This Prevent Police Boredom print is an updated version of my first "art" screen print (a print on paper rather than just on a t-shirt) from 1989. Long before I was arrested for street art, I was being hassled and arrested by the cops for skateboarding. I was inspired by the skateboard culture maxim of "question authority" and Black Flag's song "Police Story" and created this image of a kid holding a skateboard being grabbed by a cop. I thought this would be a great image to update for the #DIY skateboard show at Subliminal Projects because the first versions I made of Prevent Police Boredom for a sticker and a t-shirt included the text "Prevent police boredom… skateboard" in Old English, but my art teacher told me to leave the text off of the print on paper... which I later realized was shitty advice! I now have a poster version of the art which includes that essential text and I made 25 versions with different hand-stenciled backgrounds with my tributes to classic 80's skate and punk iconography. Each of the stenciled versions has unique embellishment. -Shepard
Prevent Police Boredom. 18 x 24 inches. Screenprint on white Speckle Tone paper. Signed by Shepard Fairey. Numbered edition of 450. $50.