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NYC GRAFFITI ARTISTS BLADE AND FREEDOM HIT LA THIS SATURDAY, AUG. 30 AT 7TH LETTER

New York graffiti legend BLADE is considered “The King of Graffiti” because by 1980, after painting 5,000 wildly creative trains, he stopped counting. Known and loved by the graffiti community, BLADE is not a myth but a crowned visionary who has painted a rich collection of artwork on the street and on canvas.  BLADE will be in LA signing his new book Blade: King of Graffiti, written by Chris Pape (aka FREEDOM) and the opening of his first LA solo show at 7th Letter on August 30th.

Recounting the highs and lows of BLADE’s career as a graffiti artist, the 250-page book is packed with vintage photos of his life and artwork.  The reader journeys through the parallels of the New York graffiti movement almost from its inception, moving to its glory years in the mid-1970s, when BLADE earned his title, and ending in the global art scene, where he remains a major presence.

FREEDOM will also show his works, The Rochester Series, a collection of 12” x 16” paintings on wooden panels, larger works on canvas, and traditional NYC wild style piece book drawings reinvented with added collage.

The Seventh Letter Flagship Store and Gallery
346 North Fairfax Avenue
Los Angeles, Ca 90036

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Cleon Peterson | Masters of War (Gold & Silver)

Masters of War by Cleon Peterson will be available for purchase next Tuesday, August 26th, 10am PST at BigCartel.com

Masters of War (Gold & Silver)
28 x 28″ hand pulled gold or silver screen print
Printed on 250gsm Arches Cover Black paper with deckled edges
Each print is a limited edition of 75
Signed and numbered

For more information: CleonPeterson.com

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OBEY IN CHICAGO

Last month, Shepard and the mural crew hit Chi-Town on the second leg of their 8 city mural tour. Along with the massive mural that Shepard did on the Columbia College Building, he curated Art Alliance: Provocateurs Show, which featured 200 pieces from various artists such as Keith Haring, D*Face, Space Invader, Jamie Reid, Swoon, Retna, Cleon Peterson, Pose, Faile, Jim Houser, Stanley Donwood and list goes on and on. Check out the video and full recap of the events and madness that took place while the OBEY crew were in the Windy City!

OBEY IN CHICAGO from OBEY CLOTHING on Vimeo.

CHECK OUT CLEON PETERSON’S COVER OF PHILLIP DICK’S “THE MAN IN THE HIGH CASTLE”

Cleon and I have been working together since 1998.  His latest cover for Phillip Dick’s “The Man in the High Castle” looks incredible and even better that it is a Penguin Essential.  Check out Cleon’s blurb below and be on the lookout for this on the shelves of your local bookstore.
- Shepard

Just got my copy of Phillip Dick’s “The Man in the High Castle” in the mail today. Penguin Essentials asked me to design the cover and I couldn’t be happier with how this thing turned out. The story is brilliant. The U.S. lost WWII and is now occupied by the Nazis and Japanese. Check it out. – Cleon Peterson

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RELEASING TABLE/ART COLLAB WITH PRINTS ON WOOD THIS FRIDAY!

Releasing this Friday!  Prints on wood is collaborating with Shepard Fairey to produce a unique art piece that can be used as a coffee table or hung on your wall, available for $5,000.  To purchase and for more information please visit the Prints on Wood website.

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SKATER RON CAMERON SPINNING AT AMOEBA HOLLYWOOD THIS FRIDAY!

If you’re in the LA area, you should head to Amoeba’s ROTATIONS this Friday, Aug. 22 at 8pm in Hollywood.  Ron Cameron not only helped found RVCA Clothing, he’s also amassed a vast record collection and spins great psych, dub and WAY out there tunes. Check it out!

Amoeba Hollywood – August 22nd @ 8pm
6400 Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90028

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ARTSPROJEKT X OBEY SKATEBOARDS X 15% Sale ends today

I first moved to California in 1996 to work with my friend and art and skateboarding role model Andy Howell. If you don’t know who he is, Andy founded New Deal Skateboards, Underworld Element (now Element), and Sophisto Clothing. Now Andy has started artsprojekt.com and is re-issuing some classic skate art, along with some new boards. We are re-releasing some Obey classics, and have added some new boards into the mix. Enjoy.

-Shepard Fairey

PURCHASE OBEY SKATEBOARDS HERE! Skateboards are NOT signed by Shepard.

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SHEPARD DESIGNS COVER ART FOR LOOK AGAIN TO THE WIND: JOHNNY CASH’S BITTER TEARS REVISITED

Nation books author,  filmmaker (Let Fury Have the Hour) and author (Mayday) Antonino D’Ambrosio’s critically acclaimed book A Heartbeat and a Guitar: Johnny Cash and the Making of Bitter Tears inspired the new recording Sony Music Masterworks record Look Again to the Wind: Johnny Cash’s Bitter Tears Revisited.  Executive produced and with liner notes by D’Ambrosio, the record is produced by Joe Henry and features Emmylou Harris, Steve Earle, Kris Kristofferson, Norman and Nancy Blake, Dave Rawlings and Gillian Welch, Rhiannon Giddens of the Carolina Chocolate Drops, and The Milk Carton Kids,  D’Ambrosio has chronicled it all in a new documentary that unfolds as a meditative mystery called “We’re Still Here: Johnny Cash’s Bitter Tears Revisited.”  Longtime collaborator, acclaimed artists Shepard Fairey did the book the cover art and the album cover art.

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VITA E MORTE CLOSES THIS SATURDAY @ SUBLIMINAL PROJECTS

This Saturday, August 23 is the last day to come by our gallery Subliminal Projects in Echo Park to see Vita E Morte by multimedia art collective Cross My Heart Hope To Die (CMHHTD).  The band put on an amazing first-ever performance on opening night and the work by CMHHTD challenges ideas of what music and art, delivery and discovery, actually mean. By bouncing between the physical and the online, between wide release and hidden secrets, between artist and band, the group hopes to bring wonder back into art and music. The purpose of the project is to create a cross platform between the sonic experience and the visual experience. How one intercepts each medium (sonic versus visual) will impact their perception of the project as a whole.  Be sure to check this show out!

SUBLIMINAL PROJECTS
1331 W. Sunset Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90026

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The Art of Elyisum’s GENESIS

I’m a curator for The Art of Elyisum’s GENESIS September 5 at The Theater at The Ace Hotel and graffiti artist PUSH will be doing a live installation at 7pm. It’s not to be missed!  Get your tickets, support the arts. Tickets are available here.
- Shepard

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