Shepard Fairey

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 Andre print of his,” Chank told me. “I didn’t know it was such an...

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 poster available, as well as the original advert that ran in the Los Angeles...

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?” It’s a reference, of course, to Fairey being sentenced to two years probation and...

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 from the Royal College of Art in London), we gotta believe. Yesterday I asked...

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 was still living in San Diego when we first met in 1999 in Silver...

5:01 PST. Printing Processes and Designer Difficulties

David Mayes is proud to be a CMYK guy in an RGB world. He’s in sales – and community outreach – at Typecraft Wood & Jones. This Pasadena, CA company has roots dating back to 1907 and a reputation for handling the most demanding designers. Clients range from universities and non-profits to museums and...

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 execute my Peace Dove mural,” Fairey wrote on his blog. The mural site had...

Revolutions – The Album Cover Art of Shepard Fairey

Growing up, I had an amazing older brother who always made it his mission to instill in me an appreciation for all things cool. He made my parents get MTV for me just months after it first aired, he took me to my first concert while I was still in elementary school (Culture Club...