Shepard Fairey, Atrak

Shepard Fairey, Atrak
Artist: Shepard Fairey 
Title: Atrak
Medium: Screenprint
Edition: 300
Size: 18"x24"
Year: 2007
Original Pricing: $50
Markings: Signed & Numbered
A-Trak and Shepard Fairey had known about each other for years, but only actually met in the Summer of 2006 at a DJ battle in San Francisco. From that point on, they would run into each other in the strangest places, from airports to events in different parts of the world. They knew they wanted to collaborate on a project, and A-Trak was already familiar with OBEY's mixtape series. So when he told Shepard about a new project he had started, which was a collection of remixes, blending new electro tracks with crunk/rap acapellas and added production, it felt like the perfect fit. These remixes started with A-Trak experimenting with ways to integrate more up-tempo, electronic tracks in his sets while keeping a gritty rap feel. Not satisfied with simple blends, he would chop up parts of the rap tracks and beef up drums here and there. Next thing you know he had 15 of these remixes and spent weeks assembling the mix itself. When Shepard heard A-Trak's concept for the mix, it seemed like a great opportunity to mix up a couple visual styles in the same spirit as the music. Shepard pulled from A-Trak's love of subversive animals and poppy colors and mixed it with an electro/disco version of his iconic OBEY aesthetics. The result is something unique, but distinctly A-Trak/Obey. Only 100 of these prints were available directly from Obey Giant, and were only sold in a set with the A-Trak CD for $50.


sammyman's picture

This was my first Fairey print. Took hours to checkout. It was a nightmare, for one of his worst pieces. Funny.