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Fawkes yeah,

-Shady

Shepard Fairey

…for “The Onion” back in June 2009. You can check out the interview here.

During that interview, Shepard and I got on the topic of the late Joe Strummer. I told him I had an opportunity to shoot a few photos of him just shortly before his death in December 2002. When I got home from the interview I printed a couple of the photos out; I figured I’d drop them off at his studio the next time I was in the neighborhood.

And then the photos sat here on a table for a year and a half. Last week, I finally decided to just send them out in the mail.

Yesterday, I got this in the mail:

He even signed it and told me to “stay shady” which, you know, I get a lot:

Obey Shepard here.

Thanks, Shepard.

Free books are the best books,

-Shady

here.

Shepard Fairey

Obey,

-Shady

…and interview him for an upcoming feature in The Onion’s A.V. Club. I’m not sure when the interview will run, but I’ll definitely post details here when it does.

In the meantime, check out a couple pictures I shot of him after the interview. A similar shot will run with the article when published.

Shepard Fairey

Shepard Fairey

Shepard was nice enough to sign my copy of E Pluribus Venom (which I got from my good friend Erik Rose for Christmas last year), and he even gave me a copy of his newest book, Supply & Demand: The Art of Shepard Fairey.

If you’re a fan of his work and don’t own it yet, go pick it up.

Shepard Fairey's "E Pluribus Venom" and "Supply & Demand"

Autographed Shepard Fairey books

But the best part of the visit was when I gave him a copy of Missing the Boat and he asked me to sign it; I quietly giggled like a school girl as I did.

In addition to being one hell of an artist, Shepard is a great guy and completely grounded. It was really cool to be able to sit down and talk with him for an hour.

So thanks, Shepard! I hope you enjoy your copy of Missing the Boat! Heh.

Learn more about Shepard here.

Obey,

-Shady

-Shady

…and the giant Obama “HOPE” banner he had hanging on the side of his building had been replaced by a handful of these posters:

Shepard Fairey's "ADOPT" campaign

From presidents to puppies, Fairey created this poster for the country’s largest non-profit animal adoption organization, Adopt-a-Pet.com.

Inspired by Obama’s “…a mutt like me” comment, Shepard based the “model” for this piece on a dog he had as a child.

The silkscreened prints will be going on sale sometime in January and have a print run of 400, with all proceeds going to Adopt a Pet. But if your pockets are empty, you can still download hi-res versions of the poster here and print one out for yourself.

It’s a great cause and a sweet print. Of course, if Shepard had used Mr. Fabulous as the model he could have sold a million of them!

Remember to have your pets spayed or neutered,

-Shady

Old Poop!