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‘Obey’ Street Artist Churns Out ‘Hope’ for Obama

Jenna Wortham | September 21, 2008

If you’ve been to any major U.S. city recently, you may have spotted a two-tone print of presidential candidate Barack Obama emblazoned with the word “Hope” on a bumper sticker, lamp post or building.

Shepard Fairey, the 38-year-old street artist known for a guerrilla art campaign that coupled the ominous slogan “Obey” with the face of pro wrestler Andre the Giant, is behind the Obama design that has become synonymous with the Democratic nominee.

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Streetart On Sale

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Workin’ With Shadows In Kaunas, Lithuania

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Titi Freak at Contemporary in London

Titi Freak’s first solo exhibition in London hit oContemporary Gallery like a gorgeous hit to the gut, knocking the breath out of your lungs. Self-taught on the streets of São Paulo, Titi Freak’s distinctive style combines his Japanese ancestry with the spontaneity of his native Brazil. Comics, illustration, Japanese Pop culture, and fashion further inspire his work, along with the urban environment around him.

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Banksy Art and Graffiti: The Ultimate Guide

The internet has long been abuzz with Banksy, the world’s most infamous street artist. But what is the big deal about Banksy, where can you find his work and what has he said about his art to set the world to talking about it? This thoroughly researched in-depth eight-part guide will walk you through the entire world of Banksy, from his stencil and graffiti work to prints, interviews, quotes, forums and other resources. Skim the overviews and click the links for more information.

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Thought Bubbles in Brooklyn

Katie Sokoler and Matt Adams decorated the streets of Brooklyn with some awesome “thought bubbles” and then waited for the perfect moment to capture photos of people walking under them.

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Under The Influence: An Official Art Tribute to Beastie Boys


Chris Roth
“The Adoration of the Magi”
hand-painted, kiln fired stained glass
12 x 15 inches
$3,500.00

Gallery1988 has announced the second installment of the Under the Influence art series: a tribute to the Beastie Boys. Following last year’s tribute to comic book legend Stan Lee, and receiving the Beastie Boys’ blessing and involvement, this is guaranteed to be a super disco breakin’ show.

Featuring 100 artists, this show will reinterpret the music, lyrics, style and evolution of this legendary musical act. Artists such as Axis, Alex Pardee, Dave Flores, Eric Tan, Jim Mahfood, Johnny Bergeron, Kii Arens, Mark Brown, Wade Schin, Matt Dangler, Meer One, Casey Weldon, Tristan Eaton, Tyler Stout and many more will create original pieces for this show.  The entire lineup of participating artists can be seen at 88beasties.blogspot.com.

The Beastie Boys tribute show will run from January 5th through January 29th, 2009. Gallery1988 is located at 7020 Melrose Ave Los Angeles, CA 90038.  A portion of the show’s proceeds will go to a charity of the band’s choice.

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Tetris Attacks

Artists from the Gaffa Gallery installed a series of falling giant Tetris pieces in an alleyway in Sydney. They write:

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Yoga John

His name is Yoga John -  a super-size piece by the Permanent Unit for the ‘Lendwirbel’ Streetfestival, which took place in Graz/Austria, 2008.

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Poster Boy – Slice and Dice

One man’s vandalism is another’s political art. Just ask Poster Boy, the Matisse of subway-ad mash-ups.

It’s a Thursday evening at the 23rd Street C/E station, and Nicolas Cage is undergoing an involuntarily face-lift. As commuters wait for their train, the subway-art manipulator known as Poster Boy stands in front of an ad for Cage’s Bangkok Dangerous, razor in hand, and traces a circle around the actor’s eyes, nose, and mouth. Cage’s face peels away as easily as a trading-card sticker, and Poster Boy carries it down the platform, where he’s been hacking away at a hot-pink poster promoting MTV’s high-school musical The American Mall. He’s been rearranging swatches of color, text, and body parts to alter the movie’s title (now The American Fall) and tagline (“Love and Dreams for Resale”). Poster Boy slices out the Mall moppet’s head, replacing it with Cage’s appropriately stunned expression. The entire process takes less than ten minutes.

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