Shepard Fairey, Ron English, Kenny Scharf and Robbie Conal to appear on "The Simpsons"Juxtapoz // Thursday, 16 Feb 2012
You know you have become part of the pop-culture lexicon when you have made it onto "The Simpsons." This March 4, 2012, street art staples Shepard Fairey, Ron English, Kenny Scharf and Robbie Conal will all be appearing on the venerable sitcom, in an episode cleverly titled, “Exit Though The Kwik-E-Mart." Hey, Banksy already did the Simpsons opener, let's bring some other street art heavyweights onto the scene.
As it is noted on Obey Giant, the artists invite Bart, "to exhibit his satirical artwork in his very own gallery show. Meanwhile, a hip, new health food superstore opens in Springfield that threatens to put Apu and the Kwik-E-Mart out of business.”
Shepard says of being on the show, "The Simpsons has been one of my favorite shows since the early 90?s. When I was running my screen printing studio in Providence R.I. my crew and I lead a Spartan existence consisting of long hours and a seven day work week. Our only recreational indulgence ritual was to stop work early Sunday evenings to eat dinner together while watching the Simpsons. I’ve always loved the Simpsons blend of humor and social commentary, so it is a huge honor for me to appear as a guest character on the March 4th episode. The story line is great, and they were kind enough to indulge a couple of my dialogue suggestions designed to make the social commentary more pointed(even though I had to make fun of myself to do so). I can’t wait to see it!"