“People’s Discontent” Available Thursday, 11/4 @ 10 AM PDT!

November 02, 2021

People’s Discontent – 24 x 18 inches

I teamed up with my good friend and documentary photographer, Martha Cooper, on a new print release called “People’s Discontent.” Martha Cooper has been photographing creative kids in action on city streets since the mid-1970s. I remixed one of Martha’s iconic photos from her book, Street Play, titled “Hitchhiking a Bus on Houston Street” that she shot in 1978 in the Lower East Side of New York City. There was no advertisement on the back of the bus in her original photo, and since disco was the rage in the late ’70s, I thought it made sense for me to add a disco radio station with the slogan, “Listen To The Sounds of People’s Disco.” I added the “DISCO-ntent” and the spraypaint can in the kid’s hand as if he sprayed that on there. It’s a nod to that era but also to what’s going on now with the unrest around social justice issues. This limited edition print was first released through Urban Nation Museum in Berlin as part of their current show “Martha Cooper: Taking Pictures” curated by Jaime Rojo and Steven P. Harrington of Brooklyn Street Art and will soon be up on my website this Thursday at 10 AM PT. Check it out!
– Shepard Fairey

**If you’re in Germany, Urban Nation will also be releasing more prints in the next coming days. Check their Instagram page for updates!

Photo of Martha Cooper by Nika Kramer

People’s Discontent. 24 x 18 inches. Screenprint on thick cream Speckletone paper. Original illustration based on a photograph by Martha Cooper. Signed by Shepard Fairey. Numbered edition of 550. $85. Available on Thursday, November 4th @ 10 AM PDT at https://store.obeygiant.com. Max order: 1 per customer/household. International customers are responsible for import fees due upon delivery.⁣ ALL SALES FINAL.