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Imperial Glory

The Imperial Glory print is a comment upon the U.S. military industrial complex.

In 1961, as President Eisenhower was leaving office, he delivered a farewell speech  in which he warned that “we must guard against the acquisition of unwarranted influence, whether sought or unsought, by the military-industrial complex.” Judging by the fabrications and misconstructions that sucked us into the Iraq War, and the virtual blank check we’ve handed to defense contractors, I’d say as a nation we’ve done a generally horrible job of keeping the military-industrial complex in check.

Personally I feel that wars, especially under the circumstances in which we’ve engaged in them, create far more problems than they resolve (Vietnam, Afghanistan, Iraq and the Cold War come to mind). But even if you feel that a strong military is vital to protecting our allies and our interests abroad, you may be alarmed by the Pentagon’s extravagance. In 2011, the U.S. government is projected to spend $680 billion on defense — nearly as much as the rest of the world’s militaries combined. Within the federal budget, we spend more on defense than on all other Cabinet departments (Education, Energy, Agriculture, Environmental Protection, Justice, etc.) combined. Our navy has more firepower than the next 20 largest navies in the world combined. And yet every time defense budget cuts are on the table, lobbyists for the Aerospace Industries Association (whose members include the 5 largest U.S. defense contractors) cry out that we’re hurting the economy, empowering evil nations like Iran and North Korea and imperiling the rest of the world.

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COPE2 x Los Angeles Exhibition

OBEY Friend and recent collaborator, COPE2, is having a solo exhibition opening this Saturday at Maximillian Gallery at Sunset Marquis in Los Angeles.  Show your support and see you at the opening!

Solo Exhibition
Opening Reception: Saturday July 9, 2011 / 6pm – 9pm
Exhibition July 9 – August 17, 2011

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Too “Street” for Corporate, Too Corporate for the Street

Jaime Rojo & Steven Harrington, Co-Founders of BrooklynStreetArt.com, recently stopped by the Studio to interview Shepard for a piece that was featured in the Huffington Post Arts section a couple of days ago.  Check it out!


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Non Toxic Revolution Print Series

Non Toxic Revolution’s™ mission is to inform, educate and inspire young people to revolt against the dangers of toxic chemicals in their environment and food supply especially those linked to the initiation of breast cancer. Shepard Fairey and Studio Number One designed a limited edition poster set that benefits the Keep A Breast’s Non Toxic Revolution and uses art as a way to breakdown the categories NTR showcases including Your House, Your Mouth, Your Body, Plastic Sucks, and Heart and Soul.

Non Toxic Revolution Poster Series
Shepard Fairey & Studio Number One
Medium: screen print
Dimension: 9″x12″
Substrate: French Paper Co. Speckle Tone paper
Signature location: Lower right corner
Edition: 200


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On Weiwei and Artist Suppression

Another great art and politics essay by my friend Antonino D’Ambrosio… check it out.




‘They Live 2′ Print Release on 7/7/11

‘They Live 2′ will be sold Thursday July 7, 2011 at a random time in the PRINTS section of our store.  Edition of 500, $50, Limit 1 per person/household.

Watch this video to hear Shepard talking about the film’s influence on his Obey campaign

and if you haven’t already, make sure you see the film They Live based on the Ray Nelson short story Eight O’Clock in the Morning, Carpenter’s film stars Rowdy Roddy Piper as a construction worker who finds a pair of sunglasses that reveals the world has been overrun by aliens who have placed evil subliminal advertising everywhere.

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Aidan has a Posse

During my recent trip to NY my friend EWOK let me know about a tough situation his friend Bobby’s son Aidan is facing. Aidan is six years old and has a form of brain cancer.  Aidan is a really sweet kid. As a father of a 6 year old I understand how devastating the situation is for their family. I gave some personalized Obey prints to Aidan and his dad Bobby was nice enough to offer me a spot to put up an icon face on the building where he works, Indian Larry’s motorcycle shop in Brooklyn. There is a website about Aidan and how you can help… please check it out.


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Dead Relatives X Black Book Gallery

My friends and sometime co-workers Phil and Ernesto are doing a great collaborative show. Check it out.


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Art in The Streets x Levi’s

Wear the work of your favorite street artists! In conjunction with Art in the Streets, ten limited-edition Levi’s® x MOCA Trucker Jackets designed by some the most influential artists from the graffiti and street art community are currently on sale at the MOCA Store at The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA. The Levi’s® x MOCA Trucker Jackets feature artwork on the back by Chaz Bojorquez, Shepard Fairey, Keith Haring, KR, Lady Pink, Kenny Scharf, and others. Each jacket is packaged in a commemorative box that bears a stamp reminiscent of the artist’s tag. The jackets will be released every two weeks in limited quantities (50 pieces per design). Purchase the Shepard Fairey jacket for $250 on July 2 HERE

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UPDATE: THIS EVENT IS TONIGHT @ Phaidon Store, Today 7pm. 83 Wooster St (between Broome and Spring Sts)

To celebrate the release of the paperback version of Steven Heller’s book Iron Fists: Branding the 20th Century Totalitarian State, (which examines the propaganda campaigns of four of history’s most notorious dictators, Hitler, Lenin, Mussolini, and Mao), Phaidon will host a panel discussion tomorrow with Heller, Shepard Fairey, and Paul D. Miller (aka DJ Spookey).

Called “Big Lie and Little Truth, Graphic Design and Propaganda in Branding” the event is co-sponsored by Esopus Magazine and—like the book itself—takes a look at the integral role graphic design plays in shaping and guiding human thought and action. As Heller says: “the concept is [about] making propaganda–good and bad–truth and lies. And how design and designers manipulate behavior.”

The event is free to attend, but RSVP is required. Please email to store.soho@phaidon.com.

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