DAY 2 of Shepard Fairey (OBEY) in Dallas

As I arrived back to the West Dallas location on Tuesday, the first thing I noticed was that there was a much bigger audience today than the first day. About six people were taking footage & the WFAA news truck was there waiting to shoot an interview with Sheppard Fairey. This includes the type of people that refer to Shepard as “most known for his work with the Obama HOPE campaign”. Never mind that his “André The Giant Has a Posse” movement has covered the world over since the ’90s and the rest of his body of work. One thing for sure, Shepard is a true gentleman & took time to speak to all of his fans that came out to see him. Kudos. Continue reading

DAY 1 of Shepard Fairey (OBEY) in Dallas

Yesterday, Better Dallas met up with the notorious artist, Shepard Fairey, known for his iconic OBEY artwork, for his first day on the job. He was commissioned to transform several Dallas city walls in to pieces of art. As soon as we heard he was coming to Dallas, we contacted a good friend of ours, one of his main assistants, who gave us the lowdown on their whereabouts. Once meeting up with the OBEY crew, we got a chance to talk to Shepard about the project. We welcomed him to Dallas, for his first time back in nine years. He acknowledged that the city was changing & becoming more of a destination than ever before. The day was off to a slow start for the crew as it was windy (hard to use spray glue/paint & laydown prints) & the boxes of Montana Spray paint (his spray paint sponsor), hadn’t shown up yet, so they had to resort to the inferior Rustoleum to get the project started. Continue reading

Gettin the Spice On at ZestFest 2012

ZestFest 2012 went down this past weekend in Las Colinas at the Irving Convention Center & I have finally recovered enough to write this post & conjure the memories of spice inferno.

The Irving Convention Center is the new dominating structure on your way to DFW via Northwest Highway (loop 12). We quickly found our way without encountering any traffic, parked & hopped our shuttle toward the land of spice. Tickets were $15/each for entry, which was a fair price to pay for the abundance of samples ahead. Continue reading

Fireside Pies is AWESOME

Fireside Pies WINS for being awesome. Well, actually, it was my lady & I who won as we decided to go there for a Friday night date night and ended up having a great time as we ate some incredible food. After salivating over all of the available pizza options in Dallas, we decided to start at the top of the list with Fireside Pies on Henderson & we were glad we did.

As we don’t care too much for waiting around for a table, we tried to call in for a reservation. Unfortunately, they don’t take reservations, but they do take call aheads. You can tell them what time you are planning on coming. So it’s kind of like a reservation, however it is a first come-first serve basis. When we got there, we had a 30 minute wait post checking in. However, we got lucky & had two available stools for us at the bar so we decided to jump right in (we were hungry). Continue reading

Best Pizza In Dallas?

It’s Friday, which means it’s a great night for pizza! Better Dallas just came across a post from I Live In Dallas, where author Delia Jo ranks her Top 5 pizzerias in Dallas. Judging by her post, it seems as if she has a pretty good take on the pizza scene here in Dallas (& pizza in general). Being that I have yet to try any of these places myself since I have returned to Dallas (only one of them has been opened in Dallas longer than 10 years), I am going to have to test this list out for myself.

Here is the ranking…

5. Fireside Pies: Pizza dough looks really thick & doughy (in a good way), and the toppings look hearty. I have heard good things about this pizza and am excited to try it.

Fireside Tirple 'Roni Pizza

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Shepard Fairey (OBEY) Is Coming To Dallas

If you haven’t heard yet, Shepard Fairey (OBEY) is coming to Dallas & apparently going to leave behind a body of work in West Dallas. The Dallas Contemporary posts…

Dallas Contemporary has invited Los Angeles based street artist SHEPARD FAIREY to create more than 12 murals throughout the city with a focus on West Dallas. Known for his iconic designed President Obama HOPE poster, Fairey has worked as an artist creating works on the streets and globally in public spaces using posters, stickers, wheat paste and painted murals.

Where are these murals going to be? What artwork can we expect from Shepard? One thing for sure, Better Dallas is hot on the beat & will be there to document.

Also, The Dallas Contemporary is putting on a party that Shepard Fairey isDJing, after the walls are complete. What to expect? No idea, but we’ll be there to find out! Info on the party can be found here.

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Mavs Championship Swag

The Mavs just got their Championship rings tonight (finally!)

& you can get yours too!

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The New Dallas Deck Park, A View From Above

Better Dallas had the opportunity to learn more about the new Dallas Deck Park, currently being built over Woodall Rodgers. We were invited by the Nasher Avant-Garde Society to attend a lecture about the future plans for the park & then check out the view of the current construction all the away atop the nearby Museum Tower (also currently in construction). Continue reading