Jason Filipow

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Artist, designer, photographer, RC racer, skate punk and friend, Jason Filipow served on the staff of Studio Number One and Obey Giant as Shepard Fairey's right-hand man from 2004 until 2008.

Jason joined TheGiant.org in 2006 and began a long-running thread that offered outsiders an insider's behind the scenes glimpse into the working operations of both studios' activities.

Jason left Obey Giant and Studio Number One on February 15, 2008 to pursue an independent career path in art and design. In-depth discussion of Jason and his artwork can still be found on our website.

His contributions to TheGiant.org and to furthering the growth of Obey Giant and its Posse are immeasurable, invaluable and will be sorely missed. We wish him all the luck in the world. And then some more.

This front-page entry on Obey Giant was written by Shepard Fairey on the day of Jason's departure:


Jason Filipow and I met at a skateboard contest in 1986. I dug his style on a skateboard and also soon realized that he was one of the only other people at my school who made stencils. We bonded over skateboarding, punk music, and art. We have been friends ever since. The picture of Jason in the sunglasses was taken in 1988 in Washington D.C. I hand drew the Bad Brains tee with a sharpie by me mixing graphics from their ROIR cassette release and their third album I Against I. I gave Jason the shirt because he said he liked it.

Fast forward to 2004 and I hired Jason to come work for my design studio, and to help me as a fine art assistant. Jason’s help has been invaluable to my progression for many reasons. Since 1986 we have shared a love of many of the same art processes and frequently discussed art theory. I trusted Jason’s opinion, and many aspects of my art evolution were critiqued by Jason. Jason also helped with collage and stencil work that allowed me the freedom to work as a fine artist and graphic designer simultaneously. Without an assistant of Jason’s calibre, aspects of my art or design would have suffered due to lack of time for both. Like George Martin was the guy behind the scenes helping the Beatles sound amazing, Jason has been the guy behind the scenes helping me realize my potential. Well, Tomorrow is Jason’s last day as my full time assistant. He is going to go out on his own to realize his potential as an artist and designer. I can only hope that Jason will achieve all of his dreams to the extent he has helped me achieve mine. As a coincidence, but a fitting twenty year landmark, Jason’s last project for me involves helping to prepare a 12 by 14 foot Obey Bad Brains tribute mural. Jason and I have both said that we do the same things we did in high school, just bigger, and now we get paid for it. Thanks for everything Jason. I’ll miss having a co-worker I have so much history with, who can finish my sentences with Big Lebowski, Spinal Tap, Fargo, or Dodgeball quotes. Good luck.


Jason Filipow at play Two Bad Brains Jason Filipow at work