This image has been controversial, but I’m glad to take the heat if it encourages more people to participate in a necessary conversation. I’m not anti- 2nd Amendment, I’m pro-common sense. No one needs an assault rifle with a 50 round clip, especially without a background check. Let’s not allow a powerful organization like the NRA to lobby, use fear tactics, and ultimately dictate policy that is not supported by the majority of Americans. Please speak up if you believe in safety over intimidation. Thanks for caring.
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I’m glad to see people with the courage to make art critiquing the NRA. Check it out.
My friend Jason Filipow found this shot of me from the summer of ’88 on the internet. We don’t know who took the photo, but it is from a spot called the Junkyard, an abandoned concrete slab on Sullivan’s Island South Carolina. The Junkyard was a really fun spot where we built a bunch of ramps as we were able to buy or “acquire” wood. I remember clearly that I was riding an S.M.A Rocco Division Jesse Martinez with OJ Team Rider wheels and independent trucks. I learned to ollie boardslide handrails on that setup. We had a great crew that skated The Junkyard almost daily, including Jason Filipow, Alfred Hawkins(who can be seen at the right edge of the frame), David Stowe, and Kevin Taylor. I’m still friends with all of them, and they are all successful artists and designers. The creativity and rebellion of skateboarding shaped who we’ve become profoundly. I’m teaching my daughter to skate now. I was reminded of another valuable thing skateboarding helped me with after I slammed on my tail bone skating with my daughter today… resilience! Skateboarding taught me to cope with pain and keep going.
Storm Thorgerson the amazing photographer and designer behind some of the most iconic album covers of all time has passed away. I was able to co-host an event for Storm here in LA and ask him about his process on some of his images. He was a funny, intense, iconoclastic guy. He will be missed. I can’t wait to see the film “Taken By Storm”. Check out the trailer.
My friend Ernesto Yerena made a poster for Sixto Rodriguez, the subject of the Oscar Winning Documentary “Searching for Sugar Man”. Check it out!
Recently I had the honor to work on a collaborative print with the legendary Sixto Rodriguez who is the subject of the Oscar Winning Documentary “Searching for Sugar Man“. To me Rodriguez encompasses key qualities that I see in my heroes which are hard work ethic, creative genius, resiliency, sincerity, and above all humility. Rodriguez’s life to me represents a epic survival story of the struggles of the working class here in the states. Overall its a honor to work on this piece and I look forward to see what Rodriguez has in store for us in the Future. PS. If you are planning on going to any of his US TOUR Shows look out for the Tour Poster I designed at the merch table. thanks -Ernesto
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While I approve of the film, please note, I had no creative or financial involvement in the making of this film. – Shepard.
If you feel like I do about assault weapons and the NRA lobbyists who bribe our politicians, please support the event below in person or use the suggested tools to apply pressure to the guilty parties. I will be releasing an offset print of this NRA themed version of the “God Saves and Satan Invests” poster to help fund worthy initiatives. Thanks for caring.
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LOS ANGELES–Artist Shepard Fairey is asking Los Angeles public school students tothink creatively. In designing the third installment of the Los Angeles Fund for PublicEducation’s Arts Matter public art project, Fairey will create a design with inspirationfrom Los Angeles students. The resulting artwork will be displayed on city buses, billboards and other outdoor media throughout the month of July.
The request from Fairey, best known for his Obey Giant work and the 2008 “Hope” campaign image of Barack Obama, is being distributed by LAUSD teachers beginning today. Students are asked to “Use your imagination and express yourself,” and tell Fairey, “What the world looks like when you take away the things that limit you.” Students must reply by April 29, via Twitter (using hashtag #artsmatter to @LAFund), email, Facebook or by mail. Fairey will use the responses to inspire his final design.
“Creativity is invaluable in student’s lives because it cultivates problem solving, boosts self-esteem, and promotes communication. Students want to express themselves and find their voices. Art and music are outlets that manifests differently for every individual which provide a perfect antidote for the frustrations of homogeny. Creativity fosters imagination and independence, but builds community at the same time.”-Shepard Fairey