Underground Overachiever | Shepard Fairey & Obey

Shepard Fairey is a busy guy. You might have heard of him if you caught 2011’s Oscar-nominated street-art film Exit Through the Gift Shop. He designed one of the most iconic presidential posters of all time. Tens of thousands of posters and stickers carrying the obscure Andre the Giant imagery he created in college now adorn streets from Chicago to Stockholm. And his fine-art pieces (examples above) now grace gallery walls in The Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery, MoMA in NYC, the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, and more.

But that’s just for starters. Here’s a sample of what else he’s been up to:


Fairey recently designed two billboards in downtown LA, memorializing the late, great Adam ‘MCA’ Yauch of the Beastie Boys.


He collaborated with Neil Young to create 11 original posters—one for each song on Young’s upcoming album of traditional folk songs, Americana.


Fairey contributed artwork to Honor the Treaties, a short documentary about a photographer’s advocacy work for Native American Rights.


He even lent some exclusive artwork—plus the rights to his origin story, including the infamous ‘Mayor Buddy Cianci’ incident—to a 22-year-old film student at his alma mater. (The image directly above is a still from the student’s Social Network-inspired film.)


The man apparently sleeps 12 minutes a night, because after all that, Fairey still finds time to put out some of the best T-shirts, snap-backs, shorts and more, via his clothing label Obey.

Shop Obey—plus Ezekiel, Hurley, Quiksilver and more—in our new Surf & Skate Shop.


[Images courtesy of obeygiant.com, honorthetreaties.org, and ‘Obey The Giant’ Kickstarter page. Individuals pictured do not endorse Nordstrom or products shown.]

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