Archive for February, 2008

ART // POLITICS // SHEPARD FAIREY THROWS DOWN FOR OBAMA

February 29, 2008

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Street art superstar Shepard Fairey continued his politikin’ pilgrimage by going big for Barack Obama when he unveiled a billboard yesterday on the Obama campaign headquarters in Los Angeles. Previous to this recent display, on Jan. 25th, Shep stated on his website, “I believe with great conviction that Barack Obama should be the next President. I have been paying close attention to him since the Democratic convention in 2004. I feel that he is more a statesman than a politician.” He paired this declaration with the release of campaign posters designed by the artist himself adorned with the words “Hope” and “Progress”. Shortly after the release of the posters, Fairey combined forces with The 008 and Upper Playground to create t-shirts mirroring the campaign posters. A statement on Upper Playground’s website said “We at Upper Playground are pleased to announce our support of Barack Obama in 2008. For too long we have been plagued by mediocrity and incompetence at the Executive level. As an international company, we feel that it is time to support a candidate that truly embodies the American spirit in both his campaign and his ideologies. We believe that Barack Obama is that candidate.” On Feb. 25th, 1,000 t-shirts and over 10,000 posters were sent to Obama supporters in Ohio and Texas to promote Obama’s candidacy in their upcoming primaries. Shepard Fairey and Upper Playground are releasing the same t-shirts at the Upper Playground stores and through www.UpperPlayground.com. All proceeds from the sales of the collaborative Obama shirt will go to creating more campaign t-shirts, posters and stickers by Shep along with other artists in support of Obama’s run for President. The t-shirts will be ready for purchase on February 27th. To see what the campaign posters looks like, click that link right HERE: (more…)

FASHION // THE RETURN

February 28, 2008

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So in the new streetwear world of re-producing every single throwback and capitalizing on everything from the late 80’s and early 90’s enough to make you vomit neon, Reebok pulled out all the stops with re-introducing….(drum roll)…THE PUMP! At first, I was getting ready to let the jaded streetwearer lingo fly and tear into this release with pure fury when something happened. I remembered that first day. That first day which which birthed the habit that has been turning off women since grade school…collecting sneakers. I remembered that historic morning when I walked into class and officially became the first kid in my school to have Pumps. That’s right Mike Martinez, it was me and not you, you were one week too late sucka. They where white, neon yellow with black trim, fresh twisted leather detail on the sides and the envy of every kid in school. At lunch, kids took turns pumping the shoe and pressing the release to hear that sweet sound of psssssssssssssssss. It was pure bliss. I never realized that this shoe was the one that started it all. Sure, a few years went by and there was a shameful Birkenstock phase, but it all comes back to one shoe, The Pump. So I shall let this one pass without drinking a full cup of haterade. I’m still not going to buy them, but it shall pass. Shit…on second thought, I’ll probably buy them. Nostaligia is a mother fucker. To see the rest of the designs, click that link right HERE: (more…)

COLLABO // THE CROWN JEWEL OF HIPSTER ROYALTY

February 27, 2008

fuji-obey-fixed-gear.jpgStreet Art legend Shepard Fairey teamed up with Fuji bikes to make hipsters everywhere wet themselves in spasmodic glee with the release of this fixed gear bike. The OBEY x FUJI bike carries a hefty price-tag of $1,500 and the fact that it’s also a limited edition, Deviant Decorum predicts that hipster’s everywhere will be waiting anxiously at the ATM for their parent’s bank deposit to post so they can snatch one before they’re gone. Oh, wait…they’re already sold out. Our advice, start being “over it” right now while people are still hyped about this thing, you’ll score some major points from the other kids who were also left out and who knows, Banksy could still drop a limited edition Razor Scooter next month. To see some more pictures of the bike, click that link right HERE: (more…)

NYC // NUTHIN’ BUT A G’THANG BAAABY // DRE DAY 2008

February 25, 2008

20080218_5763_medium1.jpgWhen a transplant from the WestSIIIIIIIIIIIIIIDE, resides in the rap song dominated city of Brooklyn, it’s always a rare to get a chance to celebrate the Left Coast Hip-Hop roots. Deviant Decorum was out in full effect for the Dre Day Party at 205 Club on Monday night for an ear full of that good ol’ West Coast gangsta rap. With a plethora of people throwing “W’s” and 40’s of Colt 45 being raised and poured out for the homies I had to click the heels of my dunks together three times and say “There’s no place like home, there’s no place like home, there’s no place like home.” A surprising amount of West Coast heads were in the building properly cueing the crowds to truly “gangsta” songs with approving OOOOOHHHHHHHH’s and teaching people how to correctly cross their fingers to make a W. I also learned something very important about myself that night, beyond the tidbits of trivia during the $20 Sack Pyramid contest, I learned that I fucking love hipster girls who know the lyrics to Eazy E songs. Fucking love them. Pictures “courtesy of” aka “pulled of the website of” Nicky Digital. To peep some more pics of the party, click that link right HERE: (more…)

ART // THE BEST GALLERY SHOW YOU ALREADY MISSED

February 25, 2008

White Walls Gallery gave FIFTY24SF a run for their proverbial urban art cash flow and put their foot down in the Bay Area art scene with a collab show between Deviant Decorum’s own hometown boy Mike Giant and another D.D. favorite, Usugrow. With the heavy graf and tattoo influences already present in their work and Mike’s upbringing in the southwest mixing with Usugrow’s Japanese roots, the artists black and white styles seamlessly melded together to create one of the best shows we missed this year. Damn. To see some more pics of their work, click that link right HERE: (more…)

ART & FASHION // PRADA AND JAMES JEAN COLLABERATION

February 25, 2008
Art superstar James Jean teamed up with fashion powerhouse Prada to create something that is definitely worth a few mentions. Jean’s art not only inspired the new line for Prada but the flagship stores in NYC and LA got a facelift to unveil the new collaboration. The interior decor of the shops were transformed by the artist to reflect the wonderland that inspired Prada’s uber-colorful release. Prada also commissioned Jean to create an animated film, Trembled Blossoms, to reflect the idea behind the collaboration with music by Deviant Decorum’s fellow high school alumni’s CoCoRosie. To see the full spread of pics from this release, click that link right HERE:

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