OBEY THE GIANT by Julian Marshall
Julian Marshall’s film OBEY THE GIANT tells the story of Shepard Fairey’s time at Rhode Island School of Design and his first major act of street art.
Head over to obeythegiantmovie.com, brush up on your history and find out what Shepard was up to back at the start of it all in 1989/1990
OBEY X SXSW Recap
The crew and I made the trip to Austin for SXSW this year. We lined up a couple of walls to paint murals, and I DJ’ed a party and spoke on a panel about rock poster art. It was a very busy four days. We worked on the murals all day and tried to check out music and parties at night. I was able to catch the Yeah Yeah Yeah’s, a Just Blaze DJ set, and a fantastic new band called The Skins made up of mostly multi-ethnic 18 year old Brooklyn girls. They rocked hard doing Zeppelin and Sabbath covers along with their own material that sounded kinda like the Hives but harder! I’ve often wondered “where has the primal spirit of rock and punk gone in the younger generation?”, and in The Skins I have found one of the places! I can’t wait to check out a proper album by them. We got to hang with some Texas friends while we were in town. Austin transplant Ernesto Yerena helped out on the mural along with Mack Simpson who drove from Dallas. Amanda Fairey even did some stencil cutting. The murals went pretty quickly because the subsidy helpers and usual crew of Nic, Dan, and Z all did a great job. Thanks y’all. Some cool people stopped by while we were painting including Flying Lotus, The Blitz, Amanda Palmer, Squeak E. Clean, etc… SXSW brings the hip fold around.
The portrait of Joan Jett is a collaboration with Blondie guitarist and primary songwriter Chris Stein. Chris shot Joan while she was still in the Runaways in 76 or 77 when Blondie was touring LA. I love the photo and made an illustration based on it. Joan and Chris both dig the illustration, so there will probably be a screen-print coming out soon. Stay tuned.
CASIS Misson Patch by Shepard Fairey
Recently Shepard was approached by CASIS to design the mission patch for their inaugural flight. In 2011, NASA chose the Centre for the Advancement of Science in Space (CASIS) to be the sole manager of the International Space Station U.S. National Laboratory. The mission of CASIS is to maximize use of this unparalleled platform for innovation, which can benefit all humankind and inspire a new generation to look to the stars.
Shepard runs through designing the iconic patch in the video below.
Indigo, Indigo, Indigo……
We caught up with our friend Nikki Livingston to learn about her company Lookout & Wonderland. She makes textiles, particularly working with indigo. Nikki runs us through the beautiful and organic indigo dye process and how she got started working in the field.
I wish they would have taught this kind of chemistry in high school.
Spring 13 Artist Series: Martine Johanna
Our new women’s artist series is with Dutch artist Martine Johanna. She began her career as a fashion designer but mid 2008 her direction turned entirely towards painting and drawing. Sometimes on the streets most of the times just anywhere possible. When she makes prints or paints she tries to use bio-degradable materials and inks whenever possible. Most works are build up from mixture of materials water-based oil paint, graphite, ink on wood or canvas, sometimes just a paper & pencil is enough. View the collection here: shop.obeyclothing.co.uk
Since 1989, the Obey street art campaign has become an important urban phenomenon, subconsciously touching those well aware of their environment. Through the vision of Shepard Fairey, Obey has evolved into one of the most controversial yet influential symbols of the 21st century. Derived from Andre the Giant, a pop-culture athlete in the eighties, the Obey icon has been bombed in developed and rural cities around the world. Its ambiguous idea immediately sparks philosophical discussion and ultimately motivates the inner-person through active participation.
With the help of Mike Ternosky and Erin Wignall, Obey Clothing continues to spread Shepard Fairey's message through Men's and Women's sportswear fashion and one-of-a-kind accessories. Every Obey Clothing designed piece is cleverly thought out, attracting people of all genres and ages, reminding them of the days when "style" was a one syllable word. Men's and Women's Obey T's, sweats, knits, Obey denim, belts, wallets and military inspired jackets and caps are all examples of what we are known for. Season after season, Obey Clothing has progressed into a brand that holds a huge amount of content and depth. To find a Men's or Women's store where you can buy Obey Clothing, click on the UK Stockists section on the menu bar.
The Obey campaign can be explained as an experiment in Phenomenology.
The first aim of Phenomenology is to reawaken a sense of wonder about one's environment.
The Obey campaign attempts to stimulate curiosity and bring people to question both the campaign and their relationship with their surroundings.
Because people are not used to seeing advertisements or propaganda for which the motive is not obvious, frequent and novel encounters with Obey propaganda provoke thought and possible frustration, never the less revitalizing the viewer's perception and attention to detail.