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My friend, photographer Dennis Morris, recently released an extraordinary hand-made box set of a limited large format version of his Sex Pistols book “The Bollocks”. The box also includes two beautiful signed photographic prints which are worth more alone than the price of the set. The whole box set is awesome and I wrote an essay for the book too, so you’d be foolish to pass on this one!

Deluxe Artist Edition: 200.  Custom constructed wood box with stenciled lid 20 x 14 x 1 inches.  Two Prints on Kodak Endura Metallic photo paper (Silver)—signed/numbered, 18 x 12 inches presented in archival PVC sleeves.

A limited number are on sale now in Collectibles.

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Billy Idol | Kings and Queens of the Underground

I have been fortunate to work with Billy Idol on several creative projects including his “Devil’s Playground” album package and his “Idolize Yourself” greatest hits package. Billy invited me once again to help with the art for his most recent album “Kings & Queens of the Underground.” Billy played the record for me and I was impressed with the stylistic range and especially loved the songs “Can’t Break Me Down,” “Save Me Now,” and “Whiskey and Pills.” I asked my friend, photographer Michael Muller (with whom I’d collaborated on the “Walk the Line” movie poster), to shoot the portraits for the package and he did a great job. I’m happy with the way the album package turned out, and as part of the project I was able to make an illustration of Billy based on one of Michael’s portraits, which I incorporated into this poster to accompany the “Kings & Queens of the Underground” album and tour. I’m very happy with how the poster turned out. On a side note, the “Kings & Queens of the Underground” album is heavily autobiographical because Billy was simultaneously working on his autobiography entitled “Dancing With Myself.” I’ve had the privilege of hearing amazing stories from Billy about his days in the London punk scene seeing the Sex Pistols, forming Generation X, and then moving to NY to go solo. His book tells all of these stories in an amazingly vivid and evocative style. Billy is a superb writer and I’d recommend the book for any fan of rebel music and personal creative evolution. Billy puts on an unbelievably energetic and charismatic live show, so check him out on tour if you have the chance. Oh, Steve Stevens, Billy’s guitarist and long-time collaborator is an absolute shredder. They shouldn’t be missed.

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Check out The Bundle Feat. Shepard, Russell Brand and Amanda Palmer!

My friend, and two time Sundance winner, Ondi Timoner is releasing a bundle of three film shorts as part of her Chief Executive Artist series. I happen to be one of the subjects along with two friends, Russell Brand and Amanda Palmer. All of the shorts are great and a portion of the money goes to charity. By purchasing this bundle you’ll be entertained and inspired while supporting indie filmmaking and good causes!

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Not One More

This variation on the print Shepard Fairey and I first created with Zack de la Rocha and Marco Amador pays homage to migrants whose courage, sacrifice, and activism is helping to write the next chapter of civil rights history.   We are once again partnering with the National Day Laborer Organizing Network (NDLON), and all the proceeds from the sale of this print will be re-invested in its Art/Work.

For decades, U.S. immigration policy has broken the social contract and given way to the most ugly politics of fear and scapegoating.   Migrants’ labor is accepted, but their humanity is denied.  In addition to unprecedented deportations and mass criminalization, a war of attrition has been waged seeking to force immigrants out by making them miserable.

Those who fought back have used artistic expression as a means of self-defense.  We owe a debt of gratitude to this generation of immigrants, who in fighting for their own individual emancipation, defended national values and paved a path, often literally, for the country’s future.  This year, millions of immigrants will breathe easier due to changes in deportation policy won by immigrant rights leaders, but millions more find themselves left out and further marginalized.

“We must not allow the rights of some to come at the expense of others,” said Pablo Alvarado, executive director of NDLON. “All immigrants deserve equality.”

Just as it did with its AltoArizona campaign, NDLON is asking artists to once again submit their own works calling for #Not1More deportation.   NDLON will use its resources to disseminate these pieces and close the gap between so-called “deserving” and “undeserving” immigrants.  Let’s continue envisioning and working towards the ultimate goal: a country without deportations!

#Not1More Deportation is the goal. Help us achieve it by supporting this work!

-Ernesto Yerena

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Two Great Events at the Ace Hotel Downtown LA!

1. John Van Hamersveld signing TODAY!

Meet legendary graphic artist and illustrator John Van Hamersveld TODAY at the Ace Hotel Downtown LA! John will be signing at 7pm in conjunction with the Contemporary Psychedelia exhibition currently on display. Free Contemporary Psychedelia posters will be available on a first come first serve basis, so get there early! RSVP here.

2. Spirit Portrait Sessions with Travis Millard will commence Saturday, January 10 in the Segovia Hall at the Ace Hotel Downtown LA. The event will feature Tea Service and Cheese Pizza. RSVP here.

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Agents Provocateurs Art Show Opens January 24!

Be sure to head out to the opening reception of Agents Provocateurs at Subliminal Projects on Saturday, January 24th at 8pm! The show will feature a selection of subversive skateboard graphics and artworks by numerous artists and friends. Hope to see you there!

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Not Impossible!

My friend Mick Ebeling wrote a great book called “ Not Impossible” about his quest to solve human problems with technology. This is a fantastic read if you want to change the world, change the system, or just change yourself: A perfect embodiment of what Che meant when he said ‘the true revolutionary is guided by great feelings of love.’ There’s a lot of love in this book, and a lot of revolution. A terrific tale that reminds me that “Do-It -Yourself” is not just a hipster phrase but a revolutionary practice.

I did a reading of a short bit of the book that you can check out here.

The book goes on sale Tues. Pick it up and get inspired!

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Support the New Hampshire Rebellion!

Help support the NH Rebellion and their goal of bringing national attention to the issue of campaign finance reform and more specifically, bringing the root problem of Money in Politics to the forefront of the 2016 New Hampshire Primary. Find out more about the NH Rebellion HERE and check out the video below. If you are able, help contribute HERE.

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Top 5 Moments of 2014

1). Halsey Institute of Contemporary Design (May, 2014)

The Insistent Image: Recurrent Motifs in the Art of Shepard Fairey and Jasper Johns – “This show with the Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art in Charleston, S.C. amplified my focus on the decline of the “American Dream.” Showing with the Halsey for the second time was great because they championed my work when I was far less established, and I like to be loyal to those who have supported me. I also think it was a great opportunity to show how my work has evolved in the last dozen or so years, and Jasper Johns is one of my all-time favorite artists, so it was an incredible honor to show alongside him.” Read more here.

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I have been a big fan of Brave New Films for a long time, long enough that I had to rent or buy their films! Lucky for us, Brave New Films believes in democratizing their content as the technology now allows. Their film “Outfoxed”, a look at the bias of Fox News, is now available online. Check it out, share it, and make a donation so Brave New can continue doing the great work they do!

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