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Bob Marley 40th Letterpress: Lively Up Yourself
This letterpress set in collaboration with photographer Dennis Morris commemorates the 40th anniversary of Bob Marley’s passing. The series represents the amazing breadth of Marley’s character… the philosopher, the confrontational warrior for justice, and the evangelist for love and connection. Bob Marley’s music and words continue to resonate with a worldwide audience while converting young idealists year over year.
I discovered Bob Marley when I bought his Rastaman Vibrations shortly after I started skateboarding in 1984, purely because the only good skateboard ramp where I lived was called “The Rasta Ramp.” I had mostly been listening to punk rock, but I was excited to discover reggae, which even more boldly embodied many of the same elements of social protest as punk but in a way that was much more palatable to my parents. I think my parents bought me Bob Marley and the Wailers records for every Christmas or birthday until I had accumulated their entire catalog. I’m always inspired by how steadfast and positive Bob was.
– Shepard Fairey
Artist: Shepard Fairey
Medium: Letterpress on cream cotton paper with hand-deckled edges
Dimensions: 19.5" x 16.0"