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Help fund the trap door at the edge of the universe!

My good friend Noah Warner wrote and is making an indie film called Trap Door at the Edge of the Universe. He’s got a great group of actors lined up and only needs 18 grand to get started. I think it is always great when good ideas can triumph over deep pockets, so help these Davids in an industry of Goliaths. Those rocks and slingshots are cheap but NOT FREE! Thanks for supporting independent art!

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Last week to see Urban Nation’s “Freedom” Show!

This is the last week to check out Urban Nation’s: Project M/8 “Freedom” show in Berlin, featuring some pieces of mine as well as work from D*Face, Maya Hayuk, Cyrcle., Word To Mother, Miss Van, The London Police, Herakut, Snik & Evoca1. It’s rare to have such a diverse selection of artists from all over the globe showing under one roof, not to mention the many murals that were constructed to coincide with the exhibit… this one’s not to be missed!

Check out some recap pics HERE and HERE, and be sure to check out the show if you get a chance!

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“Wasted Youth / Your Eyes Here” (CAC Malaga Edition)

D*Face and I enjoy collaborating and we both agreed that it would be great to do a print to celebrate our simultaneous shows at the CAC Málaga.  We used very different color palettes in our murals there so we decided that since we both liked black, red, and silver – that we could put our chromatic differences aside and join forces on those three colors for the print.  I’d still recommend seeing the murals in person if you have the opportunity, but this print is an avatar I can be proud of.  All of the prints are signed by me and D*Face so you know that meant they had to travel to Spain and back – luckily, they’re all in good shape.  Thanks to the CAC Málaga for facilitating such a great show for both of us!

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PAY 2 PLAY: Democracy’s High Stakes

It’s simple, “when money equals speech, speech ceases to be free.” Corruption surrounding big money in politics affects every single American. It’s time democracy regains its voice!
PAY 2 PLAY: Democracy’s High Stakes systematically breaks down corruption in politics and provides solutions and steps we can take to regain our democracy. Check out the trailer below and help support independent filmmakers shedding light on fundamental issues. Shepard designed the poster for the film which can also be viewed below. Thanks for caring!

Click HERE to order the DVD

400 copies of the poster are signed and numbered by the director John Wellington Ennis, click HERE to purchase

For further questions or concerns please contact: pay2playthemovie@gmail.com

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too many names

My friend Saber just finished a very powerful piece dedicated to those who have been shot by the police over the past year. I applaud his willingness to tackle a controversial topic. He explains the piece HERE.
Check it out!

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Post 4th of July Reflection

I did a good bit of reading of American political speeches over the weekend from Thomas Payne to the present. I never intend to embark on a civics lecture, but I think the whitewashing or rewriting of history is important to be cautious of. Please read on.

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IT’S A BEAUTIFUL DAY, I GUESS – opening at Subliminal projects July 18

SUBLIMINAL PROJECTS is pleased to present IT’S A BEAUTIFUL DAY, I GUESS, a group exhibition featuring new work by Greg Bojorquez, Tim Diet, Mark Drew, Michelle Guintu, Jeramee Haynie, Patrick Martinez, and Kevin Woodruff. The title of the show is a direct reference to a lyric from The Recipe by Kendrick Lamar and Dr. Dre. Yet the show also touches on indirect references, such as the intangible essence of summer in Southern California, the individual experiences each exhibiting artist has had with music, and the disparate communities music can bring together.

The work in IT’S A BEAUTIFUL DAY, I GUESS ranges in form and style but all retain the general playfulness that permeates throughout Los Angeles. Bojorquez highlights a sunnier side of the music industry with photography showcasing the smiles and swagger of some of hip-hop’s biggest names. Diet’s paintings are a mash-up of pop references, cartoon characters, and thug life. Drew paints musical genres in the form of stacked cassettes with an old school rhetoric that echoes current cool. Guintu paints, draws, and imagines a neon-toned life sprinkled with her favorite stars and musicians. Martinez visually recreates Los Angeles life as he sees it, breathes it, endures it, thinks it, observes it, and loves it…ultimately paying homage to it in the form of neon word plays, paintings of flowery gun stashes, cast still life’s of fruit, soda pop, and Cheetos, and birthday cakes dedicated to rap royalty. Woodruff is a performance artist with literal and figurative interest in the ways music can move a person, while Haynie’s sound installation brings the viewer back to the exhibition’s origin: music and it’s oh-so-colorful culture.

In Collaboration With Andres Guerrero

Opening Reception: Saturday, July 18 · 8 – 11 pm

1331 W. Sunset Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90026

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Obey Euro Tour – Recap

The opening of “Your Eyes Here” at the CAC Málaga last Friday was a complete success and the turnout was incredible! This opening marked the end of a 3-week European tour with projects in Berlin, Munich, and Málaga. This was the first time the crew returned to Málaga since painting the Paz Y Libertad mural in 2013, which was accompanied by a mural painted by fellow artist and friend D*Face. Appropriately enough, D*Face also returned this year to open his show “Wasted Youth” alongside “Your Eyes Here” at the CAC. Both comprehensive exhibits run through Sept. 27, 2015. If you’re in Málaga, be sure to check out both shows! As always, thank you to the team, the many facilitators that made this tour possible: Positive-Propaganda – Munich, Urban Nation – Berlin, and CAC Málaga – Málaga, and Jon Furlong of Obey Clothing for capturing the journey with his inimitable eye!

Take a look at pictures from the show. Thanks for caring!

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Happy Birthday Debbie!

Happy Birthday to one of my all-time favorite icons Debbie Harry!

It’s been a pleasure to make a few portraits over the years and get to know both Debbie and Chris Stein.

Check out the other portraits: here and here!

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My interest in S.I.D. has several layers and I’m not putting across one message. I think Sid Vicious is a good example of the culture of music and celebrity, and style versus substance. When I fist got into punk rock, The Sex Pistols were my favorite band and Sid was the member I was most excited by based on his notoriety and image. I later realized that Sid made the least significant creative contribution to the band other than his look. Like it or not, Sid is one of the dominant symbols of punk rock and he embodies cliches of rebellion and self-destruction in ways that I look at as cautionary now but I saw as an exciting form of non-conformity as a teen. Dennis Morris captured both candid images of Sid and Sid as an over-the-top character and performer. I’m excited about this series because I think it presents Sid in multiple dimensions. I’m happy to bring this collaborative exhibition of mine and Dennis’s works to Paris, if you’re in the area please head to the Magda Danysz Gallery to check it out. – Shepard

A collaborative exhibition between Dennis Morris and Shepard Fairey
Opening Reception: Saturday, July 4th 6-8pm
Magda Danysz Gallery – 78, rue Amelot – Paris 11
On view July 4 – August 1, 2015

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