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The New No.2

My friend Frank who drums for the New No.2 and Street Drum Corps asked if I’d customize his bass drum head. A little design work and stencil action later… BAM! The New No.2 fronted by Dhani Harrison, George Harrison’s son, will be playing Leno tomorrow night. They just did the music for the film Beautiful Creatures. Check it out!


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S.S.I. x Obey Picture Disk – Electronic Music Meets Street

My old friend David Ireland wrote a blog entry about the picture disc collaboration I did with John Goff. I go way back with David and John, so it is cool to see what he wrote. Check it out and pick up a picture disc… there are only a few left.
-Shepard Fairey

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Revealed: The Truth About the NRA

Watch this video to see how the NRA is really run by the gun industry–and how they profit from massacres like the recent Newtown incident. It’s dark stuff but I think you really need to see this. -Laura Dawn, ArtNotWar

Shepard Fairey x Santa Fe University of Art and Design

For those in Santa Fe and surrounding areas – Santa Fe University of Art and Design (SFUAD) is proud to announce that contemporary artist Shepard Fairey will visit Santa Fe for a lecture and Q&A discussion and will create a mural design as part of the university’s 2013–2014 Artists for Positive Social Change series. The lecture and Q&A, free and open to the public, will be hosted by Graphic Design Department chair David Grey and held at SFUAD’s Greer Garson Theatre on Sunday, Feb. 17, at 7 p.m. Fairey will also design and paint a permanent outdoor campus mural during the week of Feb. 18. Don’t miss your chance to hear the man speak and see his art in action!


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OBEY In London part 3 takes a look Shepard’s ideation behind Sound & Vision, being inspired by song titles, lyrics and musicians and tuning into the message behind the music. He describes how his ever changing musical influences translate into visual media and DJ Z-trip’s role in providing the soundtrack to accompany the show.

If you haven’t seen the the rest of the series check out PART 1 and PART 2

The Photography of Chris Stein

Chris Stein, the guitarist and founding member of Blondie is an acquaintance of mine and a fantastic photographer. He went to SVA in NYC and continued to photograph the scene around him during Blondie’s rise from CBGB’s to the top of the charts. One of my favorite photos is his shot of Andy Warhol photographing Debbie Harry(Chris’s bandmate and girlfriend). Andy’s final portrait is iconic and Chris captures the process. There are many great shots to see on the Morrison Hotel site, which was founded by legendary photographer Henry Diltz. Check it out  Both of these guys, Chris and Henry, are top notch human beings so give them your support. Plus the prices are very reasonable. Oh, I may be doing a collaboration with Chris based on one of his Joan Jett portraits. Stay tuned…
-Shepard Fairey

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Electric Warrior x Gibson Guitartown on the Strip Auction

The 10-foot tall Gibson guitar art sculptures that have lined THE SUNSET STRIP will end their year-long tour on Friday, February 22 when they are auctioned for charity at a gala event at Bonhams in Los Angeles. All proceeds from this auction will benefit the Los Angeles Fund For Public Education’s “Arts Matter” campaign, which supports art and music education in L.A. public schools.

“I was excited to contribute to this project because I love the intersection of art and music. Album covers and other music related art has been a huge inspiration for me and I always enjoy making music related art. I have been to many rock shows at West Hollywood venues like The Whisky, The Roxy, The Viper Room, and the Key Club, so it is great for me to celebrate the musical history and ongoing vibrant music scene of the Sunset Strip.  Since it is a Gibson guitar project I created a piece inspired by Marc Bolan of T-Rex who played a Gibson. I illustrated Bolan as an iconic rock n roll archetype with a nod to vintage vinyl LP and stereo graphics. There are layers of music reference in the collaged elements on the guitar.  Please check out the online auction for more information”.  -Shepard

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Jonesy’s Jukebox x Shepard Fairey x Curtis Kulig

After the Super Bowl tune in to some good music and cheeky conversation with Steve Jones, Shepard, and artist Curtis Kulig on Jonesy’s Jukebox on KROQ.  Sunday, Feb 3rd, from 7-9pm!

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Subliminal Projects presents: Art in the Dancehall

Curated by Al Fingers and Shimmy Shimmy

Opening Reception: Saturday, February 2 • 8 PM – 11 PM
Exhibition Dates: February 2 – March 2, 2013

In conjunction with Al Fingers and Shimmy Shimmy, SUBLIMINAL PROJECTS is proud to present Art in the Dancehall, an exhibition celebrating dancehall illustration and design from 1979 to the present.
Dancehall and Jamaican soundsystem culture has a rich and vibrant artistic past as well as an undeniable influence on design and letterform in contemporary pop culture. Early 1980s Jamaica was a changing place, politically and musically, with a new generation of deejays bringing in a brand new sound. Mirroring this change in the music scene, were graphic designers and illustrators translating the energy, color and playfulness of dancehall into a world of crazy characters and vivid, saturated colors.

Art in the Dancehall features cover art by seminal 1980s Jamaican artists Wilfred Limonious and Jamaal Pete, alongside UK artist Tony McDermott and posters by Jamaica’s most celebrated poster designer, Denzil ‘Sassafras’ Naar. The exhibition will also include work by five young artists who are keeping the tradition alive: Robin Clare’s bright depictions of popular dances, Ellen G’s detailed illustrations and portraits of dancehall deities, GABE’s bold black & white patterned take on reggae iconography, Daniel David Freeman’s recreation of suits worn by Buju Banton, and Peter Edwards’ colorful zine illustrations that have spanned album covers, comic books, and dancehall posters for some of today’s top dancehall musicians.

Art in the Dancehall will open to the public at 8 pm on Saturday, February 2nd with a vibrant set by special musical guest DJ Tom Chasteen from Dub Club and complimentary rum provided by Sailor Jerry. The show will be on view through Saturday, March 2nd. The gallery store at SUBLIMINAL will feature the 2012 publication Clarks in Jamaica by Al Fingers as well as a limited edition print by Tony McDermott.

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UPDATE:   The first 200 orders of  WE OWN THE FUTURE print will include “The Nation” magazine,  January 2013 issue, as discussed in this post!!

As the next installment of my series of collaborations with Antonino D’Ambrosio I made the “We Own The Future” print as a variation on the cover I designed for the issue of The Nation that was guest edited by Antonino. The issue contains a fantastic essay called “How Creative Response of Artists and Activists Can Transform the World”. Check it out and pick up a copy of the issue. The issue largely addresses the role of creative response in tacking social issues. The “We Own The Future” print is about taking creative action to shape the future. Proceeds from the print go to the La Lutta Creative Response Think Tank.

“I’ve never read a better essay on artists, activism, and ‘creative response.”–Rosanne Cash

“Antonino D’Ambrosio is the voice of a new generation.  Passionate, intelligent, and fierce, his words educate and inspire.” –Chuck D of Public Enemy

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