Shep, you have a posse

Long ago, when I was a printmaking major in the early 90s, there was this guy Shep who was a year ahead of me, spending all his time in the silkscreen studio. At the time he was mostly making his now-iconic “Andre the Giant has a posse” stickers. I remember during Buddy Cianci’s first campaign, Shep (or someone) plastered Andre’s face over Buddy’s on a giant billboard that was disrupting RISD’s campus. (This had some ramifications, but I’m still proud of Shep for it.)

And now Shep’s been embraced not only by the Obama campaign, but by Time magazine, and I hear he has a show coming up early next year at the ICA.

So here’s to you Shep – I’m proud to have known you, grateful for your help figuring out the photo-silkscreen process, and glad to know that _someone_ I went to school with is actually making it in the art world.

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