POLITIKS///SOUNDS///DJ Z-TRIP ROLLS OUT “VICTORY LAP: THE OBAMA MIX II” FOR FREE!

January 20, 2009  |  News, Obama, Politiks, Sounds  |  Comments Off

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Looking for the perfect mix for tomorrow nite's OBAMA INAUGURATION afterparty? Supertouch homie DJ Z-TRIP has made his freshly-minted "Victory Lap: The Obama Mix II" available for free by clicking HERE.

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DC///OBAMA COUNTDOWN///INAUGURATION EVE: DOWN IN THE STREETS

January 20, 2009  |  News, Obama, Politiks, Washington DC  |  Comments Off

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"Follow the O-BAM-AHH! Energy Stix Hummer to the ill afterparty, yo!"

On the eve of the most historical presidential election of modern times, we turn to our dedicated Supertouch correspondents on the frozen ground in DC for a quick pulse check. From bootleg OBAMA T-shirts and burning Bush effigies, to machine gun-toting Marines and everything in-between, DC is the place to be for the ultimate people-watching experience. HAVE A LOOK: Read More

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NEWS///FIRST LOOK AT THE MARTIN LUTHER KING MEMORIAL IN WASHINGTON DC

January 20, 2009  |  art, Feature, News, Obama, Politiks, Public Art  |  Comments Off

mlkmem1.jpg Forty-six years after he gave his famous "I Have a Dream Speech" in Washington on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial, MARTIN LUTHER KING JR. is set to finally be immortalized with his own colossal sculpture, titled “The Stone of Hope” in the nation's capitol. The three-piece monument depicts the civil rights leader stading, arms crossed, before a large and imposing mountain representing the leader's hard-fought struggle. HAVE A LOOK:

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DC///STREET POLITIKS///BEST OBAMA SWAG

January 20, 2009  |  Fashion, News, Obama, Politiks  |  Comments Off

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Must-have OBAMA streetwear on the streets of DC...

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DC///POLITIKS///INSIDE THE “MANIFEST HOPE” ART SHOW

January 20, 2009  |  News, Obama, Politiks, Shepard Fairey, Video  |  Comments Off

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DC///NEWS///SHEPARD FAIREY’S OBAMA PORTRAIT INDUCTED INTO THE SMITHSONIAN’S NATIONAL PORTRAIT GALLERY

January 19, 2009  |  art, Feature, Graffiti, News, Obama, Politiks, Shepard Fairey, Street Art  |  Comments Off

shepsmithh1.jpg Shepard Fairey's criminal record has been officially wiped clean... As momentous an occasion in the world of underground art—albeit on a much smaller scale—as BARACK OBAMA's victory on the national stage was the induction of presidential propagandist SHEPARD FAIREY's portrait of our new leader into the NATIONAL PORTRAIT GALLERY at the SMITHSONIAN MUSEUM on Saturday. The first official portrait of the president-to-be recognized in an American cultural institution, Shepard's image shatters the barriers of acceptability of the so-called worlds of "underground" and "street" art to catapult one of its foremost talents to the hallowed halls of history, and forever brightening the school field trips of young museum goers in the process. It's a brave new world out there people, art world 2.0 begins now. HAVE A LOOK:

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POLITIKS///THE ROAD TO OBAMA///BEST INAUGURATION T-SHIRT: MISKHA’S BOOTLEG “BLACK BART”

January 16, 2009  |  Art & Commerce, News, NYC, Obama, Politiks  |  Comments Off

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"If you only wear one T-shirt this inauguration season..."

Simultaneously paying homage to the unforgettable "Black Bart" bootleg tees of the early '90s and the historical moment of President-Elect BARACK OBAMA's impending inauguration, NYC streetwear label MISHKA has produced this must-have celebratory T-shirt in time for proud display on January 20th. Finish it off with a pair of Cross Color overalls (only one strap fastened, of course) a Kanai jean jacket, and a Gumby fade, and you're a made man...

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POP KILLER///POLITIKS///BARACK TAKES ON SPIDER MAN

January 10, 2009  |  News, Obama, Politiks, Pop Killer, WTF???  |  Comments Off

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Wow, BARACK really can do anything. Just when you thought walking on water was a cool OBAMA trick, he pulls out the big guns and grabs the cover of the upcoming AMAZING SPIDER MAN issue #583. Set to drop on January 14th as an Inauguration Day special issue, the comic's storyline follows Peter Parker, who, while shooting photos of Obama at the inauguration ceremony discovers a body double lurking in the wings and, after jumping into Spidey gear, tests the twin pres elects with a game of basketball before doing away with the game-less imposter who turns out to be the villainous Chameleon. A fit bump from the real O apparently caps off the ordeal. Yeah, the story sucks ass bad, but it is the cover of Spider Man, and Obama is a self-professed comic book nerd. Said the Big O on the campaign trail: "I was always into the Spider Man/Batman model. The guys who have too many powers like Superman always made me think they weren't really earning their superhero status. It's a little too easy. Whereas Spider-Man and Batman, they have some inner turmoil. They get knocked around a little bit." Too bad they couldn't drag Todd McFarlane back in to ink the book. Now that would be nerdy...

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POLITIKS///SHEPARD FAIREY CREATES OBAMA INAGURATION POSTER & HAS PORTRAIT ACQUIRED BY THE SMITHSONIAN

January 8, 2009  |  art, News, Obama, Politiks, Shepard Fairey  |  Comments Off

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Today the NATIONAL PORTRAIT GALLERY at the SMITHSONIAN announced it has officially acquired SHEPARD FAIREY's large-scale fine art portrait of President Elect BARACK OBAMA as part of its permanent collection. Shepard's massive mixed media image based on the artist's ubiquitous campaign iconography was created for display at 2008's DNC and the institution's acquisition of the work makes it the first official portrait of the president-to-be, an incredibly historical moment in the realm of underground art. In an announcement today, National Portrait Gallery director Martin E. Sullivan declared that the Obama portrait was “an emblem of a significant election, as well as a new presidency.” Fittingly, the artwork is slated to go on display on January 20th, Inauguration Day. Speaking of Inauguration Day, Fairey was personally tapped by Obama to create a new poster commemorating the forthcoming occasion which officially released for sale today HERE. We're not sure if buying an Obama poster officially counts as "economic stimulus" but it's probably a good way to start.

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Shepard's Obama portrait on display at the DNC in 2008...

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The First Artist-to-be with wifie Amanda and the Big O...

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NEWS///ART & POLITIKS///SHEPARD FAIREY CREATES OBAMA COVER FOR NEW TIME MAG “PERSON OF THE YEAR” ISSUE

December 17, 2008  |  art, Graffiti, News, Obama, Politiks, Shepard Fairey, Street Art  |  Comments Off

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Shep's Obama "Person of the Year" update...

It's been a massive year for Supertouch's own SHEPARD FAIREY who proved—incredibly—that a street artist with a lengthy arrest record could indeed brand the most revolutionary presidential campaign of modern times with iconic imagery born of the underground. Now, against seemingly even greater odds (and we mean bigger odds than being named one of GQ Magazine's "Men of the Year"), Shep's created the cover art for TIME MAGAZINE's new PERSON OF THE YEAR issue featuring President Elect BARACK OBAMA that also features a hilarious & long-lost photo shoot with the Big O during his college years in the '80s. In the words of Time: "Our cover portrait is by the street artist Shepard Fairey, whose roots are in the skateboarding world and whose early poster of then Senator Obama became the great populist image of the campaign. With this cover, Fairey has now created a new iconic image of the President-elect — a rich, multilayered poster that echoes but then expands on his original." Click HERE to read the interview.

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Barry O's '80s moment...


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