OFFICAL PRESS RELEASE
San Francisco, August 8th, 2005 – DJ Shadow, acclaimed hip-hop and electronica artist, and Obey’s Shepard Fairey, ‘street art’ pioneer, are proud to announce the release of a limited edition clothing and music project entitled “PUBLIC WORKS.” The box set will become available on September 1st, 2005 at http://www.shopdjshadow.com and at all Kidrobot retail locations nationwide.
Consisting of five t-shirts, a brand new, full-length mix CD by DJ Shadow, a copy of Shepard Fairey’s book “Post No Bills,” stickers, buttons and other surprises, the PUBLIC WORKS package is limited to 450 pieces, priced at $169.99 each. Designed by Fairey himself, each box is hand assembled and numbered. Four out of five of the shirt designs included in the box set will be made available separately at http://www.shopdjshadow.com, beginning in September with Shirt #1, and proceeding in monthly increments. The fifth design is exclusive to the box.
Shadow, currently at work on his as-yet-untitled fourth album, is enthusiastic about the venture. “Public Works” reflects a realization and confirmation of a lot of passions both of us share. There’s a love for music and art, a rejection of governmental aggression, and an appreciation for street-level propaganda in its various forms. It was only natural that we pool our resources in this way.” About the mix CD, Shadow offers by way of description: “It’s broad. Let’s just say it covers a lot of musical ground.”
Obey’s Fairey waxes, “I’ve always believed in the tremendous power of the synthesis of music, art, and social commentary, and as a fellow idealist, DJ Shadow is an ideal collaborator. I’m very happy we were finally able to get together and share the results.”
Fans in the Los Angeles area will have an opportunity to snap up the box a week early at the PUBLIC WORKS release party August 25th, 2005, at Kidrobot in Santa Monica, CA, from 6-8pm. DJ Shadow and Shepard Fairey will be on site signing box sets and past projects. Also available for sale, that evening only, will be an exclusive PUBLIC WORKS print of one of Fairey’s designs.