Apr 16, 2012
In 1988 John Carpenter released his horror/sci-fi film “They Live.” Not one of Carpenter’s best releases especially for a man that created “Halloween”, “Escape from New York”, and “The Thing”. They Live stared a drifter (played by none other than wrestling’s Rowdy Roddy Piper) that discovers a pair of sunglasses that allow him to wake up to the fact that aliens have taken over the Earth. Here is an excerpt of Roddy’s discovery:
Even though not very terrifying (probably with the exception of Roddy’s mullet) the film did become a primary inspiration for artist Shepard Fairey. Who saw the movie while studying graphic design at RISD (Rhode Island School of Design). Here is a video in which Shep talks about how the film inspired his now world renown Obey campaign:
If you enjoy Shepard’s work (and don’t already own it) I highly suggest picking up Supply & Demand. It is an informative and inspiring account of Shepard’s work and history. Enjoy!