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obeygiant

Современный американский художник и дизайнер.
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I wanted to share the Dark Wave art I created in 2010 since the message is still relevant today. I started this piece in response to the BP spill in the Gulf of Mexico first as a screen print and then as a fine art piece which I liked even more and released this version as an offset print. Unfortunately, the environmental hazards of off-shore drilling are just as relevant today as they were in 2010, especially with the relaxed regulations under the new administration. I'm in Hawaii this week, and being here reminds me of how much I enjoy illustrating water with its hypnotic ripples and reflections. There’s oil in this water, which mixes ok in an illustration, but not so well in real life. I want future generations to inhabit a livable planet. You can still purchase the Dark Wave offset print on my site today: obeygiant.com (in Store, under Prints). Be sure to visit the link in bio to get a closer look. – Shepard⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Dark Wave. 24 x 36 inches. Offset poster on thick cream Speckle Tone paper. Signed by Shepard Fairey. Open edition. $35. Available on ObeyGiant.com in Store under Prints.

I just finished a very large mural in Honolulu as part of the Pow Wow festival. Special thanks to my mural crew for the assist, Jon Furlong for documenting, and @powwowworldwide for having us. The mural is called “Golden Future?” and it addresses the need to preserve the planet for future generations. In Hawaii, such a naturally beautiful place, I think it is important to ask the question: will the future be golden metaphorically, or scorched to a golden brown? It is up to us to decide with our own behaviors and how we vote. Thanks for caring! - Shepard 📷: @jonathanfurlong

Here’s a flashback to the early days with my then girlfriend, now wife Amanda traveling around the world. It’s hard to believe we’re celebrating 20 years together this week. If you care to learn more about my life or our history, @jamesmoll did a fantastic job of telling our story in the OBEY GIANT documentary which is still available on Hulu. Thanks for caring, and happy anniversary Amanda! - S

Honolulu, Hawaii

I had a fun time speaking with @mrjasperwong and our special guest @klyonsnatborn last night! I'm grateful for the opportunity to paint a mural here in Hawaii, and getting the chance to catch up with old friends and colleagues while I'm at it. Thank you Jasper and @powwowworldwide for having me! - Shepard 📷: @jonathanfurlong

Here's a #progress shot of the mural I'm currently working on in #Hawaii! Thanks to @powwowworldwide for having us, my crew for the assist and Jon Furlong for documenting. Check back for more updates coming soon! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ I’ll also be speaking with @mrjasperwong and a special guest today, February 14th at the Wade Warehouse. If you're in the area, don't miss it! - Shepard 📷: @jonathanfurlong ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #obey #obeygiant #inprogress #mural #streetart #shepardfairey #hawaii #honolulu

@Interpol is one of my favorite bands, and I've been lucky enough to collaborate with them throughout the years. My first introduction to them was when I stalked them backstage at Coachella and offered to create art for them if they ever needed it… to my surprise, they knew my work already and decided to take me up on my offer. My first project with Interpol was in 2004 when I created art for the follow up to their debut album, "Antics." Ten years later in 2014, I was approached with another opportunity to not only create a print but also to paint a mural for their fifth studio album, "El Pintor." I'm excited to announce that I'll be releasing a new print that I created in honor of their upcoming show in New York at Madison Square Garden on February 16th! This Interpol NYC Calling print is available on Tuesday, February 19th at 10 AM PST on obeygiant.com, in Store under Prints. I think that art and music together are even more powerful than either individually! - Shepard⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Interpol NYC Calling on True White Speckle Tone paper. 18 x 24 inches. Signed by Shepard Fairey. Numbered edition of 550. $50. Available Tuesday, February 19th @ 10 AM PST on obeygiant.com, in Store under Prints. Max order: 1 per customer/household. Multiple orders will be refunded. International customers are responsible for import fees due upon delivery.

The @miamicityballet returns this month with Justin Peck’s Heatscape featuring art I created for the set design. I’m a big fan of Robert Rauschenberg who collaborated with Merce Cunningham, so the idea of collaborating with a choreographer in the same vein appealed to me. Beyond the historical association I mentioned, I enjoy getting my work in front of people using unexpected platforms. The cross-pollination that can happen between the ballet and street art audiences is exciting! If you’re in Florida, be sure to check out the show. Show dates are from February 22nd to March 17th! Visit the link in bio for the schedule and tickets. – Shepard⠀

I'm proud to support @TOMS' #EndGunViolenceTogether initiative that @BlakeMycoskie is spearheading, which is about nothing more than supporting universal background checks and will result in saving innocent lives. Blake and his team are investing $5 million into organizations across the country who are committed to ending gun violence. If you've already sent a postcard to your representative, you'll receive a custom design that I created as a free download. It's not too late to take part in this campaign! Visit TOMS.com (link in bio) to get started. I’ll be releasing a print on my site soon. Stay tuned for more on that later! - Shepard

I'm looking forward to visiting Hawaii next week for Oahu's @powwowworldwide event! Here's a throwback to my 2005 residency at The Contemporary Museum in Honolulu. I was presented with a unique conundrum: Hawaii doesn't have outdoor advertising, which my street art was designed to compete with and make people question. After visiting Hawaii, I realized that the primary form of propaganda was not advertising but the clichés of Hawaii itself: Coke machines have palm trees on them instead of Coke logos on them, phone booths have floral patterns running down the side, and everyone wears Aloha shirts. All the cliches of Hawaii's picturesque beauty are perpetuated to encourage tourism. So for once I got to make stuff that was decorative and beautiful, but still, if you examine it closely, skewers the Hawaiian clichés. - Shepard ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #obey #obeygiant #shepardfairey #hawaii #honolulu #throwback

This month is Black History Month, but racial issues exist all year long. I really believe in what MLK said when he said that ‘Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.’ I have long realized the imbalance in our society and I fight to try to correct those injustices. For the Damaged exhibition, I was exploring many different themes of social justice and other threats to our civilization that I want to continue to bring awareness to. For that body of work, I created this Bias by Numbers piece in 2017 to address racial bias in policing, criminal justice, and media culture. Racial bias in policing and criminal justice has a long history, but studies have revealed evidence of just how pervasive and consistent the bias against black citizens really is. Blacks face a severe degree of police bias in relation to whites. Convictions for drug possession are almost six times higher for blacks. Blacks frequently receive longer prison sentences than whites contributing to African Americans being incarcerated at more than 5 times the rate of whites. Additionally, racial bias in police enforcement undermines public trust and presents a significant threat to legitimacy of law enforcement in all communities. We must continue to address these issues and fight back against racial bias. Please check out the link in bio for more info on racial bias in policing from the NAACP, it's important. Thanks for caring. - Shepard ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #obey #obeygiant #shepardfairey #blackhistorymonth #racialbias

I created this print back in 2009 in memory of J Dilla, in collaboration with B+ @bpleasel. Jay Dee was an incredible hip-hop producer and his impact is pervasive to this day. I love a lot of Dilla’s production for A Tribe Called Quest, De La Soul, and Busta Rhymes, but my favorite jam is the Pharcyde's “Runnin” because the song gets people movin’ using unexpected jazzy and folky samples coupled with a killer drum beat! The infectious end result uses ingredients most would have considered having little or no “shake your rump” potential. Join me as we celebrate and honor Dilla’s music and his legacy all month long. Happy #dillamonth! - Shepard ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #obey #obeygiant #jdilla #shepardfairey

Subliminal Projects

Thank you to all who joined us last Saturday for @subliminalprojects’ opening reception of The Center - new works by @chadkouri. I had a great time djing with @nathanbell and hanging out with everyone who joined us despite the rain! #TheCenter is on view Wednesday - Saturday, 12pm - 6pm at Subliminal through March 16th. For the duration of the exhibition, the gallery will host community gatherings featuring different events with local artists and non-profits. All programming is held on Saturday afternoons 1-3pm and is free and open to the public. No RSVP necessary! This Saturday, February 9th, we'll have a protest poster-making and drawing party with @margotharrington. If you're in the area, stop by to make signs and imagery to inspire change and progress for justice! Visit the link in bio for a schedule of events. - Shepard 📷: @morgnar ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #chadkouri #subliminalprojects #echopark #obey #obeygiant #shepardfairey #nathanbell

I bought Bob Marley’s Rastaman Vibrations shortly after I started skateboarding in 1984, purely because the only good skateboard ramp where I lived was called “The Rasta Ramp.” I had mostly been listening to punk rock, but I was excited to discover reggae, which even more boldly embodied many of the same elements of social protest as punk but in a way that was much more palatable to my parents. Bob Marley’s music always cheered me up during my high-school years of personal struggle. I created this piece in collaboration with photographer Dennis Morris for his show at the Known Gallery back in 2014. To this day I’m inspired by how steadfast and positive Bob was. Happy birthday, Bob Marley! - Shepard ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ From the archives: Bob Marley Canvas, 2014 Mixed Media (Stencil, Silkscreen, and Collage) on Canvas 30 x 41” ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #obey #obeygiant #bobmarley #happybirthday #shepardfairey #dennismorris #knowngallery #throwback #archives

The lotus flower is inspiring to me because of its beauty and symbolism, something beautiful that grows out of the mud. I see the Lotus as a metaphor for what we need in this moment… a need to lift ourselves out of the mud of political and environmental irresponsibility in pursuit of harmony with each other and the planet. – Shepard ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ From the archives: Lotus Ornament (Red), 2008 Screenprint 61 x 46" ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #obey #obeygiant #shepardfairey #lotusflower #throwback #screenprint

I completed this 15-story Johnny Cash mural with my crew last year in August for @wideopenwalls and @brandedarts. The art is based on a photo by @jimmarshallphoto, which I used originally as part of my American Civic series. I wanted to paint this portrait of @johnnycash on a large scale, not only as a tribute to the 50th anniversary of Cash’s Live at Folsom Prison album, but also in the hopes to ignite a conversation around the need for incarceration reform. Thanks @musiconwalls for choosing this mural as the winner of 2018 Best Music On Walls Mural! Visit the link in bio to check out the latest blog post from #MusicOnWalls, where you'll find a Q&A and playlist of songs that I've been listening to lately. - Shepard⠀ 📹: Zane Meyer @chopemdownfilms

There are a lot of layers that go into my process. Here's a look at an unfinished piece in the studio. Working on some things to be revealed later this year. Stay tuned! - Shepard

To my fans and collectors, ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ I’m in a unique and incredible position where I have a lot of people who collect my prints. You all support me and count on me to continue to create work that you deem powerful enough to collect, to frame, to display, to gift, to purchase, and I do not take that lightly. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ While my audience has grown tremendously over the years, aspects of my business, my team and the infrastructure has had to catch up to accommodate. Within all of that, mistakes happened. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ I don’t raise my prices to take advantage of what the market will bear because it’s imperative to me that my art is accessibly priced for all. I understand that the technology behind our online sales has made e-sales challenging and my team and I are continually working to update this. In that process, we have made mistakes. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ We identified bot activity in the original Rose Shackle Stencil letterpress release, and therefore orders were refunded. We determined that we would release the small amount available from those refunds to real customers again. Inventory was low and very few people were able to purchase the prints. At this point in the process, the inventory available was erroneous on our end, and therefore returns were issued. Regrettably, these things happen. I understand the frustration; it’s a mutual frustration on my side, and I will continue to work hard to create new art and sell it at prices that I believe are fair. Efforts will also continue to improve our system. I ask that you, please be patient with us and realize that we are all humans. We are working hard to accommodate you all the best we can. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Thank you for your support, Shepard

Blondie (@blondieofficial) is one of my favorite bands, with a mixture of punk coolness and a flair for the underground, matched with their incredibly genre-bending music! I am very fortunate that I now call Chris Stein (@christein) a friend of mine. Here are shots from 2015 when Chris and I sat down at NeueHouse New York to discuss our shared interests in art, culture, and music. We also talked about my new book that had launched at the time, Covert to Overt. Not only does Chris inspire me with his musical talents, but he's also a brilliant photographer. He shot some of the most iconic downtown NYC scene photos out there, not to mention his muse, Debbie Harry. I appreciate his support, and by the way Covert to Overt is still available for purchase, hit the link in bio if you want to get a copy! - Shepard ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Photos: Andrew Boyle

I hit a major milestone in 2017 when 'OBEY GIANT', the documentary about my life was released! It still feels very surreal to know that I'm deemed worthy enough to be a subject of a documentary film. I wanted to show people what it took for me to live a creative life, in hopes that the viewers would be inspired to pursue whatever their passion is. Special thanks to @ElysiumBandini Studios, @jenniferkhowell, @Hulu, @jamesmoll, James Franco, and countless others for their work on this project. Thanks to everyone who's checked it out, and for those of you who haven't seen it yet, you can still stream it on #Hulu. I hope you enjoy! - Shepard ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #obey #obeygiant #documentary #film #shepardfairey

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