Posts Tagged ‘Upper Playground’

SHOP // UPPER PLAYGROUND OPENS IN NYC

October 22, 2008

Let us all bow our heads and have a moment of silence for this momentous occasion.  Upper Playground, one of the Bay Area’s best exports, has finally landed in New York, by opening a location in the East Village.  Upper Playground is a store, clothing line, blog, gallery, activists, artist home amongst all other things awesome.  I would personally consider them the “Conglomerate of Cool”, yes that is my term, if you use it, you better source it. Ahem…hint hint.  We at Deviant Decorum have been a huge fans of U.P. for years now and is always a mandatory stop in our Bay Area travels, them and HUF of course.  How can you not love a place that uses a walrus are their mascot?  Their gallery, FIFTY24SF, has also been putting up some of the best shows for street artists for some time now and intertwining them with releases in their retail store.  You know all those David Choe, Mike Giant, Sam Flores, Estevan Oriol, Usugrow shirts that we rock and the faux streetwear kids always ask, “where did you get that shirt?” and we lie and tell them “Urban Outfitters”, well they came from Upper Playground.  Don’t worry, those kids probably don’t read this blog anyway, they are patiently awaiting the next set of orders from their supreme commander Kanye West on how to act like a prick.  Talented? … yes.  A Prick? …….. yes.  Talented And Not A Prick? …… Upper Playground.  Go to the store:

437 East 9th St.
New York, NY 10009
Everyday 11:00am-7:00pm

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…)