American Civics - Gun Culture, 2016
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American Civics - Gun Culture, 2016

By Shepard Fairey
About the image

American Civics is a fine art limited edition series of five prints: Voting Rights, Mass Incarceration, Workers' Rights, Gun Culture, and Two Americas. 

This piece is based on a photograph Jim Marshall took while living in the distinctive Greenwich Village neighborhood of New York City between 1962 and 1964. While there he worked with major record labels and news magazines - many of his most famous Bob Dylan photographs were taken there - but The Village itself always offered poignant street scenes, including this one of a little kid resting against the back of a car after playing "good guys vs. bad guys." (1963) 

"“This obsession with guns is ingrained, and it starts at a young age. And that kid could have innocently been playing ‘good guys and bad guys,’ but it also has a deeper implication of just how culturally ingrained guns are and how that allows gun ownership to trump safety. The sidewalk is the American flag. That to me — it’s such a loaded symbol — and sometimes that can be something that is an easy gimmick, but I really think it’s meaningful in this because it’s almost [as if] you’re un-American if you don’t support gun rights.” -- Shepard Fairey

A portion of proceeds will benefit Caliber Collection and the Jim Marshall Fellowship at UC Berkeley.

Release Notes:
4-Color Serigraph on Varnished 100% Cotton Rag Archival Paper. 

Collector's Notes:
Each print is hand-signed and numbered by Shepard Fairey and stamped by Jim Marshall Photography LLC. Orders will be shipped within a few days.

Buyers will receive a certificate of authenticity following the delivery of their artwork. Please contact us with any questions!

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American Civics - Gun Culture, 2016
American Civics - Gun Culture, 2016