You know its funny the way the universe works. Ive never really been a believer in the "Rock Bottom" theory, but today I became a bit more so. See with all the fuckin drama in the world, the hatrix being so thick, and my mundane repetitive life my outlook had started to become extremely jaded. Truthfully up until earlier today I had pretty much just given up on HUMANITY!! and then???

And then I decided to click on a link labeled SMEAR INTERVIEW. Doing some research for an upcoming article about censorship in art I had recently seen the name popping up often. Seems Mr. Smear is a very well established artist in the streets of LA and had recently been having some legal problems stemming from a prior conviction. Even after serving his sentence the PIGS still got it out for him. Even though he had stopped bombing the cloud still followed him.

I could easily see how this situation could really bring a dude down. Shit im not going through anything half as bad and im manically depressed. Yet only a couple questions into the interview you can tell SMEAR has not let this effect his swaggar.

Picking up his name from a friends older brother Smear describes himself as "a regular god damned George Washington". When asked what fuels his work he replied "frustration, anger, fear, and suspicion." Shit man I got all of these, and to think Ive been letting them keep pent up inside me when I could be using them as motivation. If we could all just transmute these negative emotions into something like this

His unique perspective is indicative of a creative imagination. Pondering on what might motivate people to bomb he said maybe "a bad case of hemoroids". Such a humanistic simplicity!! Brilliant. I think that one of my faults is that I over analyze people or situations while Smear would probably just tell it how it is.

"Just because all of the people around you are morons destined for shit doesn’t mean that you have to follow them on their paths to nothingness." These words just keep playing themselves in my head. Like this might be what I write on the walls of my childs nursery!! Fuckin DEEP man!!

I am a bit concerned about his vice though. I just hope he is wrapping it up cause it only takes one drop. YADDAAMEAN!! Dont trip though SMEAR. Keep doing your thing. A leader walks with no fear. KEEP ON HOLDING IT DOWN MAYNE!!!!

Still Prowling

This is a follow up to this past blog on which I set about to try and get in touch with Shepard Fairey in order to get a comment on his position on the recent military actions in Lybia. Unfortunately I have not been succesful in getting in touch with the man, however the story has not completely fallen on its face.

I sent another email to his assistant Tina that went like this:

Still waiting for a comment. I didnt think that anybody could take longer then Obama to weigh in on the issue. Guess Ive been proven wrong.

Her response, which came in about 2 minutes from my request was:

Sorry don't have an answer yet, he he has been working in his art studio round the clock. Thank you for your patience.
Kind regards,

Now while I do appreciate the quick response I'm totally not impressed with the amount of integrity which the OBEY camp is showing. I dont know maybe they think Im full of shit and not a internationally known bloggger but not even that gives them a pass on this ill behavior. I mean even if I was just a mere fan that resonated with Shepards Political philosophy, as Im sure many are, would this not warrant a more lengthy answer? It seems that this question is trickier then it may seem!!

In response to my last blog I received this anonymous comment:
"Who cares what he thinks about political affairs?? Get over it.... Shepard isn't a politician- he is just a designer. "

Is this really a position that can be taken? While I dont disagree that Shep is a designer, I would also say that most of his designs have some sort of political commentary. Look at the piece that he is doing right now at MOCA!

Imagine that!! He is putting up a picture of Malcom X and at the same time staying quite on the fact that a gang of AFRICAN people are feeling the wrath of imperialism being led by the United States. His work continually champions revolutionary figure heads, but Im not supposed to ask him his stance on revolution? I really hope that Shepard wants his fans to hold him to a higher standard then that. If they dont I will!

Bound and determined to succeed on this investigation of mine Ive realized that there are many other resources to be utilized. Getting hip to the game I just started up the official HAMBLOGGGERMAN twitter acount. My first twitter to Shep went like this:
@obeygiant yo shep i been hella trying to get at you bout this MOCA show. what good? Did tina pass you that email bout libya?

Haven't heard back and I wont hold my breath. My fear is that Shepard has had his entire political discourse laid out for him. Was there some sort of agreement that he had to sign to get into the Obama Camp? Is this why weve started to see OBEY start to move away from Political Commentary and more towards POP FASHION? Were there contractual stipulations that limited the criticism that he could voice? Is he on some sort of residual income? These are all valid questions at this point. Ones that I intend to continue to ask.



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g.celente on the words of wizdom.

St. Petey by hamblogggerman.blogspot



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Shepard Fairey leads the flock into the sand?

Yo people what it DOES!! Im writing this entry to begin the documentation of my attempts to reach out to SHEPARD FAIREY in order to understand what his position is on the recent UN approved US led attack on Libya. Here is a copy of the first email that I sent to him:

Hello Shepard,
Im writing to inquire as to your position on the recent UN approved US led military advance into Libya. Being that you gave Obama such a monumental amount of support during his presidential campaign, in hopes of him being a antiwar canidate, I would assume that you do have a position on this matter which will no doubt cost many innocent lives. Please let me know if I can get a direct comment or if your going to be putting out a press release as you have in the past concerning matters similar to these. As a a leading figure in the Street Art movement I think that your opinon on the matter holds alot of weight with people, especially young folks, who much like you wanted an alternative to the BLOOD THIRSTY war machine of the Bush adminstration. Please let me know as soon as possible so that we may get the word out. Thank you for your time. The HBOO CREW

I’ve emailed this to all of the contact emails that I can find for him (so if you know of any personal ones to get at him hook me up. I’ve attempted to reach him at his studio but was told he was busy and given an email address to reach his assistant. Hoping that I was getting a bit closer to coming into contact I emailed her this same request today. This was her response:

May I ask what this is for? As you can image his schedule is pretty overloaded especially with a show coming up in a couple of weeks. We thank you for your support.

Too BUSY???? Come on now Fairey. You can find time to promote your depiction of the wave crashing in to Japan but cant take a few minutes to either, one stand in allegiance with Obama or part ways and really start to demand that he live up to his campaign promises. In this matter I do believe that silence is compliancy to the war agenda.

Of course my obvious reasons for wanting a statement from Shepard is because of the amount of support he gave to Obama (ie HOPE PROPAGANDA). Shepard did this under the guise of supporting the ANTI-WAR candidate and after that last Obama speech where he accepts total responsibility for the recent strikes in Libya (as if the surge wasn’t enough) there is no way that one can still live in this FAIREY (no pun intended) tale world. Im sure that Shepard is aware of the hypocrisy’s being birthed by the Obama administration so you would think he would be all over this issue in the same manner in which he has criticized so many other war mongerings of the past! If he doesn’t have any beef with Obama on this matter it would seem to me that he is selectively choosing who should be held accountable when it comes to commiting these crimes against humanity.

Today however I found even more of a reason to try and squeeze Fairey for an answer. While surfing through the interweb in hopes that he may actually have already made a statement,and that I may have missed it, I found this picture posted on the OBEY blog. The guy in the picture (seen wearing an obey beanie) is a Libyan “Rebel” who claims that they are being over powered by Ghadafi but that he would stick around and fight till the death. It would seem that he would find himself on the side of this conflict that would welcome the intervention of the UN allies. Now im not sure about all the specifics as to what ideology Massoud is pushing but one must be slow when jumping to the conclusion that whoever is against Ghadafi is good because as weve seen there is concern that the rebel groups in libya may have Al Qaeda connections. THIS IS MAJOR!!!

SO is Shepard using pictures of Libyan Rebels to promote his clothing line or by posting pictures of them is he showing support for their cause? Is Shepard asking these questions of the guy who he helped thrust into the White House? If so then why is he not being more publicly vocal about this? If not then how is it that he is seen as some sort of ICON in the world SOCIAL JUSTICE ACTIVISM (as he so flagrantly calls his work.

So yeah Ill keep posting as to where this bout of Journalistic research takes your boy!!! and if you see Shepard on the streets pass the word that the HAMBLOGGGER is is eagerly awaiting his response.

Max Keiser-A new divided Lybia

It would seem that Max is on to something.