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ART & POLITICS // THE SHEPARD FAIREY UPDATE HOUR

January 13, 2009

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Some of this you may know and some may not, but Shep has been busy for the last couple of months, so we thought we’d bring you up to date on what’s going on.  Maybe each month we’ll have a Shepard Fairey update hour, where we’ll all sit around on a carpet with snacks and speak of wheat pastes and politics.  But for now….away we go.  First off, you saw the Time cover he did right?  Yup, Time Magazine tapped Shepard to design an image of this historic campaign to grace their cover for their Person of the Year issue.

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Second, the National Portrait Gallery at the Smithsonian has acquired the above piece to be a part of their permanent collection.  Can you believe that shit?  The Smithsonian caught some street art as the first image of the new president in their collection.  Shep is going to have to buy a bow tie and one of the jackets with leather elbow pads to fit in with the new crew.

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Nope.  Fuck the elbow pads and bow tie’s and get this man bottle service and fresh kicks.  Why?  Oh, did I forget to mention that GQ magazine also named Shepard Fairey one of the Men of The Year?  Yeah that too.  The picture from the article is above and you can read GQ’s blurb on him here.

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And if that wasn’t enough, the President Elect himself called upon Shepard Fairey to design a poster for Inaguration Day (above).  The poster is for sale online for a cool $100 here.  So that wraps up the official Shepard Fairey update hour.  If it took you an hour to go through this, you’re tired, get some rest.  All I have to say is that when you have Time Magazine, The Smithsonian and the President calling up a street artist for their work…times are certaintly changing and these are definite milestones in underground art.  Whether or not it turns out to be good a thing, we can only wait and see.  But for right now…Thanks Shep, for opening some eyes and making some waves.

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POLITICS // SARAH PALIN PRANK CALL AND EXCLUSIVE PALIN POST CALL REACTION

November 3, 2008

A Quebec comedy duo notorious for prank calls to celebrities and heads of state has reached Sarah Palin, convincing the Republican vice-presidential nominee she was speaking with French President Nicolas Sarkozy.  In the roughly six-minute telephone interview released Saturday, Palin and the pranksters known as the Masked Avengers discuss politics, pundits, and the perils of hunting with Vice-President Dick Cheney.

As much as I think MTV is ruining the minds of youth everywhere, with no more videos and marathons of spoiled bitchy teenagers on repeat, this is still the first thing that came to mind when I heard the prank phone call,  Palin got:

Deviant Decorum was on scene and has the exclusive remarks made by Sarah Palin and her reaction to the call (we probably made this up…but with her, who knows.):

“Where’s Ashton?  Bring him out.  Ashton?  No Ashton? ……..oh, he’s voting for that Arab guy too?  Well, if Ashton didn’t do it then …… oh…two radio show hosts?” ……. “Well darn, I was really counting on that MTV vote, because the lord knows that this great country provides our young men and women to have the greatest sweet 16 party’s in the world and Senator McCain and myself want to fix that economy so we can get back to what makes this country so great, the privilage of being able to throw a temper tantrum when your parents buy you a car in the wrong color.  I know the mom’s out there can understand what I’m….wait … does this mean Xzibit is not goin’ to pimp out my snowmobiles? No?…..oh, he’s voting for that other guy too?…..well after this election I was planning on riding them over to my Dancing With the Stars audition…”

ART & AD’S // JUST SAYIN’

November 3, 2008

This is a great take on the Puma ads for olympian Usain Bolt that were flipped by an unkown artist into an Obama poster,  via Wooster Collective.  With the election tomorrow, we here at Deviant Decorum would like to ask you to please vote.  It matters now more than ever before…after you vote take the rest off the day off work because of the “long lines” and get some yum yum.

Also, please be aware that if you live in Delaware, Kansas, Minnesota, Montana, New Jersey, New York, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, and Vermont you CAN NOT show up to the polls wearing any apparel or accessory that is for or against the nominee’s.  You will be asked to remove all articles or turn your shirts inside out.   Considering the amount of artists and designers who have released clothing in support of Obama, this is well worth mentioning.

Did anyone else catch Chris Rock on Larry King talking about the election?  Peep a clip, it was pretty good:

ART&POLITICS // SHEPARD FAIREY ARRESTED AT DNC + MAFIFEST HOPE GALLERY PICTURES

September 11, 2008

With the opening of the Manifest Hope Gallery Shepard Fairey in his usual gallery opening antics wheat-pasted the town red, as the pro-Obama art show ran simutaniously in Denver.  Supposidly Shep and his crew doned in all black were arrested for putting up the now famous Hope/Progress Posters and held for 16 hours for posting bills and “interference” .  With a $140 fine to add to the collection and 6 months of unsupervised probation, we predict Mr. Fairey will be back on the street and getting up on every surface in about .0003743726347 seconds.  There’s a video of Shep himself telling the story about his arrest here.  BUT WAIT, there’s more, so much more, to this two part post.  For those of you who haven’t made it to the Manifest Hope Gallery, which is probably most of us, there are A TON of pictures after the jump of the work that is hanging.  All you gotta do is click that link right here: (more…)

ART&POLITICS // SHEPARD FAIREY x MOVEON.ORG

August 4, 2008

Hot off the presses aka first thing in our inbox this morning, was a press release from Evolutionary Media Group announcing today that Shepard Fairey and MoveOn.org have joined forces to create the “Manifest Hope Gallery” in Denver, CO. Strategically opening in time for the Democratic National Convention this gallery will not only host work of Shepard but also include other famed artists and…you! Or possibly you. If you’re dope. Because there is also a design contest as well, with super star judges. I’m getting my Crayola’s ready right now, see you at the finish line. Holla!

Excerpts from the original Press Release:

“MoveOn.org, artist Shepard Fairey and Upper Playground announced today that they will join forces to host the “Manifest Hope Art Gallery” (manifesthope.com) at the Democratic National Convention. The gallery, open from Sunday, August 24 through Thursday, August 28 2008, will feature both known and new artists all supporting Barack Obama for President. “

“The groups also launched a related contest today, calling for entries of visual art from grassroots supporters of Senator Obama. Similar to MoveOn.org’s “Obama in 30 seconds” contest, the submissions will be reviewed by a panel of judges including famed artists Ross Bleckner, April Gornik, Eric Fischl, Shepard Fairey, musicians Moby, Thurston Moore of Sonic Youth and DJ Spooky and Cydney Payton – Executive Director & Chief Curator Museum of Modern Art Denver, and Nancy Spector – Author & Guggenheim Curator of Contemporary Art. Five finalists will be selected to show in the MANIFEST HOPE Gallery alongside well-known artists such as Shepard Fairey, Sam Flores, Ron English, Chris Pastras, Mel Kadel and David Choe.”

“The Manifest Hope Gallery will be housed in 10,000 sq. ft. of gallery space in downtown Denver. It will show some of the most widely recognized art pieces seen in the 2008 presidential campaign and a wide variety of new works by famed artists.”

“The top 30 submissions to the Manifest Hope Gallery contest will present their works in an on-line gallery hosted by MoveOn.org and Obey Giant. The works will be presented to the public for bidding as an eBay auction with all funds donated to the MoveOn PAC.”

Manifest Hope Gallery
2990-2936 Larimer St
Denver, CO 80205
www.manifesthope.com

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…)