BOING BOING VIDEO:
Earlier this week, we aired a Boing Boing video episode in which we visited Shepard Fairey’s gallery in LA, and spoke with him about the most well-known of his works, the Obama poster. That episode was shot as another artist’s work was being hung on the walls: legendary punk / hiphop / skate culture photographer Glen E. Friedman. Together, Shepard and Glen were also working on a collaboration together that brings Shep’s visual style together with some of Glen’s most iconic images.
Today, we present the second episode from that evening of conversations. This one’s all about Shepard and Glen’s new collaborations together.
One of those creative collaborations involves the great DC hardcore band Bad Brains. The image below, of lead singer H.R. mid-scream at The Whisky in LA in March 1982, was shot by Glen (and appears in this book). The first punk show I ever saw was the Bad Brains live (as I mentioned in yesterday’s guest DJ spot on KCRW!), and this image captures exactly what those moments of stillness in the midst of phenomenal speed and force felt like, up close. Watching H.R. perform in those early days was like watching a plane take off — headed right towards you.
And a very special thanks to Ian MacKaye, Fugazi, and the Dischord records family for generously allowing us to use a couple of Fugazi clips (from the album Instrument) to accompany Glen’s work in this piece. You guys f’n rule. Boing Boing is grateful!
(Read the full blog post, with photos and additional video links, here: )
that I'll amazon yeah I sounding really good that's escaped that's I did what's up how did you and Shepherd first connect let me think about that probably I meet a lot of people who sometimes I differently I bust this year some of my work you bust them stealing your work jeopardy that shows just how much more I pay attention to you than you made I I'll tell you how we started we're together I did not steal anything in yours intentionally unlike a lot of other people that ever heard shit from you and I started talking because I they asked me to work on the graphic layout for the dogtown z-boys sound I was the first time you told that was yeah that's hard I remember how nervous I was get on the phone with you I did that job for basically nothing looks like fifteen hundred dollar budget for the whole job I was like hours and hours and hours of work but it's just because I wanted to be able to use you and Craig statics photos but then when we really I think um started to you know talk a little more and hang out was when you came to do your show at six base out here and jam master jay had died that day your linear gallery or you were having a show yeah yeah i think it was open all night at six pacing downtown yeah I think I really kind of took Shepherd for granted at that point I knew what he did and I don't really do it so well and I just said look we got to do something for this show yeah I want to put something up so I got the JPEG from the Run DMC shot that's right around the corner I said just see this piece right here just do what you do to my piece just to make something graphic for him and I did an illustrated version because then we could do a large digital output for him to have a dedication piece and it did tell me about how this came together well Glenn knows the Bad Brains on life with me but you've been listening to them forever yeah I started listen to Matt rains in 1984 a friend of mine gave me the UM let them eat jelly beans compilation that alternative tentacles gela be offered in the dead kennedys label had put out and I had a track by bad brains and that was a gateway to a lot of bands because i had do a the Circle Jerks Black Flag dead kennedys Bad Brains flipper and so pretty come please pretty much all those bands I didn't went out and found try to find full albums by them and the first bad range record had the song pay to come on it and and I just looked for another Bad Brains record that had the same song on it and figured the rest of the stuff would be good like that mrs. at a point in my life when I was very broke purchasing a new tape was it was a big risk I was like 10 they're all cassette tapes on roar right yeah yeah yeah it was the only way out that all diamonds oh oh yeah yeah that's okay that's I did know she don't a very first show that I ever went to was bad brains dead kennedys a mosque in richmond virginia in 1983 i believe somebody just emailed me the flickr set it's one of my favorite bands of all time and you know it was a spectacular opportunity to get to work with yo Glenn whose work I've loved for before I even knew his name I knew his work from various album covers and photos and brasher and you know things like that so Glenn was a part of all the stuff that I cared about you know he was there I was just soaking it up after the fact where does the image come from was this a collaboration between the two of you and Amanda how so because honestly we had another image that was just one solid image Shepherd I have done two different collaborations already what we were playing uh what were they ever won a Tony Allen and this taken I want a public enemy how was that a collaboration with it's cold there are my photos and Shepherd like them when we decided to make come on and I always traded yes on your photos make graphic right renditions or however whatever you want to call this is he did his thing to my photos you shepardize death again but we were going to do one photo at a shepherd I both like in particular and that has two of the guys but you know one of the guys in the bands at hey how about just getting us all in ish you know because he really wanted to be down and and so we did it and it worked out awesome you know it's actually four different photos put together into one Chipper Tyler all together it just came out great and this is it scenario they had on one of their records yes yes from the first record with it you know normally the Capitals would be being hit by lightning there but I mean that's a signature of theirs and an element like that was really needed to balance the composition so it worked out perfectly thinking about you you