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Cold Deliverin’ Pain: OBEY x Public Enemy


Collaborations are the new black or the same old black…bottom line they are eveywhere these days and usually aren’t that exciting or just leave you thinking “They got a collab??!?! If that’s all it takes, where’s my collab! sheeeeeit!” So with collab’s being a dime a dozen these days you really have to push the envelope and really bring it. This project has been around for a bit but is still worth mentioning. OBEY Clothing teamed up the infamous hip hop group Public Enemy. Also included in the project is legendary photographer Glen E. Friedmen. Friedmen is known for shooting legendary skaters like Tony Alva, Jay Adams, Alan “Ollie” Gelfand, Duane Peters, and Stacy Peralta, and well as music artists Fugazi, Black Flag, Ice-T, Dead Kennedys, Minor Threat, Misfits, Bad Brains, Beastie Boys, Run-D.M.C, KRS-1, and Public Enemy. The collection consists of clothing, accessories and fine art prints. I love the idea of teaming up with those that have paved the path in history for what inspires and influences fashion/design/art/music of today. Sure “they say” that ‘imitation is the sincerest form of flatery’ but teaming up to create with those that have inspired you? I think that takes the cake as far as flatery is concerned. Get yours here and fight the power.

see more, read more…after the jump!

The poster was released on August 7th and is already sold out. Only 400 where made. Here is what Shepard Fairey had to say about the project:

Public Enemy is my favorite, and in my opinion, the most important hip hop group of all time. I became interested in the group after reading a Thrasher magazine review of their first album which described Public Enemy’s music as “the new punk?. I was into punk and hardcore all through middle school and high school, but by 87-88 I was feeling they had run their course. I liked the Beastie Boys (who had coincidentally originally been a hardcore band) and RUN DMC, but not until Public Enemy did I feel Hip Hop was the new punk. I love Public Enemy’s first record: Yo, Bum Rush The Show, but it was only the warm up for the sonic and lyrical firestorm of It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back and Fear of a Black Planet. Those records are must have classics and showed P.E. to be one of the most important forces in music, politics, and culture of the late 20th century. Public Enemy have continued to tour and put out great records for the last twenty years. Chuck D, the group’s founder is an author, activist, and lecturer as well. Public Enemy has been a huge inspiration for me. My design studio (Studio Number One) was named after the song Public Enemy Number One from which the group’s name was derived. The photo the print is illustrated from is by Glen E. Friedman. Glen shot the first two Public Enemy album covers as well as covers for LL Cool J, The Beastie Boys, Minor Threat, among others. Glen’s book FUCK YOU HEROES is a must have(link here). I am incredibly honored to to be able to bring Public Enemy,Glen E Friedman, and Obey together for this collaboration. The print is signed by me, Chuck D., and Glen E. Friedman. Enjoy!

-Shepard Fairey

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2 Responses to “Cold Deliverin’ Pain: OBEY x Public Enemy”

  1. Gabriella GDK says:

    those earrings are insane. i want!!

  2. C_Rocka C-Rocka says:

    Man I really want those earrings and I don’t see them on the website!! WHERE ARE THEY?!

    PE #1!
    C-Rocka

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