In the Age of Too Much Information, an infinite stream of photos flood the blogs, the news sites, the Facebooks, the meme world, Google Image Search and wherever other nook of the Interwebs. Sometimes they are credited for and sometimes they are not; the whole mantra 'give credit where credit is due ... More >>
You might know Shepard Fairey. If you don't, you probably do or at least haven't realized yet. The Los Angeles man behind Obey and one of the stars in street artist Banksy's mockumentary, "Exit Through the Gift Shop," has risen to fame in the contemporary art world, partly because he created one of ... More >>
via A new Occupy Wall Street-related art project: the "Police Brutality Coloring Book." The copy states explicitly that it's "not for kids." The description continues:
Shepard Fairey's mural on East Fifth and Cooper Square has been taken down, the Local: East Village reported yesterday. It was that one of a monk on the side of the Cooper Square Hotel, recently renamed the Standard East Village by new owner Andre Balazs. The mural had been on the side of the buildi ... More >>
Shepard Fairey caught quite a bit of flak recently for making an Occupy Wall Street poster in the image of his famous Obama "Hope" design. That kind of thing is anathema to OWS, a movement that prides itself on not aligning with either political party. Fairey has publicly supported the movement; he ... More >>
Shepard Fairey and the AP are finally calling off -- at least, "in principle" -- their longstanding copyright dispute over the Obama Hope poster, for which Fairey had used an AP portrait photo of Barack Obama without licensing it. The AP had argued that Fairey had copied the "original, creati ... More >>
Artists take on the education system
Shepard Fairey recruits youngsters
Click to EnlargeThat didn't take long. Last week, the Shepard Fairey mural was removed from the Deitch Projects wall at Houston and Bowery, and now Barry McGee, a/k/a Twist, has already redecorated it with graffiti, sticking with Fairey's red and white color scheme. It definitely looks more i ... More >>
via EV GrieveKeith Haring poster rips on FaireyThe latest abuse to the much-maligned Shepard Fairey May Day mural at Houston and Bowery comes via a tag on a poster of Keith Haring's face located on an ATM around the corner on Bowery, reports EV Grieve. It reads, "Put my mural back" and "What' ... More >>
Shepard Fairey, creator of the frequently vandalized mural on Houston and Bowery, is back in the game with a series of street installations depicting bearded crazy person/actor Joaquin Phoenix. Vulture reports that the Joaquins have been spotted in New York, San Francisco, Los Angeles, and Bo ... More >>
via EV GrieveBefore Ms. Squeegee struck.The Shepard Fairey mural vandalization continues. As we walked by Houston and Bowery this evening, we found Ms. Squeegee in the act in broad daylight, applying squeegee tags to the painted black plywood at the bottom of the mural. Brazen! She offers a d ... More >>
• Prepare to feel depressed: According to new estimates, "an amount equivalent to the Exxon Valdez disaster could be flowing into the Gulf of Mexico every 8 to 10 days." Ugh. President Obama is asking to meet with BP execs next week, and Congress is pressuring BP to stop paying shareholders ... More >>
Perhaps it's the economy, or the incessant spilling of oil in the Gulf that's now heading our way, or having to listen to Tony Hayward apologize in this asinine commercial (nice "gulls tweeting in background" element). Or maybe it's the constant gentrification and "luxification" of the Bowery ... More >>
A friend of Runnin' Scared spotted this new Keith Haring-esque Dickchicken on Bowery, a street that E.V. Grieve points out is so changed (and changing) as to resemble almost nothing of its former self -- not to mention, quite possibly doomed.
Salute. Photo by Sam Horine.In the week we finally got to unleash the initial Siren Festival details on the world (July 17! 10th anniversary! Matt & Kim, Ted Leo, Surfer Blood, Pains of Being Pure at Heart, and Harlem! Totally free!), we celebrated Cinco De Mayo like Anna Wintour, Pharrell, a ... More >>
The last time we saw Spencer Elden, the chubby swimming baby on Nirvana's unforgettable Nevermind cover, he was the 14-year-old side-hatted skater boy above talking about his unwitting role in musical history. Now he's all grown up and living in Los Angeles, where he is working for OBEY. This is n ... More >>
all photos by Sam HorineShepard Fairey has a motorcycle posse and it includes Rick Ross. Shepard Fairey's "May Day" show opened this past Saturday. The promotional noise from Deitch Projects' send-off has been near-deafening, amplified by the hubbub around Fairey's rabidly targeted, heavily guarded ... More >>
That's how you listen to Ghostface! Photo by Rebecca SmeyneIn the week M.I.A. broke the internet in a tidal wave of blood and guts and red hair, we did our best to put it back together.
First Shepard Fairey gets up at the Music Hall of Williamsburg to the sweet, sweet strains of Band of Horses, Fugazi, and Metallica; now, it seems, Brooklyn vets Faile and their mysterious buddy Bast are getting in on the random street art-indie rock crossover act. The collective plus one have comm ... More >>
Gregg GreenwoodSo, if you're keeping track of Shepard Fairey-related activity around NYC, there is the wall on Houston Street, the Ace Hotel wrap-around, the May Day show at Deitch Projects and, last but not least, a permanent, indoor mural installation at the Music Hall of Williamsburg. That ... More >>
From HOPE to May Day
It's Monday morning. Here's what you should know: • Stephen Hawking warns us not to become friends with aliens, because "they very likely wouldn't be the cuddly, ET types we hope for." Noted.
Here's what's on our minds (and in the news) this morning: • Apple posts its best non-holiday quarter in history. The company said net income in the quarter that ended March 31 rose 90 percent, to $3.07 billion. (Which is not quite what Goldman Sachs made, but getting on up there.) • Ai ... More >>
Guess what? Shepard Fairey likes Houston and Bowery, the site of his new mural, "because it's busy" -- and he used to do illegal stuff there. He's so artsy! And busy! Watch and learn.
Two punk vets talk grassroots strategies
The Decapitator's Flickr stream The impish genius of the Decapitator, an anonymous street artist who's captured imaginations by skillfully beheading smug advertisements in major metropolitan areas, has been that the objects of his scorn seemed to deserve it. (Metaphorically speaking, of course.) Ca ... More >>
He may have been forced to admit this month that he did indeed use an AP photo as a source for his famous Obama "Hope" poster -- though he still argues that was fair use -- but L.A.'s Shepard Fairey still has a contract with Levi's to market his Obey clothing line, based on his other famou ... More >>
There is some not-quite-expressible but nonetheless poignant irony/out-of-order hagiography in this signed print of the Bad Brains from Shepard Fairey, an artist last seen giving Obama indelibly iconic treatment. We'll spare you a reprise of our riff about how complicit the band is in all this, an ... More >>
Is there hope for Fairey's 'Hope' poster?
Spray-can doc keeps it one-sided
In search of that perfect 'candidate-beater' tank top
At Brooklyn's Ad Hoc, street artists throw off their hoods and try working in a gallery
Another dead wrestler, less than a week old. So much going on in the street game that we couldn't stay on the bench anymore; had to come out of retirement like these other attention-mongering media manipulators. Got a lot to say about this whole thing, but let's start with the good. Shepard Fairey' ... More >>
Now that Sleater-Kinney's dead and waked, Le Tigre's one of the only real gang of ladymen heroes left. (Don't even point at the Donnas.) Problem is that Le Tigre's mostly inactive, so we only get a cameo appearance here, a DJ gig there. Like tonight, JD Samson spins at the Delancey with DJ Jon Jon B ... More >>
UNTITLED. Tonight's the opening reception for Untitled, an all-original skateboard-art show curated by Cey Adams that looks amazing. First off, Cey Adams is one crazy-real old-school cat who busted out of the Def Jam heyday, designed record covers for DMX, Method Man, and Jay-Z (Volume 2. . . Hard ... More >>
PENIS ENVY/ VAGINA FRIENDLY YOU WILL DIE ON THIS ELEVATOR. Friday Scribbles backatcha on Friday! Wandering down the Bowery the other night, we ended up loitering outside 190 Bowery, the old Germania bank building, supposedly an exterior for the "Basketball Diaries," longtime home of famed ad-ph ... More >>
Dadaist art-dicks dis Shepard Fairey in Williamsburg, part II After our camera battery attempted suicide yesterday, we counseled it back to life this morning and then coaxed it down to Bedford Ave and North 7th to survey the walls. More paint-splashings from the SDS of street art: Hold on a sec - ... More >>
Fashion week diversions with Derrick May, Nick Zinner, and the Donnas