Boys who do it well, part 3.

Well here is you regular fix of talented guys, has it really been a week since the last BWDIW? Outrageous!

Here’s this weeks…

Shepard Fairey is the stuff of legend, graphic designer, revolutionary, arts outreach and the man behind OBEY.

Shepard Fairey won counterculture acclaim in the ‘90s for his iconic OBEY Giant campaign which spread virally around the world in what he dubbed “an experiment in phenomenology”. The many faces of Andre the Giant on street lights and buildings have become so ubiquitous that it’s hard to recall a time when they weren’t always in the corner of your eye.

Next up is three guys doing something different in the form of Das Rascist, a kinda crazy hip hop melting pot of indie rap.

 

There’s not a single pop-culture meteorologist who could have predicted the strange career path of Brooklyn hip-hop crew.  Das Racist dropped two excellent mix-tapes—Shut Up, Dude and Sit Down, Man—that showcased the skilled wordplay and quick-witted spitting of core duo Himanshu Suri (also known as Heems) and Victor Vazquez (Kool A.D.).

In just a few years Das Racist has evolved into the kind of complex act every ethnomusicologist dreams of writing a book-length thesis about.

 

Arran Gregory, skater and artist.

Here is an excerpt of an interview with Arran taken from Covent Garden Journal, read the whole thing its rad.

Contrary to popular belief, it seems there’s a lot more to skate culture than baiting security guards and raising hell on walkways, and Arran’s perfectly placed to explain why exceptional graphic art and boundary-pushing video are integral to this urban activity propelled on polyurethane wheels. “Skateboarding’s not really perceived as a sport by those who practice it,” he begins. “It sounds cheesy, but it is a lifestyle. In that lifestyle there aren’t any rules like you get in most sports.”

Without the constructs of seasons, periods, leagues or matches, there’s none of the in-built hierarchy found in many traditional organised physical pursuits. “Skateboarding is all about freedom and self-expression in space. I think that’s what leads to skateboarders being creative; it’s all to do with vision.”

Opening your mind to view the world with child-like wonder is a skill practiced not just by skaters of course, but by artists too. “When you’re a kid you walk around a city and all you do is look for things to play on. The environment is your playground,”

Checkout his website

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