Fairey Auction

Type designer Chank Diesel wants your bid. From now until Wednesday he is offering his “very early” Shepard Fairey collection on Ebay. “It’s a press kit he sent me back in 1994 and it includes a very rare early signed …

Hendrix at 70, Hamersveld at 45

Jimi Hendrix would have been 70 this year—and very experienced. John Van Hamersveld’s classic Pinnacle Concert poster of Hendrix is 45. To celebrate, the graphics company Post-Future—run by Alida Post and Hamserveld, along with Shepard Fairey—is making a silkscreen five-color …

Is Fair Use a Fair Legal Concept?

The e-mail newsletter Ethics in Graphic Design (which can be followed on Twitter here), smartly produced by Eileen MacAvery, routinely touches on issues close to my heart. The most recent e-blast leads with the question: “Was Shepard Fairey’s use fair?” …

Fairey's Sticky Fingers on Stones' 50th Anniversary

Can anyone believe the Rolling Stones are 50 years old? Now that Shepard Fairey designed the Stones’ official 50th-anniversary logo using their famous tongue, first seen on the Sticky Fingers album sleeve in 1971 (designed by John Pasche, a student …

Anarchy in L.A.: The Sex Pistols' Designer, Reloaded

Never mind the Shepard Fairey criminal contempt conviction, here’s Jamie Reid. The designer who branded the Sex Pistols so indelibly by ripping across Her Majesty’s face now has his first solo West Coast exhibition at  Shepard’s Subliminal Projects Gallery. Shepard …

A Fairey Fight

In late July, Shepard Fairey created a series of street murals in Copenhagen. “In early August a series of inaccurate articles and web posts began to emerge reporting that I was commissioned and paid by the city of Copenhagen to …