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Shepard x Colbert Report

Shepard is on Colbert Report tonight for his second appearance with Steven Martin as Colbert’s guest.  Airs tonight, 12/8/10, on Comedy Central at 11:30pm.

Wreck the Walls X Subliminal Projects

A Winter Group Exhibition Featuring Over 30 Artists.  OPENING THIS SATURDAY!

Opening Reception:
Saturday, December 11th, 2010 / 5-9PM

Exhibition Dates:
December 11th – January 15th, 2011

Valet Parking Provided!

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OBEY x Miami Art Basel 2010

Here are a few pics from the week, thanks to Geoff Hargadon for sharing.  Also check out the OBEY CLOTHING blog for more behind the scenes photography as our man, Jon Furlong, was there a few days snapping away at the work in progress.

PS  – The Mandala Mural was over 30 feet tall and 20 feet wide – all painted – no half steppin’ this trip!

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SURE – Rest In Peace

Our condolences to SURE’s family and friends.  A message from a close friend of SURE…

It is with my deepest regrets to inform you that this morning I received news of the passing of my close friend Sure. Last night he was killed in Afghanistan where he was stationed as a Intelligence Officer in the United States Marine Corps. Sure was born and bred in Brooklyn and recognized for his exceptional handstyle which brought together elements of classic New York graffiti with ornamental calligraphy. His script signatures could be found throughout the city and were a major influence on myself and countless others. Sure also received great recognition as one of the most prominent sticker bombers of all time. Of the thousands of stickers he put up, nearly every one of them was individually hand done in an incredible array of styles. This was recently exemplified in Stickers: From Punk Rock to Contemporary Art (Rizzoli) by DB Burkeman and in Martha Cooper’s latest book Name Tagging (Mark Batty Publishing) which features an interview with Sure. Sure was like a brother to me. He was my partner-in-crime and my best friend. I am grateful for the time we had and that everywhere I go in New York City I see his name and know that his presence will be felt by many long after his passing.

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The Medium is the Message

Despite my concerns about the environment, I still subscribe to the physical, made of cut-down trees, LA Times Thurs-Sun. I spend so much time in front of a computer doing art and design(and answering email) that I relish reading the news at the breakfast table in my home or a restaurant. Don’t get me wrong, I love the convenience and democracy of new media and technology, but I worry about the quality of info in an age where “faster” seems to trump “better”. My concern extends beyond the quality of basic news journalism to the nature of written communication itself. I refuse to own a phone with email on it because I don’t need more distractions, I need to concentrate in order to make artwork and my A.D.D. is bad enough already. The editorial I linked by Neal Gabler from the Sunday LA Times analyzes some of the phenomena contributing to the deterioration of thoughtful communication. It cites, among others, Marshall McLuhan, the gentleman who coined one of my favorite phrases: “the medium is the message”.  Check it out… it is a reminder that better communication is superior to more communication. I bet Sarah Palin wishes she had read this before she Twittered “refudiate”.
-Shepard Fairey


Sanrio Small Gifts x Miami x OBEY

Shepard is participating in the Sanrio Small Gifts Art Show in Miami curated by Roger Gastman and Zio Fulcher.  Shepard created this OBEY x Hello Kitty Screen Print to celebrate the project and show.  The print will be available at the Miami space.

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My friend, graffiti writer EWOK, just updated his site. There are a lot of great graffiti and random off the wall and humorous stuff. I’ve liked EWOK’s work since I first saw it in the mid 90’s. EWOK got up with COPE and INDIE at the Houston and Bowery wall last May when I was working on my mural. Check out his site www.mr-ewokone.com

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OBEY Clothing Holiday Sample Sale 2010

Here it is, the sale that you have all been waiting for, Obey Clothing Holiday Sample Sale 2010! Same rules as last year: Cash, Visa, Mastercard only. All Sales final. No returns or Exchanges. No Bags. No Backpacks. No Obey is to be worn.

Friday, December 10th
from 8am – 7pm

Saturday, December 11th
From 8am – 2pm

3500 W. Carriage Dr.
Santa Ana, CA 92704

For more information visit OBEYCLOTHING.com

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Paper Magazine x Shepard Fairey guest editor

I am proud to announce that the PAPER magazine issue I guest edited is now on the newsstand. I am the first guest editor in PAPER’s 26 year history and I was honored to make a creative and conceptual contribution to a magazine I’ve been a fan of for so many years. I’d like to think that  the collaborative nature of this PAPER issue, including the cover I designed with Friends With You and the illustration I created to accompany Carlo McCormick’s insightful essay, make the issue somewhat of a collector’s item. By the way, if you check out the linked articles, you’ll find the story of how I first connected with Carlo(who hooked up my first art in a NY gallery) and the rest of the PAPER crew.
Pretend we still live in a world where people value tangible, non-virtual, objects and indulge my ego and your nostalgia by buying the PAPER issue and supporting a great magazine that has always supported me, and the culture we all love. You never know, leaving the house for a crisp stroll to the newsstand might inspire something great.Thanks.


PAPER Article 1: http://www.papermag.com/arts_and_style/2010/11/renaissance-men.php

PAPER Article 2: http://www.papermag.com/arts_and_style/2010/11/when-shepard-met-paper.php

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Activism in Burma

These photos are from Burma outside the home of Aung San Suu Kyi. It is exciting for me to see that my image of her made it to the activists in Burma, and even more exciting that the activists can assemble without repressive consequence.


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