Shepard Fairey – Spirit of Independence – Sold Out

By on 11th April 2017

Shepard Fairey “Spirit of Independence”
Screen print on cream Speckle Tone paper
18 x 24 inches
Edition of 400
Signed by Shepard Fairey


My connection to Nice Slice goes back to meeting Al Read in 1988 during the first week of my freshman year at RISD. I saw Al and his friend Mondo, who were sophomores, walking with skateboards on campus. I went up to them and asked if there were any half-pipes to skate in Providence and Al gave me a dismissive “uh, no.” However, I ran into Al and Mondo again a week later while street skating late at night, and they seemed impressed with my skills. In fact, Al asked if I wanted to ride the half-pipe at his house! I reminded Al that he’d just told me a week before he didn’t know of ANY ramps in the area, much less his own, and he simply told me he had to make sure I “wasn’t a kook” first! We started skating together all the time, and as a native of the area, Al showed me a lot of the cooler grimy spots in Providence, including Atlantic Mills in Olneyville where I’d  have my art and screen-printing studio, complete with my own half-pipe a few years later. – SHEPARD

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