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Neil Young Enlists Shepard Fairey for ‘Americana’ Visuals

Even if you were at the L.A. Premier of Shepard and Neil’s latest collaboration you probably didn’t get a chance to talk to either one of them due to the hoards of people or your own inherent shyness.  Rolling Stone was smart, they got there early.  Check out the interview here.

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America’s Prison Industrial Complex and Money’s Corrupting Influence

Here is a short video of Russell Simmons and Dylan Ratigan discussing the financial angles of the prison industrial complex and how interests tied to that industry corrupt policy. Dylan is one of the most articulate critics of money in politics and I’d recommend checking out any of his commentary on the subject. Thanks for caring.   -Shepard Fairey

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Shepard Fairey & Neil Young
JUNE 28 – JULY 14, 2012

Perry Rubenstein Gallery (LA) presents a special project by Shepard Fairey and Neil Young on the occasion of the release of Young’s new album with Crazy Horse, “Americana,” which features reinterpreted classic, American, folk songs. Fairey has created eleven new paintings, each one inspired by the songs, such as Oh Susannah, This Land Is Your Land and Clementine. In addition, Neil Young has created a short film narrative to accompany the Music and Art, you can see the video at NEILYOUNG.com.  The new Shepard Fairey paintings will be on view to the public at Perry Rubenstein Gallery in Los Angeles from June 28 – July 14, 2012 as part of the gallery’s inaugural program.  Shepard also plans to release a print edition set of the new Americana paintings, more info and release date on the prints to come shortly, so STAY TUNED!

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MCA Billboard Los Angeles

Shepard was recently asked to participate in a homegrown project to show respect and remembrance to the late Adam Yauch (MCA) of the Beastie Boys, by taking out a few memorial billboards around Los Angeles.  Here is Shepard’s contribution that will be featured on 2 billboards for the next couple of weeks – one is on Sunset at Las Palmas and another on Fairfax just south of Santa Monica Boulevard.  Other memorial billboards are also around town featuring the art of KAVES.  Enjoy and RIP MCA.

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OBEY Clothing 2012 Summer Sample Sale

Disco Stu doesn’t advertise but thankfully we do for our Summer Sample Sale. That’s right, it’s back! Tell your friends, tell your parents, tell your grandparents, after all it’s more fun to hang out with your friends and family. If you come by yourself that’s cool too. It’s like one big happy family over here and a great chance to meet some new people. Please be on your best behavior as that’s what allows us to have this sale every year. Also, please be respectful to our neighbors and only park in designated areas. See the flyer below for parking directions and all the details you need.

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Exhibition Dates: June 8 – June 22

Location: Subliminal Projects 1331 W. Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90026
Opening Reception: Friday, June 8th • 7 PM – 10 PM
Post Post Bash at the Echoplex: Friday, June 8th • 10 PM (Ticketed Event)
Guest Curated by Tom “HAZE-XXL” Hazelmyer with music by members of Melvins,
Hammerhead, Halo of Flies, Chrome and Husker Du.

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Ebony Magazine – Trayvon Martin

Shepard created this artwork a few months ago for a commission by Ebony Magazine.  We were not able to show the artwork until the issue hit newsstands this week.  “I have followed Trayvon’s case closely and I think any compassionate human being can relate to Trayvon as a brother or son and would want to see a thorough investigation into the killing of an unarmed person.  In my portrait I wanted to emphasize Trayvon’s humanity as well as the public outcry for a just investigation into his death.

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Honor the Treaties | Trailer

Honor the Treaties is a documentary short about photographer Aaron Huey’s work on the Pine Ridge Reservation. Charting his movement from journalist to advocate, the film details Aaron’s recent collaboration with artists Shepard Fairey and Ernesto Yerena. Ultimately, the film questions outsider’s abilities to tell accurate stories about poverty, exploitation, and history. The film will premiere at the Seattle International Film Festival, opening night for ShortsFest, May 24th. Directed by Eric Becker (weareshouting.com). Photography by Aaron Huey (aaronhuey.com).

First showing is May 24 at 7PM at the Seattle International Film Festival


There are 17 hours left in Julian Marshall’s kickstarter for OBEY THE GIANT, the first narrative film about Shepard Fairey.  Although Shepard was not directly involved with the film/project, we want to show support.
Julian Marshall (RISD ’12) recently directed the first narrative film about the early life of Shepard Fairey and the origin of his OBEY GIANT street art campaign. The film chronicles the Buddy Cianci billboard incident that occurred while Shepard was a Junior at RISD in 1990. The trailer is available on his Kickstarter page. Julian is currently raising funds for post production and the cost to send the film to festivals.

Check out the trailer and please donate and help him send the film to festivals!

Obama Made History

I’m very happy that Obama had the courage and conviction to show his support for marriage equality despite the possible political fallout. Even though I’m pushing for campaign finance reform, I agree with MoveOn that support for Obama’s risk-taking is warranted and may be needed to help preserve the progress on the issue. The world needs more love, not more people trying to discriminate against consenting adults who love the way they choose. Tolerance is a virtue! Check out what MoveOn has to say on the issue. Thanks for caring.

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