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Shepard Fairey (Obey) Ice Tee 'Original Gangster', 2016

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Shepard Fairey (Obey), Ice Tee 'Original Gangster'
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Informations about this artwork
  • Medium

    Print : Screen Print

  • Dimensions cm | inch

    9.4 x 7.1 inch

  • Support

    Print on fine art paper

  • Framing

    Not framed

  • Type

    Numbered and limited to 300 copies

  • Authenticity

    Work sold with an invoice from the gallery
    and a certificate of authenticity

  • Signature

    Hand-signed by artist

  • Offered by the gallery

    Professional art gallery
    Atlanta - United States

  • About the artwork

    Artwork sold in perfect condition

    I first heard Ice-T in 1988 around the same time I had also just picked up Public Enemy's Yo Bum Rush the Show album based on the Thrasher magazine description of Public Enemy as the new punk rock. I'd say that the punk rock description applies to Ice-T, who is credited by many as the godfather of Gangster Rap(though Ice-T gives proper respects to Schoolly D). The first Ice-T record I heard was Power which had only come out a few days before. The album opens with a hilarious skit in which a scuffle over Ice's new Power album results in a gunshot wound and ensuing deliberation over whether to call the paramedics or listen to the new album you can guess which way it goes. The album opes with the song Power which has the opening lyrics(put an audio or video link please to the song)

    I'm livin' large as possible,posse unstoppable
    Style topical,vividly optical
    Listen,you'll see 'em sometimes I'll be 'em
    Cops,critics and punks,necer ever wanta see me in POWER
    Well,that's too bad,Apocalypse Now I'm back and I'm mad
    We're comin',you're runnin' cold and cunning
    Ice T on the mic,Top-Gunning

    Well, that opening line really stuck with me and ended up being the inspiration for the use of the word posse in my "Andre the Giant has a Posse sticker a few months later. Power" is my favorite Ice-T album, but he has several excellent albums including Rhyme Pays, "Ice Berg Freedom of Speech, and OG, Original Gangster. Three out of four of those records have cover photographs by Glen E. Friedman. Glen and I both think that Ice-T is a very important figure in the golden era of hip hop who deserves to be celebrated for his contribution and exposed to a younger generation, so we collaborated on this image, which is based on an out take photo session from the Power era. If you only know Ice-T for his TV roles, do yourself a favor and check out the albums I mentioned. By the way, Jay-Z's 99 Problems lifts it's chorus from an Ice-T song of the same name from 1993. Like I said, the guy is O.G.
    Both prints are signed by me, Glen E. Friedman, and Ice-T.


    There is no doubt about it, ICE-T is a California Legend. From a hair straightened street hustler and thief, who took his moniker from none other than Ice Berg Slim, this dude emerged as one of the most heavily west coast inspired rappers of all time. ICE is a story teller extraordinaire, a hustler on every respectable level. A true friend and as loyal as they come to those close to him. Respect due to this real icon and player, for telling his stories and sharing the culture in the way he only can.

    -Glen E. Friedman
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Shepard Fairey (Obey)

United States Born in: 1970 Famous artist

Shepard Fairey alias Obey was born in 1970 in Charleston, US.

He gets to know the universe of graphic design very early, at age 14, when he draws images to be printed on t-shirts and skateboards. He is influenced by the work of artists such as Andy Warhol or Russian artist Alexander Rodtchenko.

In the late 1980s, Obey and a group of friends from the Rhode Island School of Design create a series of stickers and posters with the figure of wrestler Andre the Giant and stick thousands of them on the walls of American cities. Andre the Giant Has a Posse is one of the first and most important "viral" Street Art campaigns, showing the ability and force of this new illegal means of expression.

His work became world famous during the U.S. presidential campaign in 2008, with the creation of the poster HOPE of Barack Obama that became an icon of the campaign. The Institute of contemporary art in Boston considered Obey as one of the best and most influential street artists of our time.

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Shepard Fairey (Obey), Ice Tee 'Original Gangster'
Shepard Fairey (Obey), Ice Tee 'Original Gangster'