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Support The Olympic Auditorium Project!

My friend Robert Benavides is working on a feature length documentary about the history of the LA Auditorium. Awesome people from Muhammad Ali to Andre the Giant to Black Flag and Rage Against the Machine did their thing there. The place is an important part of LA history and the history of our culture, so please help them reach their Kickstarter goal so they can complete the film!
-Shepard

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The Shrine shred!

Josh Landau from the band The Shrine sent me this pic of him skating a very nice looking backyard pool. I was happy to see the “OBEY” graffiti in the pool since skateboarding saved my life… it was my gateway to punk, hip-hop, metal, stencil-making, running from cops, and various other forms of rebellion. Check out The Shrine, they are influenced by both Black Flag and Sabbath, with a dash of Thin Lizzy… totally killer music. Rock on. -Shepard

Check out The Shrine’s website HERE. You can also follow them on instagram @theshrine

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SHEPARD FAIREY OPENS MUSEUM SHOW AT CENTRO DE ARTE CONTEMPORÁNEO DE MÁLAGA

MÁLAGA, Spain – The CAC Málaga museum presents Your Eyes Here, an exhibition from Los Angeles-based artist Shepard Fairey. Your Eyes Here is not just a historical overview of Fairey’s works, but is a dynamic up-to-the-moment showcase of his artistic evolution influenced by music, politics – peace and war – and environmental issues. The exhibition surveys the artist’s 25-year career, which includes paintings, screen prints, stencils, stickers, rubylith illustrations, collages, photographs, sculpture, and works on wood, metal, and canvas. Your Eyes Here opens to the public Friday, June 26 and runs through Sunday, Sept. 27, 2015.

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DETROIT ROCKS! THANK YOU!

So, if you’ve been keeping up with my recent art action, you know that the crew and I were just in Detroit doing a bunch of stuff. The trip was amazing and I could not have had a better experience working with Anthony, JJ, Pete and Matt from the Library Street Collective on gallery and outdoor projects. You guys rule! I’ve always loved Detroit because it has so many beautiful textures, old signs, great architecture, and derelict spaces for the renegade artist to fill. Now, it also has some creatively and progressively minded community members who see street art and graffiti as part of Detroit rejuvenation through incubating creative culture. Bedrock was cool enough to offer me a 185 x 55 foot space on their building to do my largest mural to date. I’m very grateful to have such a prominent piece in Detroit. I also painted a smaller mural called “Pattern of Destruction” in the alley called the Beltway, and created 5 smaller (8’x8’ and 8’x12’) panel pieces along the Beltway as part of Library Street’s “Public Matter” project. A bunch of other great artists like Tristan Eaton, Pose, Hush, Vhils, Sam Friedman, and others have contributed to this project. We also did a 14 foot water tower and some other spots. The opening was amazing with a great turnout and very enthusiastic response to all the art in the gallery and on the streets. Thanks Detroit!

The show was a huge amount of work, and I owe a lot of thanks to my crew of assistants, Nic Bowers, Dan Flores, and Rob Zagula for their help executing the murals and putting in the long hours. Thanks also to Jon Furlong and CJ from Obey Clothing for all the great photos, and to Joe Russo for coming out to shoot for Juxtapoz.
-Shepard

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TONIGHT’S THE NIGHT! PRINTED MATTERS / DETROIT OPENING!

Tonight’s the night! Hope to see you all at the opening of PRINTED MATTERS: Creation & Destruction at Library Street Collective. Info below:

PRINTED MATTERS: Creation & Destruction
Opening Reception: May 22, 2015
Location: Library Street Collective
1260 Library Street | Detroit, MI 48226

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Mural wrap up in Detroit!

The mural in Detroit is complete! As always, thank you to my crew and Jon Furlong at Obey Clothing for capturing these photos. Look forward to seeing you all at the opening of Printed Matters tomorrow night at Library Street Collective!

PRINTED MATTERS: Creation & Destruction
Opening Reception: May 22, 2015
Location: Library Street Collective
1260 Library Street | Detroit, MI 48226

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Salad Days: A Decade of Punk in Washington DC 1980-1990 West Coast Screening!

I was really excited to hear of the West Coast release of Salad Days: A Decade of Punk in Washington DC 1980-1990. The early DC hardcore scene had a major influence on my work and life in general. Those who attended the shows during this seminal period will never forget their impact; most of us are still listening to these bands to this day and still drawing inspiration from their tenacious drive and timeless attitude. If you’re in the Los Angeles area be sure to mark June 5th and June 6th on your calendar and catch the release at the Art Theatre in Long Beach!  Click here for an interview with Writer/Director Scott Crawford and more information, including the release of a limited edition t-shirt to accompany the release.

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DETROIT // PUBLIC MATTERS UPDATE

Here’s the latest batch of photos from Detroit. Shepard and the crew are working around the clock to finish the large mural, do all installations at the Belt, and prep for the exhibition opening this Friday. These shots by Jon Furlong of Obey Clothing capture the true essence of what life is like on the road for Shepard. Jon took some great photographs from the streets of Detroit including some of fellow artists POSE and Sam Friedman working on their installations in the Belt with Library Street Collective.

Thank you Obey Clothing and Jon Furlong! And thank you everyone who’s keeping tabs on the progress, more updates will be coming but as always keep your eyes peeled on Shepard’s social channels @obeygiant for more.

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Starting an Art Collection: An Interview with Highsnobiety

Check out Shepard’s interview with Highsnobiety on How to Start an Art Collection!

“I always say to be people, ‘look, if it’s within your budget and you love it, and you’re going to enjoy living with it and having it on your wall – and the amount of money you parted with to get to live with it is something you’re very happy with – that’s number one.'”

Check it out HERE!

DETROIT // PUBLIC MATTERS CONTINUES

The work continues in Detroit today. With one public mural completed at The Belt, Shepard and the crew are on the wall making progress on the larger one. Here are some photos from Detroit to show the progress of the public murals, street works, and prep for the show opening at Library Street Collective on Friday. Stay tuned for more updates and follow Shepard on social media @obeygiant for other shots from the road. Thanks for caring!

Photos courtesy of Obey Clothing

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