Shepard Fairey's West Coast Style

Everette Perry
WHERE: The Prius 10th Anniversary extravaganza at the Wright Organic Resource Center in Malibu, featuring a performance by M. Ward, a DJ set by Shepard Fairey, presentations on sustainability from SHFT.com and Wired and a farm-to-table dinner by Outstanding In The Field

WHO:
Artist Shepard Fairey, the man behind the "Obey" Giant, and work that challenges concepts of icons, advertisements, propaganda and politics.

WHAT HE WORE: A vintage Minor Threat tee that said, "We're not the first, I hope we're not the last," Adidas shoes, Obey corduroy pants, and a skull and crossbone belt he got in Koreatown. 

What pop icon are you currently interested in? 

M.I.A. is very intriguing, because she mixes fashion, politics and music in a very fluent way. 

If you were going to create a piece about this event, what would it look like? 

I would make it new wave-meets-ethnic patterns. I would want to find a timeless/avant garde convergence. 

Where are you currently finding graphic inspiration? 

A lot of places -- just driving through the city, watching movies and TV. I still look to the street art of New York for true inspiration. I go to various areas of lower Manhattan, Chinatown and Williamsburg. 

What music do you like to listen to? 

The Cure, The Clash and Public Enemy

What is one of the last things you worked on? 

I'm an avid book collector, so I've been looking at ocean scenes for a piece I'm working on about the BP oil spill. It's hard to find the dichotomy between beautiful and sinister.

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