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Check out The Bundle Feat. Shepard, Russell Brand and Amanda Palmer!

My friend, and two time Sundance winner, Ondi Timoner is releasing a bundle of three film shorts as part of her Chief Executive Artist series. I happen to be one of the subjects along with two friends, Russell Brand and Amanda Palmer. All of the shorts are great and a portion of the money goes to charity. By purchasing this bundle you’ll be entertained and inspired while supporting indie filmmaking and good causes!

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Not One More

This variation on the print Shepard Fairey and I first created with Zack de la Rocha and Marco Amador pays homage to migrants whose courage, sacrifice, and activism is helping to write the next chapter of civil rights history.   We are once again partnering with the National Day Laborer Organizing Network (NDLON), and all the proceeds from the sale of this print will be re-invested in its Art/Work.

For decades, U.S. immigration policy has broken the social contract and given way to the most ugly politics of fear and scapegoating.   Migrants’ labor is accepted, but their humanity is denied.  In addition to unprecedented deportations and mass criminalization, a war of attrition has been waged seeking to force immigrants out by making them miserable.

Those who fought back have used artistic expression as a means of self-defense.  We owe a debt of gratitude to this generation of immigrants, who in fighting for their own individual emancipation, defended national values and paved a path, often literally, for the country’s future.  This year, millions of immigrants will breathe easier due to changes in deportation policy won by immigrant rights leaders, but millions more find themselves left out and further marginalized.

“We must not allow the rights of some to come at the expense of others,” said Pablo Alvarado, executive director of NDLON. “All immigrants deserve equality.”

Just as it did with its AltoArizona campaign, NDLON is asking artists to once again submit their own works calling for #Not1More deportation.   NDLON will use its resources to disseminate these pieces and close the gap between so-called “deserving” and “undeserving” immigrants.  Let’s continue envisioning and working towards the ultimate goal: a country without deportations!

#Not1More Deportation is the goal. Help us achieve it by supporting this work!

-Ernesto Yerena

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Two Great Events at the Ace Hotel Downtown LA!

1. John Van Hamersveld signing TODAY!

Meet legendary graphic artist and illustrator John Van Hamersveld TODAY at the Ace Hotel Downtown LA! John will be signing at 7pm in conjunction with the Contemporary Psychedelia exhibition currently on display. Free Contemporary Psychedelia posters will be available on a first come first serve basis, so get there early! RSVP here.

2. Spirit Portrait Sessions with Travis Millard will commence Saturday, January 10 in the Segovia Hall at the Ace Hotel Downtown LA. The event will feature Tea Service and Cheese Pizza. RSVP here.

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Agents Provocateurs Art Show Opens January 24!

Be sure to head out to the opening reception of Agents Provocateurs at Subliminal Projects on Saturday, January 24th at 8pm! The show will feature a selection of subversive skateboard graphics and artworks by numerous artists and friends. Hope to see you there!

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Not Impossible!

My friend Mick Ebeling wrote a great book called “ Not Impossible” about his quest to solve human problems with technology. This is a fantastic read if you want to change the world, change the system, or just change yourself: A perfect embodiment of what Che meant when he said ‘the true revolutionary is guided by great feelings of love.’ There’s a lot of love in this book, and a lot of revolution. A terrific tale that reminds me that “Do-It -Yourself” is not just a hipster phrase but a revolutionary practice.

I did a reading of a short bit of the book that you can check out here.

The book goes on sale Tues. Pick it up and get inspired!

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Support the New Hampshire Rebellion!

Help support the NH Rebellion and their goal of bringing national attention to the issue of campaign finance reform and more specifically, bringing the root problem of Money in Politics to the forefront of the 2016 New Hampshire Primary. Find out more about the NH Rebellion HERE and check out the video below. If you are able, help contribute HERE.

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Top 5 Moments of 2014

1). Halsey Institute of Contemporary Design (May, 2014)

The Insistent Image: Recurrent Motifs in the Art of Shepard Fairey and Jasper Johns – “This show with the Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art in Charleston, S.C. amplified my focus on the decline of the “American Dream.” Showing with the Halsey for the second time was great because they championed my work when I was far less established, and I like to be loyal to those who have supported me. I also think it was a great opportunity to show how my work has evolved in the last dozen or so years, and Jasper Johns is one of my all-time favorite artists, so it was an incredible honor to show alongside him.” Read more here.

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I have been a big fan of Brave New Films for a long time, long enough that I had to rent or buy their films! Lucky for us, Brave New Films believes in democratizing their content as the technology now allows. Their film “Outfoxed”, a look at the bias of Fox News, is now available online. Check it out, share it, and make a donation so Brave New can continue doing the great work they do!

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Farewell to Freedom

I have been a fan of The Colbert Report since early in it’s run. I really love the character Stephen created, because he brilliantly illuminates and satirizes the techniques of cable news pundits while simultaneously using the aggressive nature of the character to ask tough questions of guests across the political and cultural spectrum. I’m in awe of Colbert’s intelligence and quick wit. I’ve had the honor of being a guest on The Colbert Report a couple of times and my artwork has been used or discussed on the show a few other times. Stephen is such a formidable interviewer, that I almost lost my nerve to go on his show when I was first asked in January 2009. Right before I went on the show, I found out that Stephen and I both went to the same uptight and elite prep school in Charleston, S.C. I felt that our shared experience at Porter-Gaud, a school where the key to survival was being able to verbally and intellectually eviscerate the enemy, made me more prepared for the interview. I hated Porter-Gaud, sought refuge in art, skateboarding, and punk music, and left the school after 9th grade, while Stephen obviously thrived and stayed through graduation. Regardless, I thought I did pretty well in my interview. Click here to watch the interview.

When Stephen asked me if I’d be one of the guests on his farewell show, I was incredibly flattered, but when I was also asked to do a graphic for the final episode, I was humbled. The pressure to do something strong for the FINAL Colbert episode was daunting. With Stephen everything has to be over-the-top, hyperbolic, life-imitates-art or art-imitates-life (who knows which?) ego-driven absurdity, so we conceived an image that would aspire to the grandeur of his final skit. Stephen liked the image I created enough to not only incorporate it into the show, but to allow me to make a limited edition of art prints. They will be available TODAY! I’m grateful to Stephen for his inclusion of me and my work on his show, but I’d mostly like to thank him for being a supreme leader in the war against bullshit! Even in character, it takes incredible smarts and courage to maintain the rigor of his show and bring the heat to George W. Bush at the White House Correspondents’ Dinner. The Colbert Report will be missed, but I’m sure that with his fierce intelligence, Stephen will bring a new dimension to the Late Show. I look forward to it.

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I met Jeffrey Durkin while in San Diego painting my Burmese Monk mural and we discussed his film “Art as a Weapon.” I really liked what the film was about and am happy to be a part of it. He documents and follows a school in Myanmar that teaches street art as a form of non-violent struggle, and shines the light on Buddhism and human rights in Burma – and clearly anything that incorporates art and activism is something that I support. If you have a moment check it out below.
– Shepard

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