OBEY WINTER SAMPLE SALE
The OBEY Clothing Sample Sale storms to London just in time for Christmas at The Old Truman Brewery in East London.
We will be rammed to the gunnels with great pieces of Men’s and Women’s OBEY clothing and accessories; so if you’re looking for those last minute presents – no worries – we’ve got you covered.
Thursday 19th December – 11.00-20.00
Friday 20th December – 10.30-19.00
Saturday 21st December – 10.30-19.00
Sunday 22nd December – 10.30-18.00
Come down, say hello, and pick up a bargain…
It’s going to be the biggest Winter Sample Sale Event we have ever had!
Invite at least 5 good friends and Andre the Giant will send you good luck all this week!
RSVP to the Facebook event HERE
DENNIS MORRIS X SHEPARD FAIREY X SUBLIMINAL PROJECTS
Here is an exclusive look at one of the new paintings featured in SID: Superman Is Dead, a collaborative exhibition between Dennis Morris and Shepard Fairey, at Subliminal Projects Opening December 13th.
Opening Reception: Friday, December 13 from 8-11pm
Special Opening Night Musical Performance by RITCHIE LOVE featuring: Steve Jones, Billy Idol, Clem Burke, and Leigh Gorman.
($10 suggested donation at the door)
Exhibition Dates: December 13 – January 11, 2014
This exhibition will open at SUBLIMINAL PROJECTS on Friday the 13th and will feature collaborative paintings, prints and photographs by Shepard Fairey and British photographer Dennis Morris. An installation of a hotel room Sid destroyed after a night of drinks, drugs, and depression in 1977 will also be on view.
“The Sex Pistols changed my life when I discovered them in 1984. Their music alone made my arm hairs stand up, but their image and attitude were just as important and powerful. The member of the Sex Pistols who I was drawn to and most epitomized the punk image for me was Sid Vicious, with his spiked hair, leather jacket, lock necklace, and reckless behavior. At 14 I was mesmerized by Sid and made my first home-made t-shirt of him snarling his lip defiantly. I was rebelling, looking for any way to irritate my parents and, before I knew better, Sid was my Superman. Sid self-destructed young and with punk’s slogans like “No Future” and “Live Fast, Die Young,” Sid was everything the Superman, anti-hero, or cliché, of a nihilistic movement called for. Sid didn’t really do much to shape punk music…he only actually played on two songs on Never Mind the Bollocks Here’s The Sex Pistols. However, Sid’s surly vocals kick ass on C’mon Everybody, Somethin’ Else, and My Way. Sid remains one of punk’s most enduring icons even if he is a classic example of style over substance. I was a sucker for Sid’s image as a teenager, and I still am, even though I see him as less “cool” and more tragic and cautionary these days. I have made many images of Sid over the years, and I thought I had retired him as a subject until Dennis Morris-the photographer of the most intimate and iconic shots of Sid-approached me about a collaboration. Dennis’s archive provided an amazing treasure trove of Sid images to work from in creating the paintings and prints in the “Superman Is Dead” show. I’m so glad I got to do Dennis’s Sid images “My Way”! I can now retire Sid as a subject. I’ve worked with the best, I can skip the rest.” – Shepard Fairey
“Working from the title, S.I.D (Superman is Dead), these photographs sum up/represent the image Sid portrayed of himself to the public. He was hero, villain, fearless, innocent and like a supernova, he shone bright, lived fast, died young. Punk needed a hero, Sid became that hero / anti-hero. The idea for the exhibition came from a mutual admiration and respect of each other’s work (for Shepard and I). When Shepard and I eventually met, the exhibition was born on that first meeting. It had to happen. And a happening it will be!” – Dennis Morris
OBEY in Malaga
“The crew and I just got back from Malaga, Spain where we painted a 7 story mural next to the Contemporary Art Centre. D*Face and his boys came through to paint the other 7 story tower of the same building, which was great for camaraderie. I had been to Barcelona in 2006, but never Malaga. I knew there was enthusiasm for street art in Malaga because my friend and street art patron, Selim Verol, did a well received show of his collection at the CAC Malaga that included work by JR, Kaws, Faile, me, and others. However, I could not have anticipated how warmly we would be greeted in Malaga. From the moment we started on the mural there were people hanging out, watching, and waiting for us to come down from the lift to shoot photos and ask for stickers and signatures. The weather was a little chilly and windy, but rain free, so we made pretty fast progress. Nic Bowers, Z Bomit, and Dan Flores have helped on many painted murals now, so we have become an efficient team. Jon Furlong from Obey Clothing was there to shoot photos and video of the action on the big wall and around the city. Since we finished the 7 story wall in three days instead of the allotted five, I was able to do some street art spots around the city and soak in the sights while stickering the desired surfaces. Our hosts Fer and his dad, Fernando, from the CAC were super cool and invited me to head back to the museum for a solo show in 2015. I look forward to that. Thanks to everyone from the CAC who helped make the trip and mural happen. Thanks also to the people of Malaga for giving us such a warm reception!” – Shepard
Shepard Fairey x Moby Dick
Shepard Fairey has created a special Moby Dick print for all the new members of the The Library Foundation of Los Angeles’ Young Literati Foundation.
They recently hosted an event in LA, which was attended by Moby, Colin Hanks, Mark Z. Danielewski and Shepard’s wife Amanda, the new chair of the foundation. The event also featured a DJ set from Shepard himself followed by a short set by Dhani Harrison and Thenewno2.
“What ever happened to Moby Dick?” is a new library program that asks readers across the city to re-examine the story of Captain Ahab and his obsession with the whale in context with modern day.
Into early October, the library will hosts activities from Highland Park to Venice, Granada Hills to San Pedro, to see how Ishmael and Captain Ahab speak to a 21st century audience in Los Angeles.
Store Visit: Triads, Middlesbrough
Every inch of Middlesbrough’s Triads is so carefully considered and so intricately flawless that you almost forget you’re even in a shop. It’s more of a showcase.
Graphic tees and tie die vests impose themselves over light grey, white and mirrored back drops whilst 5-panels and snapbacks are suspended in magic on clear glass shelves. It’s subtle and it’s clean. Located on Albert Road in the busy heart of Middlesbrough you can find sanctuary in a retail refuge that’s home to brands such as Norse Projects, Carhartt, Stussy, Penfield, Folk, and of course OBEY. Triads is a fascinating shop to behold; caught somewhere between a smart, unassuming, silver/grey receptacle for the best fashion in the UK and a minimalist work of art in itself.
The concept of the shop was created in 1988, a whole year before the birth of Shepard Fairey’s OBEY campaign, and has maintained its status as being the forefront of cutting edge fashion whilst retaining its cultured status. We’re in love with the presentation of the whole shop; the tie dye and camo pieces from summer ’13 take centre stage between a symmetric display of snapbacks and pillows. Triads also stock an incredible selection of the latest 5 panel hats that sit on top of the tanks and shorts – that’s your summer wardrobe sorted!
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.