I found my first Obey shirt Steve gave me back when I was an angsty preteen. Happy to say it still fits!
- 10 19
Rolling Stone just put out a nice video that features Rick Rubin going back to his dorm at NYU where he founded Def Jam Records. He talks about the early days of hip hop and making records that were more representative of what was happening in clubs than the softer sound that rap records of that day were sounding like.
Full of other highlights like interviews with the Ad Rock of the Beasties, LL Cool J, Russell Simmons, OG dorm mates and more.
Always an inspirational story.Pubes / October 17, 2014
A few months back, Tony A and I had some fun times in Sao Paulo.. 'member ? I couldn't tell you what we were doing then, because I didn't even know what I was doing there. Imagine me, big ROAM dog, in Sao Paulo, Brazil... not knowing what's been done or what was around the corner for me to not know what we were going to do... [i really hope I'm confusing u..]
However, Persio Tagawa and the Maze crew knew what were doing... You sneeky guys !!! A few weeks back, Persio reported back on the success of their new shop launch. I promised to post, since the wall that Tony and I did, is now on display at their new location - across the street from the old Augusta location !!! Here are some photo of the shop..
There's Persio... riggity rapping like he always does... Great Job Mate !!!
(bravo to the Maze staff as well. Good luck peoples !!!)
- ROAMRoam / October 16, 2014
And so we were on our way to LA, an 8 hour drive all the way from the grand canyon…
We realized about half way that it was a reckless and stupid idea to drive it all at once, so we quietly drove into the Joshua Tree national park in the middle of the night without paying our entrance fee.
While we were searching for a little hideaway where we could secretly camp our minivan, we heard a pack of coyotes howling. Exited and slightly scared we parked near a place called split rock, and even though falling asleep wasn’t easy, seeing the most amazing landscape surrounding us when we woke up made it all worth it.
Anna decided to do some rock-climbing in her underwear while singing a Shakira song as a little morning workout.
After a few hours of driving and another monster breakfast we finally arrived at the City of Angels. Duncan, (a very sweet guy we met in Lone Pine) offered us a place to stay in his Hollywood apartment, which turned out to be the most amazing place.
After jumping on all the beds, couches and everything worth to jump on we went off to the Rainbow bar. Latoya who has always been a big Motorhead made it her mission in life to meet Lemmy, who was supposedly always playing the slot machine around there. To her disappointment he wasn’t there, but we met Scotty, who happened to be a friend of Lemmy and had a pair of his beautiful boots in his possession which Latoya got to wear, and tried to steal but failed. Scotty offered us a dip in Lemmy’s pool, which was maybe even better. Lemmy = God
The following day we had the incredible idea to sneak into the Roosevelt pool where we met a bunch of LA rock ’n’ rolla’s who were kind enough to show us "the LA experience”. They took us to a rooftop pool party at The Standard. And after that to a party of Dice magazine, which was awesome. Punk bands playing, free tequila, strippers everywhere, and the best part was that we ended up taking a Limo with a self service sound system so we could play our favorite horrible music and sing along all the way to our Hollywood mansion.
We woke up with the most horrible hangover ever. Luckily our home provided all the necessities to get through our off days. Baths, ice cream, loads of cigarettes, and cuddling up to each other watching awful romantic movies. I can’t even describe how nice it was to finally have a day off, after all our adventures it was just amazing to do nothing for once.
Since LA was struggling with a heat wave during our stay, making it unbearable to stay inside the house, we took off to the beach, Venice beach.
Later on our new LA friends invited us to a party at the Roosevelt hotel at the Teddy’s bar, were we ended up getting insanely drunk. Again.
Which also resulted in us having another off day in our mansion.
Our La adventure was almost coming to an end, so we decided to do something to keep the memory of our amazing trip.
Since nothing is more permanent than a tattoo, this seemed the best thing to do. We made an appointment at Mr. Mahogany just hours before our flight to New York.
We now both have the word ‘sister’ written on our arms permanently. Now it’s official, we are family, for ever.
Next stop: New York
If you want to see more of Latoya's work, click here!OBEYWomens / October 14, 2014
- 10 13
Our friends at GALLERY TARGET are hosting Mark Gonzales' solo show "BABY DON'T MIND" from October 12th to the 31st. All original pieces created for the show and the man himself will be in attendance. Go check it out if you're in Tokyo and pay homage by busting out some hippie jumps!
「THE LAST GALLERYの約1年ぶりとなるキュレーションによって、MARK GONZALESの個展「BABY DON’T MIND」を10月12日より開催します。アーティストで詩人、そしてなによりも、スケートボード史上最も有名なプロスケートボーダーであるマーク・ゴンザレス。彼がくりひろげる無邪気でシニカルなワンダーワールドを、3年の時を経て再びここ東京で感じる機会がやってきました。ロスアンジェルス現代美術館などでも作品を発表し、世界中からコンテンポラリー・アーティストとしての確かな評価を得る彼が、本個展開催のために制作した新作を一挙に展示します。」- GALLERY TARGETOBEYJapan / October 9, 2014
The final night in Toronto marks the end of an seven city mural tour. The tour started out in Los Angeles and took Shepard and his crew all over the states, which included stops in Chicago, Philly and New York. After the continental US of A, they headed over the Atlantic to the land of "The Cognacpumpe" in Berlin and down to "The Bru’s" in Johannesburg.
I was lucky enough to be on a few of the touring cities, soaking up the rays, culture, seeing the sights and meeting some great / freaky people. The last day in Toronto we took a small tour of the city before grabbing dinner with our Canadian peeps and then hitting the Hennessy party at The Tattoo Club. If you've missed any of the action so far from Toronto, check it here: Part1 Part2
Here's some pics from our last day. Lil city, street and murals. Enjoy!
People really LOVE street art. Someone brought out their Tim the Tool Man saw and chopped this piece out.
After walking forever, it was time to eat. Thanks Brown Brown and Chris for the Five course yummy sushi meal and liquor!
Roams feeling it again.
Back to the streets to hit the Hennessy party where Shepard and Neil Armstrong provided the tunes for the evening.
It was pretty late at this point and a Weeee bit tired, so thats a wrap TORONTO! GOOD NIGHT!Furlong / October 7, 2014
This Wednesday (October 8th) we'll be dropping the OBEY 25 Year Anniversary Collection, so stay tuned! In the video below Shepard provides some insight on each of the graphics featured in the line.
When I made the first OBEY sticker in 1989, I never thought I was beginning a project that would inspire and permeate most of my art career for the next 25 years and counting.
At 19, I had no idea what I would be doing this a week later, much less a decade or two. Putting up stickers was fun, and that was enough to get the ball rolling. The act of getting out there for the journey without a brilliant plan or destination opened my eyes to the world as a participant, not a voyeur. Part of the success of OBEY Giant has been its organic evolution based on my constant dialogue the public and broadening perspective through my experiences. Rather than being constrained by the OBEY Giant, I’ve modeled it to reflect my personality and my interests as they’ve progressed over the years.
When I was young, I bought into the typical black-and -white, us -versus-them simplification of things: provocation and silliness cant mix, a job has to be drudgery, passion is reserved for the nights and weekends and art cant be pure if it has commercial facets. All that began to seem less valid as very small accomplishment with OBEY Giant made it seem increasingly possible to do things my way.
It hasn’t been an easy path. Even though financial struggles, failed relationships, a lack of resources, and 16 arrests, I was always determined to keep OBEY Giant project growing. Essentially. I succeeded at building something from nothing and creating a demand for it by exploiting the semiotics of consumption.
From the beginning, OBEY Giant opened my eyes to many facets of capitalism and consumer-trends psychology that revolve around supply and demand economic theory. Some examples (“I want a sticker because I like the way it looks”) are relatively straightforward while others (“I want a sticker because my rebellious friends have it’) reflect the complex irony of conforming to an image of rebellion to gain acceptance. The OBEY Giant images have raised many issues around the concept of value: as they gained more exposure and familiarity, their value increased to marketers wishing to capitalize on the rebellious outsiders who used OBEY Giant and the Variables determining who embraced or rejected it along the way has been the most valuable aspect of the project.
I knew early on that, more than being just a vehicle for my art, commentary, and mischiefs, OBEY Giant could provide a “case study”. The hardest thing was for me to decide when I had enough material to release a complete case study, especially when the accumulation of art and experiences showed no sign of slowing. Keep your eyes and mind open, and question everything.
- Shepard FaireyCJ / October 6, 2014
Made it back to the states ( Barely ) and back on the inter web with out any hiccups. As we started the 2nd mural at The Gladstone Hotel, the weather finally gave out and put a halt on some of the process, but still able to knock it out pretty quick. Here are some pics throughout the day and night life that came A bout. Enjoy and check back tomorrow for the final recap.
Rain delay / snack time
Before heading back up after the rain stopped, a local high school that literally specializes in skateboard screen printing ( wish I went there )came by the mural to have a Q & A with Shep.
Now back on up
Some shots of the finished mural.
Later that night was OBEY RADIO over at The Weldon Bar off college street.
Roams, very very serious
And so were these two
Thats a wrap on part 2. Recap and final post tomorrow.
-FurlongFurlong / October 6, 2014
Having a little wordpress issues out here in the land of the moose, so this will be short and sweet. Shepard and the crew landing in Toronto last Monday and got straight to work on the Tattoo Club mural. Heres some pics of the city, mural and the trip so far. I'll follow up on more of the action soon.Furlong / October 2, 2014
I realized I had been drawing strictly inanimate objects floating in space for the past few months. I wanted to try out drawing some cool girls in cool spaces for a change. Hope you like them.meghann / September 29, 2014
Hi! It's us again!
Here is a quick update on what we have been up to:
We spent our last hours in Lone Pine by the pool, curing our hang overs and flicking through last night's pictures on our phones. Here's some more from Jakes Saloon. Got to love that bar, so just like many before us (including our friends Petrovsky & Ramone who's signature we found) we had to sign the walls too...
We decided to continue our trip and to head for Las Vegas. We went for the Death Valley – artist pallet route, even though a lot (and we mean a lot) of people warned us about the temperatures there that will make your blood boil.
Boy, where they right.
We arrived around 11pm, drove our minivan to the top of somewhere (no idea where, the night was never darker) and parked it at the side of the road. As soon as we opened the doors the extreme hot wind ( 117 – AT NIGHT!) hugged us like a blanket. Like a sauna with no exit. We felt like there was only one option: get naked, down a bottle of red wine and just go with it.
We tried to get some sleep (which is hard when you are sweating from places you didn’t even know could be sweaty) and set the alarm to try and wake up before sunrise.
Opening our eyes that morning, with that view – will most definitely stay in our memories forever. It was unlike anything, simply unreal.
We quickly went out, shot some photo’s, used one of our water-tanks as a shower, shot some more pics and we got the hell out of there before our bodies would melt. Also, we were damn near starving as we forgot to bring some food (wine yes, food no – our priorities and basic life needs just became clear).
A two-hour drive later (mind you we get very cranky when we are not being fed) we arrived at a cute little town called: Shoshone, were a wonderful man made us the most delicious pile of French toast ever. Just when we thought we couldn’t possibly be happier we found a sprinkler watering the grass next to the diner. (It was still 120)
If you are wondering what instant happiness looks like:
After sprinkler/breakfast break we continued our journey to Las Vegas.
There is no photographic proof of us being there since it was the most horrible experience ever and we don’t need any images reminding us that this ‘town’ is also a part of planet earth.
We got real drunk, slept, sobered up and got the hell out.
Plus side though, just outside Vegas we stopped for gas at the ‘Uranus’ gas station, shot a couple of photo’s, got some burgers, ended up talking to a guy that owned a monster truck...!
When you are on the road with no plan or schedule what so ever, you can do whatever the fuck you want. For us this means: stopping at e-v-e-r-y thrift shop that we pass. This is how we ended up in Kingman, where Latoya fell in love with a blue rocking chair, we met the nicest people, we sang Nickelback (we are so sorry, really) in the best Karaoke bar in the world and we got ‘adopted’ by an amazing old man named Orval who showed us around town in his truck, told the best war-stories & life lessons and let us sleep in his driveway. Kingman will forever be in our hearts.
The next day we continued on Route 66 to the Grand Canyon which for reasons unknown to mankind, Latoya kept referring to as Mount Everest an Anna, being very scared of heights, just made weird squeaky noises for the entire hour we were up there. It was in this moment, staring down the big hole in the ground, we realized we missed being in a house, with a bed and a shower, we missed being in civilization.
So we got back in our minivan and drove off towards Los Angeles.
To be continued.....
Check out more of Latoya's work here!OBEYWomens / September 29, 2014
Last night Myself, Cyril Mountain and Stevie "Pubes" packed in the metallic pea sports wagon and headed over to check out Glen E. Friedman's "MY RULES" book release and signing over to Arcana: Books on the arts. Along with the checking out the amazing work in GEF's book, it was pretty rad seeing some Dogtown legends in attendance. Check out more on GEF's book here and he'll be having another signing at BOOK SOUP Monday Sept, 29th. Make sure to check it out if you can
GEF snapping some pics with the fans
Zephyr man Jeff HO signing his page while waiting in line.
Of course he needed his copy
Another Dogtown dude Craig Steyk III checking out the book
This dude showed up in a Benz and went straight to Cyril to give him some shit about his mutton chops
After the signing there was a Q&A and The West Coast premiere of Eric Matthies short file of Glen E. Friedman and Ian Mackaye in conversation.Furlong / September 26, 2014
For Fall 2014, HIDDEN CHAMPION is releasing issue #34, featuring the cover and a 12-page article of our very own : Shepard Fairey. The magazine also includes other features relating to art, music, skateboarding, etc. Basically all the shit we like! The publication will be available at HIDDEN CHAMPION's online store and select locations in Japan on September 29th.OBEYJapan / September 25, 2014
We typically don't put much product on the blog but we felt this was a good opportunity to tell you about something new in the lineup. We are now selling selvedge denim. This is a more premium denim than OBEY has ever offered in the past. A 13oz, standard fit, not too skinny, not too wide and perfect to beat up like good selvedge is meant to be treated. Check out The Standard Selvedge and the slimmer New Threat Selvedge in our online shop.
Also, we're going to be following some friends of OBEY as they wear in their new denim and we'll report back along the way.CJ / September 25, 2014