Shepard Fairey x Glen E Friedman x Bad Brains

Juxtapoz // Monday, March 23, 2009
“Bad Brains are one of my favorite punk/hardcore groups of all time, writes Shepard Fairey (Juxtapoz cover #82). “I first heard Bad Brains at the beginning of 1984 when my friend lent me the brilliantly curated and titled Alternative Tentacles compilation 'Let Then Eat Jellybeans' (A Reagan dessert favorite update to the Marie Antoinette slogan 'Let them eat cake'). The Bad Brains song 'Pay to Cum' from their first album was on the comp along with songs by Black Flag, The Dead Kennedys, The Circle Jerks, Flipper, etc. I then went out to find full-length records by all those bands. I soon discovered Minor Threat as well, and learned that Bad Brains had influenced their vocalist Ian MacKaye and Black flag vocalist Henry Rollins who were from Washington DC where Bad Brains had started as well. The Bad Brains were also a huge influence for the Beastie Boys,” continues the extremely music savvy Shepard Fairey. “This collaboration ties into almost all of the bands I mentioned because they were almost all iconically shot at various times by photographer Glen E. Friedman. Glen shot a lot of great photos of Bad Brains and a few different shots were spliced together as the reference for this poster illustration. If you don't know Glen's work, and you should... go to burningflags.com. This poster is signed by Glen, me, and all the original members of Bad Brains. Keep that PMA.?" This print goes on sale this Thursday, March 26th so make sure to stab a bookmark in obeygiant.com because only 425 available and with so many big names involved in this collab piece, we see them going quick!

Interview with Harry Kim, Filmmaker of "Dirty Hands: The Art & Crimes of David Choe"

Juxtapoz // Friday, March 13, 2009
“Harry Kim, director of Dirty Hands and David Choe's (Juxtapoz cover #72) longtime friend, is in San Francisco to attend the screening of his film at the Castro Theatre on Saturday night, and I caught up with him Friday morning at his hotel in Japantown,” writes Jeremy Hatch.   “He’s a great guy, always ready with a huge laugh, and for almost half an hour we talked about other things completely, starting with cars that can drive themselves ('If you die at the wheel,' he said, 'it'll just drive around the block making right turns'), which led to Ray Kurzweil, Kevin Kelly's One Machine concept, artificial intelligence, WALL-E, whether androids would form religious cults, and if they did, what would a robot god be like? (Also discussed: an albino hooker he met in the Congo, and why a jetpack would be ideal to search for living dinosaurs.) At some point we got around to discussing his film.   Read the entire interview with Harry Kim on Dirty Hands: The Art & Crimes of David Choe.

Artist Interview with David Choe

Juxtapoz // Monday, March 09, 2009
David Choe (Juxtapoz cover #72) is the type of balls-out artist who makes waves wherever he goes. If you’re like us, you’ve watched his progression as an artist over the years, from his incarceration in Japan to selling out any show in which he participates. In this 3-part interview series by Walrus TV, David Choe shares his thoughts on everything from how he got his start using spray paint, to his diverse techniques of warfare, to his feelings about prayer (yes, he prays- but not as much as his mother does for him.) Watch all three video interviews with David Choe here…

Shepard Fairey Does Boston

Juxtapoz // Friday, February 20, 2009
Shepard Fairey (Juxtapoz cover #82) hit Boston with some crispy Clear Channel billboards. Need we say more? See the other billboards by Shep in Boston in flicks here…

David Choe

Juxtapoz // Thursday, February 19, 2009
David Choe's (Juxtapoz cover #72) Dirty Hands are making their way to San Francisco! Dirty Hands: The Art & Crimes of David Choe by filmmaker Harry Kim is coming to the Bay Area for screenings on Saturday, March 14th, 2009 at 9:30pm at the Castro Theatre and again on March 17th, 2009 at 4:30pm at Sundance Kabuki Cinemas. If you have yet to see this film, you’re in for a real treat as David gives a raw glimpse into his crazy and enthralling life. Banned in Japan, the most attended film at the LA International Film Fest, a film a decade in the making. Do what you have to do to be at one of these screenings because occurrences like this don’t happen everyday. More at davechoe.blogspot.com

The Art of Rebellion Goes Down at Santa Monica's Bergamot Station Arts Center

Juxtapoz // Monday, February 09, 2009
The Art of Rebellion one-night only exhibition went off at the Robert Berman Gallery in Santa Monica, California this weekend, attracting fans of rebellion near and far. As Harley Davidson is cemented as an icon synonymous with the act of rebellion, a mix of talented and respected artists were asked create their own take on the theme. Harley Davidson gas-tanks served alongside canvas works include artists such as Mark Dean Veca, Frank Kozik Tank shown) Alex Pardee and Shepard Fairey among the 11 contributors. More from LA Weekly here.

Going Down Tomorrow: "The Art of Rebellion"

Juxtapoz // Friday, February 06, 2009
Harley-Davidson has gathered 11 of today's most relevant and exciting artists to present their take on the theme of rebellion by painting a Harley gas tank. The Art of Rebellion is a one-night only even taking place tomorrow, February 7, 2009 at the Robert Berman Gallery in Santa Monica's Bergamot Station Arts Center. Each artist was given a gas tank from the latest Harley-Davidson “Sportster 883” motorcycle to use as a canvas for an original work of art, in addition to displaying other pieces of their art work. Showcased artists include: Shawn Barber (whose in-progress work is shown above) Christian Clayton, Rob Clayton, Bob Dob, Shepard Fairey, Frank Kozik, Tara McPherson, Alex Pardee (in-progress gas tank below), David Trulli, Mark Dean Veca, Oliver Vernon. All artists will be in attendance. Not only will there be limited edition Shepard Fairey poster giveaways, but a DJ and open bar are sure to make this a crackin’ event. The best part? A portion of the proceeds from the sale of artwork will be donated to Art Matters, a foundation that assists socially and aesthetically groundbreaking artists. Learn more at www.rebelartshow.com

"The Art of Rebellion" & Shepard Fairey Poster Give-Away

Juxtapoz // Wednesday, February 04, 2009
The rebellion is here. Almost. Yes, the masters of the art of rebellion, Harley Davidson, will present a special one-night only show, The Art of Rebellion showing works by Shawn Barber, Christian Clayton, Rob Clayton, Bob Dob, Frank Kozik, Tara McPherson, Alex Pardee, Mark Dean Veca, Olver Vernon, David Trulli, and other hardcore rebellious souls. This special one-night only benefit event is taking place this Saturday, February 7th, 2009 at the Robert Berman Gallery at Bergamot Station in Santa Monica. Not only will proceeds be donated to Art Matters, but the event will feature a DJ and open bar. They didn't stop there. They will be giving away a couple limited edition Shepard Fairey posters at the opening, but we’ve got our hands on one of the posters made especially for this exhibit, which we'll give away to the first person to sign up for our mailing list today! REGISTER now here and meet us at The Art of Rebellion this Saturday. Further info at www.rebelartshow.com

Associated Press Accuses Shepard Fairey Of Copyright Infringement

Juxtapoz // Wednesday, February 04, 2009
He may be our President, but you can’t escape Shepard Fairey's (Juxtapoz cover #82) iconic Obama HOPE poster imagery just yet. In fact, this new twist has us frustrated and more than a little peeved. It’s no secret that the poster of President Barack Obama, above right, by Shepard Fairey is based on the April 27, 2006 file photo of then-Senator Barack Obama by Associated Press photographer Manny Garcia at the National Press Club in Washington. However, even though Shepard Fairey has acknowledged that his poster is based on the AP photo, AP says it owns the copyright and wants not only credit, but financial compensation. "The Associated Press has determined that the photograph used in the poster is an AP photo and that its use required permission," the AP's director of media relations, Paul Colford, said in a statement. "AP safeguards its assets and looks at these events on a case-by-case basis. We have reached out to Mr. Fairey's attorney and are in discussions. We hope for an amicable solution." "We believe fair use protects Shepard's right to do what he did here," says Fairey's attorney, Anthony Falzone, executive director of the Fair Use Project at Stanford University and a lecturer at the Stanford Law School. "It wouldn't be appropriate to comment beyond that at this time because we are in discussions about this with the AP." Fairey has been very open that he found the photograph using a common Google Images search. He released the image on his own website shortly after he created it in early 2008 and made thousands of posters for the street in support of a candidate he had faith, and yes, hope in. The image caught on, and supporters snagged the image for their own uses, campaign-related and otherwise, yet Fairey never received any of the money raised using his unique imagery. Funny how when Shepard was a lesser-known, albeit hard-working, street and fine artist, not many seemed to mind or wonder where the inspiration for his artistry came from. Nothing like seeing a dollar to be made and seizing an opportunity. We’ll be sure to follow this case, but you can read further now on the Huffington Post.

Free Shepard Fairey Poster: "The Art of Rebellion"

Juxtapoz // Tuesday, February 03, 2009
Rebellion. The word itself is energizing, conjuring up images of angry youth pounding fists in the air, riding motorcycles, or err…painting. Yeah, really bad-ass painting and other forms of rebellious creative expression (we only condone non-violent forms of rebellion around here.) Good thing the granddaddy’s of rebellion, Harley Davidson, will present a special one-night only show, The Art of Rebellion. With works by Shawn Barber, Christian Clayton, Rob Clayton, Bob Dob, Frank Kozik, Tara McPherson, Alex Pardee, Mark Dean Veca, Olver Vernon, David Trulli, and others rebellious souls. This one-night only event is taking place on February 7th, 2009 at the Robert Berman Gallery at Bergamot Station in Santa Monica. Not only will proceeds be donated to Art Matters, but we’ve got our hands on one of the limited edition Shepard Fairey posters made especially for this exhibit. No, we’re not just bragging; we want to give Shepard’s poster away to you! We have one poster for a lucky winner and the first person to sign up for our mailing list will win a limited edition Harley Davidson poster by the legendary Shepard Fairey. So REGISTER now here and make plans to hit up The Art of Rebellion this Saturday. Further info at www.rebelartshow.com

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