Oct. 9, 2008 Artesian Heral Opinion 5 $treet $marts by Brad Emerson Shepard Fairey Obeys capitalism In 1989, a South Carolinian by the name of went by the name of GIANT with Andre being the Shepard Fairey created a sticker at the Rhode Island symbol behind it all. He dropped the name and School of Design, RISD, which is now a global became OBEY, but kept Andre. As is common with symbol. It was a black and white sticker of Andre most graffiti writers and street artists, Shepard has the Giant with the words saying Andre the Giant somewhat abandoned his street project and has has a posse and minor physical facts such as his become a designer and gallery artist. He has done weight and height. Fairey is famous around the many things such as the cover of the recent Led world for crafting intricate works depicting Zeppelin compilation album, Mothership, artwork in governmental figures admiring the idea of nuclear Tony Hawks Pro Skater and Guitar Hero games, war, totalitarianism, Big Brother from George ads for Pepsi, Netscape, and Hasbro. He has even Orwells 1984, and other anti-governmental crafted posters advocating the Presidential propaganda. nominee, Barack Obama. His works have intensified and have become He has also recently started his OBEY clothing very detailed with highly controversial images. line that, sadly, runs in the malls and uppity-scaled They are placed around the cities in the form of stores such as Nordstrom. Honestly, it upsets me a stickers and posters. They are posted in a variety of bit to see that Shepard now plays a role in what he places in hopes to get the viewer to think on a originally opposed. I liked his whole idea of going larger scale than their own box-life. Many people against the government, but now I see that at the argue whether or not this street artist is just another end of the day everybody obeys the dollar. I part of the vandalizing graffiti problem, or understand that everyone has to make a living, but something more. In my opinion, he is a street artist seeing an idol become a hypocrite is quite and a graffiti writer, but one of a different kind due disappointing. Photo courtesy of www.obeygiant.com to the fact that he does not use spray or bucket I have seen a lot of kids around school wearing The iconic symbol of Shepard Faireys work is displayed paint, markers, mops, rollers, etc., but posters and his clothing and Im quite sure they have no idea via wheat pasting, one of the numerous forms he uses to stickers in their place. It kind of reminds me of all who or what OBEY originally meant. It can be quite display his artwork. He typically repeats the graphic, the billboards, movie posters, and commercials that irritating. That doesnt mean there are not kids out mimicking the commercialistic advertisements he stands are pumped into our minds everyday there that know about it and wear it. I almost relate against. subconsciously. His works stand out against it. OBEY now to Alberto Kordas image of the mass- They promote free-thinking. Then again, I may be produced Che Guevara t-shirt fad that college something like Hollister, Abercrombie & Fitch, etc. getting ahead of myself, or he is. students globally wear, which contradicts it all. What do football players know about graffiti? In the His nom de plume, or alias, is OBEY, however I guess you could say I am quite stingy with my end, I love his work and message, but hate the way that was not always the case. In his initial years he interests or at least I do not want OBEY to become he goes about it today. You try to ignore them, but they reproduce like vermin, Crocs are everywhere. BY JORDAN JAMES We have all tolerated the shoulder pads, actually appealing. She replied, I wear them for overalls, toe socks, paint splattered jeans, and leg comfort, I never wear them much outside of work. warmers. They are all fashion trends that are just Some doctors are recommending them to patients asking to be ridiculed at some time or another. with foot problems. These shoes are especially Then along comes Crocs. Born in 2002, the shoe was light, says Harold Glickman,DPM, former initially intended as president of the American footwear for boating, with Podiatric Medical Association its nonslip tread and I remember when (APMA). They have huge waterproof tendencies. At first I could not really decide Crocs first came out, I room in the toe that affords the front part of the foot lots of if I liked them, but I decided when I first room, especially for people with definitely made my decision. They are repulsive, and I saw them I would bone deformities like bunions and hammer toe. Still, I say the am not the only one who never wear them. only people who should wear thinks so. Senior, McKenzie Smith said, I remember -Senior Crocs in public are toddlers. Hospitals on at least two Sarah Mosier Photo when Crocs first came out, I Mckenzie Smith continents banned their staff Ever since Crocs came out in 2002 they have been decided when I first saw from wearing the shoes. repulsive. Somehow these foamy-rubber slip-ons went them I would never wear Administrators worried that from footwear that should have been restricted to the them. They may seem comfortable, and just an dropped needles might poke through the holes. garden or beach into something that became office and easy shoe to slip on, but in my opinion there is not Crocs later on came out with a hole-free model, but social outgoing appropriate. one thing attractive about them. The not-exactly- still other hospitals feared Crocs may generate plastic footwear is probably great for around the static electricity that would interfere with life- hate to say it but maybe the shoe-wearing masses house, or gardening, but for everyday footwear, saving medical equipment. That is not Crocs only are voting with their feet and whats comfortable. they are big and bulky. dilemma, the companys stock price per share has With that in mind, go ahead and let your revolting Setting aside my hatred for Crocs, its not just been sliding since last fall. bright colored comic shoes fill the streets of about style for some. My mom is a hairstylist and is Is this the end of the publics affair with Crocs? anywhere and everywhere. on her feet up to 10 hours a day. She owns about Will the Crocs high heel be able to keep the joker- Youll be in good, even great company when you three pairs of Crocs. I asked her if she just wore shoe trend alive? Possibly we can dab a little Croc see all the celebs wearing them. Come on people, them for comfort or if she believed they were disappearing potion on it all and make it better. I just give them up.