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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

…KB and I checked out two pieces of street art.

First, we went downtown and hit up the second piece that Banksy left when he was in town last week for the premiere of “Exit Through the Gift Shop.”

Here’s the whole piece (click on all images to view larger versions):

Banksy in downtown Los Angeles

And here are a few detail shots:

Banksy in downtown Los Angeles

Banksy in downtown Los Angeles

Here’s a picture of KB jumping in front of it:

Banksy in downtown Los Angeles

Then we hit up this Shepard Fairey piece that popped up on the side of a building on Melrose Avenue a few weeks ago. The piece is a collage of huge sheets of wheat-paste posters.

Here’s the entire building:

Shepard Fairey on Melrose Avenue in Los Angeles

And here are a few detail shots:

Shepard Fairey on Melrose Avenue in Los Angeles

Shepard Fairey on Melrose Avenue in Los Angeles

Shepard Fairey on Melrose Avenue in Los Angeles

Shepard Fairey on Melrose Avenue in Los Angeles

One of the perks of living here,

-Shady

Wanna win some free stuff? Check out this new contest from “The Blarg.”

THE PRIZE:

Win a limited edition “Exit Through the Gift Shop” poster from Banksy!*

THE PROPAGANDA:

Exit Through the Gift Shop: Coming to movie theaters in select cities across the United States starting April 16th.

Exit Through the Gift Shop, the first film by renowned graffiti artist Banksy, became the hottest ticket at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival where it made its world debut. Banksy is a graffiti artist with a global reputation whose work can be seen on walls from post-hurricane New Orleans to the separation barrier on the Palestinian West Bank. Fiercely guarding his anonymity to avoid prosecution, Banksy has so far resisted all attempts to be captured on film.

Exit Through the Gift Shop tells the incredible true story of how an eccentric French shop keeper turned documentary maker attempted to locate and befriend Banksy, only to have the artist turn the camera back on its owner – with spectacular results. The film contains exclusive footage of Banksy, Shepard Fairey, Invader and many of the world’s most infamous graffiti artists at work, on walls and in interview. As Banksy describes it, “It’s basically the story of how one man set out to film the un-filmable. And failed.”

Visit the official site for the latest list of cities and theaters here.

THE FACTS:

One winner will be selected randomly from all entries. The winner will receive one prize. To enter, email me here with your name, age and address. The winner will be notified. Losers won’t.

I might even enter,

-Shady

*Prizes courtesy of Wooster Collective.

First, “Exit Through the Gift Shop” debuted at the Sundance Film Festival this week.

And now I find out that… Joan Collins is a fan of Banksy?!? And they made a movie about it?!? WHAT?!?

No shit. Check out this trailer for “Banksy’s Coming for Dinner” by director Ivan Massow.

So bizarre it has to be real,

-Shady

here.

Shepard Fairey

Obey,

-Shady

I don’t know if it was my Shepard Fairey post, my Josh Holloway post, or my Trent Reznor post (or the power of those three posts combined), but “The Blarg” kicked ass yesterday welcoming exactly 270 unique visitors to the site!

This shattered the previous one-day high of 180 unique visitors, which happened on Inauguration Day, probably due to my post about Bush’s last day.

So thanks for visiting, and thanks even more for helping spread the word! I appreciate it!

Best,

-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!