Posts Tagged ‘Obama’
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
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:Read More
Must-have OBAMA streetwear on the streets of DC...
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:Read More
Just in time to celebrate President-Elect BARACK OBAMA's upcoming inauguration on January 20th, the SHEPARD FAIREY-organized MANIFEST HOPE DC art show (in collaboration with MoveOn.org) has opened its doors to the public in the nation's capitol. An extension of the original "Manifest Hope" show last year at the Democratic National Convention, this year's installment enjoys the distinction of celebrating a hard-won change instead of stating the case for it. Featuring original artwork by a diverse array of artists including Shepard Fairey, Tim Biskup, Tristan Eaton, Ron English, David Choe, Maya Hayuk, Andy Howell, Chris Pastras, HAZE, Travis Millard, House Industries, HVW8, Zoltron, JK5, Justin Hampton, Robbie Conal, and Sam Flores, the inclusive show is intended to reflect the grassroots movement that helped propel Obama to unheard of stratospheric heights. HAVE A LOOK:Read More
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...
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...
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.
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.