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Malcolm McLaren

My friend Jason Filipow sent me this piece on Malcolm McLaren. Malcolm managed the Sex Pistols and was married to Vivienne Westwood(who my daughter Vivienne is named after). The Sex Pistols were life changing for me musically, visually, and philosophically. Malcolm was a very important part of their media manipulation strategy and antagonistic stance. Malcolm also was a pioneer in hip hop with his Buffalo Gals track. Keith Haring did part of the art. I was able to hang out with Malcolm a couple times and he was brilliant. It was hard to get a word in, but it was a pleasure to just listen to him. This is a piece from the BBC that is very worth watching.

-Shepard

A Total Disruption Kickstarter x Ondi Timoner

 “Check out my friend, Ondi’s project about empowerment in technology. If you haven’t seen her film “Dig” please check it out!  I’ll be creating a limited edition screen print sometime in the future available only on kickstarter.” – Shepard

Award-winning documentary director Ondi Timoner, whose films include the Sundance champs “DIG!” and “We Live in Public,” is launching her first crowd-funding campaign  to finance an extension of her A Total Disruption website, which chronicles innovators and entrepreneurs in the tech world

“You can’t just be an artist now,” Timoner told TheWrap this week. “You have to be an artist-entrepreneur, and we want to set up a resource to show content creators how it can be done.”

Support the campaign here.

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The war on terrorism begets terrorists

To drone or not to drone?

U.S. drone policy has been a contentious topic over the last few years. Many people seem to be afraid to speak against drones for fear of being seen as “soft on terror”. I first accepted drones because they were presented as a tool to eradicate proven terrorists with surgical precision. The more I learn, the more I am troubled by the volume of civilian casualties. In my opinion, it is impossible to ethically fight “the war on terror” by engaging in terrorism. Any civilian casualty is an act of terrorism by the U.S. If the U.S. claims that civilian casualties are acceptable in the pursuit of terrorists, then the next time there are American hostages taken, it would make sense to drone strike the whole location to make sure the terrorists are taken out. Oh wait, that wouldn’t happen because the lives of U.S. citizens are more sacred than the lives of foreigners. As an advocate of all humanity, I fundamentally disagree with that ideology. The lives of innocent civilians worldwide are just as important as American lives. Even from a strategic standpoint, the hostility that results from the deaths of innocent civilians is a crucial factor in radicalization leading to terrorism. In other words, a sloppy war on terrorism only generates more terrorists. I was happy to see what Tom Brokaw had to say about the issue. Check it out!

-Shepard

Shepard Fairey x Gary Baseman collaborate on Partisan print

I was very happy that the 200 “Partisan” prints available at Gary Baseman’s Skirball show sold out. I was unhappy to hear that some people commented that the poster contradicted my anti-assault rifle “God Saves and Satan Invests” print. The “Partisan” print is  based on a photo of Gary’s father who escaped murder by the Nazi’s in Poland to join up with Russian paratroopers as a partisan. The print is about celebrating Gary’s family history and his father’s courage, not that he was forced to take up arms to survive. The circumstances in the case of Gary’s father are not comparable to Americans craving assault weapons in peacetime. Read more about Gary’s father below. 200 “Partisan” prints signed by me and Gary will be available on obeygiant.com Thurs.
-Shepard

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God Saves & Satan Invests Offset (NRA)

This image has been controversial, but I’m glad to take the heat if it encourages more people to participate in a necessary conversation. I’m not anti- 2nd Amendment, I’m pro-common sense. No one needs an assault rifle with a 50 round clip, especially without a background check. Let’s not allow a powerful organization like the NRA to lobby, use fear tactics,  and ultimately dictate policy that is not supported by the majority of Americans. Please speak up if you believe in safety over intimidation. Thanks for caring.
-Shepard

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Blood Money

I’m glad to see people with the courage to make art critiquing the NRA. Check it out.

-Shepard

Hi guys,

I thought I’d share my latest painting with you before I put out my press release.
It’s called “Blood Money.”  Needless to say, it was inspired by the 46 senators who disregarded the will of the American people on the gun control. It was the most blatant and egregious example of special interests subverting our democracy. I’m looking for unique ways to put it out there and expose them for what they are … corrupt.
Kind Regards,
Michael D’Antuono
www.ArtandResponse.com

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Skateboarding teaches resilience

My friend Jason Filipow found this shot of me from the summer of ’88 on the internet. We don’t know who took the photo, but it is from a spot called the Junkyard, an abandoned concrete slab on Sullivan’s Island South Carolina. The Junkyard was a really fun spot where we built a bunch of ramps as we were able to buy or “acquire” wood. I remember clearly that I was riding an S.M.A Rocco Division Jesse Martinez with OJ Team Rider wheels and independent trucks. I learned to ollie boardslide handrails on that setup. We had a great crew that skated The Junkyard almost daily, including Jason Filipow, Alfred Hawkins(who can be seen at the right edge of the frame), David Stowe, and Kevin Taylor. I’m still friends with all of them,  and they are all successful artists and designers. The creativity and rebellion of skateboarding shaped who we’ve become profoundly. I’m teaching my daughter to skate now. I was reminded of another valuable thing skateboarding helped me with after I slammed on my tail bone skating with my daughter today… resilience! Skateboarding taught me to cope with pain and keep going.

-Shepard

 

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BBC News – Tributes paid to Pink Floyd album artist Storm Thorgerson

Storm Thorgerson the amazing photographer and designer behind some of the most iconic album covers of all time has passed away. I was able to co-host an event for Storm here in LA and ask him about his process on some of his images. He was a funny, intense, iconoclastic guy. He will be missed. I can’t wait to see the film “Taken By Storm”. Check out the trailer.

-Shepard
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Rodriguez Poster by Ernesto Yerena

My friend Ernesto Yerena made a poster for Sixto Rodriguez, the subject of the Oscar Winning Documentary “Searching for Sugar Man”. Check it out!
-Shepard

Recently I had the honor to work on a collaborative print with the legendary Sixto Rodriguez who is the subject of the Oscar Winning Documentary “Searching for Sugar Man“.  To me Rodriguez encompasses key qualities that I see in my heroes which are hard work ethic, creative genius, resiliency, sincerity, and above all humility.  Rodriguez’s life to me represents a epic survival story of the struggles of the working class here in the states.   Overall its a honor to work on this piece and I look forward to see what Rodriguez has in store for us in the Future.  PS. If you are planning on going to any of his US TOUR Shows look out for the Tour Poster I designed at the merch table.  thanks  -Ernesto

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Party for Garcetti Tomorrow

Attention Angelinos:  This Wednesday in Silverlake,  Party in support of  Eric Garcetti at Mack Sennett studios, 1215 Bates Ave, LA 90029.  Featuring Questlove and Embassy DJs.  9pm. Photo booth, Nail Art… Click below to see flyer.

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