I was first made aware of the West Memphis Three murder case through Henry Rollins’ Rise Above fundraiser CD. I knew wrongful conviction of three teenage boys who wore black was a cause worth learning more about because Rollins is always on the side of due diligence and justice. When I watched the Paradise Lost documentary I was convinced that Damien Echols and his co-defendants were innocent. I donated art to a fundraiser designed to fund DNA tests that could prove their innocence (or confirm their guilt). The evidence in the case had been mishandled and the West Memphis police were reluctant to cooperate and denied the case had been mishandled. DNA evidence finally exonerated the West Memphis Three after 18 years in prison. I can’t imagine losing 18 years in jail for a false conviction, but the West Memphis Three might still be in prison if it were not for the consistent pressure by diligent truth seekers like Henry Rollins and many others. I was incredibly honored to be able to help design the cover for Damien Echols’ book “Life After Death” along with my co-worker Casey Ryder. Check out the book to hear the compelling story from Damien Echols’ perspective.
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It's time to introduce our Summer Artist Series with New York based artist Jason Woodside. We catch up with Jason to discuss his collaboration with OBEY. Jason uses a lot of color and color blocking to transfer street shots of Shepard's art into works of their own. Lots of puuuurty colors for the summer time. Check the video out below about the project.Pubes / April 30, 2013
THIS LosAngeles Gallery in Highland Park was founded in 2010 by 4 artists, Aaron Farley, Claire and Jeremy Weiss and Justin Van Hoy. Over the past few years they have hosted a slew of shows by everyone from Travis Millard, Thom Lesner, Bill McRight, Sage Vaughn, Michael Hsiung, and a grip of others. Every year they have hosted a group show called These Friends, possibly the highlight of the year, as you would run into so many old friends and deviants. Tomorrow night marks the end of the gallery with These Friends 4.
As some of you might know, our good friend and one of the gallery founders, Justin Van Hoy passed away earlier this year. He was such an integral part to the gallery and keeping everything going. For Justin's service Shepard created an illustration of the man himself to remember him by. After discussion amongst the crew here and with Justin's widow we decided to run some shirts to have at the show tomorrow night. If you live in the area definitely come by. The offices behind the gallery have been removed, allowing about 3 times more gallery hang space. This should turn out to be a pretty epic send off.Pubes / April 25, 2013
This week for our OBEY Shop Highlight we take it to Boston to highlight another great shop doing it their own way. Check out BODEGA next time you're in Bean Town.
6 Clearway St
Boston, MA 02115
Hidden within a secret passage of a dusty unmarked convenience store in Boston lies one of the most talked about retail and design concepts on the planet. Bodega is not advertised, and one would never accidentally stumble upon it, yet its tightly curated shelves sell out weekly and the crew's own design projects create campouts in cities around the world and bidding wars for knockoffs online.
Founded in 2006 by a DJ, a painter, and a ceramics artist, Bodega became an urban legend before their doors even opened. Industry buzz was hitting a fever pitch upon the opening for the Boston retail space, while design projects for the crew started queuing up. Bodega’s prominence quickly solidified with their debut, earning accolades from GQ, Complex, Vogue, the New York Times and countless other publications. All the while, the shop remained entirely hidden with no advertisement and no active PR. The weight of the shop’s experience, the strength of Bodega’s design work, and the progressive direction of product made this neighborhood store a global phenomenon.
All this serves well to get throngs of people into the store, but the question still arises of how to keep them coming back: selecting highly coveted collections, scouring the earth for quality over hype, designing surgically precise projects for the likes of Nike and Adidas, among numerous others. In 2009, Bodega established a nearby art space – Fourth Wall Project. Fourth Wall is dedicated to nurturing local DIY arts as well as presenting exhibitions from international artists. The space has been garnering the attention of the cultural masses, having recently won "Best of Boston" in the Gallery category of local publication Improper Bostonian.
Oliver Mak, one of the founders of Bodega, answers some questions for us.
1) What are you guys into right now? Music? Movies? Clothing? Design? Anything?
There's so much coming out for art and music that it's hard to sift through and find the gems. For music, a bunch of my friends keep popping up in my ear drums and on stage. The Whiskey Barons, Soul Clap, DJ Kon, and Durkin have been putting out great edits and remixes. For bands, Twin Shadow, Creaturos, Skaters, and Quilt are creating wonderful pop, rock n roll & psych(respectively).
Other items of note:
For better or worse, I recently got back into the surreal films of Alejandro Jodorowski which led to a rewatching of David Lynch's Blue Velvet, which subsequently lead to reading two collections of essays by David Foster Wallace.
We picked up this interesting line of accessories from George Frost that flips the best elements of 20th century US Military vintage.
Been into this zine - No Thoughts.
Courtney Moy is a great print maker. We both like Lucky Peach magazine
2) What does Boston represent to you?It's the intellectual capital of the country and an international hub as a result, but DIY punk rock graffiti culture stays super underground. There's been a well publicized crack down on basement shows and alternative venues lately. Boston is a continual struggle of the underground fighting to exist. We had to go as far as opening up our own shop and our own art gallery to help turn the tide.
3) What is your favorite place to travel?
Lake Umbagog in Maine. You rent a remote camp site, fill up a canoe with supplies and go off the grid for a couple days of fishing and floating under a big sky. Montana is great as well.
4) Favorite City?
Barcelona got dat funk. NYC got dat funk.
Friendly Toast in Portsmouth NH. It's a museum of bad art and kitsch with home made bread, and is open 24 hours on the weekends.
6) How you got into the clothing game?
A combination of playing in bands in high school, traveling, and meeting the right people through DJing and art.
Pubes / April 23, 2013
Last Thursday night, the OBEY posse cut loose in NYC at Happy Bones for the release of our Summer 2013 Artist Series with Jason Woodside. The party ended a little earlier than expected when the cops broke it up, but over 20 cases of PBR were consumed within an hour and a half. Nice job New York! Some photos from the party are below, thanks to everyone who came out. Stay tuned in the coming weeks for the full release of the artist series.
East Coast rep Nick Lhotsky and DJ Japancakes catching up with artist Jason Woodside
Beer is fine but liquor is quicker..
A young Kevin Smith? When's the next Jay and Silent Bob movie?
Thanks to the Happy Bones staff for letting us invade your personal space and Pabst Blue Ribbon for keeping our whistles wet. Check out a sneak peek of some images from the series behind them.
A picture of a projection of a video about the project coming soon... so post modern
Professional male model, Walker, classing it up with his girlfriend and the ladies of OBEY Marketing
Beer revolution, Jason don't fall!Pubes / April 15, 2013
We're hitting the road next week for NY. We will be launching our Summer artist series with Jason Woodside at Happy Bones in Manhattan. Free T's from the project will be given out at the event while supplies last. Stop on by and say hello.
HAPPY BONES NYC
7 BOND STREET
NEW YORK, NY 10012
Thursday, April 11
8-11pmPubes / April 3, 2013
We wanted to take some time to highlight some of the great shops out there that have supported OBEY for so long and are doing interesting things in their parts of the country or the world. There are great independent retailers out there, many of which are cultivating trends before they hit the larger market. It's so important for our brand and our retailers to constantly be evolving. We all have so much love for the industry we work in and the common goal of pushing the industry forward. Enough jibba jabba, today's spotlight is on NEED SUPPLY CO in Richmond, VA.
A little History on Need Supply Co:
Chris Bossola opened in 1996, selling a unique collection of vintage pieces. As a Richmond based boutique we incorporate the culture and style of the city into our mix and attitude. Over the past decade our selection has evolved to become a well-edited assortment of contemporary designers and independent labels from the U.S. and abroad.
address: 3100 West Cary Street
Richmond, Virginia 23221
They have sold OBEY for the past 8 years continuing to grow the business together and always pulling from the more fashion side of the collection.
Interview with Gabriel Ricioppo, Creative Director of Need Supply Co.~
What are you into right now? Music? Movies? Clothing? Design? Anything?
Finishing the spring edition of Human Being Journal, our bi-annual in house magazine. It's a pretty good follow up to our first one, and has amounted to a sizable undertaking. We've pushed the page count, features and anything else we could think of. Design is always on my mind, so much that I don't sleep well anymore, but I like to think it's a side affect of caring too much. The only time I watch movies now are when I’m flying. We do a lot of traveling this time of year, and I was fortunate to get abroad a couple of times. Although it’s exciting that it was filmed in Richmond, I don’t recommend watching “Lincoln” on a plane; The lighting is too dark and put me to sleep. We featured Kai Neville in this journal, so I watched all of his surf videos and worked on interesting interview questions. Judging by the soundtrack of his movies, I would say he has great taste in music and would let him make a playlist for me any time.
How is Richmond in the Spring?
It's the best time of year here. Richmond is a small city, very manageable on a bike, so you can really take advantage of the great weather. The whole place comes to life when it gets warm and everything is in bloom. We just installed a skylight in the studio, so hopefully I can see the great weather I'll be missing while I’m at work.
What is your favorite place to travel?
My mother lives in Holland and I've been several times over the last twenty years. It's always a fun visit and feels like a second home, in some odd way. Plus the fries are some of the best. They put odd sauces on them and I kind of like that.
I think NYC is one of the best in the world. I've been there more than anywhere else, so my vague knowledge of the city is probably better than any other place I've been. A side note would be Copenhagen. My wife and I were there in January for their fashion week, and it's a great city, although everyone said we have to come back in the summer. I can't argue with that, and it's a good excuse to go back.
I have a few places in town I really like and a few spots around the world I would return to, given the opportunity. It's a hard one to answer because so much of a great meal is dependent on the company and experience. I love sharing a meal with good friends, it's something I often go on about. A very basic experience, but a necessity for everyone. If you're ever in Richmond you should try Mamma Zu, they do incredibly authentic Italian in a very unassuming space. Or you can always just walk around the corner from our store and eat a great burger and fries at Can Can. They also have some nice things to wash it down.Pubes / March 27, 2013
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We might not be having our big Sample Sale at our warehouse this year but if you're in the area check out this sale for super duper steaming OBEY deals.Pubes / December 13, 2012
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Friends of OBEY Clothing,
We are so sorry to announce that we will not be having our annual holiday warehouse sale. We love these sales just as much as all of you do, because it is a great time to meet everyone, and give great deals to the people that have helped make OBEY.
There are many reasons why we have had to cancel the sale this month, including inventory levels too low to even accommodate our warehouse sale customers. Fortunately we are planning on having another sale sometime between April and June, and we will try to notify all of you well in advance of that sale date.
We want to thank you all for helping OBEY throughout the years. We look forward to seeing all of you at next sale and the insanity that will undoubtedly ensue.
Now go out there and enjoy those holidays-
The OBEY PossePubes / December 6, 2012
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Here's a little treat for all our Swiss family. Tomorrow in Zurich, Switzerland we have a Pop-Up shop opening. We'll be featuring our Holiday 12 collection (along with other special pieces not available in Europe). Notice the art on the flyer, kinda dope, right? For those that don't know the reference, it's a Swiss original art style called "Scherenschnitted" similar to creating stencils or rubylith. We're also offering exclusive tees for the pop-up launch, available at the pop-up shop, or if you're lucky, we're offering a small batch in our Online store HERE.
The Pop-Up will be open from October 12 - November 24, 2012.Location - Zurich, SwitzerlandIdaplatz 2 8003 Zurich CH
Pubes / October 11, 2012
Shepard brings along friend and collaborator Z-Trip to supply the soundtrack to the artwork at the Opening of Sound & Vision at StolenSpace Gallery on October 19th.
We are pleased to announce an incredible collaboration between Shepard and Z-Trip for the London, Sound & Vision, exhibition. In Shepard’s vision art and music are kindred spirits, and as the work began to develop, Fairey reached out to producer and DJ, Z-Trip to create a soundtrack that embodies the spirit of the show. Z-Trip went to work immediately to produce something worthy of Fairey’s vision. Z-Trip expresses “Shepard does visually what I do musically. We have many of the same influences, it made perfect sense for us to collaborate on Sound & Vision, I was honored to do it.” Be sure to mark your calendars and be one of the lucky to experience this art and music phenomenon.
SOUND & VISION
Artwork by SHEPARD FAIREY
Friday, October 19th from 7 – 10pm
RVSP REQUIRED: email – email@example.com
19th October – 4th November 2012
The Old Truman Brewery
91 Brick Lane
London E1 6QL
stolenspace.comPubes / October 10, 2012
If you're in the LA area we'll be down at the Connected Fashion Festival peddling some goods. That's right, it's an old fashioned sample sale. Hope to see you there.
Connected Fashion Festival
Saturday, September 15 at 11:00am
850 S. Hope St Los Angeles CA 90014Pubes / September 10, 2012