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Help Stop Military Spending

As I attempted to explain accompanying my “Imperial Glory” print, the military industry is one of the most powerful and costly in America. There is absolutely no justification for such exorbitant U.S. military spending at the expense of domestic programs, education, and infrastructure improvement. Please take a minute to support the Brave New Foundation’s initiative. Sign the petition HERE. Thanks for caring.
-Shepard

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Friendship and Support

Today I am proud to honor the legacy of George Harrison and the very first major music concert for a cause “The Concert for Bangladesh”. Join me in supporting the great work of the George Harrison Fund for UNICEF and their work with the children affected by the famine in Africa.  To learn more click HERE

Frienship and Support is a new print I  created that celebrates George Harrison and the Concert For Bangladesh.  See below for details on how to purchase.

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Street Art Stories

Brooklyn Street Art invites you to “Street Art Stories” , a presentation and panel discussion about new stories told on the street today, to be held at MOCA Grand Avenue Ahmanson Auditorium, Los Angeles, California on Saturday, August 13, 2011, at 3 pm.

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An Apology

I have an apology to make, but first I’d like to give a little background. I met Elizabeth Daniels in Feb. 1996 while I was in NYC  putting up posters. I was standing on a window ledge on Mercer St. when a woman asked “are you the same person who puts those posters up in Providence”. Elizabeth explained that she went to Brown University in Providence and I  told her I had gone to RISD and still lived in Providence. We started conversing about art and hours flew by. Elizabeth also told me she was a photographer and I made a visit to her apartment to check out her photos when I returned to Providence. I found her photography to be beautiful and her gift of deep conversation to be profound… we have been friends ever since. Elizabeth has documented my artwork on the streets many times over the years. When I was putting together my monograph, “Supply And Demand”, she generously granted me permission to use some of her photos in the book. When I recently assembled my installation for LA MOCA I had a framed photograph of Elizabeth’s that I included in the installation along with all the posters, paintings, stencils, and a couple other photos taken by me and one other photographer. The entire installation was hung salon style, floor to ceiling, with almost no negative space. I did not put up description plaques for any of the pieces based on the volume of work and lack of space. I eventually heard from Elizabeth that she was hurt and offended that I did not make a credit plaque for her photograph. I did not intend to slight her in any way, but she said “one of my photos is in a major museum without credit”. That made me realize how fortunate I am to have been in several museum shows, something most artists can only dream of. My life is extremely hectic, but this incident reminded me that I can’t let my own overwhelming obligations serve as an excuse for not showing my appreciation of others. Regardless of the impracticality of labeling  my salon style installation, Elizabeth deserves credit for her contribution. Elizabeth I’m sorry for my oversight and I greatly appreciate your beautiful pictures of my work. This is Elizabeth’s photograph that is in the MOCA “Art In The Streets” show. Check out more of Elizabeth’s photography at www.elizabethdanielsphotography.com.
-Shepard Fairey

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Obey Clothing x Big Boys Collab

I first became familiar with the Austin TX band The Big Boys in 1984 when I purchased Thrasher’s Skate Rock Vol. 1. The album had several punk bands which had skateboarders as members, including the Drunk Injuns, the Faction, JFA, and the Big Boys. At the age of 14, not only were skateboarding and punk my two biggest passions, but their D.I.Y. creativity, rebellion, and independence were crucial in shaping my value system. I loved the Big Boys music, and I also thought their logo, a clever fusion of an anarchy logo and skateboard, was the most succinct and iconic merging of the two things I cared MOST about imaginable. I eventually met Tim Kerr, the Big Boys’ guitarist, at an art show I was DJ’ing, and I threw on a Big Boys song to show my respect and appreciation. We kept in touch by email for a while, but had not been in contact lately, though I’ve followed Tim’s art and music from a distance.  A bit of an awkward situation came up recently when the the Street Machine skate shop in Copenhagen created a collaboration with Obey Clothing for my upcoming Copenhagen art show…

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40th Anniversary of the Concert for Bangladesh

George Harrison has been an inspiration to me and musicians across the world. I love the Beatles, and George’s album “All things Must Pass” is one of my all time favorites. What I also love about George is his political consciousness because I’m a passionate believer in using creativity for social good. In 1971, George’s friend Ravi Shankar asked him to help the children of Bangladesh.  George took action by hosting the  Concert for Bangladesh in support of UNICEF.     Please watch the video below and join me in supporting this great cause.

-Shepard

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Mandala Ornament by Shepard Fairey

This limited Silkscreen and Mixed Media Collage on paper AP is being auctioned for a very good cause by my friends at Rush Philanthropic Arts Foundation.  BID NOW.

Founded in 1995 by brothers Russell, Danny and Joseph “Rev. Run” Simmons, Rush Philanthropic Arts Foundation is dedicated to providing disadvantaged urban youth with significant exposure and access to the arts, as well as providing exhibition opportunities to under-represented artists and artists of color. A 501(C)3 organization, Rush Philanthropic fulfills its mission through three core programs: grants, exhibitions and mentoring.

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Pablo A. Medina

I met the street typographer Pablo A. Medina, while I was in New York in July. He handed me a couple of postcards of his great new fonts Calaveras and Diablitos (Skulls and Devils). We’ve used his earlier fonts Vitrina and Cuba in some of our posters. You can get more information at his site, Cubanica or at MyFonts.

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West Hollywood Peace Elephant

Here is the Peace Elephant mural I just painted with the help of my crew on the library in West Hollywood. We finished Saturday after 6 days working between 12 and 16 hours. It is 70 feet by 106 feet. It is the largest mural I’ve ever done wheat-pasted or painted. It was quite an undertaking and I have to thank my assistants Nic Bowers, Dan Flores, Jason Filipow, Kyle Oldoerp, and the several interns who worked very hard on the project. Thanks to MOCA and the City of West Hollywood for facilitating. Calm down taxpayers… I was not paid to do the mural and paid for my own supplies and labor. Thanks for the wall space though. By the way, Retna and Kenny Scharf did great murals there too. Go check them out at Melrose and Robertson if you are in LA.

-Shepard

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Urban Roots

I created this poster for the documentary Urban Roots.  It’s a great film and I know from working with these same folks on the 11th Hour that they are great grassroots activists.  A portion of the proceeds from this poster go to Urban Roots Action.

-Shepard

Urban Roots and it’s action to put farms in schools is getting a big push from Shepard Fairey who has generously created a poster to support the action and will donate proceeds from his artwork. OBEY Clothing will also sell a T-Shirt of Fairey’s Urban Roots image in which 100% of profits will go to putting farms in schools. Urban Roots, Tree Media’s next documentary, is a timely, moving and inspiring film about the emergence of urban farmers in the most unlikely of places, in downtown Detroit. Produced by Leila Conners (The 11th Hour) and Mathew Schmid and directed by Detroit-native Mark MacInnis, the film shows the vibrant local economy of farming that has united people from all walks of life, all ages and races, who have come together to create community based on healing the soil, growing and eating healthy food.  Urban Roots goes beyond film; it is also a call to action, as a portion of proceeds goes to putting farms in schools through the Tree Media Foundation.  By pulling out asphalt and putting in farms, children will experience the growth cycle of seed to harvest to table and take the message home that growing your own food is a simple and vital process. To join the movement, plant your field of dreams and help others do so too, please go to:

urbanrootsaction.com

treemedia.com

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