SAVE THE DATE: “DIY – The History of Creative Culture in Skateboarding” at Subliminal Projects – Exhibit and Print Release Event – Saturday May 19th

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Subliminal Projects Gallery, its founder Shephard Fairey, and Vans present an exhibit and special event dedicated to the ever-expanding skateboard culture and lifestyle. The exhibit was curated and created by Jürgen Blümlein of Faux Ami Exhibitions and The Skateboard Museum (Berlin), Todd Huber of Skatelab and the Skateboarding Hall of Fame, and FACT. The exhibition will feature skateboards, clothing, zines, various items and artifacts integral to the legacy of DIY culture in skateboarding. In conjunction with the opening of the exhibition,  Shepard Fairey will release a limited edition print.

Skateboarding has had a significant influence on street art and graffiti, and in part with the founding of Subliminal Projects which was established by Fairey and Blaize Blouin in 1995. The gallery and its counterculture programming is credited with playing an integral part in introducing skateboarding culture and design to the art world.

“This D.I.Y. skateboarding art show is very personal for me. I began drawing when I was little, but the real turning point in my life is when I started skateboarding and listening to Punk rock in 1984. At the time there was a very punk, D.I.Y. (Do-It-Yourself) mentality in the culture of skateboarding. Skateboarding provided a physical and creative outlet for my aggression and frustration. Early on I made my first stencil. I had decided that the factory graphics on my board were too slick so I painted my board fluorescent orange and spray-painted a black Thrasher stencil on the bottom of the board. I had cut the stencil with a kitchen knife and soon I realized that I could use paper cut stencils not only for spray-painting but also for screen-printing. Basically, D.I.Y. skateboarding led me to the art techniques and “question everything” mentality that have been the foundation of my work ever since.” –Shepard Fairey

A limited amount of his prints, as well as 25 hand-stenciled versions, will be available in-store at Subliminal Projects May 19, 2018, at 7pm and Tuesday, May 22 at 10AM (PDT) on Limit 1 per person/household.

May 19- June 16

Opening Reception: 
May 19, (7-10 PM)

Subliminal Projects
1331 West Sunset Blvd.
LA 90026



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