Monday, February 28, 2011


Another humongous player in the street art scene, Shepard Fairey AKA "OBEY" has been posting up the iconic image of Andre the Giant since the early nineties, simultaneously commenting on consumer culture and the psychology of imagery.  From the OBEY website:

The OBEY sticker campaign can be explained as an experiment in Phenomenology. Heidegger describes Phenomenology as “the process of letting things manifest themselves.” Phenomenology attempts to enable people to see clearly something that is right before their eyes but obscured; things that are so taken for granted that they are muted by abstract observation.
The FIRST AIM OF PHENOMENOLOGY is to reawaken a sense of wonder about one’s environment. The OBEY sticker attempts to stimulate curiosity and bring people to question both the sticker and their relationship with their surroundings. Because people are not used to seeing advertisements or propaganda for which the product or motive is not obvious, frequent and novel encounters with the sticker provoke thought and possible frustration, nevertheless revitalizing the viewer’s perception and attention to detail. The sticker has no meaning but exists only to cause people to react, to contemplate and search for meaning in the sticker. Because OBEY has no actual meaning, the various reactions and interpretations of those who view it reflect their personality and the nature of their sensibilities.

Many people who are familiar with the sticker find the image itself amusing, recognizing it as nonsensical, and are able to derive straightforward visual pleasure without burdening themselves with an explanation. The PARANOID OR CONSERVATIVE VIEWER however may be confused by the sticker’s persistent presence and condemn it as an underground cult with subversive intentions. Many stickers have been peeled down by people who were annoyed by them, considering them an eye sore and an act of petty vandalism, which is ironic considering the number of commercial graphic images everyone in American society is assaulted with daily.

Another phenomenon the sticker has brought to light is the trendy and CONSPICUOUSLY CONSUMPTIVE nature of many members of society. For those who have been surrounded by the sticker, its familiarity and cultural resonance is comforting and owning a sticker provides a souvenir or keepsake, a memento. People have often demanded the sticker merely because they have seen it everywhere and possessing a sticker provides a sense of belonging. The Giant sticker seems mostly to be embraced by those who are (or at least want to seem to be) rebellious. Even though these people may not know the meaning of the sticker, they enjoy its slightly disruptive underground quality and wish to contribute to the furthering of its humorous and absurd presence which seems to somehow be antiestablishment/societal convention. Giant stickers are both embraced and rejected, the reason behind which, upon examination reflects the psyche of the viewer. Whether the reaction be positive or negative, the stickers existence is worthy as long as it causes people to consider the details and meanings of their surroundings. In the name of fun and observation.
Shepard Fairey, 1990

OBEY also designed the famous "HOPE" campaign poster for Barack Obama, which he since alluded to regretting.

Friday, February 25, 2011

Quick Update + Banksy

To all my new followers, thanks for joining up! I'll be bringing the love every day so stay tuned and keep me posted on what YOU think of the blog.

First off, if you have a twitter account be sure to hit me up at

Second, for the unacquainted, Banksy is one artist that you need to know about if you're getting into street art.  Perhaps the most famous street artist at the moment, Banksy has been making headlines time and time again for his provocative stencils and installations.

If you saw my post on Exit Through the Gift Shop, you're already semi-aware of Banksy as he was the director.  Seriously, if you haven't seen it, do yourself a favor.

He's big. Pretty much responsible for bringing street art into the mainstream and redefining what people think of "graffiti".  What do you guys think?

And while you're commenting, Uncommissioned wants to know:  What's the most illegal, dangerous act you've ever pulled?

Thursday, February 24, 2011

The More You Know

Sorry about the lack of posts, school is raping me. Let's begin!

If you're into street art, you have to know about two sites. First, Wooster Collective.


 Always good shit there, tons of short street art videos to watch, updated consistently.  Next up is Streetsy. They're more of a community that contributes to a stream of street art uploads on a regular basis. Very nice! You buy now!

You likey?  Comment and let Uncommssioned know, have you ever vandalized something? Fess up.

Sunday, February 20, 2011

Uncommissioned Around the World

Today we're taking a field trip to Berlin, so sit down and open your peepers for some uncommissioned goodness!

Delicious.  Find more Berlin street art and all sorts of other shizzy at

Saturday, February 19, 2011


I know everyone loves some INSA, so I though a little INSA image dump is in order. Check it:


Friday, February 18, 2011

Exit Through the Gift Shop

If you haven't seen this documentary and you're a fan of anything uncommissioned, see it NOW. Whether or not you're a fan of Banksy, this film deserves the two hours or whatever it takes. Have Netflix? They have it on instant watch, so now you HAVE to see it.
For those who have seen it: Supposedly Mr. Brainwash may or may not be an actual creation of Banksy himself. Personally I kind of disbelieve the idea of someone recording every moment of their life, but I guess crazier things have happened.
Either way, there's tons of street art history and information packed into this movie, along with a really compelling story running throughout. See it and love it.


Any good artist knows you have to expose yourself to as much as possible.  For artists in the city, the uncommissioned murals that line abandoned buildings and alleyways are perfect areas of study and inspiration.  I live in the middle of nowhere, so no inspiration murals for me. That's why I'm making a blog about all the sickest street art I find online.  Thanks internet.
Street art fascinates me because it's an art form entirely untethered from rules.  It's multifaceted.  It's beautiful sometimes, but a lot of times it's really fucking ugly.  So it's kind of beautiful but flawed, you know?  It's kind of dirty and illegal, but still retains a distinct artistic quality. 
Uncommissioned art is straight from the artist's creativity hole.  What?  Gross.  Anyways, I'm documenting my experience with it so come back any time sugar pie, there'll be plenty of hot steamin' street art waiting at Uncommissioned.

 Insa is whats up.  I saw his stuff in an issue of Juxtapoz and I thought it was nuts, being the lover of pattern art that I am.  Pure aesthetic bad-assery, I can stare at it forever.  Well probably not.