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Mondo Tees and Shepard Fairey's THEY LIVE Poster!

Nordling here.

Tonight at the Alamo Drafthouse Shepard Fairey hosted, along with Mondo Tees, one of the films that influenced him as an artist, John Carpenter's THEY LIVE.  In celebration of the event, Fairey designed a poster for it.  It will be available for purchase tomorrow at Mondo Tees, but amount is limited and since this will be an original work by Shepard Fairey it will probably go about as fast as it takes for you to read this article.  Follow @MondoNews on Twitter for more details, as they will announce on their Twitter feed when the posters will go on sale.  In the meantime, here's Shepard Fairey's THEY LIVE poster:

 Very nice.  Nordling, out.

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  • June 9, 2011, 8:07 p.m. CST

    by SpencerBarnes

    first ever first? "baby, what's wrong?!?!"

  • June 9, 2011, 8:08 p.m. CST

    and i'm all out of bubble gum.

    by SpencerBarnes

    takes me back to the 80's... piper's pit and all...

  • June 9, 2011, 8:10 p.m. CST

    Well that's...something, I guess.

    by Rex Carsalot

  • June 9, 2011, 8:16 p.m. CST


    by Cap'n Jack

  • June 9, 2011, 8:18 p.m. CST


    by Anthony Torchia

    that is all

  • June 9, 2011, 8:25 p.m. CST

    YES!! at last, A GREAT POSTER!!!

    by marineboy

  • June 9, 2011, 8:28 p.m. CST

    it's more about him and less about the movie


    figures. his whole career is based on repurposing ideas from that movie.

  • June 9, 2011, 8:29 p.m. CST


    by stelios kantos

    You were sorta funny.

  • June 9, 2011, 8:31 p.m. CST

    the pattern background stuff


    is he taking ideas from grunge artists at deviant art now? surprised he'd do something so played out that has nothing to do with the movie. rotty old wallpaper patterns? hm. this makes me want to watch Exit through the Giftshop again.

  • June 9, 2011, 8:35 p.m. CST

    and yeah i'm a bitter artist


    bitter at people who make empires off of a few borrowed ideas and images. Fairey didn't invent the andre the giant has a posse stickers, btw. unless he was like 7 when he started selling them through skate mags like Thrasher.

  • June 9, 2011, 8:37 p.m. CST

    about what I expected.

    by Smegmasaurus_Rex

    Andre the Giant: Check Color red: Check

  • June 9, 2011, 8:40 p.m. CST

    if Carpenter made as much cash from the OBEY concept


    as Fairey has, the world would be a fair and just place....and carpenter could maybe finance some decent movies now too.

  • June 9, 2011, 8:42 p.m. CST

    Fuck this is lame.


    Lame, lame, lame. As a THEY LIVE fanatic, I'm gravely disappointed. He took the movie's hamfisted charm and degraded it to hamfisted smarm. CHOPPED.

  • June 9, 2011, 8:42 p.m. CST


    by georgecauldron

    Great movie, great poster.

  • June 9, 2011, 8:44 p.m. CST

    Looks like hipster explotation to me..

    by MST3KPIMP

  • June 9, 2011, 8:45 p.m. CST



  • June 9, 2011, 8:47 p.m. CST

    "Cripple Fight!!!"

    by thelordofhell

    One of the best South Park episodes ever!!

  • June 9, 2011, 8:53 p.m. CST

    nah, hipsters at least make pretenses of edginess

    by soma_with_the_paintbox

    This, on the other hand, is TIRED AS SHIT.

  • June 9, 2011, 8:59 p.m. CST

    Piper's Pit

    by SpencerBarnes

    Doesn't anyone remember the Piper's Pit episode that kicked off the great Hogan-Giant feud that culminated in Wrestlemania III at the Pontiac Silverdome? Am I right folks, hello? Here it is!

  • June 9, 2011, 9:02 p.m. CST

    interesting link about all the images he has stolen.

    by Smegmasaurus_Rex

    This is why Shepard Fairey has very little respect in the art world.

  • Obama is your God. He is your dictator.

  • June 9, 2011, 9:13 p.m. CST

    My favorite Carpenter movie

    by Phategod2

    And is it me or is that the Biggest (most cut) Roddy Piper has ever been?

  • June 9, 2011, 9:14 p.m. CST

    Can you guys please start banning the fake RIP people?

    by The Krypton Kid

  • June 9, 2011, 9:25 p.m. CST

    Well that's certainly a Shepard Fairey poster.

    by ROBRAM89

    Although calling out a street artist for repeating himself is kind of like saying Monet's paintings were too blurry.

  • June 9, 2011, 9:46 p.m. CST

    Using reference pics is one thing, appropriation…

    by time2323

    is another. Check out this link for some examples Fairey's more blatant examples of appropriation: Don't get me wrong, I think the guy is really talented. But some of this stuff is inexcusable.

  • June 9, 2011, 9:52 p.m. CST

    kk, I know right?

    by soma_with_the_paintbox

    Some jackass got me this morning; I thought Lily Tomlin had croaked--just too rad for this world, I guess. I go to her official website (which looks like it last saw a webmaster's hand in 1997, btw) and she's still alive and kicking, tg. Oh well. Trolls gonna troll. What can you do?

  • If you look, you see just one image, the easily found image of the alien. Also, the background with all the newspapers. What is that? This looks like it took all of an hour to put together. Sorry, I find many recent Mondo posters to be poor efforts.

  • June 9, 2011, 11:07 p.m. CST


    by smackfu

    you don't sound like a bitter artist. You sound like a bitter wanna-be artist. You're right where you belong, in a forum, spitting bile at those who have actually accomplished something.

  • June 9, 2011, 11:09 p.m. CST

    What's up with the fact death reports?

    by ccchhhrrriiisssm

    @ peopleintrees: That video was uploaded four years ago. I've seen a couple of Frankie Muniz interviews since then. Google is your friend, bro. Google is your friend.

  • June 9, 2011, 11:23 p.m. CST

    Lily Tomlin


    i gotta take credit for that one. that was me. i dug deep to think of someone we haven't heard from in a while that's talented and respectable. sorry i 'got ya'Soma... :P

  • June 9, 2011, 11:32 p.m. CST

    Why the meme...

    by SchwarzenGollum

    Why is the guy holding up the card with the Andre the Giant meme?

  • June 9, 2011, 11:41 p.m. CST


    by pk68

    One of the worst movies ever made....

  • June 9, 2011, 11:41 p.m. CST


    by pk68

    you're a douche!

  • June 10, 2011, 12:09 a.m. CST

    Fucking tacky

    by jimmy_009

    Way to work your arrogant ass into the poster douche.

  • June 10, 2011, 12:31 a.m. CST

    Nice poster. Terrible movie.

    by SmokingRobot

    JC...such a waste of talent. So many bad decisions.

  • June 10, 2011, 2:18 a.m. CST


    by peopleintrees

    Yeah dude I know.

  • June 10, 2011, 2:19 a.m. CST


    by INWOsuxRED

    I don't remember Piper showing his cock in that movie, I'll have to watch it again.

  • June 10, 2011, 2:33 a.m. CST

    has the Obama re-election campaign started already?

    by Kirby and Ditko

  • Imagine the commercial. Obama is speaking at a podium, the crowd is being whipped into a hysterical frenzy. O-BA-MA! O-BA-MA! Then, moving amid the crowd, one man, Rick Santorum, dons a pair of dark sunglasses. And Obama is revealed as a creepy Alien-Skeleton from They Live. Santorum draws forth a squirt gun and fires in slow motion, smothering Obama in a frothy mix of lube and fecal matter, revealing Obama's true identity to the crowd. The Secret Security descends on Obama. The crowd now turns in favour of Santorum, lifts him up the crowd surfs him across the room. Camera moves in to Close-Up of Santorum: 'I'm Rick Santorum, and I approve this message." God, that would be fucking brilliant.

  • June 10, 2011, 3:55 a.m. CST

    There's no "John Carpenter's" above "They Live". No sale.

    by JuanSanchez

  • June 10, 2011, 5:47 a.m. CST


    by Waka_Flocka

  • June 10, 2011, 6:05 a.m. CST

    Useless trivia

    by Apple Octopus

    Executive producer, Shep Gordon, was Alice Cooper's manager for most of his career. ALIVE FILMS was a division of Alive Enterprises, who also managed Blondie, Luther Vandross and others.

  • June 10, 2011, 9:50 a.m. CST

    That Andre the Giant image is played out

    by Bobo_Vision

    The artist is using this poster to promote himself and the hype around him.

  • June 10, 2011, 9:50 a.m. CST

    Shepard Fairey is a plagiarist, a hypocrite and an overall douchebag!

    by Huey_Freemans_afro

    He copies other people's work while trying to screw them out of credit. Then he turns around and sues another artist for copying his work.

  • June 10, 2011, 9:52 a.m. CST

    Fairey is so over

    by JamesWest

    He rips people off then tries to claim he's an "artist"? Pshaw.

  • June 10, 2011, 9:54 a.m. CST

    Terrible name. Terrible human being. I blame his parents.

    by Huey_Freemans_afro

    Parents: Stop giving your kids these bad names that will make them misanthropes from a young age!


  • June 10, 2011, 1:09 p.m. CST

    That is not Obama, It's Ronald Reagan Fool!

    by TJ

    The film was made in 1988, and Fairey is prone to using Ronald Reagan in his American anti-political posters. That is 100% no-doubt definitely Ronald Reagan.

  • June 10, 2011, 1:20 p.m. CST


    by artdude102

    I've got to agree with you on all points

  • June 10, 2011, 1:25 p.m. CST

    The title and the suit alien-

    by artdude102

    Are the only references to the film. The rest is allllll about Shepard Fairey. Did they tell him this was supposed to be a promo for the movie and not himself? Wow.

  • June 10, 2011, 1:29 p.m. CST

    knuckleface ... Santorum

    by artdude102

    Such an ad would require brains and creativity. 2 things Santorum is sorely lacking. I see him in more of a creepy "Invasion of the Body Snatchers" political where he screams like a girl and points hysterically every time he sees a gay guy walk by.

  • June 10, 2011, 2:11 p.m. CST

    Fairey is a kick to the balls of hard working artists

    by alienindisguise

    Dude's a hack just like Warhol was and all other pop artists who fuck up existing images and calls them art. Pathetic.

  • June 10, 2011, 3:43 p.m. CST


    by ZOMBRE

    He is right. Sheppurd steals other artists work on a massive scale. He also uses Illustrator but thats a different story. On the other hand, how many artists can say they've had the impact he's had. I have zero respect for his stealing of art and his work. Plus, it's supposed to be a They Live poster. He just copied the orignal poster. Surprise. Its an OBey poster.

  • June 10, 2011, 5:41 p.m. CST

    This is a disappointing image - Needs more Piper!

    by DarthRazor