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T-Shirts: They Live / Obey (from Fright Rags)

I just received the shirt pictured above from Fright Rags and I love it. The print quality is sharp, the ink is thick, and the shirt fabric is soft; it evens come with a free prize. Just to clear up any confusion, the shirt art is a direct reference to They Live and is not part of Shepard Fairey's Obey brand. As you may already know, the film was his inspiration for the initial Obey graffiti stickers:

"The stickers presented a blunt little graphic, a visage of testostoroid hostility, recognizable to some as the masked face of the professional wrestler Andre the Giant, accompanied by various slogans - most often ANDRE THE GIANT HAS A POSSE. [...] After a 1994 lawsuit denied use of the wrestler's name, the reworked stickers took up a They Live theme: the wrestler's face was now accompanied by the single command OBEY. The sticker campaign was eventually credited to the street artist Shepard Fairey, who'd created them with his schoolmates while a student at the Rhode Island School of Design. [...] Fairey's They Live reference also puns on Roddy Piper's career as a pro wrestler."
- Jonathan Lethem, from They Live
(No. 1 in the Deep Focus book series)

Get one of these shirts for yourself at fright-rags.com - currently all sizes are available, but keep in mind they do sell out. CONSUME!!

Comments

From the very beginnings of his career, every single thing Fairey has done has been someone else's idea. Call it appropriation, call it re-contextualizing, call it stealing, it amounts to the same thing.

Carpenter's ideas were at least original (except for the ones he stole from Dan O'Bannon!)...