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SURFACE: Portraits of Street Artists Opens April 25th!

I initially met Soren Solkaer in Copenhagen while I was diligently working on a mural. He asked if he could shoot a portrait of me and very hastily, but deftly did a setup using some red gel and available light that turned out to be a stunning composition (despite the aesthetic deficiencies of the subject!). Soren also gave me his book which is full of amazing portraits of some of my favorite musicians like Franz Ferdinand, the Raveonettes, and Paul Simonon of the Clash. Soren spoke to me about his idea to photograph some of the world’s leading street and graffiti artists with their work. Surface is the ambitious culmination of that idea from 2011 and the book and art show richly capture the subjects and their environments. The show is not to be missed!


SURFACE: Portraits of Street Artists
Opening Reception: Saturday, April 25 / 8-11 PM
Exhibition Dates: April 25 – May 23, 2015

Subliminal Projects is located at: 1331 Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90026

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I Love Rock ‘n’ Roll 33 1/3

Joan Jett is one of the most prolific, bad-ass women in music.  I was honored when Joan asked me to recreate the cover of her 1981 album “I Love Rock ’n Roll,” for its “33 1/3 Anniversary” Deluxe edition coming out this month.  This is one of my early favorite albums and I used to BLAST it in our house as a kid. We didn’t have a great stereo, but it was pressed loud enough to blow the doors off anyway! It is a big deal for me to work with Joan and I am really pleased with how the album design turned out.   If that’s not enough, finally, time has come for Joan’s induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame! To celebrate Joan’s induction and re-release of her classic album, I am offering a limited print run of the design which will be available Tuesday, April 21. Congrats Joan! -Shepard

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Two Days Left to submit YOUR art for Manifest Justice!

Reminder: Now’s the time to submit YOUR art for the Manifest Justice event, and show your work amongst internationally known artists! The deadline for submissions is this Friday, April 17. CLICK HERE for details.

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Limited Edition Interpolation Tee!

Combined with Shepard’s Interpol Billboard and Record Store Day 7-inch, he simultaneously designed this Limited Edition ‘Interpolation’ Tee. Make sure to pick one up this weekend at Coachella or your local Interpol tour stop.

Can’t make it out? Order your shirt via Interpol’s webstore or Obey Clothing before they’re gone!

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A Message from Our Sponsor

The oil and gas industry has long enjoyed a history of strong influence in Washington.  Individuals and political action committees affiliated with oil and gas companies have donated $238.7 million to candidates and parties since the 1990 election cycle, 75 percent of which has gone to Republicans.

These facts only emphasize more and more that our political system is broken.  Gone are the days of democracy and here to stay are the days of a heavily influenced Congress with organizations such as the American Petroleum Institute (API), the industry’s powerful lobbying and trade association, increasing their power to continue to fuel government-backed subsidies.  The hundreds of millions of dollars that the oil and gas industry shell out to employ it’s lobbyists only ensures that policy will never change and our courageous politicians will never stand a chance to reform legislation and repeal these subsidies.

My latest piece, A Message from Our Sponsor, is my interpretation of the powerful, rich, and greedy oil and gas companies and their message to us, the constituents of this “great” democracy. Thanks for caring.


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Get ready for the Manifest Justice art exhibit in Los Angeles, featuring the work of over 200 artists including Shepard Fairey, Swoon, and more as well as activists, as a response against recent incidents of racism and police brutality! Manifest Justice is also hosting an art competition to give YOU the chance to display your work amongst top contemporary artists. Click ‘read more’ below to get the scoop via ArtNet.

“We demand more empathy, more accountability, more economic opportunity, more compassion, more dignity, more power and more opportunity for all,” reads a mission statement on the MANIFEST: JUSTICE website. “We demand healthier communities, which means more from each other; more from our school systems and more from our judicial systems.”

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We just completed the LA version of the Interpol collaboration in Echo Park. It’s great timing since, like many of you, I’m going to see them this weekend at Coachella. There’s also a 7-inch coming out that we worked on together for Record Store Day, coming up on April 18. Support your local record shop and pick it up. We’ll be selling 150 of the 7-inches releasing on April 28 so if you can’t find it in a shop, check our website. More will be posting soon, thanks as always for caring!


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SURFACE | Portraits of Street Artists | The photography of Søren Solkær

SUBLIMINAL PROJECTS is pleased to present SURFACE, an exhibition featuring portraits of street artists taken by Danish photographer Søren Solkær. The images are part of a larger book project that began in 2012 and continued into 2015. For three years, Solkær traveled internationally, photographing street artists in their element and showcasing them alongside their art in public spaces. The project culminated in a publication that ultimately serves as a portrait anthology of many significant street artists in the contemporary art scene, as well as the genre’s pioneering icons.

Opening Reception is Saturday, April 25 · 8 – 11 pm showing through May 23, 2015

1331 W. Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90026  |  SubliminalProjects.com


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Power Bidder

I have frequently talked about the many problems created by the current campaign finance structure. Corporate donations distort their influence in politics and corrupt our democracy. This is an issue not many Americans seem interested in, but it affects all Americans by insuring that corporate interests are put before the interests of the average person. Genuine democracy should guarantee that politicians create the greatest good for the greatest number of people, but that idea has eroded with the favors owed by politicians to corporations in exchange for their contributions. A portion of the proceeds from the “Power Bidder” print will go to two organizations who are fighting  against political corruption, and for campaign finance reform. They are rootstrikers.org and unitedrepublic.org. Check out their sites. These orgs are doing great work, so please support them! Thanks for caring.

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New De La Soul Album, be a part of the journey!

I’m a huge De La Soul fan! Now the guys are back, ready to record a new album and they need your support to make it all happen. They will be working with more than 16 talented musicians, and the Kickstarter platform allows for their full creative control. This can only mean good things! Be a part of the journey, check out the video below and help support my friends continue to make classic hip hop jams for the next 25 years! – Shepard

Check out their Kickstarter HERE!

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