SXSW INTERACTIVE 2012

It’s March, that time of year again where winter turns into spring and Dallas goes into full bloom. It’s also when the behemoth of a conference, SXSW, lands upon Austin, Texas. Being that this is Better Dallas’s inaugural year, we decided to check out the SXSW INTERACTIVE portion to make a presence and see what it’s all about (in addition to the MUSIC portion, which we are covering separately). Continue reading

Modern Multiples & Red Arrow Contemporary Brings LA Art To Dallas

Modern Multiples, a fine art serigraph and digital printmaking studio based out of LA, came to Dallas bringing some of the most transcendent writers and street artists of today. In conjunction with Red Arrow Contemporary, a new Dallas fine art gallery located in the Dallas Arts District, they put on a show called LA ST. SEEN, which was one of the first shows of its kind in Dallas featuring artists such as Chaz Bojorquez, Haze, Saber, Futura, Banksy, Shepard Fairey, Retna, Mear One, Sage Vaughn, Defer, and more, all of whom have yet to make their impact upon Dallas (with the exception of Shepard Fairey). While these artists & the street art scene has been prospering across the globe, Dallas is now getting primed for the influx of this captivating genre. Continue reading

Phenomenon Recap

Shepard Fairey (OBEY) came to town & worked hard canvassing Dallas walls with his propaganda message of PEACE. To celebrate the end of the trip, The Dallas Contemporary put on a neon-themed dance party for him called PHENOMENON where he was the special guest DJ for the night and Better Dallas was there to capture it. Continue reading

DAY 6 of Shepard Fairey (OBEY) in Dallas

For the final day of following Shepard Fairey’s installations in Dallas, we went back to the Belmont Hotel where he & the OBEY team were working on the large floral mural along Sylvan Ave. The wall was still a work in progress, as the inner stencil details were being completed. I can’t wait to see the finished product when I return.

Getting to shadow Shepard has been an amazing experience, to not only get to see him in action, but also to learn about how humble of a person he is. He was nothing but friendly to everyone that approached him & always made himself available to his fans. When painting on Sylvan, a random car drove by and asked him “Hey, what are you doing over here?”. Shepard proceed to kindly tell him Continue reading

DAY 5 of Shepard Fairey (OBEY) in Dallas

For Day 5, I caught up with the OBEY team who had now moved onto the wall underneath The Belmont hotel facing Sylvan Ave. I was most excited about this wall as The Belmont represents part of the new artistic resurgence in Dallas being a hip boutique hotel (with a cool bar that has the BEST view of downtown Dallas and the adjacent popular Smoke BBQ restaurant). The intersection is always pretty busy, so a lot of people will get a chance to see this mural. Not to mention, the mural they are creating is going to be pretty long. Continue reading

DAY 4 of Shepard Fairey (OBEY) in Dallas

On Thursday, the OBEY team had finished their work on the West Dallas walls & had moved onto the Dallas Contemporary. Before catching up with them, I decided to check out the new completions, which I was glad I did as they looked great! It’s nice to see a piece finished after watching all the work go into it.  You can go check out these walls yourself. Just punch in “331 Singleton, Dallas TX” into your GPS & you’ll be on your way.

Excited to go see what new stuff the OBEY team was working on, I went just a few minutes away to the Dallas Contemporary & found them working on a HUGE wall (approximately 80′ wide). Continue reading

DAY 3 of Shepard Fairey (OBEY) in Dallas

Arriving back to the site on Day 3, the OBEY crew was out to lunch but I found the main wall, “Harmony” finally done. It looks awesome & can be seen from afar. it’s a great way to learn that you have arrived to the West Dallas Land Of OBEY. Continue reading

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

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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