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Ai Weiwei and Shepard Fairey on Donald Trump – New Skateboard Decks

With the Trump administration now in office for 100 days, artistic activists Ai Weiwei and Shepard Fairey have teamed up with The Skateroom to mark the moment with a set of politically-charged artworks.

We’re thrilled to announce that we will have both skateboard decks available at Famous Amsterdam. Order the Ai Weiwei here and the Shepard Fairey boards here. The decks were made by The Skateroom in collaboration with the artist to support Skateistan: an award­-winning international non-­profit organization that uses skateboarding and education for youth empowerment.

Ai Weiwei

They have teamed up with contemporary Chinese artist and political activist Ai Weiwei for the second time, to launch a limited edition deck of his influential artwork “Study of Perspective – White House”. This new limited edition is based on Ai Weiwei’s provocative artwork that was presented  during a controversial art exhibition “Fuck Off” which ran alongside the Third Shanghai Biennale in 2000. It was created to mark the first 100 days of the trump administration.

“Study of Perspective – White House” is an iconic example of a larger body of work by Ai Weiwei that melds art and activism, and is an overt critical response to the current political climate in the United States. The series shows the artist flipping the finger against different buildings across the globe, either landmarks or symbols of authority. The gesture, captured using a snapshot aesthetic, confronts its viewer with a universal and concise statement of Ai Weiwei’s political opposition.

Ai Weiwei – “The White House”
Three skateboard decks
Edition of 666
78,75 x 20,30 cm
Price: €495 excluding VAT.

Ai Weiwei is a Chinese Contemporary artist and activist who resides and works in both Berlin and Beijing. He studied animation at the Beijing Film Academy, then studied art in New York in the early 80’s. Upon returning to China a decade later, Ai Weiwei advocated for experimental artists by publishing underground books and curating avant-garde exhibitions. He has worked in many mediums, including sculpture, installation, photography, architecture and film. He is an outspoken advocate of human rights and freedom of speech.

Shephard Fairey

Shepard Fairey’s iconoclastic tendencies are well noted, and here the Obey founder adapts his No Future artwork to denounce hate and propaganda. “No Future is a response to the election of Trump,” said the artist. “My art is usually social and political regardless of who is in the White House, but my concerns and frustrations are amplified by the [recent] election.”

“The Skateroom collaboration is an evolution of the DIY silk screened skateboard I began making in the 90’s, as an art canvas that could go on four wheels or a wall. These new boards are more refined art pieces, but the spirit of skateboard culture is what drives this new collaboration.”

Shepard Fairey – “No Future”
Three skateboard decks
Edition of 450
78,75 x 20,30 cm
Price: €335 excluding VAT.

Shepard Fairey is an LA-based contemporary street artist, graphic designer, activist and illustrator. Born in 1970 in Charleston (South Carolina), Shepard graduated from the Rhode Island School of Design in 1992, where he created the ‘André the Giant Has a Posse’ sticker campaign. This later evolved into the internationally renowned ‘Obey Giant’ campaign. Shepard’s work reached international recognition during the 2008 US presidential election, when he created a series of posters supporting Barack Obama, including the iconic ‘HOPE’ poster.

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