This Week’s Obey Print: This Is Your Church

Another interesting print from Obey will drop this week, not totally sure what I think of it yet.  On one hand, I’m glad that he seems to be adding some variety lately, but on the other hand this image is pretty simple and looks like it could’ve gotten pumped out pretty fast.   Please discuss.  Either way, this will release this Tuesday, July 21 at noon PST.  ObeyGiant.com is the spot.

31 Responses to “This Week’s Obey Print: This Is Your Church”

  1. I really like this. The print is very simple and I’d go so far as to say Bauhaus (as in the Art movement, not the band) inspired. It’s simple, yet somewhat iconic.

    Now is it just me or is the above preview and the one on the OBEY site cropped? You can only tell so much from the thumbnail and from the 2/5 that’s showing above. Nonetheless, I’m sure this one will go as quickly as the other recent prints have.

  2. The concept is there but not the execution. The vaulted ceiling is goofed and the lack of a religious icon at the front of the church makes this feel more like a Nazi era propaganda gathering then a church.

  3. i love this. The religious icon is the Dollar sign. I’m going to actually try for this one. Not that I’ll get it.

  4. Oh hey I get the metaphor… this is all of us lining up to buy prints one at a time from the server.

  5. I’ve been looking for something to put at the end of my hallway !
    ^_^

    I do like it, but the “altar” area should be raised at least two steps to give it more prominence

  6. I’d hit it.

  7. all thats missing is spiderman

  8. I don’t see the Bauhaus reference.

    It’s simple, with good depth. I think it could improve immensely, but I would hang it in my home.

  9. I’d like it better if the point of view was from the floor (on your knees), not the balcony.

  10. i love shepard’s work, but the message in this one is a bit hypocritical. i guess i can’t see it as valid when someone comments on people worshipping money, when every tuesday they rake in $12,250 in print sales. and in a matter of minutes none the less.

    the illustration style is solid, but the message is what i don’t agree with, er at least the person delivering the message i guess.

  11. He’s not saying idolizing money is bad, is he? I think money is awesome.

  12. Roy, I think your thought process is a bit short sighted. True, Shepard “rakes in” over 12 grand every tuesday for the prints but did you ever consider that he has to pay about 25 employess not to mention the printing costs. Shepard keeps his prices low for quality, hand signed prints. He knows that he could charge $50/ print and still sell them all in a day but chooses not to. I’d say he’s making a modest amount on his weekly print sales and is definitely more concerned about putting out high quality and affordable art. Don’t hate

  13. Love Shepard. Love Obey. This print sucks.
    I’m disappointed on this one, but happy to keep thirty-five bucks in my pocket and save myself an hour of anxiety. peace.

  14. this is high quality art ? lol what are you12?

  15. It’s high quality street art, whatever that means. Don’t hate b/c it doesn’t have snob appeal.

  16. howlin’ wolf:

    i’ll put it like this. screen printing isn’t as expensive of a process as a lot of people would like to think. i’d guess with the materials and labor envolved, shepard’s putting about $2k into each weekly print run (trust me, i screen print for a living).

    to say that it takes 25 people to print one run is completely absurd. from burning screens, setting up press, pulling and drying, i’d wager to say that it’s doable by no more than three people in a 24 hour period. the only thing left to factor aside from this is the actual art production (and i have no idea how long that takes him).

    now, i’ll present you with this hypothetical scenario (and belive me, this is purely hypothetical). if given the extreme benefit of the doubt (and i mean EXTREME), shepard makes $1k/weekly on print sales (thats roughly $9k less than he actually makes). he’d still be making $52k/year profit off his weekly print sales. i’d hardly call that modest.

    add that up. thats more money generated in a single day than i make in a week (2 weeks actually). so regardless of what anyone says, the hypocracy (money is evil) is there.

    and i know he’s carried the creed of “i want to make the work available to everybody at a reasonable price, something everyone can afford.” and thats great. but i really think he’s compromising the quality of his work by releasing the same graphic in a different color scheme, and further more, forcing himself to come up with something new every 7 days.

    sure, people expect a lot from artists now-a-days. but come on. at least give yourself some time to come up with something that looks like it took longer than 7 days to produce.

    bottom line, shepard’s message in his work is becoming redundant, and furthermore cliche’d. and i hate to see this, as i have a shit-ton of his prints in my collection. believe me, i wanna see him continue to succeed. but he’s gotta do some sort of transition at this point. the autoritarian political propaganda shit is getting tired. he’s gonna have to find something else to latch on to before he peters out.

    no hate, just a dead honest critique.

  17. Shepard keeps his prices low for quality, hand signed prints. He knows that he could charge $50/ print and still sell them all in a day but chooses not to

    While this is true, it is well established fact that the large format prints, called “fine art” on his site that list for $400 often sit for more than a year before selling out.

  18. Designers/artists usually do dozens of outtakes on ideas/concepts. Usually most of them get scrapped. Obey has been putting these scraps on a weekly basis because they know it’ll sell. No integrity whatsoever.

  19. Wow, Obey gets a ton of attention on this site.

  20. “autoritarian political propaganda shit ” – would you say the “Peace Mujer” print was along those lines? I personally like that image and I’m not sure it falls in the category of “autoritarian political propaganda shit “…

  21. If you guys knew how BAD of a skateboarder Shep is, then NO WAY would you purchase any of his prints. He’s that bad at skateboarding.

  22. i see it like this , he does some great stuff, he does some good stuff, and he does some average/crap stuff . i think its this one print every week as a previous commentator said that makes him put out the average stuff. whether its for money or what i dont know (i’m sure he aint short of cash) i think its amazing that under the pressure ,he puts out the great stuff. my opinion is he should maybe put out two prints a month and make them all great as its obvious he has the talent to do it. but what do i know, i dont know if he does all the artwork stage of the prints himself, for all i know he could have a team of designers putting up ideas. does anyone know how obey really works, how many people they employ etc, be good to see a copy of thier accounts just so i can feel sick and jealous of how much money they get every week, while i make a pitence , or maybe it would be the opposite and make me feel i was purchasing somethig that was value for money. we need someone who realy knows from the inside—is it just a cynical money making factory that preys on the collector mania in people, is it a project that aims to make people realise thier wayward consumerism by eventually seeing the error of thier ways of queing to purchase images printed on paper every week or is it group with a love of art , with a messge , a purpose, who just happen to be successfull and making money.

  23. I think its awesome that Mitch blogs about 20 other artists a week and maybe 3 people comment on every other one… and every week Obey has 20+ comments.

  24. The biggest pile of shit always attracts the most flies.

  25. ^ nice

  26. And the biggest playa always attracts the most hatas.

  27. ^ even nicer!

  28. I’m not trying to hate on Shepard Fairey, I was just being clever. And I would rather stab myself in the balls with a fork than argue on the internet.

  29. One thing to note about Shepard’s 25 employees is that those 25 employees take care of all tasks Obey Giant, Obey Giant Clothing and Studio Number One(Shepard Fairey’s Design Firm) related. Not just the art side. He has several different revenue streams. That being said, he’s not just an artist/designer he’s also a savvy business man. Which is rare in this field.

  30. Why did Kinsey leave him?

  31. He refused to give up the balloon knot.

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