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Live from Shepard Fairey's "May Day" Opening at Deitch Projects: Fab 5 Freddy and a Topless Breastfeeding Lady

Shepard Fairey has a motorcycle posse. And it includes Rick Ross a guy who looks a hell of a lot like Rick Ross
Shepard Fairey has a motorcycle posse. And it includes Rick Ross a guy who looks a hell of a lot like Rick Ross
all photos by Sam Horine

Shepard Fairey's "May Day" show opened this past Saturday. The noise about Deitch Projects' send-off has been near-deafening, amplified by Fairey's rabidly targeted, heavily guarded, possibly illegal Houston Street mural and a handful of Music Hall of Williamsburg-instigated Band of Horses jokes. So the Derby Day event, and specifically Wooster Street, was mobbed. Mobbed like a street fair. Mobbed like one of the only times you'd ever sympathize with the pissy door guy. Mobbed like this was Splash Mountain and everybody was on April vacation.

But once you finally got inside, this is what you saw:

Fairey with Jeffrey Deitch, visibly sporting a fat lip, and Fab 5 Freddy
Fairey with Jeffrey Deitch, visibly sporting a fat lip, and Fab 5 Freddy
Merlin Bronques, Iggy Pop, and an unsuspecting victim
Merlin Bronques, Iggy Pop, and an unsuspecting victim
"I'M AT THE BAND OF HORSES GUY'S SHOW. WUT U UP TO?"
"I'M AT THE BAND OF HORSES GUY'S SHOW. WUT U UP TO?"
Lay off, dude likes Motorhead
Lay off, dude likes Motorhead
Not a Duane Hanson posthumous collabo, unfortunately
Not a Duane Hanson posthumous collabo, unfortunately
Framed portraits of Joe Strummer, Neko, Johnny Cash, and Guns 'N Roses
Framed portraits of Joe Strummer, Neko, Johnny Cash, and Guns 'N Roses
OBEY T-shirt at an OBEY show: Like listening to the band you just saw in the concert parking lot
OBEY T-shirt at an OBEY show: Like listening to the band you just saw in the concert parking lot
Jeffrey Deitch complained about LA traffic to my best friend
Jeffrey Deitch complained about LA traffic to my best friend

And the art:

 

Woody Guthrie
Woody Guthrie
Deborah Harry
Deborah Harry
Iggy Pop
Iggy Pop
Biggie
Biggie
John and Yoko
John and Yoko
And finally, the breastfeeding bandit, who got more eyeballs than some of the work
And finally, the breastfeeding bandit, who got more eyeballs than some of the work

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