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Let me tell you, San Francisco News stations have learned that it just doesn’t pay to advertise their names on the sides of vans, you know, because that’s just making them a target for mischief, right?
They have differing policies on just how incognito they are, but this is typical. You can’t get more incognito than that.
Comes now, straight outta San Jose, KNTV-TV, our NBC affiliate for the Bay Area. See?
Now, I just happened to have an 8oz Krylon Premium Metallic Gold Foil #1050 in my rucksack on this night and I was all set to go to town, you know, to express myself, but then I noticed the Ecologic and Giants stickers.
And I couldn’t do it, man, I just couldn’t mess with the Giants AND the Ecologic (whatever the Hell that is). My Message would have been clouded, dig?
Well played, NBCBAYAREA.
Life was simpler back in the day, non?
You know Shepard Fairey from his Barack Obama Hope posters of last year and of course his related legal troubles from this month, right? (Always remember, when you borrow from others, it’s “fair use” but when others borrow from you, it’s cease and desist time for the infringing “parasites” - inn’t that right, Shepard?)
Anyway, brace yourself for this Thursday when Shepard and our corporate overlords at Levi’s team up for the debut of the “Obey X Collection.” See?
“The highly-collectible Obey x Levi’s® capsule collection will be carried exclusively at select Levi’s® Store locations in New York City, San Francisco, Chicago and Santa Monica and at Levis.com. A limited number of pieces will also be available at www.obeyclothing.com. The collection will be available beginning October 29 and will range in price from $34.50 to $148. To commemorate the launch of the collection, on October 29 Fairey will unveil a series of four new poster designs at a live art installation outside The Levi’s® Store in New York City’s Times Square. Once Fairey completes the installation, he will meet-and-greet event participants while autographing free museum-quality reproductions of his new posters.”
It’ll look like this. Just $37.78 for a grey T-shirt:
But there’s more:
“The series of four limited-edition Shepard Fairey posters will be given away as a free gift, while supplies last, with the purchase of any item from the Obey x Levi’s® collection in the following Levi’s® Store locations: Times Square and Soho in New York City, Union Square in San Francisco, Santa Monica and Chicago. The front side of each of the four double-sided posters features artwork that exists as a stand-alone piece. The reverse side of each poster also includes one piece of a oversized mural image specially designed by Fairey.”
That’s not dirt, it’s paint from all those nights you’ve spent tagging:
“Think & Create” and “Paint and Destroy”:
Is Obey “the new Ed Hardy,” or something? One thing’s for sure kids – quality will be higher and the cost cheaper compared to what Shepard normally offers.
See you at the Union Square Levi’s (300 Post Street) this Thursday!
S.F. is 40 years old. (40 going on 28, or 17, or something.)
All the deets after the jump.
Elements of the Survival Research Laboratories, a “performance art group” active in San Francisco, just got their prank on last night by changing a substantial portion of the street signs on Bush Street to “OBAMA,” in honor of the inauguration of our 44th President.
From END BUSH, at the end of Bush Street near Presidio (as seen last year):
To this, as seen in the cold light of day:
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[UPDATE: Apparently, someone speaking on behalf of the SFPD feels these alterations are not "life-threatening."]
That’s the only reasonable conclusion one can reach after seeing these new red and white BOAC stickers all over the Haights near San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park Panhandle. BOAC, after being saddled with some clunker aircraft, became British Airways in the 1970′s but people still seem to love the brand.
Why? Well, the stewardess uniforms, for example. They had “fab” designs, complete with “cute hats.” And people still collect cool BOAC souvenirs like currency converters, matchbook covers, and related ephemera.
Or maybe it’s the opening track of the Beatles’ White Album that some folks are thinking about. Back then, people had to worry about the Russians annexing neighbouring countries and stuff.
Thank goodness that’s all in the past.
Flew in from Miami Beach BOAC
Didn’t get to bed last night
Oh, the way the paper bag was on my knee
Man, I had a dreadful flight
I’m back in the USSR
You don’t know how lucky you are, boy
Back in the USSR, yeah
Well the Ukraine girls really knock me out
They leave the west behind
And Moscow girls make me sing and shout
And that Georgia’s always on my my my my my my my my my mind
Godspeed, little Georgia.
[Could BOAC be a Hip Hop artist? Signs point to Yes.]