Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Shepard Fairey Inspires

I remember the first time ever seeing a bit of creative work from Shepard Fairey. I was snowboarding in Tahoe in the mid 90's and saw the Andre The Giant Has a Posse sticker on a chairlift pole. I recall being confused and intrigued all at the same time. What did it mean? Was it a gang? Did he really weigh 520 lbs? Since that day I have come to know what an amazing street artist Shepard Fairey really is.

Recently we have seen more and more Shepard Fairey artwork popping up in the coolest places around town. The Urban Outfitters in Hillcrest is graced with his work right now. The Hillcrest Mural was commissioned by MCASD and is a part of the Viva La RevoluciĆ³n: A Dialogue With The Urban Landscape exhibit.

Photo: MCASD

This amazing wall piece was put up on the corner of 30th & Ivy in South Park. We stopped by and saw Shepard doing his thing in person. Check out the Burmese Monk Mural.

Photo: San Diego Reader

We recently bought this print that was made for the movie 180° South. This poster is at the forefront of a grassroots effort to stop the construction of five hydroelectric dams in Patagonia. It is signed by both Shepard as well as Patagonia owner and environmentalist, Yvon Chouinard.

This limited edition Woody Guthrie print was put on sale 6 days ago and sold out immediately. Total bummer, because we need to have it. Woody Guthrie is a legend as was the hero of Bob Dylan. We'll will be keeping our eyes out for this print.

Not only is the creative mastermind behind Obey Giant incredibly talented, but we can definitely get behind the philanthropic messages he illustrates through his work. We're excited to see the art of Shepard Fairy's lending some creativity to the city streets of San Diego!