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May 23, 2010



What do I think? Dumbest, most tone-deaf, re-hashed and uber-flat blog entry ever. Blah, blah, blah. Lives up to the name of the blog, at least, except for the flames.

Alex in NYC

Lovely. Thanks. By the way, how courageous of you not to leave an actual e-mail address.


Well, I'll give you my take. I remember seeing those "Andre the Giant Has a Posse" stickers all over Downtown back in the day. And the were witty, fun, and just great.

Now, I have to admit it was hard for me to accept or understand how OBEY grew out of that. I mean, if you have a schtick, and it works, fine. But those "posse" stickers were true street art; random and magical to find. "Obey" seems a tad preachy and too self aware. And his portraits are nice, but whenever I see them my mind is filled with the references that are behind his craft/technique because if I don't add my own depth, all I am looking at is a vanity portrait of a celebrity.

That's all to say there is something more patronizing than overbearing of his work. I mean, the Russian constructivist style/color of his work is not by accident but I'm sure it's not meant to be overbearing, since who exactly will look at a picture of Debbie Harry as if she were Chairman Mao? But then what's left? Kind of a stifling "Look, I put this person on an ironic overbearing pedestal..." vibe.

He seems to have moved away from the initial humor of the "Andre the Giant Has a Posse" like some high school kid who has decided to "grow up" by being dour and humorless. And I think that's his weakness. For him to really mature he really needs to loosen up a bit and come up with something as witty/new as the "posse" stuff was when he started.

Alex in NYC

Cheers, Jack .... thanks for the thoughtful response. Also, love your photos.


Being a recent transplant from the midwest to New York, I probably don't know enough about street art to comment. BUT I know that Fairey's work does seem overexposed in the last several years. If the Obey stuff hits Midwest malls, it's overexposed.

That said, I enjoyed your take on it and the short trip down your memory lane. Since moving here, I've become a bit fixated on the spontaneous art that I see on walls all over downtown. I actually didn't know that Fairey's Obey stuff came out of the Andre the Giant art. So thanks for the history lesson.

Chung Wong

92 Mercer St (now DC store). The "Rosenbluth Bros" signage is still there.

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