OFF! still making film; Shepard Fairey selling limited prints to help fund it
OFF!, the supergroup made up of Keith Morris (Circle Jerks/Black Flag), Dimitri Coats (Burning Brides), Steven Shane McDonald (Redd Kross), and Mario Rubalcaba (Rocket From The Crypt/Hot Snakes), have been working on a “sci-fi punk rockumentary” titled Watermelon, as well as an accompanying album. Their attempt to crowdfund the movie via Kickstarter was unsuccessful, but they’re still planning on finishing it. To help fund it, street art icon Shepard Fairey is selling limited prints of the poster he made for their Kickstarter, with all money going towards the film:
Punk rock band OFF! which includes members from Black Flag, Circle Jerks, Redd Kross, The Burning Brides, and The Black Heart Procession is making a movie called “Watermelon,” and according to their lead singer Keith Morris, “You will do what we say”…… is an MK Ultra mantra from out of the shadows, under the hardwood and the linoleum floorboards or a ray of light into the center of the brain. Worship at the church of the central intelligence agency! – These cryptic words were all I could get from Keith because Watermelon is, of course, a top-secret project about mind-control which might already have me hypnotized. I originally created this print for their Kickstarter for the film which they barely fell short of funding. I want to see this OFF! Watermelon project come to fruition, so. I’m now releasing a limited run of these prints on my site to raise money for it, July 11th. Don’t miss it!
OFF! On true white Speckletone Paper. 18 x 24 inches. Signed by Shepard Fairey. Numbered edition of 600. $60. All proceeds will go to OFF! Available Thursday, July 11th @ 10 AM PDT at store.obeygiant.com/collections/prints. Max order: 1 per customer/household. *Orders are not guaranteed as demand is high and inventory is limited.* Multiple orders will be refunded. International customers are responsible for import fees due upon delivery. ALL SALES FINAL.
Meanwhile, OFF! have some live shows coming up including — as mentioned — NYC’s Le Poisson Rouge on 7/28 which now has two openers: School Drugs and Gnarcissists. Tickets are still available. Updated dates are listed below.
In related news, yesterday (7/9) Shepard released a limited “Paint it Black” poster (not the band, but it is a reference to the Rolling Stones song) that “evokes new coverage of the 1989 Exxon Valdez spill in Alaska and the 2010 BP spill in the Gulf of Mexico, environmental catastrophes that were caused by human error, poor oversight, and cost-cutting.” The print sold out but you can check it out here:
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PAINT IT BLACK AVAILABLE TUESDAY, JULY 9TH!⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ According to co-curator of "Facing the Giant: Three Decades of Dissent," Pedro Alonzo: This sinister hand offering a can of black paint refers to the oil industry's common use of misinformation to deny humanity's impact on climate change. The artist Shepard Fairey signals the oil industry's lobbyists and public relations campaigns used to maintain positive public opinion of fossil fuels in spite of the devastating effects of carbon emissions on the environment. Fairey suggests that the oil industry is willing to paint the world black with oil spills to extract as much crude oil as possible cheaply. The artwork evokes new coverage of the 1989 Exxon Valdez spill in Alaska and the 2010 BP spill in the Gulf of Mexico, environmental catastrophes that were caused by human error, poor oversight, and cost-cutting. The words "Decadent" and "Luxurious" remind us that the continued extraction and use of oil is a luxury humanity cannot afford.⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Fairey's practice is abundant with references to popular culture, a strategy employed to create artworks that are simultaneously accessible and thought-provoking. The title, "Paint It Black" references the 1966 song by the Rolling Stones that deals with depression due to a lost loved one. It presents a bleak worldview of desperation where the entire world is painted black. The artist invites us to ponder issues of environmental devastation due to pollution and carbon emissions.⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Paint it Black. Serigraph on Coventry Rag, 100% Cotton Custom Archival Paper with hand-deckled edges. 30 x 41 inches. Signed by Shepard Fairey. Numbered edition of 89. Comes with a certificate of authenticity. $900. A portion of proceeds will go to @350org. Available Tuesday, July 9th @ 10 AM PDT at store.obeygiant.com/collections/prints. Max order: 1 per customer/household. *Orders are not guaranteed as demand is high and inventory is limited.* Multiple orders will be refunded. International customers are responsible for import fees due upon delivery. ALL SALES FINAL.
OFF! — 2019 Tour Dates
JUL 20 SAT Vans Warped 25 Years, Mountain View, CA, United States
JUL 26 FRI ’77 Montreal, Montréal, Canada
JUL 27 SAT This Is Hardcore Fest Philadelphia, PA, United States
JUL 28 SUN Le Poisson Rouge New York, NY, United States
AUG 31 SAT Muddy Roots Music FestivalCookeville, TN, United States