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  • ICE CUBE'S NATIONAL 'GOOD DAY' JAN 20th

    I'm probably super late on this I'm super late on this but thought it was worth mentioning that you should mark your calendar now for Jan 20th next year, Ice Cube's National 'Good Day'. This kid figured out what day Ice Cube probably wrote "Today Was A Good Day". Check it out below.

    via DONOVAN STRAIN

    CLUE 1:
    “went to short dogs house,
    they was watching Yo MTV
    RAPS”
    Yo MTV RAPS first aired:
    Aug 6th 1988
    CLUE 2:
    Ice Cubes single “today was a good day” released on:
    Feb 23 1993
    CLUE 3:
    ”The Lakers beat the Super
    Sonics”
    Dates between Yo MTV Raps air date AUGUST 6 1988 and the release of the single FEBRUARY 23 1993 where the Lakers beat the Super Sonics:
    Nov 11 1988 114-103
    Nov 30 1988 110-106
    Apr 4 1989 115-97
    Apr 23 1989 121-117
    Jan 17 1990 100-90
    Feb 28 1990 112-107
    Mar 25 1990 116-94
    Apr 17 1990 102-101
    Jan 18 1991 105-96
    Mar 24 1991 113-96
    Apr 21 1991 103-100
    Jan 20 1992 116-110
    CLUE 4:
    Dates of those Laker wins over SuperSonics where it was a clear day with no Smog:
    Nov 30 1988
    Apr 4 1989
    Jan 18 1991
    Jan 20 1992
    CLUE 5:
    “Got a beep from Kim, and
    she can fuck all night”
    beepers weren’t adopted by mobile phone companies until the 1990s. Dates left where mobile beepers were availible to public:
    Jan 18 1991
    Jan 20 1992
    CLUE 6:
    Ice Cube starred in the film “Boyz in the hood” that released late Summer of 1991, but was being filmed mid-late 1990 early 1991 and Ice Cube was busy on set filming the movie Jan 18 1991 too busy to be lounging around the streets with no plans. Ladies and Gentlemen..

    The ONLY day where:
    Yo MTV Raps was on air
    It was a clear and smogless day
    Beepers were commercially sold
    Lakers beat the SuperSonics
    and Ice Cube had no events to attend was…

    JANUARY 20 1992
    National Good Day Day

     

    Pubes / April 8, 2014
  • Shepard Fairey x OFF! 7" limited 7" for Record Store Day

    Shep did a cover for OFF! for record store day, available on April 19th on Vice Records. I have a feeling it's going to be tough to get but here's the info behind the project.

    From Esquire - http://www.esquire.com/blogs/culture/shepard-fairey-off-record-store-day

    If you don't know OFF!, go get familiar. It's Keith Morris from Circle Jerks and Black Flag singing, along with Dimitri Coats from Burning Brides, members from Redd Kross, and Rocket from the Crypt. Shit's epic!

    Hear the song here - https://soundcloud.com/vicerecords-1/off-learn-to-obey

     

     

     

     

    Pubes / March 26, 2014
  • Party time in Amsterdam with The Local Spastics and DEATH ALLEY

    On February 8th 2014 in celebration of the release of the OBEY X Suicidal Tendencies collection we threw a party in Amsterdam. At Ludwig nightclub we had live performances by Death Alley and The Local Spastics accompanied by DJ's Father Futureback and Hugo (Red Light Radio). The place was packed and things got pretty wild.

    The Local Spastics is a young punk rock band that started around 2010. After a first demo that takes you back to the sound of seventies punk and reminds you of bands like The Dead Boys, The stooges and FEAR, the trio quickly built up quite a reputation with their aggressive live shows, politically incorrect behavior and sarcastic lyrics. Dozens of shows follow in and out of the Netherlands. Playing In squats and on festivals, with bands like Reagan Youth, Gewapend Beton and Aux Raus.

    Fresh from the basements of Amsterdam, DEATH ALLEY is here to show you a serious musical rock’n roll statement. DEATH ALLEY combines ingenious but blistering guitar parts with and intensity of drumming that justifies the present-day existence of John Bonham’s Vista-Lite drum kit. Drums, guitar and the thundering bass riffs are topped off with husky vocals that remind you of nothing. The New Wave of Dutch Loudness gave birth to not just another band. No, thriving on the sharp edges of Motörhead’s rock and roll, soaked in MC5-fuelled protopunk and forged with Sabbath’s edginess, DEATH ALLEY brings a unique swinging rawness that savours of Blue Öyster Cult on steroids.

    OBEY X SUICIDAL TENDENCIES RELEASE PARTY AMSTERDAM from OBEY CLOTHING on Vimeo.

     

    Pubes / March 13, 2014
  • 50 SHADES OF BLACK X SHEPARD FAIREY X SUBLIMINAL PROJECTS

    Mark your calendars! Shep has a new show opening at Subliminal Projects in LA on April 16th. Info is below.

     

     

    SUBLIMINAL PROJECTS presents
    SHEPARD FAIREY: 50 Shades of Black

    Opening Reception:
    Wednesday, April 16, 2014
    8 – 11 pm

    Free to Public
    RSVP Required:
    rsvp@subliminalprojects.com

    Shepard Fairey releases his third installment of new album cover artwork on Wednesday, April 16th at SUBLIMINAL PROJECTS.  Friend and legendary DJ, Z-Trip will be joining him opening night for a special live performance.

    The artwork in 50 Shades of Black is inspired by the 12-inch record cover format. Since 2006, Fairey, a DJ and music enthusiast, has continuously created artwork with the record cover template in mind. The 2011 Revolutions exhibition was the first time he presented his then full body of work (consisting of 70+ pieces) in one space at Robert Berman Gallery (Santa Monica, Calif.). The second installment was presented at Stolen Space Gallery (London, UK) in 2012 as Sound & Vision. The 50 Shades of Black show is back on Fairey’s home turf of Los Angeles and the opening night event will include a performance by legendary DJ Z-Trip, who created the soundtrack to Fairey’s Sound & Vision show.

    50 Shades of Black will feature 50 Hand Painted Multiples (HPMs) and a box set with screen print editions of each of the 50 new album cover designs. A record store installation with customized vintage turntables and a portion of Fairey’s own record collection will also be on view. Viewers can participate in the exhibition by selecting records from Fairey’s collection and playing them on the provided record players while visiting the gallery.

    The artwork in 50 Shades of Black is representative of how music has long since been an inspiration for Fairey as “a democratic medium that can bring joy while also delivering provocative and compelling social commentary.” His album cover art seeks to convey the infectious accessibility that music has in a visually compelling way. Fairey’s art also succeeds in striking certain social and political chords through his careful consideration of which music personalities and movements he chooses to echo within each unique design.

    Music has taught me a great deal about connecting with a broad audience. Music is universal. I’ve had some very moving encounters with art in my life, especially in the street, but almost nothing can compare to the first time I heard the boots marching and first chord of the Sex Pistols’ “Holidays in the Sun”, or the air raid sirens leading into “too black, too strong” on the intro to Public Enemy’s It Takes A Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back, or the opening guitar scream of Black Flag’s “Rise Above.” Music is visceral, but also has the additional powerful layers of the lyrics, with their content and politics, and then there’s also the style and personalities of the musicians themselves. Compelling album covers have always been a great complement to great music. There’s something subversive about bundling seductive visuals with provocative ideas, or provocative visuals with seductive ideas. An audience that’s looking for escape doesn’t expect a confrontation and a call to action, but I believe the best music, and the best art, can deliver both. Call the approach hi-brow/lo-fi or lo-brow/hi-fi, but I try to use it in my artwork to capture the same energy and spirit that makes music so powerful. - Shepard Fairey

    Shepard does visually what I do musically. We have many of the same influences, it made perfect sense for us to collaborate on 50 Shades of Black, I am honored to be a part of it. – Z-Trip

    Exhibition Dates:
    April 16 – May 17, 2014

    Subliminal Projects
    1331 W Sunset Blvd
    Los Angeles, CA 90026
    213.213.0078
    subliminalprojects.com
    djztrip.com

     

    Pubes / March 10, 2014
  • SHEPARD @ HALSEY INSTITUTE OF CONTEMPORARY ART

    Shep has a new show opening on May 22nd at the Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art in Charleston, SC. If you live in the area make sure to get this on your calendar.

     

    The Insistent Image:
    Recurrent Motifs in the Art of Shepard Fairey and Jasper Johns

    CHARLESTON, SC – The Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art celebrates its 30th Anniversary with an exhibition by Shepard Fairey and Jasper Johns – two world-renowned artists, spanning two generations, both originally from South Carolina.  The Insistent Image: Recurrent Motifs in the Art of Shepard Fairey and Jasper Johns features new work by Shepard Fairey and a survey of prints from 1982 to 2012 by Jasper Johns. The exhibition is curated by Mark Sloan, senior curator and director of the Halsey Institute.

    Born in Charleston, S.C. this will be Shepard Fairey’s first major exhibition in Charleston. According to Fairey, his new body of work called “Power & Glory” is a celebration and critique of Americana with an emphasis on the meanings of power.  Fossil fuels and their accompanying oil and gas iconography are explored as symbols of what literally and metaphorically drives America in ways both good and bad.” He will be showing a group of paintings, sculptures, works on paper, and screen prints within the main gallery space at the Halsey Institute. He will also be creating a series of large-scale public murals in locations throughout downtown Charleston to be announced. These murals will relate thematically to the “Power & Glory” concept of Fairey’s works in the Halsey.  “We are very excited to present the work of this important international artist who happens to be from Charleston. It has been a pleasure working with him to present his work in his hometown,” said Mark Sloan.

    Jasper Johns will be represented by a series of sixteen prints made with in collaboration with master printmaker Bill Goldston at Universal Limited Art Editions in New York. This selection will emphasize many of Johns’ recurrent motifs and themes over the past thirty years. Curator Mark Sloan says “with this selection I hope to demonstrate the process through which Jasper Johns recycles imagery and ideas within his work. Beginning with a 1982 print of a Savarin coffee can all the way through a 2012 series called Shrinky Dinks, 1-4. These works contain the graphic elements for which Johns’ work has become synonymous – flags, face/vase, targets, stars, and the pottery of George Ohr, to list a few. Through a special arrangement with ULAE on Long Island, we are able to borrow some of Johns’ most iconic works for this exhibition.

    This exhibition is one of several special events planned in celebration of the 30th anniversary year.  While the Halsey institute is best known for showing the work by emerging and mid-career artists, director Mark Sloan wanted to ”highlight the accomplishments of two native sons as a way to demonstrate the fact that important contemporary art can originate anywhere.”  Both Fairey and Johns have had a long association with the Halsey Institute and this exhibition brings these two celebrated artists together for the first time in their home state.

    To accompany the exhibition, the Halsey Institute will be producing a 116-page catalog of the work in Shepard Fairey’s exhibition after the show closes. The catalog will include all of the images as well as installation photographs and documentation of the installation of public works. The catalog will contain an essay by Mark Sloan, Director and Senior Curator of the Halsey Institute, as well as an interview with the artist. Additionally, international filmmaker Brett Novak has been commissioned to produce a video about Fairey’s Charleston project, which will be shown to the public during the exhibition. Novak will follow the development of Fairey’s exhibition from conception to completion, including the installation of the outdoor works.

    ABOUT THE HALSEY INSTITUTE
    The Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art at the College of Charleston provides a multidisciplinary laboratory for the production, presentation, interpretation, and dissemination of ideas by innovative visual artists from around the world. As a non-collecting museum, we create meaningful interactions between adventurous artists and diverse communities within a context that emphasizes the historical, social, and cultural importance of the art of our time.

    For more information:  Contact the Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art by calling (843) 953-HICA (4422) or visiting halsey.cofc.edu

     

    Pubes / March 4, 2014
  • Get on the Good Stock! Count it off 1, 2, 3...

    Roam and I, DJ Pubes, aka Chez Pubesky aka DJ "get away from me you weirdo" are headed to Sacramento on Friday to do an install at Good Stock for their new store opening. And what better way to celebrate a new store opening than with a party. We're dusting off the turntables and gonna get funky with the crew at Good Stock. Many beers will be consumed, my ego will probably get bruised but it's all in the name of good fun. We're bringing up some giveaways and OBEY x Good Stock pint glasses to drink frosty beer out of at the party. It's all going down at Low Brau. Info is in the flyer below. Hope to see you there and hope to actually remember some things that happen that night.

     

     

    Pubes / February 25, 2014
  • RECORD CHECK - INNOVATIVE LEISURE

    Beep beep beep! Arnie Palmy time! It's time for the next installment of OBEY RECORD CHECK. This week we bring the 2013 Top 5 Records listened to in the office of LA based record label, Innovative Leisure. These dudes are anything but leisurely the way they've but putting out radical records this year from Hanni El Khatib, Bass Drum of Death, Classixx, new group De Lux and more! Make sure to check out their classy vibes over here. If you don't know now you know!

    WWW.INNOVATIVELEISURE.NET


    About the Label:
    Innovative Leisure is a Los Angeles based record label, just trying to spread good music to the world. In the office were always listening to music while working. Every person at iL has a little different taste but these five records were definitely played by more than a few of us over the sound system.

    TOP 5 RECORDS PLAYED IN THE OFFCES OF INNOVATIVE LEASURE IN 2013 :



    King Krule 6 Feet Beneath The Moon "Easy Easy"
    "We've had this one in rotation since the day it was released. Crazy blend of Joe Strummer-like vocals with really cool production."




    Fuzz FUZZ "What's In My Head"
    "Ty Segall is a big office favorite. This is one of the heaviest albums of the year on some sludgey stoner-rock vibes."


    Arcade Fire Reflektor "Reflektor"
    "Even as one of the biggest bands in the world, they really keep it forward thinking on every release."


    Toro y Moi Anything In Return "So Many Details"
    "Chaz never disappoints. He took it to the next level with this album."


    Jessy Lanza Pull My Hair Back "Kathy Lee"
    "Hyperdub killed it with this release. Perfect soundtrack for a mellow hot-tub and wine night."

    Pubes / December 20, 2013
  • OBEY Record Check - EASYRIDER RECORDS

    We haven't done a record check in quite awhile and thought it would be a good time to bring it back. In this edition we're highlighting EasyRider Records. We we them to give us there favorite records of 2013. Make sure to check Easy Rider out and their picks too Support independent music!

    EasyRider Top Picks for 2013!  In no way at all is this a contest, these are all records that I came across this year that really inspired me as a person musically, intellectually, and emotionally at times.  Some of these releases ER put out, but every record I am listing here is stuff that I look at as a good body of work and contains no filler.  Of course EVERYTHING that ER put out this year is killer, so there are a bunch of records that are amazing that I am not going to post about,  Life is to short, so I digress.

    Hot Lunch - S/T
    Pretty much one of the best skate rock, punk (at times), garage, stoner rock, etc. of the year hands down.   This record sounds timeless to me, it got made this year but it doesn't matter, it would be relevant within the span of the last 40 years.  If you like rock music…you LOVE HOT LUNCH.  To Hot Lunch, thanks for making such a great record!  Don't Believe Me?  Just watch - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OA-6Yd-uEBo

    A$AP Rocky - Long Live A$AP
    I am a huge rap fan, early 90's rap is definitely a big part of my musical make up.  One of the things that I like about the 90's rap, there is full ALBUMS that play all the way through.  The thing that has turned me off about a lot of rap records, they are just a group of songs to support a single.  A lot of the time rap albums are good for 1 or 2 songs and the rest is garbage.  Long Live A$AP is a great listen all the way through.  It touches on a lot of different sounds, has some A list guests and good beats.  It's an exciting time with a lot of new emcees coming up, check for The Pro Era Crew, Danny Brown and Action Bronson all are solid.
    Here is the song that I like off the A$AP Record -
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nU4OIAYwo5g

    FUZZ - S/T
    This was one of the most talked about records amongst rock music fans in 2013.  Ty Segall and Charlie Moothart made a perfect record and I really don't see myself burning out on it anytime soon.  It spans rock, garage, psych, it's heavy, it's mellow, it's EXCELLENT.  EasyRider Records was fortunate enough to be able to put the release out on cassette courtesy of our good friends In The Red Records.  Buy the Tape Here!  Buy the Vinyl Here!
    You can stream the record in its entirety here, for now here is my favorite tune "The Preacher" -
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WLs2KkR7wvE

     

    Salem's Pot - Watch Me Kill You
    EasyRider Records spawned from this incredibly heavy spooky psych record from Sweden that I was turned onto by John of Granite House Records.  This record inspired me to start a label at which most would say is the wrong thing to do in 2013 with the state of the music industry.  Salem's Pot is HEAVY and it stands alone, the vocals, the melodies, the crazy guitar tones all of it.  I really had no intention of doing anything to the level that EasyRider Records has done up to this point and I still don't have any idea where it's going, but I do know that this is one of the most important records I have ever come in contact with in my life and I am thankful to have had the chance to have it come to me.
    http://api.soundcloud.com/playlists/4069791

    Earthless  - From the Ages
    Earthless play heavy instrumental psych pretty much as good as anyone and this year they came out of hibernation with From the Ages.  The record is flawless, it's a masterpiece.  Mario's drumming is superb, Mike's bass lines groove and go together with Rubalcaba's beats like peanut butter and jelly.  Isaiah Mitchell is at the helm with blistering guitar solos and leads the entire time, but don't be fooled this record has lots of great dynamics with breakdowns that ebbs and flows into pure psychedelic bliss.  Earthless are the kings of this genre, but there is a great thing happening down in San Diego and I look forward to hearing more from Harsh Toke, Sacrimonte, and Joy in 2014.
    Here is my favorite song from the album - Uluru Rock
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pHuoYAYhu10

     

    Check out all the good stuff EasyRider has to offer at the links below.

    Official Site - www.EasyRiderRecords.com

    Twitter – @EasyRiderRecord

    Facebook – www.facebook.com/easyriderrecords

    Instagram – @EasyRiderRecords

    Youtube - http://www.youtube.com/user/EasyRiderRecords

    SoundCloud - https://soundcloud.com/easyriderrecords/

     

    Pubes / December 12, 2013
  • SUICIDAL TENDENCIES TICKET GIVEAWAY!

    If you live in LA and want to see Suicidal Tendencies with Terror and Trash Talk on Dec 20, then it's your lucky day. We have 2 sets of tickets to give away to the show and this is your chance to win them. Email us at suicidaltickets@obeyclothing.com and tell us why you deserve the tickets. We'll choose our favorites and post them on the blog. Our top 2 favorites will get the tickets. Get creative and just a hint, we like funny stuff.

    Entry due by Dec 18 2pm PST
    Please do not enter if you can't make it to the show. The show is at the Henry Fonda Theatre in Hollywood.

    Goldenvoice Presents

    Suicidal Tendencies

    with TerrorTrash Talk, Sprung Monkey and The Inspector Cluzo

    Fri, Dec 20, 2013 - 7:00PM
    Win a pair of tickets to see Suicidal Tendencies LIVE at Fonda Theatre on Friday 12/20.
    #contest
    Show info and tickets available here: http://www.axs.com/events/245274


     

    Pubes / December 5, 2013
  • DENNIS MORRIS X SHEPARD FAIREY X SUBLIMINAL PROJECTS

    Here is an exclusive look at one of the new paintings featured in SID: Superman Is Dead, a collaborative exhibition between Dennis Morris and Shepard Fairey, at Subliminal Projects Opening December 13th.

    Opening Reception: Friday, December 13 from 8-11pm
    Special Opening Night Musical Performance by RITCHIE LOVE featuring: Steve Jones, Billy Idol, Clem Burke, and Leigh Gorman.
    ($10 suggested donation at the door)

     

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    Exhibition Dates: December 13 – January 11, 2014

    This exhibition will open at SUBLIMINAL PROJECTS on Friday the 13th and will feature collaborative paintings, prints and photographs by Shepard Fairey and British photographer Dennis Morris. An installation of a hotel room Sid destroyed after a night of drinks, drugs, and depression in 1977 will also be on view.

    The Sex Pistols changed my life when I discovered them in 1984. Their music alone made my arm hairs stand up, but their image and attitude were just as important and powerful. The member of the Sex Pistols  who I was drawn to and most epitomized the punk image for me was Sid Vicious, with his spiked hair, leather jacket, lock necklace, and reckless behavior. At 14 I was mesmerized by Sid and made my first home-made t-shirt of him snarling his lip defiantly. I was rebelling, looking for any way to irritate my parents and, before I knew better, Sid was my Superman. Sid self-destructed young and with punk’s slogans like “No Future” and “Live Fast, Die Young,” Sid was everything the Superman, anti-hero, or cliché, of a nihilistic movement called for. Sid didn’t really do much to shape punk music…he only actually played on two songs on Never Mind the Bollocks Here’s The Sex Pistols. However, Sid’s surly vocals kick ass on C’mon Everybody, Somethin’  Else, and My Way. Sid remains one of punk’s most enduring icons even if he is a classic example of style over substance. I was a sucker for Sid’s image as a teenager, and I still am, even though I see him as less “cool” and more tragic and cautionary these days. I have made many images of Sid over the years, and I thought I had retired him as a subject until Dennis Morris-the photographer of the most intimate and iconic shots of Sid-approached me about a collaboration. Dennis’s archive provided an amazing treasure trove of Sid images to work from in creating the paintings and prints in the “Superman Is Dead” show. I’m so glad I got to do Dennis’s Sid images “My Way”! I can now retire Sid as a subject. I’ve worked with the best, I can skip the rest.     - Shepard Fairey

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    Working from the title, S.I.D (Superman is Dead), these photographs sum up/represent the image Sid portrayed of himself to the public. He was hero, villain, fearless, innocent and like a supernova, he shone bright, lived fast, died young. Punk needed a hero, Sid became that hero / anti-hero. The idea for the exhibition came from a mutual admiration and respect of each other’s work (for Shepard and I). When Shepard and I eventually met, the exhibition was born on that first meeting. It had to happen. And a happening it will be! – Dennis Morris

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    Pubes / December 3, 2013
  • SHEPARD FAIREY X RED DOG X GLEN E FRIEDMAN X COLLAB SKATE DECKS

    Almost 30 years ago I started skateboarding and listening to punk rock. I’m not sure when I first heard or read the name Jim Muir, but I knew the name of Dogtown, the skateboard company he founded, from shortly after I began skateboarding. Dogtown had pioneered the wide skateboard and was highly respected by all the O.G.’s. In 1984, I also began listening to Suicidal Tendencies, fronted by Jim’s brother Mike, and managed by photographer Glen E. Friedman. I was stoked to discover that Jim and Mike were at the forefront of skateboarding and punk, the two subcultures that changed my life. I have been a Dogtown fan for a long time. I vividly remember the Muir brothers featured together in Thrasher. I rode several Dogtown boards in the 80′s… Scott Oster, Mick Alba, and Eric Dressen. I loved the Dogtown graphics by Wes Humpston and their cross logo. I made a paper-cut stencil Dogtown tee shirt when I was a freshman at art school. At my first Action Sports Retail Trade show in 1995, my booth was right next to Dogtown’s booth and Jim Muir was there. I was too intimidated to say hello, but I hoped he noticed my designs. I later made OBEY tribute graphics to several of my favorite old school skate graphics and the Dogtown Bulldog art was one of the logos I remixed.

    Even though I worked on the soundtrack design for the documentary Dogtown and Z-Boys, and we have several friends in common, I did not meet Jim Muir until after he broke his neck surfing in 2009. My friend Glen E. Friedman let me know about Jim’s accident and asked if I’d collaborate with him on a portrait of Jim to raise money for his medical expenses. I was happy to help out a skate icon in need and do another collaboration with Glen. I was very familiar with Glen’s photos of Jim and I knew I could make a cool illustration from the Endless Wave 1977 shot. The prints sold out right away and Jim stopped by my studio to say thanks and hello. I got along with Jim right away and we had a bunch of shared interests in music and art. Jim even mentioned my ASR booth from ’95 and I felt like an idiot for being scared to talk to him. Jim and I kept in touch and one day he let me know that he’d found the actual hand-made board that he was riding in the Friedman shot from ’77. He used it as a template and made some new boards the same way he made them in ’77. He asked if I’d be interested in putting the art I’d made based on Glen’s photo on a run of the boards. Of course, I loved the idea of having the boards come full circle after 36 years! Jim did an amazing job selecting the wood, building the shapes, airbrushing, hand screening, and lacquering the boards. The boards are all signed by Jim, Glen, and me. I’m very proud to be part of this project and grateful to Jim for his hard work.
    -Shepard

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    On March 09, 2009 I broke my neck surfing at Westwards Zuma Beach. Shortly thereafter the Skate and Art communities began to organize a benefit for me. Glen E. Friedman called to say that Shepard Fairey was going to create a limited edition poster stylizing one of Glen’s photographs of me. The image was a Frontside Air at the Endless Wave Skate Park in Oxnard, CA in 1977. When the posters came out I framed one and hung it in my office. While looking at the poster one day I began to reminisce about the significance of the board I was riding. I thought to myself that Shepard’s artwork would fit nicely on that board shape.

    Starting in 1976 these boards were handmade by Wes Humpston and me. Wes would illustrate the boards with Marks-a-Lot pens making each board a unique art piece. The board from Glen’s photo was one of the last handmade boards I rode. The shape evolved into the original Jim Muir “Red Dog Design” production board when Dogtown Skateboards debuted in 1978. The original 1978 “Red Dog Design” shape and graphic are still available today.

    About a year and a half ago I made a sample run of 14 handmade replica “1977” backyard pool boards. I showed the boards to Shepard and suggested that he resize the poster art to the shape of the “1977” board for collaboration. Shepard agreed and I made a sample run of the 14 boards with the screen printed first generation art. When we showed Glen the work samples he added his input and Shepard finalized the second generation art which I then screen printed on this limited edition collaboration. During the production of the 14 artist samples, the “1977” board I rode in Glen’s photo resurfaced and was given the name “The Lost Board”.

    Here are the details of the collaboration run. All the boards are handmade, true to detail of the 1977 “Lost Board”, silk screened and finished by me. All of the boards are signed and numbered by Shepard Fairey, Glen E. Friedman, and me.
    -Jim “Red Dog” Muir
    Dogtownskate.com

    Here is the breakdown:

    On November 21st at 10am PST, a Limited Release of 75 Natural Maple Boards (Edition of 90) and 75 Custom Airbrushed Color Fade Boards (Edition of 90) will be on sale at OBEYGIANT.com.  All boards are HANDMADE, SHAPED, and SCREEN PRINTED by Jim Muir.  Signed and Numbered by Shepard Fairey, Glen E. Friedman, and Jim “Red Dog” Muir.

    Natural Maple Boards – $175 each
    Custom Airbrushed Color Fade Maple Boards – $250 each

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    Jim-Muir-skateboard_Nat-closeup-nose

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    Nat_Back

    Maple

    ColorFade

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    Pubes / November 18, 2013
  • JIM HOUSER VIDEO

    Check out this cool video by osbx films on a friend of OBEY, Jim Houser. Always holding down Philly to the fullest and the king of the Wallabee!

    Alter Street: Jim Houser from osbx films on Vimeo.

    Pubes / November 14, 2013
  • Return of the Gaslamp Killer!

    THE GASLAMP KILLER EXPERIENCE + Special Guest Performances

    November 7th, 2013
    At The Mayan Theatre [1038 S. Hill St., Los Angeles CA 90015]
    18+, Doors Open at 7pm
    Admission is Free, Any Donation is Welcome

    This past July, our great friend The Gaslamp Killer had a near-death accident that resulted in an emergency surgery, and not being able to tour during the busy Summer 2013 Festival season. As an independent artist, you rely on traveling the world and booking shows. In the spirit of community, we have teamed up with Art Don't Sleep and Hit+Run to bring you this event to help GLK eliminate his medical bills. Los Angeles, Stand UP!

     

    Exclusively on www.thegaslampkiller.com, we've donated some shirts in celebration of The Gaslamp Killer's new mix tape, "Lavendar AM" which is a lot different from our "OBEY Records: I Spit on Your Grave" mix tape released in 2008.
    Please support and buy it HERE.

    Or you can directly donate to The Gaslamp Killer's Paypal account HERE.

    Read the LA Weekly article about GLK's accident HERE.

    Pubes / October 30, 2013
  • NEW “WE ARE STILL HERE” MURAL IN DOWNTOWN LA

    I met Stephen Zeigler at my friend Stuart Noble’s memorial and he mentioned that he was working on a project to turn Indian Alley in downtown LA into a series of interlaced murals focusing on human rights and Native issues. He knew I had done some work for the American Indian Movement and the Honor The Treaties initiative, and asked if I’d be interested in painting a mural in the alley of the “We Are Still Here” piece I collaborated with Aaron Huey on. I was enthusiastic about doing it because I love the image and I am focusing on the Honor The Treaties initiative with my Obey Awareness Program this season through Obey Clothing. All profits from the T-shirts go to support Native art and awareness initiatives. Check it out at http://www.obeyclothing.com/awareness/honor-the-treaties/

    The crew and I headed out at 9AM Fri. and it was already 91 degrees when I looked at my car thermometer. The heat and the fact that I’d never done a multi-layered stencil with color fades in every layer made the project a little stressful, but it came together well. Wild Life painted some great faux bricks around the piece to reinforce the feeling of eroding history. Thanks to Dan, Nic, Z, and Rob for helping execute, and to Brent Broza and Stephen Zeigler for shooting photos. Visit http://www.honorthetreaties.org to see how the project is working and check out the Native artists the T-shirt funds will support. There has been a smattering of negative feedback about my work in Indian Alley because I’m white and not Native, but I’m only trying to support something I believe in. Also… Jaque Fragua who is very talented, and ethically qualified as Native, will be painting a mural there. My goal is to bring people together, so F#@K the divisive politics! Thanks for caring.

    -Shepard


     

    Pubes / September 6, 2013
  • RELIEF SKATE SUPPLY-FLORIDA, OBEY SHOP SPOTLIGHT

    This week for our OBEY shop Highlight we wanted to highlight skate enthusiest Daniel Johnston's shop in Downton Panama City, Florida. Check out his rad spot RELIEF SKATE SUPPLY next time you're in  the area.

    RELIEF SKATE SUPPLY

    133 Harison Ave.

    Panama City, FL 32401

    Daniel's History in skateboarding and supporting skateboarders in Panama City Florida dates back to his youth. He was quoted to be "That totally cool little kid coming out to the demo's and contests wanting autographs and to hang out with the older dudes." He's since grown up and applied his love of skating and skate culture to his shop.

    Relief has a great team of riders and photographers working with them such as Ant Spears and Kevin Wilson

    We asked Daniel Johnston a few questions about his shop and his history in skateboarding:

    1) Can you give us a little background on Relief and how it started? Why you picked your location? How did you get into the skate/clothing game? : Just being a skate rat and trying not to grow up yet. I've been in the skate game for a while now. Always been a skater and I was previously involved with another shop here in Panama City for over 10 years. I was co-owner and it was time to move on and do it solo. The name of the shop "Relief" kind of came from that situation. The location of the store is on main street in Historic Downtown Panama City, Fl. It's actually where I stated skating over 20 years ago. Downtown has a lot of character and a unique personality. I'd rather be in this area than the mall or a strip mall. We can basically do what we want and not be told what to do. None of the mall regulations.

    2) Talk about you and your family. What your wife does and how her shop is down the street? : Being downtown is also perfect because my family and I actually live in a neighborhood a few blocks away. Plus my wife also owns a salon called "Hue Boutique and Salon" which is also downtown a block away from me.

    3) Little history on Panama City? Talk about the history of your building and what it was in the past, your skate background and Panama City history a little bit? : Our building is one of the most original buildings in all of downtown Panama City. It was originally a hardware/army surplus store from the 1930's and there's some crazy story that the owner at the time was murdered in the ally behind the building over some backwoods racist stuff that was going on. We still use the original shelves that were in here since the beginning, and we have the original hardwood floors that creek because we also have a basement. We were able to incorporate the buildings originality to our overall theme of our shop layout, and it fits perfectly.

    All shop photos were shot by The Kelly's

    Pubes / September 3, 2013

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