Dare To Defy Art Print by Mear One (Early Link)

Baurmann Gallery is bringing another hot piece of street art by Mear One to the table, and we have a special early link for you. “Dare To Defy” is an 18″ x 24″ screenprint, signed/numbered in an edition of 80, and $65. If you haven’t had a chance to check out any of the Mear/Baurmann collaborations yet, do so, they are putting out some of the most amazing street-inspired work I’ve seen. Visit BaurmannGallery.com.

Click the image to see a bigger, non-jagged pic: 

Edit: At first I was told an edition of 100, but they decided to make it only 80. Super low run.

27 Responses to “Dare To Defy Art Print by Mear One (Early Link)”

  1. the gallery page says it’s an edition of 80

  2. That was my mistake…we were going to do a 100 at first, but decided to do 80 for 2008 to make it even more limited. I sent him the info that said 100…

  3. I must say, I am honestly not a fan. Perhaps it is overly jaggy because of the picture here, though. If the extremely old-school-image-processor edges are on purpose, I don’t really get what they’re going for.

  4. It’s just a bad image. Here is a picture of it in progress:


  5. mear is trying to ride the obey bandwagon…

  6. YEAH OBEY INVENTED THIS SHIT! …………………………………………………….(please)

  7. Thanks, admin. Execution looks much better in that link.

  8. No one is saying Shep “invented” this art style. They’re just saying he does it better. This seems much more corny to me.

  9. that costs about $65 too much

  10. probably easier to pick up that recent obey prints though :(

  11. I thought this was a Shep print at first glance, once again scolding his “fake fans” for buying his artwork, after 4 hours of wasted time.

  12. Admin…

    Let me explain in further detail. This seems like a pretty big stylistic jump from Mear One’s previous work. To me it seems like he tried to make a more “marketable” print by imitating other, more popular, contemporary artists.

  13. it’s got one of those flags on it, yuck

  14. The cheesy bumper sticker Illustrator warp flag kind of kills it, I think the text could be layed out better. Not a good sense of hierarchy in this print. People will buy anything though so it will sell out…

  15. Yeah . . . it kind of looks like a really low quality mouse-pad.

    This is something that might have been good, if it was a parody of an Obey, or something, I’m not sure, but anyway, as it is . . . no good.

  16. I agree w/ most the posts. This is just poorly executed graphic design.


  18. boring

  19. First, the implications that this either rips off Shepard or is a parody of Obey are completely false. I would never personally publish a print that goes against Shepard in any way. I have too much respect for him and his wife and everyone at Obey.

    In terms of design, if you do not like it do not buy it. MEAR is making these editions available for those fans that do like it and want it on their walls. If you have not seen the editions on the street, that was also the main focus in printing them. If we were trying to make a ton of money and just cash in, those 500+ pasters could have been done as editions. We tried to do an edition of 80 to make it extremely limited, so I hope those who do purchase it [and the many who already have] enjoy it!

    If you all do not quite know the history on MEAR, he has been writing MEAR since 1987 [he wrote Menace for a few years before that] and he has consistently been up on the streets that entire span. From the 80’s to right now, he has truly been up. Whether hundreds of thousands of stickers, countless burners, or wheat pasters, MEAR has always been about expressing a message.

    Shepard is synonymous w/ his hard hitting graphics and putting them up on the streets, but that does not mean every artist out there doing it is ripping him off. The history of propaganda style posters goes far back and is an entire discussion in itself. MEAR has respect for Shepard and his recent posters have nothing to do with him. MEAR and myself are doing a series focusing more on the fine art aspect of printing [i.e. David and Goliath and Cultivate Love being the first 2 of 9] so I wanted to give him a series to express his hard hitting political views. The election time is coming up and that was another big motivating factor. MEAR has always been known as a VERY political artist, so these posters are not a surprise to me in the least. The design was intended to be very graphic based, as a WARNING sign was the basis for the design. MEAR has been doing this style for a long time hitting it hard in LA, though his graffiti is what he is known for internationally. His Kaotic designs and clothing contained many of the same elements. Here is a design from 1997 he wanted to make into a print, but never was able to. The new print was obviously based on this design [from 1997] but he did make stickers.


  20. Baurmann Gallery,

    it doesn’t matter who he did or didn’t rip off or who he was or wasn’t influenced by…. what matters is that the execution and composition are both absolutely horrible. it looks like something that was created from a clip art disc using print shop. it’s just really poorly done and looks ugly. i’ve seen better work from high school students.

  21. Mear has been doing politically charged wheat pasts, stickers and Graffiti for a long time now. No matter what you think of this print if you have never seen one of Mears political pieces up in L.A. your sure as hell not looking. Granted this is different from his other more known work (i.e. prints etc.), but Mear has been producing work of this nature in all mediums for years. He even worked with Shep on a few of his anti – Bush series. Peace all, lets support any artist that creates radical work!!

  22. Genedx,

    you are missing the point. it’s not the fact that he’s doing a politically charged piece, i’m all for that, it’s the fact that it’s a really poorly designed and executed piece. the clip art, colors and composition are all bad.

  23. People are entitled to their opinions…but like I said before, if you do not like it do not buy it. MEAR is not putting these out trying to make a “marketable” print to make quick money. This is supposed to be a powerful commentary on the big brother style intrusion that is starting to take over a lot of cities. Los Angeles and all of the cameras in the city are a great example [and what is one of the main inspirations behind this piece]. Cameras have been a prevalent theme in his work for years, since after the LA Riots MEAR started noticing more and more be put up. People always think about London in terms of camera systems, but Los Angeles is slowly adding more and more cameras…

    MEAR does not use clip art. He creates all of the images in illustrator himself. The design is simple because it was intended to be simple. The flag was intended to be big and bold, and the design was based on simple, road sign style graphics.


    In terms of the high school comment, you are talking about one of the graffiti legends, so pay some respect.

  24. Baurmann,

    Thats funny I didnt see the “road sign style graphics” correlation until you just said that.

  25. Look how much time is being spent arguing a defense. If you make something you truly believe in, you shouldn’t have to defend it. Aren’t we all in deeper than this?

  26. I respect the artist and his history, etc. but I agree that this print is just very poorly executed from a design standpoint.

    I think it’s too busy (if that’s the correct word) to accomplish the “simple” road sign style graphic that was described above, but not well enough detailed to be an interesting print if looked at from an artistic perspective.

    And you’re right, I don’t like it so I won’t buy it, but I think it’s still fair for people to express their opinions.

  27. I agree 100%, definitely post your opinions away…I love to hear feedback, whether it is good or bad.

    But to imply or express that MEAR has ripped anyone off or uses clip art is something [if time permits] I will respond to…

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