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RIP Stay High 149

STAY HIGH was a significant pioneer of graffiti culture not only in his proliferation, but also in his use of the smoking saint charachter as a supplement to his tag.  I met STAY HIGH a couple of times and he was very cool and funny.  He will be missed but his influence will endure.  ~Shepard

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Shepard x Mr Andre x Levi’s Flagship Store Paris

Shepard and his crew are in Paris!  Check out this video trailor and read below for events and information.

156 years ago, Levi Straus and Jacob Davis turned serge De Nimes, a simple fabric worn by French sailors, into the denim jean.  What followed was a new uniform of progress adopted by freethinking people around the world. Since then, French and American cultures have continued to inspire, learn and borrow from each other.  This transatlantic friendship has propelled both countries collectively forward,giving birth to many important movements in music, film, art and fashion. The new Levi’s® store arrived on the Champs Elysees this May, we are celebrating the relationship between USA and France and the progress it has inspired. As part of this celebration, we dedicate our new home in Paris to a series of collaborations between French cultural leaders and their equally-esteemed American friends. Over the course of 2 months, music legends Pedro Winter from Ed Banger Records (Paris) and James Murphy of LCD Soundsystem/DFA Records (New York, USA) as well as street artists Andre Saraiva (Paris, France) and Shepard Fairey (Los Angeles, USA) will share their love for each other’s countries, cultures and creative spirits through elaborate music and art-themed installations, limited edition collaboratively-designed apparel, hand-selected merchandise and a series ofevents, screenings and interactive workshops.

Vive les Friends Events

Friday, June 15th: Artist Talk

We often see their art but we rarely hear them talk about it. As part of our Vive Les Friends celebration at the Levi’s Flagship Store on Champs Elysees, we are hosting a talk between the transatlantic friends Mr ANDRÉ and Shepard Fairey. Moderated by Michael Dupouy of LAMJC, the hour-long talk beings at 20:00.

Saturday, June 16th: DIY Workshop with Mr. ANDRÉ and Shepard Fairey

 

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Incase for Shepard Fairey expands Peace Series with the launch of the Portfolio for iPad

The Incase for Shepard Fairey Collection expands to include cases for the 3rd generation iPad 

We are proud to introduce a new addition to the Incase for Shepard Fairey Collection. Joining the range of bags and products available for MacBook, iPhone and iPod touch, the new Shepard Fairey Portfolio is a bold option for protecting and carrying your 3rd generation iPad.

The Shepard Fairey Portfolio is available in all three of the visionary artist’s designs for Incase: Elephant, Lotus Ornament and Yen Pattern. On the outside, the product serves as a mobile work of art, emblematic of the artist’s message of peace and harmony. On the inside, the Shepard Fairey Portfolio showcases its functional features, converting into a full iPad workstation complete with organizer pockets for essential documents. A snap-in clip secures the iPad while a suede divider protects the iPad screen and provides additional working and viewing angles.

The Shepard Fairey Portfolio is available now at goincase.com. To learn about and see more of the collection, visit goincase.com/shepardfairey/.

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scientists warn that earth may be approaching a tipping point

I’m not an alarmist, I’d simply prefer to leave the planet inhabitable for future generations. If you feel the same sense of responsibility check out this article.

-Shepard

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Rootstrikers has a new Website

It has been a year since #Rootstrikers launched at the National Conference on Media Reform in Boston, MA. Invoking Thoreau — “For every thousand hacking at the branches of evil, there is one who is striking at the root.” — I challenged those reformers to join us in this more fundamental fight. And in the almost 100 talks since, I have worked as hard as I can to get everyone I can to see the corrupting influence of money in politics, and how that corrupting root feeds practically every other problem in America today.

I am a #Rootstriker. Teaching this is my job.

Today, we launch a new site to recruit more such #Rootstrikers — more souls devoted to teaching this message to everyone who will listen.

Click here to visit our new site and explore our new tools to help this movement grow.

If there are a “thousand hacking” for every “one striking,” then there are at least 300,000 #Rootstrikers in America today. We want to recruit them all, and help them spread this message of reform.

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¡Alerta! out on Rush Limbaugh’s comments in reference to Dolores Huerta

Brave New Foundation has got a new ¡Alerta! out on Rush Limbaugh’s comments in reference to Dolores Huerta’s Presidential Medal of Freedom. Help us get #RushWheresYourMedal trending!

Tweet @rushlimbaugh #RushWheresYourMedal?

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 X NEIL YOUNG X AMERICANA PROJECT

AMERICANA
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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