Thursday, June 10, 2010

Nico Canvas Print By Shepard Fairey Of Obey

I remember listening to Shortie's music many mornings opening up the cafe with the Think kids. One of the most unique voices of a generation for sure. Still, when Obey makes you an icon, that's when you know.

"This poster is from a painting I did of Nico from the Velvet Underground. The painting was based on a photo by Billy Name who worked with Warhol in the Factory. For anyone who does not know, Warhol managed the Velvet Underground, got them their record deal, and designed their first record cover with the banana (which could originally be peeled). Warhol also suggested that Nico, a german fashion model and singer, be in the group. I love her vocals on songs like “Femme Fatale” and “I’ll be Your Mirror”, but apparently Lou Reed did not like her much and kicked her out of the group. She kept recording and made solo records until the early 80’s. Iggy Pop had some vague sexual encounters with Nico in the late 60’s, and John Cale from the Velvet Underground produced the first (Iggy and the)Stooges album. Considering I got into Warhol, VU, and The Stooges separately, it is fascinating how connected they are. Billy Name gets some of the money on this Nico poster."

It drops today, for $65 you can buy it here.

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