We are honored to announce an official Obey-Shepard Fairey print release! THE SPIRIT OF INDEPENDENCE. Gosh, there's such a long history here and hard to pack into one article. With roots going back to the late 80's at a local skateshop on Thayer, when Thayer was a haven for counterculture adjacent to Brown and RISD, the original Andre has a posse sticker was born. Obey as a brand was personal, local, all ours. Shepard set up a studio in the Atlantic Mills in Olneyville and began pumping out absurdist propaganda, stickers, shirts, local band posters,...it was the beginning of something special. The brand grew in the LunaSea skate shop owned by Rob Murphy, renagage skate gang leader turned official shop owner and De Dee Peterson, a visionary stylist. LunaSea was of the first to carry the DIY obey shirts etc. while also selling snowboard which at the time, was almost illegal contraband on the slopes! It was a special time, and incubator for inspiration. Years later, Rob and I turned lunasea into a Pizzeria. It may sound a bit strange, but we just do what we do, follow our hearts...skating and pizza are two of those things. We love them both. In 2009, we had the great opportunity to reconnect with Shepard and intall a mural on the 50 yard line of Thayer St, right int he shop! "Shepard never stopped caring about Providence!",...Now that we are transforming and moving to the West Side of providence. We decided to commerorate the mural and the place where it's resided since 09'
check obeygiant for a great story.
Prints will be available at obeygiant.com on thurday, April 13th. for $45
We will have 100 signed and numbered prints available in the store this Saturday, April 15. sometime in the afternoon. $45. More details to follow.
Al Read / NiceSlice Pizzeria
In the immortal words of Joe Strummer,...THIS IS A PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT! The month of March marks our 12 year anniversary here on Thayer St. but we are sad to announce that it will be our last. Our last day of slinging slices on Thayer will be April 15, so lets have a party and celebrate! We will keep you posted on what will happen next but mostly wanted to thank all of our supporters out there. Some didn't think we'd make it 12 days, never mind 12 years so here's to everyone who's ever had a slice of the cranberry picnic and told there friends how great is it, to all the mf-BBQ CHICKEN lovers, to the boss Bruce Springsteen who just gets the regular cheese slice,.or to all the sports teams that mowed stacks of pizza after a match or game, late night strollers, and for the black sheep who said," f-that, I'll never eat over there!' you know who you are and we love you for that. Another special thanks to all past and present employees who put there back into the movement. Your contributions mattered and are appreciated. We loved our little pizza shop and Thayer st. community with all our hearts but just can't fight the corporate tide of big business. Monopolic plans to develope the Thayer street business district have been down right OPPRESSIVE! We've been flanked by empty stores, endless construction, and now parking meters with a terminator for an enforcer. Independent businesses are important and need your support. In the mean time, we will continue to get our west side location open. We are shooting for May. THANK YOU,... AND NO, YOU CAN'T CRUSH THE DREAM. The pie will remain the same and resurrect soon.
Update: Big print announcement coming soon!
Thayer St. commemorative shirts are now available! This is one of our earliest designs done by our close friend, Adam Suerte. Adam is a Brooklyn native, owner of Brooklyn Tattoo and a great artist. His work often centers around the sense and connection to one's neighborhood. Cityscapes, streetscapes, parks, trees, curbs, light posts, things otherwise mundane come to life in his drawings. It was this reason we asked him to pen one of our first logos as we had the same deep connection with our east side, Thayer street hood. Some of us miss the old Thayer. We try to immortalize it here. West side logo coming soon!