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Mondo Tees, John Carpenter, The Alamo Drafthouse, And Shepard Fairey Will Bring You The Mondo THEY LIVE Poster Later This Evening!

Nordling here.

Tonight at the Alamo Drafthouse on South Lamar, there will be a special screening of john Carpenter's THEY LIVE, hosted by Shepard Fairey.  You may not know who he is, but you certainly know his work:

John Carpenter's film holds a special place with Fairey, as an inspiration for his art, and plus it's just a great film all around.  Tonight's screening is sadly sold out, but Shepard Fairey worked with Mondo Tees to create a unique poster for the film and tonight's screening.  But here's Mondo, and John Carpenter himself, to tell you all about it:


We have some very special treats courtesy of legendary director John Carpenter and famed street artist Shepard Fairey to celebrate the Alamo Drafthouse & Mondo event for THEY LIVE.

John Carpenter shot a video for the Alamo Drafthouse, where he takes a moment to reflect on THEY LIVE and its prescience with regard to a media-saturated culture.  He also "unveils" Shepard Fairey's Mondo artwork for THEY LIVE! 

Watch John Carpenter's video here:

Additionally, JOHN CARPENTER'S THE WARD is now available on VOD and will be in theatres July 8, 2011.  View the trailer here --

The screening for THEY LIVE takes place tonight at the Alamo Drafthouse with Shepard Fairey live in attendance.  This is a real treat for Alamo & Mondo fans -- the first time they've ever worked with the world famous artist. 

The poster will be available at the screening and a limited amount of posters will be available for sale on Friday (6/10) at  Follow @MondoNews on Twitter for more details.  Check out an attached "in progress" shot of Shepard's THEY LIVE artwork. 

Shepard Fairey, responsible for the iconic "Obey" street art (attached) and the "Hope" Obama poster, wrote in 2003 about the inspiration the film THEY LIVE had on his art --

"The This is Your God show in 2003 at the Six Space gallery in downtown L.A. was an opportunity to showcase the sociopolitical message of the OBey campaign by paying homage to John Carpenter's They Live, which was a major source of inspiration and the basis for my use of the word "obey."  The movie has a very strong message about the power of commercialism and the way that people are manipulated by advertising.  One of my main concepts with the show (and the campaign as a whole) was that obedience is the most valuable currency.  People rarely consider how much power they sacrifice by blindly following a self-serving corporation's marketing agenda, and how their spending habits reflect the direction in which they choose to transfer power.  In They Live, the protagonist discovers hidden messages lurking behind billboards and anything commercial, and the money says "THIS IS YOUR GOD" on plain white paper.  I designed a graphic that looked somewhat like real  money but with that slogan, which we used for the invitations and a billboard I rented on the corner of Sunset and Hollywood to promote the show."

And here's a sneak of the poster, which will be released tonight, 6:00 Pacific Time - that's 8:00 PM for you Austinites:


Nordling, out.

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  • June 9, 2011, 1:43 p.m. CST


    by mudbug

  • June 9, 2011, 1:47 p.m. CST


    by Rob

    Fucking classic. Watched in on Netflix Instant the other night.

  • June 9, 2011, 1:47 p.m. CST

    THEY LIVE rulz

    by la_sith

    Such an underrated flick. Anyone know what time the poster goes on sale online tomorrow?

  • June 9, 2011, 1:49 p.m. CST

    Man I really want Carpenter to get his Shit Together

    by DangerDave

    and make some really good movies...but I hear that The Ward is LAME.

  • nt

  • June 9, 2011, 1:56 p.m. CST

    Carpenter is DONE

    by la_sith

    Last "good" movie was VAMPIRES, and that's only if you watch it for the good laughs from James Woods and hot Sheryl Lee. His last GOOD movie was IN THE MOUTH OF MADNESS, and that was in 1995.

  • June 9, 2011, 1:57 p.m. CST

    Andre the Giant is still putting people in their place.

    by sweeneydave

  • June 9, 2011, 2 p.m. CST

    exacto knife?? paper??

    by MoneyGrabSequel

    This dude works old school??? Wow, I'm impressed...these could be done in Illustrator pretty easily.

  • June 9, 2011, 2:03 p.m. CST

    THEY LIVE is CHOPPAH's Bible.


    Put on the glasses lest ye be CHOPPED.

  • June 9, 2011, 2:04 p.m. CST

    Obey? Oy Vay!

    by cookylamoo

  • June 9, 2011, 2:10 p.m. CST

    Best fight scene ever

    by claxdog

  • June 9, 2011, 2:14 p.m. CST

    John are you Reading This????

    by DangerDave

    I love you man. I mean really, you are a true legend. A mire fan would list your films...but I won't. You know them. And yes, as listed above...."Into the Mouth of Madness" was your last good movie. You haven't lived up to your greatness in a long time. And we are all saddened us all. Since then you have put out a series of B-movies...that antholgy series...and solid out the rights to many of your best films to remakes..AoP13, Halloween, with a "producer' handle through in to keep the geeks happy and make it not totally look like a money grab. Again, we are all sad. Now, after a long break, you have returned with "The Ward" and most things I have heard is that it is a standard fare...riffing on many things that are now clitche, because you invented them. You are doing your best John Carpenter impression. Dude, this is not internet hate. Not an assault on you or more Talkback venom. It is me, speaking from my heart to one of my favorite directors in the world...who really needs to find his way home. We are all leaving a light on for you.

  • June 9, 2011, 2:16 p.m. CST


    by DangerDave

  • June 9, 2011, 2:27 p.m. CST

    As long as he doesn't score his own soundtracks

    by artdude102

    man they are awful!

  • June 9, 2011, 2:40 p.m. CST


    by la_sith

    I hope you're kidding. ESCAPE FROM NY, HALLOWEEN, HALLOWEEN III, THE FOG, ASSAULT ON PRECINCT 13....these are fantastic scores!

  • June 9, 2011, 2:40 p.m. CST


    by la_sith


  • June 9, 2011, 2:45 p.m. CST



    is that how it is now? people see Choppah and they start saying inane comments? John Carpenter's scores are anything BUT awful. They are minimalist and catchy as hell. Hell, im not afraid to admit it but when I chop, I chop to Carpenter's scores. Nothing says "Get the fuck off my dick like John's swagga-riffic scores" CHOPPED. They are perfect for the films in which they are in. The sweet West meets East of BIG TROUBLE IN LITTLE CHINA..the spooky ass synthesizers of CHRISTINE and HALLOWEEN. They down home twang in THEY LIVE. Some more spookiness in PRINCE OF DARKNESS. And the badassness of it all could not be contained in the score alone in ESCAPE FROM NEW YORK. I dare say that his films would be half of what they were had he not scored them. DOUBLE CHOPPED (for talking shit about Carpenter's musical prowess) Fucker

  • June 9, 2011, 2:47 p.m. CST

    The Ward SUCKED balls

    by Mariusz

    I love me some 80's John Carpenter as I'm sure most of you do as well. That said, he needs to stay retired. He simply cannot cut it anymore. Sorry to say.

  • June 9, 2011, 2:51 p.m. CST

    Fairey is a badass but a bit misinformed

    by eggssupreme

    How this guy sees Obama as separate from the "they" in THEY LIVE is beyond me.

  • June 9, 2011, 2:54 p.m. CST

    la_sith ^5

    by DangerDave

  • June 9, 2011, 2:55 p.m. CST

    artdude102-you must be trolling...

    by DangerDave

    or a tone deaf bone head. Carpenter's music...MADE some of his movies what they are.

  • June 9, 2011, 3:23 p.m. CST

    rather fitting


    since Shep owes his entire career to THEY LIVE

  • June 9, 2011, 3:28 p.m. CST

    artdude102 Man are you clueless.

    by Stalkeye

    The soundtrack for EFNY is one of the best scores in sci fi cinema alongside vangelis' bladerunner. you should turn in your geek pass and exit left. "Move along, Move along".

  • June 9, 2011, 3:28 p.m. CST

    EFNY = one of the best scores EVER

    by BenBraddock

    Fucking love that music!! Almost more than the movie actually.

  • June 9, 2011, 3:30 p.m. CST

    Kind of off-subject: Where's the new "THING" trailer?

    by BenBraddock

    Shouldn't we have seen something by now? Or did I miss it?

  • June 9, 2011, 3:36 p.m. CST

    why the hell did the poster he holds up get censored?

    by LargoJr

    thats just fucking insane.. seriously

  • June 9, 2011, 4:27 p.m. CST

    Well Said dangerdave

    by Katet19

    I share the same sentiment, perhaps he needs something a bit brighter to guide him home like the the KAB lighthouse. I grew up on his films, I skewed darker as a kid and they were like my Star Wars.

  • June 9, 2011, 4:30 p.m. CST


    by Katet19

    His Scores are so good he hired Ennio Morricone (who inspired him) to do The Thing score and Morricone wound up basically doing a riff on Carpenter anyway. EFNY, the actual score work in Big Trouble in Little China, The god damn Fog score is amazingly creepy, not to mention creating the most recognizable theme in the history of Horror. Carpenter, Goblin, Williams, tangerine Dream, Morricone can't beat em.

  • June 9, 2011, 4:31 p.m. CST

    Vangelis Blade Runner

    by Katet19

    I neglected to include that above but it should have been there.

  • Despite having a few iffy films on his resume,hey,nobodies perfect,Carpenter has to be one of the most overlooked truly visionary types,aside from his fans,who,if you are, you know what I'm talking about,the guy needs more recognition. If you're a fan,you know the examples. If you're not familiar with him,go out and get The Thing,They Live Escape From New York,The Fog,Starman and Big Trouble In Little China,NOW!!!!! I didn't mention Halloween,cause it gets all the recognition it needs. And,let's just appreciate that the thing was made and was able to come out when it did.

  • June 9, 2011, 4:37 p.m. CST


    by SobchakSecurity

    There were some bootleg trailers for the new thing on youtube a while back,so you might want to check that out.

  • June 9, 2011, 4:40 p.m. CST


    by SobchakSecurity

    I haven't seen the ward yet myself,but from what I've seen,I'll agree with your assesment that the ward sucks balls,or is what it appears to be and that is a generic looking made for tv looking horror movie. Would you agree? However,that all being said,I also realized that even if it turns out to be boring,sucky,generic etc,if it still manages to turn a profit and decent enough sucess,it could also in turn give Carpenter some clout to make more of what we know and live him for.

  • June 9, 2011, 4:44 p.m. CST


    by D Jones

    Knowing I'm going to catch hell for this, but Big Trouble In Little China is my favorite movie hands down above all else and as far as his soundtrack work its all fantastic ,but for true horror check out the Prince of Darkness ost he did with Alan Howarth great stuff.

  • June 9, 2011, 5:03 p.m. CST


    by BenBraddock

    Yeah, saw that, thanks, but that was leaked before Xmas... where's the official trailer? I'm very sceptical but curious as hell to see what they have done.

  • June 9, 2011, 5:35 p.m. CST


    by SobchakSecurity

    Actually,I believe I did read once that they were delaying the date. Yeah.It was going to come out in april,but moved it to october,and I think there's been some talk of not releasing it at all.Seriously. And,I'm kinda glad if they do,cause I don't like the way it's going so to say.

  • June 9, 2011, 6:37 p.m. CST

    Shepard Fairey is a Douchebag

    by MooseMalloy

    Should be a cool poster though.