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  • Gabba Gabba OBEY

    This last week Shepard and his crew were hitting Berlin, so I decided to go check it out and hang with the boys.

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    Bram, our newest member to the OBEY family out here in Amsterdam, approves this message.

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    The main reason Shepard was in town was this awesome mural.

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    The Doobie Brothers; Rob from Shepard's crew and Dennis (OBEY Germany), fell in love.

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    Meanwhile Shepard gave an interview for German television, which hopefully will be dubbed in German.

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    At night there was a party where Shepard was DJ'ing. This woman was excited to get her picture taken with Shepard, but he just cared about the music.

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    Peek-A-Boo at Civilist Berlin.

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    Everybody's favourite pant-pooping Scandinavian; Claus, also dropped in and we went to shred the gnar over at the Reichstag.

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    It seemed that every day new paste ups kept popping up around town.

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    And in our last free hours we headed over to the Ramones Museum Berlin. Which is definitely worth visiting when you're in town.

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    There is tons of memorabilia and awesome old photographs, that will get any fan more than excited.

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    But my favourite part was all the amazing original merchandise from back in the day.  Of course everybody knows the classic logo T-shirts, but check out these killer Tees done by John Holmstrom.

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    Or these shorts done for an Australian tour in the 80s. (Matt, can you hook me up?)

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    See you next time buddy, keep partying!

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    -SEBAS

    Sebas / September 18, 2014
  • Anna & Latoya

    Hi!

    Please meet Latoya and Anna from Amsterdam!

    Latoya is a photographer and producer (check her awesome work here).
    She met Anna, a stylist, taxidermist and performer about 4 years ago, proclaimed her "photographic muse for life", has taken countless pictures of her since and they became close friends along the way...

    They will be guest blogging for OBEY in the coming weeks while road trippin' through the USA, sharing their adventures and pictures with us.
    They had virtually no plans when they left Holland. Burning man and New York were the only two fixed destinations, other than that they basically have no idea what they are getting themselves into, but they will make sure they keep us posted on the way.

    And so it begins...

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    WEEK 1

    We made it to Los Angeles! After 17 hours on the plane, 4 hours at customs and two hours at the car rental hell waiting for our new best friend the minivan, we are here! Hello 'Murica!

    We downed a huge can of some gross energy drink and drove from L.A. to San Francisco that same night, to pick up a friend and some water tanks.
    The magical combination of energy drinks, loads of water and no stops eventually lead to our first small crime in the states.

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    We spend one night in Fairville to get some rest, and continued our road trip to Burning Man.
    Man, we really tried to write down some of our experiences there but failed horribly. It is simply indescribable. Let's just say we traveled its parallel universe on the sickest art cars and with the most beautiful and weirdest people.
    We built a dome, baked banana pancakes for our camp in the rain (that's right, that one time us Dutchies go to the desert it starts pissing from the sky)
    We partied naked and cycled our mountain bikes for longer than our butts care to remember. Oh, and we dropped and killed our digital camera in the desert dust. So there is only little photographic evidence.

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    8 days later, after a total of about 9 hours sleep, 0 showers and a head full of unintentional dreadlocks we left Black Rock City behind in search of water and some soap.

    When we arrived in Reno there was no vacancy anywhere so we parked our playa dust covered minivan next to a Jelly Doughnut and once again crawled up next to each other in the back of our car.
    We woke up by the sounds of a group of bikers and decided that we had hereby successfully completed the all American experience of living in a car and that baby wipes just couldn't cut it any more. We needed a real shower, so we continued our trip down south.
    Did we mention we have no map or GPS? Well we just drove past Lake Tahoe (so-many-people-there) and ended up in beautiful Hope Valley where we found a 1972 airstream for rent next to a small (and turns out extremely cold) river.

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    Now we are in Lone Pine where we are recovering by the pool from a severe hangover (compliments of Jake’s Saloon).

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    We are planing to go to the mountains today and later hit the road again on our way to Death Valley. But for now it’s just us, this pool and one of our new favorite towns on planet earth.

    OBEYWomens / September 17, 2014
  • Dime Bag 4

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    I'm part of a really amazing group show at The End is Near in Brooklyn, curated by Jordin Isip. If you're in the area check it out its up through October 3rd!

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    William Hatch Crosby


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    Taylor Mckimens


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    Nicole Rifkin


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    Monica Ramos

     

     

    meghann / September 16, 2014
  • A KILLER AND FRIENDS

    !!! This Thursday, William Bensussen's doing it again... The Gaslamp Killer & Friends at the Mayan in Los Angeles !!!

    SPECIAL SURPRISE GUESTS ALL NIGHT

    For more info, click here

    GLK_FRIENDS


    - ROAM

    Roam / September 15, 2014
  • All My Friends Are Inside Me

    Last night I rolled over to Mohawk General Store in Silverlake for the opening of a new exhibition that some friends of ours put on under the Brain Dead project. It was a series of woven blankets by Tim Head, Lucas Clayton, Ed Davis, Russell Maurice, Hassan Rahim, Ryan De La Hoz, Will Sweeney, Misha Hollenbach, Horfee and Hiroshi Igushi.

    All the blankets are a limited series release available fore sale now at Mohawk for $250 each or $300 with a full size hanger. If you're in the area check them out while they're still up. T's and hats are also available and are highly suggested.

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    4017 W Sunset Blvd.
    Los Angeles, CA 90029

    The party was super busy both inside and out. There's only so much air conditioning can do when it's packed inside, you had to head outside to cool down. Thankfully there was free vodka drinks to cool you down. You know I had to take advantage of that cause the price was right! I know how to treat my lady to a classy evening.

     

     

     

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    The blanket on the right is from our main main Hassan Rahim, ex-lookbook model of ours and artist series artist. Check out his Tumblr HERE.

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    Boobies, watermelon and Moon Eyes!

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    Too many good looking people in one area. I must be in the wrong place.

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    Congrats to Kevin, Kyle and all those involved. This shit was tight!

     

     

    Pubes / September 12, 2014
  • Laura Callaghan

    Laura Callaghan draws the coolest girls. These girls are so cool that I wish they were real so that I could be friends with them and in turn become cooler (or cool at all your call).

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    Check out her website and see more of her work and process on her tumblr and instagram

    meghann / September 12, 2014
  • Banago asks Kickstarter to help Rescue Typhoon Victims

    Fashion company BanagoTM is releasing a new line of accessories as part of a novel post-disaster strategy which promises to speed the recovery of livelihoods for over 400 woman artisans in the wake of typhoon Haiyan. Banago will be the first to use Kickstarter to engage the global community in the recovery of their cottage industry and its success may revolutionize the way donors sponsor post-disaster recovery.

    • BanagoTM [ba-nah-go] is a collection of hand-woven bags and home accessories, expertly hand crafted by artisans in the Philippines. Each piece is a beautiful handmade work of art, bringing island chic to the city while enabling BanagoTM to give back to local communities.
    • Before typhoon Haiyan devastated the eastern Philippines in November of 2013, BanagoTM founder Renée Patron had built and expanded BanagoTM into a cottage industry until it provided livelihood for over four hundred women and their families in the community where she grew up.
    • This program was unheard of in 2005 when Renée began teaching weavers, mostly women, to become self-employed business owners and to work within the safety of their own homes. BanagoTM artisans became leaders in their communities and helped grow genuine opportunity.
    • A taste of success: BanagoTM products were once readily available in high-end retail stores around the globe including J. Crew, Anthropologie, Nordstrom’s and Macy’s plus many others.
    • Tragically, BanagoTM lost its entire production network and facilities, including the homes of all of its artisans. Renée herself fought for her life in the storm along with the more than 14 million Haiyan victims. Many now cope with the loss of family members (est. 6,300 killed), the loss of income (over 50% of livelihoods), and the loss of an economy (est. $35 billion USD in damages). International aid has been withdrawn and there is little or no help from the national government.
    • Banago’sTM leadership is determined to honor the spirit of the ancient painted warriors embodied in its vibrant designs. With the help Livelihood UnitedTM, a US based nonprofit, BanagoTM will engage the wonderful KickStarter.com community in an effort to raise enough money for a full recovery.
    • Livelihood restoration like never before: If Banago’sTM campaign is successful it may help change the way people look at post-disaster livelihood restoration. BanagoTM backers will be the first ever to use Kickstarter to invest in the recovery of a proven business while gaining access to new and highly prized merchandise - And a successful campaign could be expanded to help many others.

    Click here to back this project: http://kck.st/1m0ICK0

    Only a few days left and we want to make sure they reach their goal!

    michelle / September 12, 2014
  • My friend Rafael Rozendaal

    This is my deflowering on the Obey-blog .

    I'm Bram Swarte, 34 years old and I live in Amsterdam. It will not get more personal than this blog-post. Do not worry.

    I grew up in Maastricht, the most southern tip of the Netherlands. I am the only child of my parents and was about 12 when I met Rafael Rozendaal. In contrast to our environment Rafael and I loved punk and metal. We became brothers. We made movies meant to be funny, we attempted to skate, we listened to Bad Brains and drew until we fell down.

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    Rafael went to art school and was picked up at a young age. He was always traveling and gained lots of succes.
    His work is often funny, like this website about farting. Sometimes sad. For me it’s infinite and gives hope.

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    Rafael Rozendaal is most well known for his moving images and websites. He quickly discovered that selling his work meant that he would never see his creation again. This led him to turn to printmaking, allowing him to still keep a copy himself. This belief of Rozendaal’s was furthermore awakened with the invention of the internet. Allowing him to use this platform as a free space to connect with potential audiences. Rafael Rozendaal is one of the first artists to sell his websites as art objects.

    Although I admire his work tremendously, we barely speak to each other and now he’s getting married to Christina next sunday in New York. I’ll be in Amsterdam.

    Congratulations buddy.

    Bram Swarte / September 12, 2014
  • #WINOBEY25 CONTEST

    Enter for a chance to win all 4 of the 25 Years Collection Limited Edition Tees, Peace Tree Mural Print signed by Shepard Fairey, Supply & Demand book signed by Shepard Fairey, and a $100 OBEY gift card! #WINOBEY25

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    Click here to enter http://bit.ly/1uIXU5x

    If you didn't know, this year marks the 25th anniversary of Shepard Fairey doing his OBEY Project. To celebrate, we created a collection of classic graphics from Shepard's past. Take a sneak peek at the OBEY 25th Anniversary collection dropping later this month.

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    michelle / September 10, 2014
  • CELEBRATING 25 YEARS

    If you didn't know, this year marks the 25th anniversary of Shepard Fairey doing his OBEY Project. To celebrate, we created a collection of classic graphics from Shepard's past. Take a sneak peek at the OBEY 25th Anniversary collection dropping later this month.

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    - @michelleplotnik

    michelle / September 10, 2014
  • Where is my mind?

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    Don’t short weeks rule??  I’m so happy it’s Friday… Feeling peaceful heading into the weekend.  I just discovered this 2009 piano cover of the Pixies “Where is my Mind” by Maxence Cyrin.  Smooth vibes... Enjoy!


    xo Erin

    OBEYWomens / September 5, 2014
  • THIEF PRESENTS: DAY OF THE SHRED

    Thief Presents brings to life the first annual "Day Of The Shred." An all day music festival celebrating megalithic riffs, skateboarding, and the souls of the departed.

    Join us this Dia De Los Muertos as we gather the living and raise the dead.

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    L I N E U P

    RED FANG

    Weedeater

    Windhand

    Ancestors

    ELDER

    BONGRIPPER

    THE SHRINE

    RADIO MOSCOW

    ARCTIC

    DANAVA

    ASG

    GRAVES AT SEA

    HOT LUNCH

    ALL THEM WITCHES

    GLITTER WIZARD

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    GOYA

    GREENBEARD

    TRAPPED WITHIN BURNING MACHINERY

    Curated by: Thief Presents

    michelle / September 4, 2014
  • Wildest Dreams

    It's been awhile since I posted so I figured I'd dust off the old keyboard and drop some jams that I'm feeling at the moment.

    I want to talk about DJ Harvey's newest venture Wildest Dreams. What is it that Pedro says during his class president speech in Napoleon Dynamite? "Vote for me and all your wildest dreams will come true!" Well that's kind of how I feel. In my previous life as a DJ, I loved Harvey's style and eclectic selection. He's really a DJ's DJ but I especially liked his forays into psych and rock with previous projects like Map of Africa and his secret cuts on Paul T's Sarcastic site.

    Anyway, I got the Wildest Dreams 7" on Record Store Day this year and got the record about a month ago. Today I saw the video for "Last Ride" done by George Trimm. It features Joel Tudor shredding the tubes, and is reminding me that Summer really isn't over yet. Check out the video posted via NOWNESS. They also have a short video up that worth a gander. Hope you dig it.

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    Pubes / September 2, 2014
  • A WEEK ON EARTH, ISRAEL PT. III

    A Week on Earth continues in Tel Aviv!  I don't think I really need to keep repeating how amazing our travels were - just see for yourself :)

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    We spent a lot of time in the Raw Tapes studio with Yuvi, a mastermind on they keys.  It's always a pleasure watching Free The Robots in his true element.  This trip along he probably laid down enough tracks to put out several new albums.

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    The Dookie Stick

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    One of the best places to eat, Port Sa'id- fresh veggies and fresh vinyl all day every day.  I think we became regulars here by the end of our trip.

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    They even had an herb garden out front ;)

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    As night fell, the place turned to a madhouse so we decided to walk down the street

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    To TEDER.FM - a pop up radio station with rotating DJ's playing out of a van, while visuals are projected onto the surrounding buildings.  Tel Aviv really knows how to create an amazing environment to drink in

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    I think PILPELED knew we were coming and decided to paint a portrait of Free The Robots creepin at the end of the hallway

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    The next night we travelled back to Jerusalem for a show in an abandoned train car which was transformed into a psychedelic installation with mirrors and cardboard patterns that lined the ceilings and walls.

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    I think is the the only picture from the entire trip with all of us in it.. and we're out of our minds.

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    The next morning we hit the market to stock up on some nutritional essentials to get us through a day exploring in the desert

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    Ein Prat Nature Reserve!  An oasis in the middle of the Judean Desert

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    Thanks to EVERYONE who welcomed us into your homes and hearts during our trip.  If you're reading this you all know who you are.  You really made 3 foreign weirdos feel at home in Israel, much love!  Until the next adventure.. ~THC_J, FREETHEROBOTS, PHILNISCO

    CJ / August 29, 2014
  • Soaked in Bleach

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    I may have a thing for conspiracy theories. Actually, I'm totally into conspiracy theories. Especially when they have to deal with the death of someone that had such an impact on a generation.

    Soaked in Bleach focuses on the death of Nivana front man, Kurt Cobain. After Cobain disappeared from rehab, Courtney Love hired private investigator Tom Grant to find him. This feature-length film is based on Tom's encounters with Courtney, his opinion that she was responsible for Kurt's Death, and if it were up to him he'd reopen the case tomorrow.

     

    As of right now, 'Soaked in Bleach' has no release date.

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    michelle / August 28, 2014

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