Shepard Fairey: Obey This FilmJuxtapoz // Tuesday, 03 Jun 2014
You are going to see Shepard Fairey on the site more frequently in the coming month and perhaps a special announcement in the next few days, so stay tuned. This video, directed by Brett Novak and commissioned by the Halsey Institute for "The Insistent Image: Recurrent Motifs in the Art of Shepard Fairey and Jasper Johns" is a great watch whether you are familiar or not with all that is Shepard Fairey and Obey.
Several months ago I was commissioned by the Halsey Institute out of Charleston, South Carolina to shoot a short film on the infamous street artist behind OBEY: Shepard Fairey. I definitely knew Shepard's work, whether it be that repetitive face of Andre the Giant popping up at every street corner I've ever been on, or as the Obama Poster that definitely did more for an election than just add aesthetic to it - but I was not aware at how incredibly inspiring Shepard would turn out to be. For a new understanding of how this skateboarder turned mega famed street star turned out to be, check this film out. - Brett Novak