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Help complete the Kurt Vonnegut: Unstuck in Time documentary!

My friend Don Argott partnered with filmmaker Bob Weide, to finish his thirty plus years in the making documentary on Kurt Vonnegut. Don’s former documentaries include “The Art of the Steal” and “Last Days Here” (about the band Pentagram), and are great films. This week the two of them launched a kickstarter campaign to complete the final cut of “Kurt Vonnegut: Unstuck in Time.” If you’re a fan of Vonnegut’s work, please take a moment to contribute, support this campaign, and help yet another enlightening film come to fruition! Click HERE to support!

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Dissobey print release!

I have been a fan of Slick’s graffiti and graphic design since the early 90’s. I was following graffiti of course, where Slick’s street work was legendary, but I also followed the emergence of streetwear brands like X-Large, Third Rail, and Fuct, all of whom Slick did great tee graphics with. I was impressed with Slick’s artistic versatility and his choices of references and subversive twists in his graphics. I finally met Slick about 12 or 13 years ago at an art show at our gallery. He was cool to my face and then did a big drippy tag in our elevator. I didn’t really care except that our landlord said our art shows were attracting “the wrong element” and warned us to keep things clean. After that, Slick and I bumped into each other pretty regularly and at some point he told me he was doing a Buckwheat “OTAY” parody of OBEY. I was flattered and I enjoyed seeing some of the prints around LA. When Slick and I talked about doing an “official” collaboration, we liked the idea of an homage to creative competition and transgression. You either learn to love the chaos of the streets or you don’t last in that realm. Slick and I battled over a prominently located electrical box near MOCA in 2011 and that is what inspired the look of the poster we made. Slick did a great job capturing the look of layers of posters and the printer Black Sunshine translated the image beautifully. Thanks for love, hate, and art Slick!
-Shepard

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Help Find the Lonely Whale!

My friend Adrian Grenier is producing a documentary, 52, about the search for the loneliest whale in the world. When Adrian asked if I could contribute a design to the project to support the Lonely Whale’s kickstarter campaign, I was more than happy to do so. Check out the design, which will be featured on posters and other rewards offered through the campaign.

Check out the kickstarter / video here!

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REMINDER: BOB Marley Photo show opening and print release this Friday!

Don’t forget this Friday would be Bob Marley’s 70th birthday. Come celebrate at the opening of Dennis Morris’s Bob Marley photo show “Revolutionary Dreams,” at Known Gallery in Los Angeles. Get there early for a special limited edition signed collaborative print I did with Dennis. As always, thanks for the support!

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Take action against the Senate’s treacherous Keystone XL pipeline approval now!

I know I sound like a broken record, but until there is campaign finance reform, many members of congress will put the interests of their most powerful donors ahead of the well being of their constituents and the environment. Please read below and support counter-measures!
-Shepard

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Bob Marley | Slave Driver

This Friday, Feb 6. check out the Dennis Morris Bob Marley show “Revolutionary Dreams,” celebrating what would be Bob’s 70th birthday, opening at Known Gallery.  I created a Bob Marley print based on one of Dennis’s photos for this show, that will be for sale there with  a limited number to be released on our website on the following Tuesday.  The Bob Marley print is an edition of 500.  Hope to see you there!
-Shepard

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Peace & Justice – Haiti | 2nd release

We originally released 200 of this print to benefit Artists for Peace and Justice (APJ) with the other 200 to be sold through their channels. Since APJ don’t feel they have adequate infrastructure to do print fulfillment, we are selling the other 200 for them. Support a great organization doing important work in Haiti.
-Shepard

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CHECK OUT SHEPARD’S CAMEO ON PORTLANDIA THURS. JAN. 29 on IFC!

I’m a big fan of Portlandia, Carrie Brownstein and Fred Armisen’s comedy show based on poking fun at the idiosyncrasies of bohemian Portland Oregon, so I was very excited when they asked me to do a cameo. I’ve spent a bit of time and done a few art shows in Portland, so I know where Portlandia finds its inspiration. In fact, the part I play, a jaded art store employee, was set in the exact art store where I bought my art supplies while staying in Portland for a stint a few summers ago. I’m no actor, but this part, along with maybe “jaded art student” or “jaded skate shop employee,” are the closest I’ll ever get to method acting. Fred and Carrie are a blast to hang out with and made the whole experience a lot of fun for me. Here’s a clip from the segment, but you can catch the full episode Thurs. night on IFC.
-Shepard

Portlandia airs Thursdays at 10pm EST on IFC

Click HERE to watch the video clip!

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PATTERN OF CORRUPTION

Cleon Peterson and I recently collaborated on a mural in Miami’s Wynwood district and were happy enough with the end result to decide to make some limited edition screen prints inspired by the mural. Cleon and I both deal with the persistent themes of the fragility of society, human savagery, and corruption in our work. The image has a dichotomy in its hypnotic classical floral pattern with sinister elements woven into it, which caution the viewer to look deeper than an appealing surface presentation.
-Shepard

18 x 24 inch screen print.  Signed by Shepard Fairey and Cleon Peterson.  Numbered editions of 150.  3 colorways available:  Black/White, Gold/Black and Blue/White.  All sets are $120.  Purchase limit is 1 set per person/household only.  Choose your color!  If you purchase more than one set you will be refunded for your last order(s) and we will ship your first order.

Release date: January 27, 2015 at a random time between 10am and 12noon PST in PRINTS

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Interpol Premiere New Music Video / Shepard designs album cover for upcoming 7″

Check out the premiere of Interpol’s new music video for the single “Everything Is Wrong,” directed by Paul Banks!

Be on the lookout on Record Store Day this April 18 for the release of the “Everything Is Wrong” 7-inch featuring a B-side “What is What” and album artwork by Shepard. This is a continuation of the collaboration that began with Shepard’s “El Pintor” inspired mural in Williamsburg, Brooklyn last fall.

More details and tour dates available HERE.

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