This Week’s Obey Print: LA Philharmonic Hall

Obey will reportedly be back in action this week with a new print release, LA Philharmonic Hall. The hall commissioned Shephard to do this print of the famous building by Frank Gehry. If everything goes as planned, this should come out today (Tuesday, January 8 ) at noon PST. Visit

60 Responses to “This Week’s Obey Print: LA Philharmonic Hall”

  1. new hecox is up:

    they are going fast, only 62 left

  2. picked one up already.. looks awesome.

    As for the obey print it won’t be on sale this week… Don’t even bother going to the website to check.

  3. Yes! More like this please!

  4. Yeah, nothing to see, do not go to the site and check if they are on sale….not this week! You will waste your time

  5. It is nice to see the spray texture used here. I wish more prints used this gritty effect similar to Ali and MLK, Lenin, the rest. I think most Obey fans appreciate when the prints mimic a street installation with a layered look.

  6. What the heck would you do with this thing? Would someone really frame a picture of the phillharmonic hall?

  7. worst release EVER!

  8. I think that the Obey server was still on vacation today. Absolutely appalling mess – the people running the online sales should be ashamed of themselves.

  9. I don’t think they are ashamed. They want the purchasing process to be a mess to drive up hype. People feel like they get a better score, so want to score more each and every time. They could easily make purchasing easier…as easy as a POW Banksy release purchase, but it’s better for them this way. If any other artist because Fairey put this out, it would never sell out. Make it red and black and put a Obey logo on it, make it hard as hell to purchase, and you got yourself a desirable collectable.

  10. ^ :roll:

  11. Sorry for the typo, Autodactyl.

    Should read:

    “If any other artist BESIDES Fairey put this out, it would never sell out.”

  12. You are fuxing retards. Do you have any idea how much the bill would be for dedicated hosting to handle the thousands of douches logging on to try to flip this thing? You have to pay for that shit by the month not the hour.

  13. In regards to POW, you forgot to mention that they can afford more expensive because their fuxing shitty ass posters are like $500 or more each. Not to mention they make like 1000 of em. I’m sure you’d all like Shep to increase his prices 10 fold to make your shopping experience more enjoyable.

  14. I would hope they are at least using a dedicated virtual server through MediaTemple. Those are only $50-150/month. If you want to argue that they can’t afford that, then you are mistaken.

  15. Insert the word “hosting” after “expensive” in my last post.

  16. That shit ain’t gonna handle the onslaught of hits they’re getting when a sale goes down.

  17. Now that I think about it, let’s say he nets 6k a week from these posters, that’s still enough to pay for some fuxing dedicated hosting. Something is fishy here.

  18. LOL.

  19. I bet the site is just designed like shit, and every page is reloading all those damn images during each step of the process for thousands of users all at the same time.

  20. In conclusion, since the site is designed like shit, and there are thousands of users trying to use the site designed like shit, the current hosting solution is insufficient.

  21. Stoney…don’t taze us when you should be tazing Obey Giant, bro. OG can more than afford to upgrade their web hosting without raising prices. And the site sells more than just Fairey’s weekly prints every week. If you want to talk POW vs. Obey Giant, I have NO DOUBT that Obey Giant makes way more money than POW each year. OG’s website does not do all the commerce, of course, but it is still their site and this purchasing hassle does put a burden on their customers.

  22. Dude, you need to read all my most posts. I went through a wide range of emotions before coming to a conclusion. The site is a fuxing mess.

  23. I really don’t think OMGPosters should even have OBEY GIANT prints in the database. This guy is a multi millionaire who makes mony off of shiddy prints. They can be made in about 20 min with no creativity process at all. He recycles old images into his new prints and then sells them. I am going to start and collect NAFI’s prints. He is totally underground at the moment and is part of S.A.A.S crew. Street Artists Against Shepard.

  24. Sorry guys… makes money is what I wanted to say.
    He is the P Diddy of the art world..making money at others creativity.

  25. ricky…glad to hear of another National Association of Flight Instructors print collector

  26. Hey admin, when you gonna upgrade this site so I can edit my fuxing posts?

  27. So you want OMGP! to upgrade their site, but jump up to Obey Giant’s defense when we ask them to upgrade their’s. =)

    I wonder who makes more money…OG or OMGP! ?

  28. All i know is, I got this poster from OG, and got paid while I was doing it.

  29. Um, Ricky, not to nit-pick your super cool new plan here.
    Wouldn’t a group dedicated to cashing in on hating an artist name be even weaker than the artist selling the shit out of his own name?
    Just my opinion.

  30. Agreeing with Ricky.
    OG could easily improve their web site and server situation to better handle the traffic, but they don’t generate hype for often mediocre efforts. They’re masters at playing the collecting community.
    I’ve moved on from Obey to Dan McCarthy. An artists who creates everything with his own hand, is increasing popular and a great guy — not a hypocritical douche like Shep.


    Haters get out, yo!

  32. EDIT:
    OG could easily improve their web site and server situation to better handle the traffic, but they don’t so they can generate hype for often mediocre efforts.


    Haters get out, yo!”

    Evan, nice to see that third-grade education has paid off, “dog.”

  34. S.A.A.S. crew is the stupidest thing I’ve ever heard of. You don’t have to like Fairey’s artwork, but to join forces with other retards in hating him is the most backwards sh*t anyone could do. The man does a lot of humanitarian work, donates some of his profits to charity, and sells his artwork at a low price. Since when are those reasons to create a group with the sole intention of hating on someone?


  36. How could he be street when he has a woman’s jewlery line out? He has lost his street cred and on top if it bites off so many artists it is not funny. I met him and he comes off as a really nice person. That is whay a good business man does. Smiles as he rips you off. Their so many gifted artists here and if you do a little research so many more that don’t have the luck of having his butt kissed for every single print he/she puts out. I wish for once he would just take at least two months off and practice to draw and come back with a killer print. He does not because he will lose so much money from all these trust fund babies buying all his merch. I don’t know any body from the hood buying his prints. He puts up out struggle and makes huge profits off ot it. Yeah what a humanitarian.

  37. And the people from the hood would be buying prints from who?

    I agree it would be nice to see more effort from him. But, his brand is a money making machine, it could keep killing while he takies a break, honestly. Maybe, he just doesn’t realize he needs it.

    Although. . . I still think this print is a sign of change.

  38. Some people get it, some people don’t.


    Well done. What do you want, a cookie?

  40. The notion the site’s poor performance is a ploy to build hype is ludicrous. How about the hype of something selling out in seconds? Next thing, you haters are going to say Shep had a hand in 9/11. :roll:

  41. Autodactyl…you have the wool over your eyes. Either that, or you haven’t got a clue as to the psychology of collecting if you can’t even acknowledge understanding it. You don’t have to accept it, but at least see it’s there. And it didn’t sell out in seconds…it took about 5 hours due to poor electronic commerce infrastructure. Do you think it is that hard to fix the inconvenient purchasing problems Obey is having? It not, why does it exist?

  42. I know it took 5 hours. But if you think OG decided to upgrade to a new store with inventory JUST to slow down the process of selling prints, in order to build hype (nevermind the risk of frustrating customers into ranting on forums and blogs such as these), you, my friend, have a huge ax to grind.

    The wool is not over my eyes, it’s bunched up in your rear end.

    Why haven’t they fixed the issue? Who knows, I’m not going to speculate and toss out wild accusations. But yeah, I’m sure they can address the problem with the right people. But maybe Shep has the wrong people in place (it was an issue not too long ago). I mean, they sure did a shitty job designing it. I use the same cart on my site, and it looks so much better. Just something to chew on.

  43. And if you don’t remember, or were not around, the prints used to be up for seconds before they sold out, before they moved to the new system. The big problem then was lack of inventory.

  44. Autodactyl…sorry to say, but you are a typical fanboy…to a T

    The most common thing I’ve read across all these different message boards is people going “oh man it took me this much trouble to get, I better make $___ for it”. Would they say that if they just went on the site, bought and paid for it, and went on their way after 2 minutes?

  45. The real problem with ObeyGiant’s order process is that they are using the bloated and overly complex Zen Cart to handle their orders. If they custom built something with a good free lancer, they would be much better off as it would be built for their specific needs.

    At least they seem to be with Media Temple and on a Linux server, which is a good start.

  46. what people seem to miss is that OG has long been part of the establishment. he represents a brand, like Gap or Urban Outfitters.
    his brand sells ‘F%#k the system’ (or what not). for a white boy in the suburbs getting an OG print is an easy way to feel rebellious / empowered.
    but that doesn’t make OG evil– corporations don’t have any other motivation than expanding their own wealth.

  47. I think OG puts out the best prints ever. Shepard is so talented he makes prints that speak to the people. He has a message that affects all of us. Wether it is war, poverty or race divided. Hey Alex OG is not evil they are very popular and I think that is why he is getting so many haterzzzz. Just leave the kat alone.
    Long Live Obey.

  48. Cous Cous, I happen to know a good deal about Zen Cart and web design, and can tell, from simply looking at the design, that the people who put the site together are not that great. It’s obvious to anyone with even an ounce of this sort of knowledge.

    So I take those FACTS and come to the conclusion that OG just doesn’t have the right people in place when it comes to the technical web site side of things.

    Please, show me one FACT (definition: “the truth about events as opposed to interpretation”) that supports your theory, and I’ll shut up.

  49. I meant to say “the people who put the store together,” and not “the people who put the site together” (I assume they’re different people, as the original design of the site was pretty impressive; the new folks have actually ruined some of the original design, e.g. the text of the drop down menus).

  50. “The real problem with ObeyGiant’s order process is that they are using the bloated and overly complex Zen Cart to handle their orders.”

    This is very true. Took me many months to figure out Zen Cart, and I still have lots to learn.

  51. Autodactyl, how can there possibly be any “fact” that proves this? What would be the ideal fact for you that would satisfy proof?

  52. I rest my case.

  53. Autodactyl…you rest your case that you are a fanboy wearing rose-colored glasses?

    Where’s your facts that prove he doesn’t do this to drive hype?

  54. Oh, what an intelligent response! Can you say, ad hominem?

    P.S. I’m not the one making the wild accusations. When I make one, feel free to ask me that question again.

  55. Autodactyl, if I wanted to win the Special Olympics, I would have entered to compete in it. Good work resorting to name calling and calling me a homosexual. Real mature there.

  56. *yawn*


  58. I was at the art walk in downtown los angeles last night. I seen so many OBEY shirts. It was great. Shepard is the best artist of all time. We love you shep.

  59. Cous Cous…stop to think what you’re saying. You have no way of proving your argument, yet you still wanna go at it. You’re speculating about something you have NO IDEA WHAT YOU’RE TALKING ABOUT! You’ve obviously come into the game in the past few months and haven’t been around to see the old site and it’s numerous problems.

    The site was upgraded in early ’07 and the main reason was that OG had to issue lots of refunds every week because the system was so whack. When the new site went up the first print for sale on the system took 7+ hours to sell because the site was messed up. It gradually got better, as they worked out the kinks. In the old system the old prints used to sell out in seconds(literally). That’s what Auto was talking about.

    I really think it’s funny that you think Shep is trying to create hype for his prints. Total BS and not even close to being right. Shepard freaked out and put up a response on his website to try and thwart the flippers six or so months ago. The prices got to be too much and lots of people were missing out. In his response he stated that he keeps the print prices low so they are affordable to the masses. He hates flipping and wants to stop it.

    In the old days I remember that I bought War for Sale without even knowing what it was. One had to act so fast back then because sometimes the print preview never even got to load. So tell me this…why does he need to create more hype when he hates the secondary market and his prints can sell out without people even knowing what they are? I don’t buy the kidrobot supply and demand theory here.

  60. OBEY GIANT…Can’t compete..The best ever

    Shepard over Mark Ryden any day…

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