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Jim Houser | Message Bearer

JimHouser and I have been friends for many years, in fact, in the mid ‘90s he worked for me cutting stickers. I’m a big fan of his art. His work captures a specific whimsy and its aesthetic has quintessentially become his signature. Jim is a great artist who continues to produce thoughtful and accessible work and I’m excited that he is participating at Art Alliance Chicago July 31- Aug 4. Get your advance discounted tix here: http://www.artalliance.com/exhibit/ Only $10!



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OBEY CLOTHING Warehouse Sale

Calling all shirkers and lurkers, the OBEY CLOTHING Summer warehouse sale is finally upon us! Come get down in the sunshine June 28th – June 29th, doors open early at 7am on both days.  As it gets closer to the sale we’ll be posting photos of all the goods that will be available, so stay tuned!

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I’ve been a fan of Juxtapoz since it came out 20 years ago. At the time, no other art magazine was addressing counter-cultural art like low-brow, graffiti/street art, etc. in such a comprehensive way. My career changed for the better when I got a partial Juxtapoz cover in 1998 (thanks guys!).  The editors and everyone at Juxtapoz have always been very generous to me, and I’m excited for my third cover on the magazine which just came out for this month’s issue.  The cover art and feature story showcases work from my most recent show “Power & Glory” which was symbolically significant for me as a Charleston S.C. homecoming. I was shown alongside Pop Art icon and fellow South Carolinian Jasper Johns. Thank you Juxtapoz for covering the show!

 – Shepard

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“Punk Icons” for “Punk the Capital, Straight from Washington D.C. Documentary”

Check out the “Punk Icons” print I put together to help with the “Punk the Capital” Kickstarter Campaign.  The filmmakers James Schneider and Paul Bishow are telling the story of the hugely influential DC punk and hardcore music scene.  The campaign is nearing its end and these guys are so close to reaching their goal.  As you may know, Kickstarter is all-or-nothing, meaning that they have to reach their goal in order to get any of the money raised.  Help contribute with even the smallest amount.  You can also pledge a certain amount and get my “Punk Icons” print.  There are only 10 of these available and they are truly one-of-a-kind.   Each print is a 18 x 24 inch giclée print signed and exclusive for this campaign.

You can pledge money to the making of this film and read more about it here.


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Beastie Boys Win Lawsuit

I was glad to get a message this morning letting me know that the Beastie Boys prevailed in their copyright lawsuit with Monster Beverage. My friend Z Trip was dragged into the lawsuit because it was his Beasties mix used by Monster, so this win serves as vindication for him as well. Check out this article from the Rolling Stone about the case and verdict.

Beastie Boys Win $1.7 Million in Monster Energy Copyright Lawsuit


I live in my heart, my head, in the past and in the future all at once. My body feels as if it has seen a hundred million years and yet is new. I miss everyone I have ever loved at every moment. The universe is so large and unforgiving that all we can do is hold on and take care of one another…because in the end we are just dust and more dust, born from ruins.        – Monica Canilao

SUBLIMINAL PROJECTS is pleased to present Born From Ruins, the first solo exhibition in Los Angeles for Oakland based artist Monica Canilao. The exhibition will feature a prolific range of Canilao’s work including an immersive site-specific installation, a crystal coffin, junk chandeliers, mixed media collages, a paper quilt, parlor portraits, works on paper of painted birds, and a new series of never-before-seen Shibari inspired photographs.

Opening Reception: Saturday, June 7 · 8-11 pm

Exhibition Dates: June 7 – July 5, 2014

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My new body of work, Power & Glory, debuted last week in my hometown of Charleston, S.C., alongside a selection of works by Jasper Johns in the exhibit titled “The Insistent Image: Recurrent Motifs in the Art of Shepard Fairey and Jasper Johns.”  It was truly an honor to show my work with an artist that has inspired me, and being a fellow Southerner, allowed me to feel like I had a place in the art world.  To be embraced by the city of Charleston in the way that I was and to have my artwork displayed in the public sphere without the threat of arrest, is something I would have never expected earlier in my career.  I spent much of May in the city working with my team and the Halsey team to make this all come to fruition and into a GIANT success.  It was a huge undertaking and I couldn’t do it without the help of Mark Sloan and his wonderful team, Dan Flores, Nicholas Bowers, Z James, Rob Zagula, Jon Furlong, Angela Chvarak and everyone else that helped the project come together.  During my stay I was able to see many old friends and family and I’m so thankful that I got to share my art and the message behind Power & Glory.  The decline of the “American Dream” is a reality that we all face and I hope that my work has helped bring some of the issues causing the fall to the forefront.


Check out this video by Brett Novak about my art and the messages explored in this exhibition.

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A Total Disruption to premier 3 Short Films

Ondi Timoner and her team at A Total Disruption have put together three short films, which together will be premiered at the upcoming Sheffield Doc Fest on June 9th. In this clip you see glimpses into OBEY THE ARTIST, her short documentary following me, as well as pieces from the two other films one about my good friend and sharp-witted Russell Brand, as well as the innovative and tech-savvy Amanda Palmer.  Check it out!

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The Black Hills Are Not For Sale Prints

My friend, National Geographic photographer Aaron Huey, is opening up a print shop of his work today and launching it with a secret stash of our (previously sold out) collaboration The Black Hills Are Not For Sale screen prints that we created for Honor The Treaties – an organization dedicated to amplifying the voices of Indigenous communities through art and advocacy.  Find the prints and Aaron’s photographs from Pine Ridge at www.outsiderpublishing.com.

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PAY 2 PLAY: Democracy’s High Stakes Kickstarter Campaign

The following is a message from my friend John Wellington Ennis, Director of PAY 2 PLAY.  Please support his film if you can.  -Shepard

We are so proud to have nearly wrapped PAY 2 PLAY: Democracy’s High Stakes, after years of following Ohio elections, investigating corruption, and chronicling activism.  Audiences have already laughed and cheered with this film, reform groups are using this movie as an organizing tool, and now we need your help to bring it to the mainstream audiences that will be vital to meaningful change.

We have launched a Kickstarter campaign to finance the self-distribution of our documentary. If you have supported us in the past, you’ll already be able to see your name in the closing credits, because every little bit of encouragement helped us get this far.  Since we know people are inundated by requests, we’re doing something special: a  TELETHON, in the tradition of the 70’s where stars performed their heart out for a good cause!

We are releasing a new video short every day of our campaign, highlighting the inspiring individuals in our film, the amazing artists, and our great partner organizations! (Check out the new street art shorts below)  We also have amazing items available exclusive to our backers — like the new Shepard Fairey OBEY movie poster for PAY 2 PLAY, a true honor for us, this 40″ x 27″ lithograph on 80 lb. card stock has already won its printer an industry award for Best Art Poster.  A limited number of prints are available only through this Kickstarter campaign, which ends May 30.

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