not great men. On a personal note, I think a larger percentage of women in public leadership roles would bring more diplomacy, fairness, and benevolence. Of course, that is a generalization because one can cite Margaret Thatcher and Imelda Marcos as brutal women. Regardless of gender, the public needs to be less seduced by, and in awe of, power… and leaders need more checks and balances to their power.

-Shepard

18 x 24 inch screen print.  Signed and numbered edition of 450.  $45.  Limit 1 per person/household.

Release date: Tuesday August 20, 2013 at a random time between 10am and 12 noon PST in the Prints page of the store.  Find it here.

Chris Stein of BLONDIE photo exhibit

Blondie guitarist and primary songwriter Chris Stein has an opening of his photography tonight at the Morrison Hotel gallery at the Sunset Marquis. He has amazing photos of his friends and contemporaries. He and I are collaborating on a poster of Joan Jett that he took on Blondie’s first trip to LA. Look out for that soon with at least some being signed by me, Chris, and Joan. This show is not to be missed!

-Shepard

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OBEY Awareness: Honor The Treaties

Today marks the official launch to our new OBEY Awareness campaign, Honor the Treaties. Honor the Treaties is an organization dedicated to amplifying the voices of indigenous communities through art and advocacy. We do that by funding collaborations between Native artists and Native advocacy groups so that their messages can reach a wider audience. Every shirt sold through this campaign helps support a Native artist and their work with a partner organization. All funding is channeled through The Lakota People’s Law Project (501c3).  Click here for  Honor the Treaties t-shirts.

Honor the Treaties | The Film from eric becker on Vimeo.

The 9th Annual Johnny Ramone Tribute

I’m a looooong time fan of the Ramones and was honored to do the Johnny Ramone Army logo. Linda puts on this awesome event every year that merges Ramones and weird pop culture. John Waters and Traci Lords will be there this year. Check it out!!!
-Shepard

10 Years of Wooster Collective

10 Years of Wooster Collective: 2003-2013
An Exhibition Curated by Marc & Sara Schiller

Exhibition celebrates urban art and its incredible diversity of creativity over the past decade.  The show features work by Shepard Fairey, Space Invader, JR, Anthony Lister, Ben Eine, Bast, Blek le Rat, Crash, Paul Insect and many more greats.  Check it out if you’re in NYC!

Opening Reception:
Wednesday, August 7 | 7-9pm

Pop-Up Location:
525 West 22nd Street, New York, NY 10011

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Stamping Money is not Illegal

If you have been frustrated by the bureaucracy around political corruption and campaign finance reform, take direct action to make your voice heard! Check out the site started by Ben Cohen, long time progressive activist and co-founder of Ben & Jerry’s. I may do a money stamp for them. Turns out that stamping money is not illegal, but it is a great canvas for discouraging political bribery that should be illegal. Get stampin’!

BDX LAX Faraway So Close

SUBLIMINAL PROJECTS and FLASH ASSOCIATION presents

BDX-LAX: FARAWAY SO CLOSE

Opening Reception: Friday, August 2 • 8 – 11 PM

Exhibition Dates: August 2 – August 24, 2013

BDX-LAX: Faraway So Close is a group exhibition featuring contemporary artists from Los Angeles and Bordeaux (twin cities since 1964). SUBLIMINAL PROJECTS is the first West Coast venue this ongoing exchange has been exhibited. The aim of the project is to support and promote the local art scene of both cities through an exhibition series that alternates between locations each year, featuring contemporary artists from both areas.

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