WE THE PEOPLE art is now FREE to download. Download it, print it, use it to come together as one. Click the link in my bio and defend dignity, protect each other, and join together to be greater than fear. #wethepeople @amplifierfoundation 📸 by @delphinediallo
Sending my piece “Mass Incarceration” off to @subliminalprojects for my show #AmericanCivics on Inauguration Night (01/20). If you’re in town, come check it out. To attend, email firstname.lastname@example.org. Photo of #JohnnyCash by #JimMarshall. 📷: @jonathanfurlong
On Tuesday night, Aaron Huey (@argonautphoto) and I, with the help of the @amplifierfoundation, launched the “We the People” Kickstarter campaign and we’ve already raised more than $200,000 in just a few short days! I’d like to thank all of you who’ve already pledged and those of you who continue to support and share this amazing effort. I spoke with @newshour by phone Wednesday about “We the People,” the HOPE poster I made in support of Obama’s 2008 campaign, and my thoughts on our current political climate. Take a look (link in bio). #GreaterThanFear image from a photo by @ridzdesign.
SOLD OUT - Detail of OBEY WITH CAUTION letterpress available TODAY @ 10AM (PST) on ObeyGiant.com in Store under Prints. Ed. 300. $65.
#PublicEnemy is my favorite hip-hop group, and in my opinion, the most important hip-hop group of all time. I became interested in them after reading a @thrashermag review of their first album which described Public Enemy’s music as “the new punk.” So, as a longtime fan of Public Enemy and #FlavorFlav, I’m happy to support the @laartshow and Flav as the DJ for the after party. I’ve always enjoyed the humor and zaniness that Flav brought as a balancing element to Chuck D’s intensity in Public Enemy. Their chemistry was essential to the overall impact of the group, so I’m happy to help support this. In conjunction with this, my friends at @printsonwood are releasing a wood print of my Flavor Flav portrait during the LA Art Show from January 9th through January 16th at 10am (pst) and then online following. Visit link in bio for more information. Thanks for caring!
SOLD OUT - My art is usually social and political regardless of who is in the White House, but my concerns and frustrations are amplified by the election of @realdonaldtrump. I joked while #Trump was campaigning that his slogan should be “Manifest Density,” a parody of “Manifest Destiny,” which was an embarrassingly egotistical pronouncement by rich white men that it was God’s desire for them to conquer ocean to ocean in the territory that would become the United States. Trump appealed to an uninformed electorate who looked for scapegoats and were driven by most likely one or more of the dark impulses listed on the print. I’m pushing for future where those impulses have no place and defiantly no traction. Let’s move forward, not backward. I did two versions of this print (No Future released on Tuesday, December 20) because I couldn’t make up my mind which I liked more. Both editions of 300. Obey with Caution. 10 x 13 inches. Letterpress on cream cotton paper with hand-deckled edges. Signed by #ShepardFairey. Numbered edition of 300. $65. #Obey publishing chop in lower left corner. Available Thursday, January 12 at 10AM (PST) on ObeyGiant.com in Store under Prints. Limit 1 per person/household.
Aaron Huey (@argonautphoto) and I have teamed up again for a series called WE THE PEOPLE; an effort meant to champion an appreciation for ethnic, cultural, and religious diversity because, hey- the people aren't one people, the people are ALL people. This series of 3 new graphics were commissioned by Aaron and the @amplifierfoundation for a Kickstarter campaign that launches TODAY! You can support the campaign by pledging NOW (link in bio)! Depending on how much you pledge, reward packages include postcards, sticker packs, 30 x 41" large format prints, and 24 x 36" offset prints. We the People need to come together under a new symbol of hope— one that reminds us that OUR America is one of equal humanity, and does not demean or discriminate. We need you to help us take back this narrative. The sale of these prints on Kickstarter will fund the purchase of full page ads in the @washingtonpost on #InaugurationDay, to be distributed to 600,000 people. Free speech in public spaces has rarely been as stifled as it will be for this inauguration, but no administration can tell you you can’t buy a newspaper and hold it up above your head! Beyond the ads in the Post, Amplifier Foundation will also be distributing each of these images at Metro stops, via moving vans, and at drop spots in DC. We don’t have any one easy solution, but we do know this: we must be greater than fear, we must defend dignity, and we must protect each other. Take this art in your hands, and start now. #DefendDignity image from a photo by Arlene Mejorado (@ari.mejorado). #EqualHumanity
My gallery @subliminalprojects is pleased to bring my show #AmericanCivics to #LosAngeles, featuring the first-ever collaboration between myself and the estate of legendary photographer #JimMarshall. The show focuses on voting rights, gun control, prison reform, income inequality, and workers’ rights. I’m excited to show a selection of my own solo artwork alongside this important project; all politically themed works inspired by the current political climate. Join me on Inauguration Night (1/20) at Subliminal Projects in #EchoPark for the opening reception and thank you as always for your support. To attend, please email email@example.com.
#Blondie is one of my all-time favorite bands. Since I discovered them as a kid on pop radio, I always appreciated Blondie’s stylistic diversity; tackling genres such as rock, girl group soul, disco, hip-hop and reggae. Blondie’s front woman #DebbieHarry is one of the fiercest women in punk rock and defined the New York look with her attitude, style, and amazing voice. Considering Debbie’s undisputed role as a counterculture style icon, it’s an incredible honor to collaborate with her on a special, limited-edition @obeyclothing line for women available next fall. As far as we’re concerned, the punk rock attitude and look will never go out of style. Stay tuned for more info on the clothing collaboration. 📸: @wicked_lady
Yesterday we celebrated #StevieWonder's HEAVEN with @theartofelysium and launched Elysium Bandini Studios through the amazing hard work of many many people including my studio, @studionumberone. EB Studios is a philanthropic film studio focused on fostering emerging talent to give back and heal those in need through art. I'm amazed and impressed by all of the creative harmony orchestrated through the founder herself Jennifer Howell. Support art + independence, subscribe and donate NOW! Link in bio. #ArtHeals
This photo was taken on the State Capitol in Sacramento after #CesarChavez completed his 300-mile march in support of farmworkers’ rights. Photographer #JimMarshall captured Chavez in a pose that suggests the vision and leadership that he truly embodied. I believe in what he stood for as an activist and civil rights leader. He fought for the rights of people doing some of the most difficult work for some of the lowest wages, to unionize and advocate for themselves in order to earn a dignified wage. In corroborated articles, that reflect the condensation toward many people who are on the lowest rung of the economic ladder; Chavez fought to increase the minimum wage for these people, and that battle continues today. Join me at @subliminalprojects on Inauguration Night (1/20) for the opening reception of American Civics, featuring my first-ever collaboration with the estate of photographer Jim Marshall. To attend, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
In July of 2015, @artmiamifairs founder Nick Korniloff and his wife Pamela Cohen's' 14-year-old son Perry Cohen tragically disappered at sea along with his good friend Austin Stephanos. Nick and Pamela’s loss truly impacted me not just because I’m a parent but also because boating has been a passion of my family's for generations. Last year, I was honored to create art for the @perryjcohenfoundation, a nonprofit organization founded by his parents to support the advancement of boating safety, marine and wildlife education and preservation, teenage entrepreneurship and supporting the arts. To kick of 2017, Nick and his wife Pamela invite us to honor their son at the Palm Beach Modern + Contemporary fair from January 12-15 to view a series of portraits painted by street artist @theartofalbaseer, also known as ABH. ABH will donate half of the proceeds from sales of commissioned portraits to the Perry J. Cohen Foundation in hopes of raising enough money to establish the Perry J. Cohen Welands Laboratory at Jupiter Community High School, where the teen was set to begin school in the Environmental Research & Field Stuides Academy just three weeks after his tragic disappearance. In addition to providing environmental education, the laboratory will feature a mural I plan to create to honor Perry’s life. If you wish to commission ABH to create a portrait of you or want to learn more about this amazing charity, visit link in bio.
SOLD OUT - #MELVINS COLOSSUS PRINT AVAIL. TODAY @ 10AM (PST) on ObeyGiant.com in Store under Prints. $65. Limit 1 per person/household.
The @AmplifierFoundation is teaming up with the @womensmarch on Washington to commission, produce, and distribute public art on a mass scale for the historic gathering. Together they have launched an open call to all female-identifying artists located in the U.S., and will print tens of thousands of pieces of art as signs and banners, to be distributed free of charge to marchers during the #WomensMarch on January 21st. More details can be found at the link in their header. Judges include renowned artists @swoonhq @favianna1 and @jessxsnow! Please submit strongly graphic work that translates well from a distance and has clear messaging. Artists chosen will receive a grant to support their work. See you in DC!
The #Melvins are one of my all-time favorite bands. In 1990, I discovered their albums Ozma and Bullhead and became obsessed. The Melvins channelled #BlackFlag and #BlackSabbath but brought their own unique style that utilized power and negative space, thus creating this amazing tension. I designed this poster for the Melvins documentary “The Colossus of Destiny: A Melvins Tale,” which had select screenings last year and more to come in 2017. The film, directed and produced by Bob Hannam and Ryan Sutherby, follows the band’s history, with rare behind-the-scenes footage from their early days in Washington to their multiple modern incarnations with an eye on the enduring influence they’ve had throughout their 30-year plus history. I’m thrilled to open this new year with this poster and hope that true fans get their hands on one of these! #HappyNewYear! MELVINS COLOSSUS PRINT AVAIL. 01/05 @ 10AM (PST) on ObeyGiant.com in Store under Prints. 18 x 24 inches. #Screenprint. Signed by #Shepard #Fairey. Edition of 300. $65. Limit 1 per person/household.
Yesterday I was looking at a collage piece my daughter Vivienne created a couple of years ago, and I thought it was a great message for the beginning of 2017 and the beginning of the rest of our lives. Vivienne made the art piece with stencil letter scraps from my studio after hearing me frequently use the Joe Strummer quote “The Future Is Unwritten”. Don’t be a spectator in your own life, create the future you want for yourself and the world. Oh, I’ve been helping Vivienne and her friend Lola with their creative endeavor @tigerlightscreative. They came up with the drawings and concepts, I just helped fine tune some graphics. Check it out! Link in profile to #TigerLights website.
#2016 was brutal on so many levels, but hey - it's time to move on! #2017 awaits! #HappyNewYear From The Archives: Time to Move On (Study), 2016 Mixed Media (Stencil, Silkscreen, and Collage) on Paper 22 x 30 inches #Obey #ObeyGiant #ShepardFairey
Thank YOU for an amazing year! #2016
From The Archives: Rise Above Fist, 2016 Edition of 20 Silkscreen and Mixed Media Collage on Paper, HPM 29 x 42 inches #Obey #ObeyGiant #ShepardFairey