“The Clash are my all-time favourite band and their frontman, Joe Strummer, is a hero of mine for his music, lyrics, wit, compassion for the underdog, and stance against injustice. Joe’s widow, Lucinda, approached me about creating an image of Joe to help raise funds for Strummerville the charity set up to honour and fulfil Joe’s belief that music can inspire and empower. Strummerville provides opportunities for musicians around the globe. I was incredibly honoured that Lucinda asked me to be involved and I was moved when she shared her opinion that Joe and I have similar philosophies. The print is a collaboration with photographer Kate Simon who shot the first Clash cover. Please check out what Strummerville is about and show your support! Thanks for caring.” - Shepard Fairey
Set up by the friends and family of Joe Strummer in the year after his death the charity seek to reflect Joe’s unique contribution to the music world by giving opportunities to aspiring musicians and support to projects that create social mobility through music.
Stummerville reaches out to music projects around the globe such as WAYout Project in Sierra Leone. They also work with bands and musicians here in the UK to help get their music recorded and provide a platform for them to showcase their music.
Recent projects have been to install a recording studio and provide instruments and training to WAYout project in Sierra Leone, set up a music room in Tilinanu, Malawi as well as rehearsal rooms in Belfast and London with more planned.
Socks. The great unifier. The garment that binds. Whether you’re classy gentlefolk, scuzzy punks, beach loiterers, or something completely unclassifiable – we all wear socks right?
This season we’ve upped our sock game once more; we’re fully stocked and we’ve got socks for days. We’ve introduced the Ace Sock – a subtle cream number with three colourways of stripe; they all feature the OBEY script logo on the ankle under the jacquard stripes. We’ve also introduced the tie dyed Aquarius Sock and ethnic striped Temple Sock that boast patterns worthy of a healthy turn-up on your denim. You can also find updated colourways of our classic gym-style Cooper Sock; these sporty tube socks come in a variety of colourways to complement your kicks.
As a great philosopher once said: “It doesn’t matter if it is good – it only matters if it rocks. The main thing that we do is to rock your socks off.” – Tenacious D
LIBRARY FOUNDATION OF LOS ANGELES 6TH ANNUAL TOAST RECAP
Check out the artwork Shepard Fairey created to raise funds for the Library Foundation Of Los Angeles. Here’s what he had to say about it:
“My wife Amanda and I believe in the value of libraries to provide resources for the public, especially those who can’t afford decent computers or an extensive book collection. When I was younger I did most of my research for art and design at the library. The LA Public Library system also has great tutoring and summer reading programs that are free to the public and a needed supplement to our underfunded school system. We have worked with the Library Foundation of Los Angeles to raise money for their programs for the last 3 years. This year’s event was a blast with a great group of people.” – Shepard Fairey
Shepard Fairey x OFF!
“It makes me very happy when art, music and politics come together. I was first moved by the powerful combination of those elements on the “Let Them Eat Jellybeans” hardcore compilation with music by Black Flag, Bad Brains, The Dead Kennedys, and the Circle Jerks with art by Winston Smith. The Circle Jerks soon became a favourite of mine and I found out that their vocalist, Keith Morris, had been the first singer of Black Flag. I saw the Circle Jerks many times over the years in S. Carolina, Rhode Island, and LA. A few years ago Keith formed a new band – OFF! with guys from other bands I like including The Burning Brides, Red Kross, and The Blackheart Procession. OFF! totally rock and have a killer vintage hardcore sound but they still sound fresh. I was incredibly honoured that, after visiting my studio, Keith and Dimitri from OFF! suggested that we collaborate on a 7″ where they’d write a song inspired by my art. I was blown away by the idea but instead they ended up writing the song inspired by the themes in my art first and then I created the art to fit the song! The result is the Learn To Obey 45 that comes out on Record Store Day. I’m also doing a poster that will come out around the same time. I love the way the music turned out and I’m proud to have my art associated with OFF! especially since art genius Raymond Pettibon, one of my favorites, usually does the art for OFF! I kept my approach to the art reverent to Pettibon but irreverent to greed. Read more and hear the song here.” – Shepard Fairey
A TALK WITH MOBY AND SHEPARD FAIREY AT PROJECT GALLERY
“Moby and I have become friends over the last few years and I was honoured that he invited me to join in him in a discussion about art and music at the Project Gallery where his “Innocents” photography is showcased. Our mutual friend, writer Shana Nys Dambrot, moderated our discussion and asked great questions about the cross-pollination of art and music, inspiration, punk, process, etc… Check out Moby’s show before it closes if you are in LA.” – Shepard Fairey
Since 1989, the Obey street art campaign has become an important urban phenomenon, subconsciously touching those well aware of their environment. Through the vision of Shepard Fairey, Obey has evolved into one of the most controversial yet influential symbols of the 21st century. Derived from Andre the Giant, a pop-culture athlete in the eighties, the Obey icon has been bombed in developed and rural cities around the world. Its ambiguous idea immediately sparks philosophical discussion and ultimately motivates the inner-person through active participation.
With the help of Mike Ternosky and Erin Wignall, Obey Clothing continues to spread Shepard Fairey's message through Men's and Women's sportswear fashion and one-of-a-kind accessories. Every Obey Clothing designed piece is cleverly thought out, attracting people of all genres and ages, reminding them of the days when "style" was a one syllable word. Men's and Women's Obey T's, sweats, knits, Obey denim, belts, wallets and military inspired jackets and caps are all examples of what we are known for. Season after season, Obey Clothing has progressed into a brand that holds a huge amount of content and depth. To find a Men's or Women's store where you can buy Obey Clothing, click on the UK Stockists section on the menu bar.
The Obey campaign can be explained as an experiment in Phenomenology.
The first aim of Phenomenology is to reawaken a sense of wonder about one's environment.
The Obey campaign attempts to stimulate curiosity and bring people to question both the campaign and their relationship with their surroundings.
Because people are not used to seeing advertisements or propaganda for which the motive is not obvious, frequent and novel encounters with Obey propaganda provoke thought and possible frustration, never the less revitalizing the viewer's perception and attention to detail.