OBEY IS IN THE HOUSE
First things first.
Signed and unsigned OBEY prints and stickers are available now, exclusively in store.
As long-time supporters of the street art movement, we’re proud to announce that we’re officially the only art gallery and store in Wynwood with OBEY prints and merchandise for sale.
Why is that a big deal?
Well, whether you know OBEY as the art, the man or the brand – the point is that you know OBEY. Especially if you’ve been to Wynwood
. He’s certainly no stranger in this town.
Just before Art Basel back in 2012 the man behind OBEY – street artist
, graphic designer, activist, and illustrator, Shephard Fairey – made his way to Miami to re-do his famous Wynwood Walls mural.
If you haven’t seen his work in Wynwood – you’ve certainly seen it circulating out in the world. He’s the man behind the iconic HOPE poster
of former president, Barack Obama. You may also be familiar with the 9-story-tall mural
he did of Nelson Mandela – as a tribute to him and the 25th
anniversary of the Purple Rain Protest.
Funny enough, the man behind some of these iconic works got his start with the creation of his infamous/famous sticker
back in 1989 – when he was a student at the Rhode Island School of design – of which has been said:
“The sticker has no meaning but exists only to cause people to react, to contemplate and search for meaning in the sticker.”
Amazingly, what started off as a fun experimental project evolved into one of today’s most recognizable images. And because we appreciate what it means to start small – we are very excited to be the first and only art retailers in the area carrying OBEY GIANT merchandise in our store.
One last thing about the man behind OBEY.
Shephard Fairey is not only known for creating provocative and controversial artwork about social and political topics – but for his activism, too.
He’s known to donate his artwork and proceeds in order to raise awareness for the causes and organizations he believes in. And in honor of his humanitarian spirit, we’ll be donating all profits made from OBEY merchandise at this month’s Art Walk to the ACLU (American Civil Liberties Union)
– an organization which Shephard has been supporting since the early 2000s. These proceeds will help us fight for the rights of children separated at the border from their families.