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OBEY, Andre the giant has a name

September 26, 2011

Fairey and fellow RISD student Ryan Lesser, along with Blaize Blouin, Alfred Hawkins, and Mike Mongo, created paper and vinyl stickers and posters with an image of the wrestler André the Giant and the text “ANDRE THE GIANT HAS A POSSE 7′ 0″, 520 lb”, (“7’0, 520lbs” being Andre The Giant’s famously billed height and weight) as an in-joke directed at hip hop and skater subculture, and then began clandestinely (and somewhat fanatically) propagating and posting them in Providence, Rhode Island and the rest of the Eastern United States.
In an interview with Format magazine in 2008, Fairey said: “The Andre The Giant sticker was just a spontaneous, happy accident. I was teaching a friend how to make stencils in the summer of 1989, and I looked for a picture to use in the newspaper, and there just happened to be an ad for wrestling with Andre The Giant and I told him that he should make a stencil of it. He said ‘Nah, I’m not making a stencil of that, that’s stupid!” but I thought it was funny so I made the stencil and I made a few stickers and the group of guys I was hanging out with always called each other The Posse, so it said Andre The Giant Has A Posse, and it was sort of appropriated from hip-hop slang – Public Enemy, NWA and Ice-T were all using the word.”
By the early 1990s, tens of thousands of paper and then vinyl stickers were photocopied and hand-silkscreened and put in visible places throughout the world.
“Andre The Giant Has a Posse” is also the title of a 1995 documentary short by Helen Stickler, which was the first documentary to feature Shepard Fairey and chronicle his influential street art campaign. The film screened worldwide, most notably in the 1997 Sundance Film Festival. In 2003 Village Voice film critic Ed Halter described the film as “legendary … a canonical study of a Gen-X media manipulation. One of the keenest examinations of ’90s underground culture.”

OBEY Giant poster on building exterior
Threat of a lawsuit from Titan Sports, Inc. in 1994 [2] spurred Fairey to stop using the trademarked name André the Giant, and to create a more iconic image of the wrestler’s face, now most often with the equally iconic branding OBEY. The “OBEY” slogan was not only a parody of propaganda, but also a direct homage to the “OBEY” signs found in the 1988 cult classic film, They Live, starring Roddy Piper. About “Obey,” San Diego Union-Tribune art critic Robert L. Pincus says Fairey’s work, “was a reaction against earlier political art, since it delivered no clear message. Still, “Obey” was suggestively antiauthoritarian.”[3] “Following the example set by gallery art, some street art is more about the concept than the art,” writes The Walrus (magazine) contributor Nick Mount. “’Fuck Bush’ isn’t an aesthetic; it’s an ethic. Shepard Fairey’s Obey Giant stickers and Akay’s Akayism posters are clever children of Duchamp, ironic conceptual art.” [4]


Artist of the week: “Meme” – Emerson Adriano Catarina

September 26, 2011

I would now like to take a moment and look at something different. The work of Meme is groundbreaking and been widely adapted on the internet. However, the recognition of this former-tropicalismo artist has been left behind.

Meme is an cyberpainter whose work, notable for its rough beauty, emotional honesty, and bold color, has a far-reaching influence on modern cyber art. After years of painful anxiety and frequent bouts of mental illness, he almost died at the age of 37 from a self-inflicted gunshot wound. His work was then only known to only a handful of people and appreciated by fewer still.

He began to draw as a child, and he continued making drawings throughout the years leading to his decision to become an artist. He did not begin painting much until the uprising of the tropicania, after which he moved to Tanzania, completing many of his best-known works during his last two years. In just over a decade, he produced more than 2,000 artworks, consisting of around 900 paintings and 1,100 drawings and sketches. His work included self portraits, landscapes, still lifes of giraffes, portraits and paintings of native people, djembes and tanzanian brothels.

Meme, or Emerson Adriano Catarina is now considered to be the birth giving father of what could be the most famous pencil-art of modern day.



More of his work can be found at

Banksy, graffiti with a smile

September 26, 2011
 Latest Banksy

For those of you who don’t know, Banksy is an English graffiti artist who’s work can be seen all over the world. We’re big fans of graffiti art, and that got us thinking: are there any HT fans that are into graffiti art? If there are, send us some pictures. We’d love to see them.

10.000 RSS Readers

August 21, 2011

We did it! We passed the 10.000 RSS readers.
This means it’s now time for a new movement.

We’ve deleted all previous posts and started with this fresh theme.