'Darby Crash' by Shepard Fairey, 2004
Vintage screen print based on the famous photo by LA-based photojournalist Gary Leonard, 1980.
18 x 24 Inches
45.7 x 61 Centimeters
Rare, early screen print on cream, Speckletone fine art paper.
(Previously framed - print is mounted to foam core.)
Limited Edition of 300 (#106/300)
Hand-signed, numbered and dated by the artist.
*Note: damage from previous framing and improper display has left the print with holes at each corner and other issues. See photos - priced accordingly.
ABOUT THE ART
ObeyGiant - 2004
"Last Friday, my crew and I painted a mural of Darby Crash, the singer of LA punk band "The Germs", on Echo Park Blvd. The location is owned by Gary Leonard, the photographer who shot the photo the mural was based on in 1980. Gary has been documenting LA culture for a long time, and has many amazing photos in his portfolio, but this Darby shot may be my favorite. Why?
Well, I love the "Germs", who were a seminal influence in the early LA punk scene, but also because Darby is holding a skateboard, and in the photo, you can see that he is about to go out to wheat-paste "P.I.L." posters with his brush in hand. Punk, skateboarding, and street art are the trifecta that shaped my evolution, so the image has a symbolic weight for me! I threw nods to some other important LA punk contributors, like "The Suicidal Tendencies", "X", "Black Flag", and Slash magazine/records into the image.
An amazing thing happened while we were painting the mural… a guy named James I believe, was walking past and said, “Oh, Darby Crash, the skateboard he is holding in the pic was borrowed from my friend, who still had it for many years after.” James and Gary then began a deep conversation about various people from the early LA punk scene! I felt privileged to eavesdrop on a bit of history. At that moment I was reminded why I love street art so much: it sparks conversations that might not happen otherwise.
Thanks for the wall space Gary!"