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  • Farewell To Freedom

     

    I have been a fan of The Colbert Report since early in it’s run. I really love the character Stephen created, because he brilliantly illuminates and satirizes the techniques of cable news pundits while simultaneously using the aggressive nature of the character to ask tough questions of guests across the political and cultural spectrum. I’m in awe of Colbert’s intelligence and quick wit. I’ve had the honor of being a guest on The Colbert Report a couple of times and my artwork has been used or discussed on the show a few other times. Stephen is such a formidable interviewer, that I almost lost my nerve to go on his show when I was first asked in January 2009. Right before I went on the show, I found out that Stephen and I both went to the same uptight and elite prep school in Charleston, S.C. I felt that our shared experience at Porter-Gaud, a school where the key to survival was being able to verbally and intellectually eviscerate the enemy, made me more prepared for the interview. I hated Porter-Gaud, sought refuge in art, skateboarding, and punk music, and left the school after 9th grade, while Stephen obviously thrived and stayed through graduation. Regardless, I thought I did pretty well in my interview. Click here to watch the interview.

    When Stephen asked me if I’d be one of the guests on his farewell show, I was incredibly flattered, but when I was also asked to do a graphic for the final episode, I was humbled. The pressure to do something strong for the FINAL Colbert episode was daunting. With Stephen everything has to be over-the-top, hyperbolic, life-imitates-art or art-imitates-life (who knows which?) ego-driven absurdity, so we conceived an image that would aspire to the grandeur of his final skit. Stephen liked the image I created enough to not only incorporate it into the show, but to allow me to make a limited edition of art prints. They will be available TODAY! I’m grateful to Stephen for his inclusion of me and my work on his show, but I’d mostly like to thank him for being a supreme leader in the war against bullshit! Even in character, it takes incredible smarts and courage to maintain the rigor of his show and bring the heat to George W. Bush at the White House Correspondents’ Dinner. The Colbert Report will be missed, but I’m sure that with his fierce intelligence, Stephen will bring a new dimension to the Late Show. I look forward to it.
    -Shepard

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    18 x 24 inch screen print on natural paper. Signed and numbered edition of 500. Limit 1 per person/household. $50.

    *Orders will be fulfilled week of December 29th*

    Release date: December 19, 2014 at 9:00 AM PST in PRINTS.

    michelle / December 19, 2014
  • OBEY TOKYO SAMPLE SALE

    You all know about the Warehouse Sale that's been going on in Irvine for two weekends in a row. Chances are many of you have already copped your share of goodies from the sale. If not, you've got another weekend! We (OBEY Japan) will also be having our own little Sample Sale this Saturday and Sunday in Tokyo. Our Tokyo sales are much smaller than the ones in the U.S. but that's not to say we won't be offering any great deals. So whether you're looking to do some last-minute shopping before Christmas/year-end or just happen to be in the area, come on by and check out the bargains.

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    OBEYJapan / December 16, 2014
  • Minka Sicklinger - Limited Edition Prints

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    It's not a secret that we're really into sharing the work of artists we're not only obsessed with, but have previously collaborated with.

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    Over the past few weeks for the first time ever, Minka Sicklinger has been releasing prints, just in time for the holiday season!

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    And. The. Moon. Knows. The. Centre. Cannot. Hold

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    And. The. Light. Comes. In. Shards

     

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    Reaper. 

    This same Reaper design was featured in her Fall Artist Series collection as well, shop it here now.

    Follow Minka's work on her Tumblr and Instagram.

     

    See more over at the OBEY Women's Blog!

    michelle / December 16, 2014
  • GUEST EDIT GIFT GUIDE : MEGHANN STEPHENSON

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    1. Joe Fresh Marled Sweater: $23.40

    Winters in New York can be pretty bleek/freezing and having a stock of great sweaters makes a huge difference. I love that this Joe Fresh sweater has a simple knit and an interesting collar.

    2. Obey Stanton Crew Neck Sweatshirt: $62

    I love a good sweatshirt for the winter and the embroidery detail makes it feel more elevated.

    3. Sorelle Stella Hoops: $50

    Sorelle is one of my favorite New York based jewelry brands. Everything is really minimal, but with a lot of personality.

    4. Olympia Le-Tan Parisian Embroidered Clutch: $1295

    This clutch is something I’ve been dreaming about for a while, I’m a sucker for embroidery and anything that looks like food.

    5. Catbird Tomboy Ring: $148

    The Tomboy Ring is a perfect for simple stacking, which the girls at Catbird are experts at.

    6. Obey Maywood Beanie: $24

    I can’t survive winter without a good beanie and I love the knit on the Obey Maywood Beanie.

    7. Topshop Faux Leather Western Jacket:$116

    I love the combo of shearling and leather and this jacket is a great option with a really reasonable price point.

    8. Comme des Garcons Play Wool Cardigan w/ Small Red Emblem: $350

    This Comme des Garcons cardigan is the kind of sweater you’ll have forever. Its classic and can be worn with anything without being boring.

    9. Jean Andre Mon Amor Book: $43.53

    Jean Andre is one of my favorite artists. If I was gifted this book every page would be torn out and framed.

    10. Diptyque Figuier Scented Candle: $60

    The Diptyque Figuier candle is my favorite over the top indulgence and It smells incredible the 1 time a month I can justify lighting it.

    11. Adidas Top Ten Hi Shoes: $90

    I’ve been wearing more sneakers lately and if it’s a Caroline de Maigret staple like these Adidas Top Ten Hi Shoes then its guaranteed to be good.

    12. Bianca Chandon Lover Shirt: $59.95

    I have a pretty extensive collection of red t-shirts and I love everything about the Bianca Chandon Lover Shirt.

    13. Celine Retro Sunlgasses: $236

    Another item I’ve been lusting after, these sunglasses have a magical ability to make anyone look 10x cooler.

    Read more over at our OBEY Women's Blog...

    michelle / December 15, 2014
  • OBEY WAREHOUSE SALE 2014

    In case you haven’t heard, we are having our Warehouse sale for not one, but TWO weekends in a row! The OBEY Warehouse is in full force. And we are opening the doors to you guys the only way we know how—with good music, yummy food and drinks, and a whole lot of shopping, of course. Read on to see more pics and then get your booty down to the warehouse to experience the real deal.

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    And don't forget people, help others by bringing a non perishable food item, or unwrapped toy to the sale - OBEY will be hooking you up with a gift for your genorosity! 

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    michelle / December 12, 2014
  • GUEST EDIT GIFT GUIDE: STEVEN BLACK

    You’ve finished all your Holiday shopping by now, right? Probably not. So to kick off the holiday season and make gifting a little easier, we collaborated with some of our favorite people to create some exclusive gift guides this season. Steven Black Blog

    1. The Cacti dishes from ER Studios available at mohawk general store are amazing. I love objects that are great looking but also serve a function where ever they are on display.

    2. The Helsinki wool 5 panel is great for this time of the year when you wanna class things up a bit but not get all suit and tie. It’s smart but still has a ton of style.

    3. The high line jacket is a winter must. It’s waterproof 3 layer laminate with fully tape seams in military styling. Simply, a really solid waterproof jacket is a must for your winter wardrobe and its hard to go wrong with this piece.

    4. Every year I pretty much get all the little items crossed off the list at Muji. Its has everything from office supplies to bedding. The Muji Blue tooth speaker is everything you never knew you loved about the Detier rams design principles.  Not sure if they are still in store but i’m sure you can dig one up online.

    5. Last but not least the New threat twill pant in Dark brown is insane. The team has been working hard to make this pant the one you want in every color.  Start with the dark brown. The color is the perfect to pair back to just about everything , the fit is a fantastic slim straight with just a little bit of stretch.

    michelle / December 5, 2014
  • OBEY WAREHOUSE SALE

    It's that time of the year again!  This round we're having our warehouse sale for 2 weekends in a row, everything you need to know is in the flyer below.  As it gets closer to the sale we'll be posting photos of all the goods that will be available, so stay tuned.

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    CJ / December 2, 2014
  • Wandering gypsy

    Processed with VSCOcam with hb1 presetI decided to start the new FTR record by disconnecting from the American grid for two months. The following is the extremely short version what nomadic life in Europe/ UK is like with nothing but essentials, a small studio, good friends, an open mind, and somewhat of a plan.

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    Processed with VSCOcam with hb2 presetVelkom, Willkommen, Bienvenue, Aloha..

    IMG_4698Welcome to casa de Lefto in Brussels, Belgium. If you work for the American embassy, and you're seeing this, hurry it up on that artist visa for the homie..

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    FullSizeRender"Yo Yo, We out here in Amsterdam" -Ghostface (Jon Wayne remix).... (FTR, Lefto, Ras-G)

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    IMG_5361Morning jogs In Barcelona take you to the lost levels of Super Mario world

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    IMG_7527Wandering aimlessly

    IMG_7526Met some people and ended up at an 8 Bit hardcore punk en Español show in the depths of Barcelona

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    Pit stop in the great castle town Lubjana, where they have Hip-Hop gas stations, and places like this, run by the local artists who take over old military bunkers.

    IMG_5495Abandoned for like minded artists to occupy.. do something interesting.. have fun for some years, before money and the law come in to change it up and make it a hip tourist destination with an Urban Outfitters.. We all know the cycle at this point, so for now enjoy Barrio Poblenou, Barcelona in its pure creative, humble glory.

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    IMG_5733Much love to the great local strangers, now friends, of every city who showed me where all the good record stores, restaurants, and neighborhoods are. Travel tip for anyone who doesn't want to end up in a tourist trap.. Get to know the locals who are into the same shit (usually at record stores), and be nice..

    Processed with VSCOcam with hb1 presetQuick stop in Bordeaux con mis amigos Ras-G, Zeroh, and Low Leaf for some fresh Ethiopian nutrients. I think we had a show that night as well.. Le go!

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    Processed with VSCOcam with hb1 presetthe Gaslamp Killerr... Always good to meet up with bredren from back home in foreign lands. It's a reminder that the Sun still exists and 75 degree, Fahrenheit weather is awaits. Muchas Gracias GLK, the crew & London!

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    Processed with VSCOcam with hb2 presetStopped by the Be-Street weekend to hang with the crew and noticed Vince Staples was playing... Looong Beach in the building

    Processed with VSCOcam with hb1 presetHidden deep between two buildings near Canal St. Martin is where you can find Le Comptoir General, also known as the Ghetto Museum. You can vibe out here all day, drinking extremely strong rum concoctions while listening to William Onyebor on repeat. I bought a ring from a wandering gypsy and it turned my finger green in 19 minutes..  still, this place has some of the best vibes in the city.

    IMG_6151Crypt Walking on a beautiful day in Paris.

    IMG_7531Patrolling the streets with the crew... try not to get arrested later

    IMG_7528Radio, wine & cheese party.. where I can play extremely sexy, obscure French tunes that I don't understand. Tune into LeMellotron.com

    IMG_6541Welcome to the south of Italy (Puglia)... where you can find the Sun, real Mozzarella, and not so hidden, FTR slaps everywhere... Like this pole where tourists around the world take photos in front of.

    IMG_6536Randomly hung out all day with the humble fishermen of Polignano. We couldn't understand a word from each other, but buckets of Peroni, fresh fish, boat rides and vibes don't require words.

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    An unplanned journey through the underground water caves of the ancient city

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    IMG_7533I played a secret house party in Bari that was put together in a week. For my experience, Puglia is a lost paradise rarely known by outsiders, but heavily enjoyed by the locals who live there. Much love in these ancient streets, bangin food, beaches and really good people.

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    Processed with VSCOcam with f2 presetThere is an actual mafia genre called Neomelodico. Dramatic Italian gangster singing over Wu-Tang instrumentals is what a good amount of it can sound like.

    IMG_7532Bari.. where you can step into a studio and find extremely rare Italian instruments from the 70's... Farfisa's like this one, were used world wide, but there was some stuff in here that I've never heard of that sound like butter... also the real Santa Claus's (San Nicola) bones are buried in a church down the street.

    IMG_6721Next stop Berlin... on the count of three say.. Hello. they say hello back, and leave you alone.

    IMG_6793Met up with Rejoicer and Sol Monk (Raw Tapes, TLV) family in Kreuzburg. We made a fresh 4 track EP. All sounds, samples, and vibes recorded around the city along with whatever we had in studio. Stay tuned..

    IMG_6937The train through the Swiss alps took about 8 hours, from Zurich to Vienna, but it looked like this. Perfect for the pinky up

    IMG_7538Went to go check out Bilal before my set.. ready yourself for that new Adrian Younge collab.

    IMG_7118Finalle at Viennale Centrale! film festival

    IMG_7216A lovely room of death.

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    The purpose of this tour was to get out of my comfort zone and disconnect from the norm. It was about abandoning past ways of thinking, while creating in the midst of change. 100% of the next album have its roots on this tour and i dedicate it to the people, places, and overall experiences that effected me along the way. Thank you!

     

     

     

    freetherobots / December 2, 2014
  • "NEW ALCHEMY"

    Our "senpai", DJ Kensei (known as one of Japan's most sought-after DJs / "OBEY RADIO TOKYO" resident), has been working on a project with the 81-years-young "Jazz Godfather", Isao Suzuki, for some time now. The duo recently released their first live album "New Alchemy" through ringsounds and is having a release party next Sunday at KATA in Ebisu. Congrats to Kensei-san and ringsounds! Check this YouTube video and see what you can witness at the release party.

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    『日本のジャズを先導し、現在も精力的な活動を続けるレジェンドであるベースシスト鈴木勲と、日本のトップDJとして常にシーンの先を行くプレイを続けてきた DJ KENSEI、両者が初めておこなったライヴ・セッション、50分に及ぶ「音」の対話を収めたアルバム『New Alchemy』のリリース・パーティをKATAにて開催します。

    そして、このアルバムのアートワークを担当した中西俊夫 a.k.a. TYCOON TO$HもスペシャルDJとして参加。さらに、DJ KENSEIも、中西俊夫と彼がアートワーク手掛けてきたMo'Waxレーベルへのリスペクトを込めて、Mo'Wax音源をセレクトしたDJをおこないます。

    「ちょうど1年前に、初対面の、しかし繋がるべくして繋がった鈴木勲とDJ KENSEIのライヴを企画しました。そして、これまた繋がるべくして繋がった中西俊夫 a.k.a. TYCOON TO$Hのアートワークを纏って、その時の録音が世に放たれました。このアルバム『New Alchemy』によって繋がった3人のアーティストが、この日、登場します。鈴木勲とDJ KENSEIのセッションは日々継続しており、この日はアップデートした最新のプレイを聴くことができるはずです。また、多くのDJが影響を受けた TYCOON TO$Hのアートワークを纏ったMo'Waxレーベルの音源をDJ KENSEIがセレクトしたDJ、そして、TYCOON TO$HのスペシャルなDJもあります。いずれもこの日でないと聴くことができないプレイです。日曜の夜、ぜひともKATAにお越しください。」(原 雅明 ringsレーベル・プロデューサー)』

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    DJs:
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    2014.11.30 Sunday
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    18:00-22:00
    2,000Yen at door (1,500Yen with flyer)

    OBEYJapan / November 28, 2014
  • Sofie Revenge Who?

    Le Guess Who? is an awesome festival all through the city of Utrecht (The Netherlands) where they have all the upcoming artists playing that they believe will be the next big surprises at next year's festivals. A feast for every music lover. During Le Guess Who? it's little brother Le Mini Who? takes place. This means a lot of small live shows and art installs are done at stores and bars all throughout the city. So we teamed up and hosted an in-store performance by the wonderful Sofie Winterson at Revenge  in Utrecht.

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    Here are some photos by Melanie Marsman.

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    Thanks everyone for coming out, it was amazing. And of course thank you Revenge, Le Mini Who?, that sound guy, Sofie and your Winter sons.

    And for everyone who missed it:

    -SEBAS

    Sebas / November 26, 2014
  • MY RULES : OPENING NIGHT

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    As more bodies joined the queue to enter Glen E. Friedman’s first London show in almost 20 years you could sense the buzz of the crowd pulling the chill straight out of the November air. Most of the queue had grown up with the artists and icons that have been immortalised in Glen’s work and most were about to see his work in person for the first time ever.

     

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    Documenting the decades has given Glen E. Friedman a following that is as diverse as it is expert and it was a privilege to float through the gallery with a camera watching everyone’s reaction to iconic photographs of their heroes. From kids with skateboards to old dudes with beards everyone seemed to be consumed by the photographs that serve as a thumbnail for each entire subculture.

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    Shop the collaboration between legendary photographer Glen E. Friedman and OBEY here.

     

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    Remember that the exhibition, based in Covent Garden, will be open until 18th January 2015 so make sure you don’t miss out. There are full details on our previous post here.

    Keep your ear to the ground for our upcoming exclusive interview with Glen E. Friedman!

    All images courtesy of OBEY Clothing UK.

    -@michelleyetman

    michelle / November 25, 2014
  • Monday Mood Tunes

    The long-anticipated split by WHIRR and NOTHING is in no way a let down to anyone that’s been waiting for it. The two new songs from each band are perfected with the expertise of veteran producer Will Yip. Whirr’s signature atmospheric haze enthralls more than ever in what seems like a nine-minute dream. Their masterful control of soundscapes is matched only by an intensity that their shoegazing predecessors could only wish to achieve. Nothing’s contribution is a full-on aural assault: the two songs are aggressive, yet harmonious.The ongoing blown-out barrage lulls with only brief periods of quiet melody that hit like armistices. Yet, the songs are harshly beautiful in a way that perfectly captures the Philadelphia band’s definition of reality.

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    The split 12" comes with an etched b-side as well as a full-length Whirr/Nothing 'In The Studio' documentary DVD. - Courtesy of Run For Cover Records

    -@michelleyetman

    michelle / November 24, 2014
  • Grandmas Smoking Weed for the First Time

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    As the world wakes up to the benefits of medical marijuana, the interwebz will continually bless us with videos like this.  Hope you enjoy it as much as we do.

    I think I'm going to make some plans with my grandma this weekend.

    ~thc_j

    CJ / November 20, 2014
  • MY RULES by GLEN E. FRIEDMAN

    ATP and Givens are proud to present the world premiere of
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    14 Henrietta St, Covent Garden WC2H / Launch event November 21st : 20.00 – 22.00
    Open November 21st 2014 – January 18th 2015 (Detailed times to follow)

    A photographic exhibition of energy, attitude and rebellion – in conjunction with the release of My Ryle the book, published by Rozzoli International.

    Glen E. Friedman has been described as one of the most important photographers of his generation.

    Think of iconic images of Run DMC, Black Flag, LL Cool J, Minor Threat, Public Enemy, and Beastie Boys, or the gravity defying, revolutionary skateboarding of Tony Alva, Jay Adams, or Stacy Peralta - It is almost certain that Glen E. Friedman was the man behind the camera.

    Friedman’s photographs are rich in action and intensity and have stood the test of time – many have become the definitive portraits for their subjects. Since the mid-1970s as a young teenager, Friedman has been chronicling quintessential subjects in underground and counterculture movements like no other. Capturing the pivotal and defining moments in music and street movements that were largely unknown or ignored by the mainstream.

    Friedman’s My Rules serves as a testament of integrity for the three powerhouse countercultures of skateboarding, punk, and hip-hop. The energy and rebellion shine through - the accompanying book by Rizzoli features over 300 images; it is Friedman’s 7th published monograph.

    This exhibition comprises of over 50 colour + black and white fine art photographic prints - many of which have never been exhibited before. Classic images from Friedman’s last UK exhibition at the ICA in 1997 are also included, now printed larger and better than before. After the premiere in London, the My Rules exhibition will continue to tour worldwide.

    For the Rizzoli book, Friedman reached out to some of his subjects to get in their own words what it was like to be at the crux of these cultural movements; these exclusive, often revealing words serve as an education and inspiration. My Rules is not only a remarkable chronicle of beautiful images and a primer about the origins of three radical street cultures recognized worldwide; it is also an artistic statement of inspiration for generations to follow.

    The exhibition will include audio installations from Ice-T, Ian MacKaye, Alan “Ollie” Gelfand and an unreleased audio interview between Jay Adams and Glen E. Friedman. This interview formed the basis of Jay’s essay in the book, and was one of the last extensive interviews he gave before his untimely death in August this year.

    The exhibition will also play host to a selection of curated films by Glen E. Friedman & there will be Q&A sessions throughout the opening weekend - more details to follow.

    14 Henrietta St, is a building steeped in publishing history, being previously inhabited by Victor Gollancz, a British publisher and humanitarian (publisher of George Orwell’s Down and Out in Paris and London and Franz Kafka’s,The Trial) who also ran his business from the premises.

     

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    michelle / November 14, 2014
  • OBEY GREETINGS FROM: SHANGHAI

    After 30+ hours of Ubers, Planes and Automobiles we finally made it out to Shanghai!

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    Thanks to Iron Lion Soap for helping us feel fresh!

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    ..to see more, check out the OBEY Womens Blog !

    michelle / November 12, 2014

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