A week or so ago, Incase released their Shepard Fairey collaboration. The collection brings his aesthetic to phone cases, computer cased, bookbags, and anything else that needs to be encased. It’s a really seamless collaboration from the Los Angeles street-artist-turned-household-name and doesn’t really bang you over the head with OBEYs: they’re pretty great.
The capsule collection has four main aesthetic focuses: Yen Pattern Red, Yen Pattern Black, Lotus Ornament, and Obey Elephant. The first two–the Yen patterns–are interlocking patterns of the OBEY star/face within clusters of leaves (perhaps inspired by the Incase leaf? Just kidding: Shepard only follows his own rules.). These two patterns are the only ones with corresponding bookbags. The Lotus Ornament collection is your OBEY focused line, with computer, iPad, and iPhone cases all branded with the word. The Obey Elephant collection takes pieces of his West Hollywood Library mural and reappropriates the imagery to various cases.
The bookbags and computer cases are available now, both durable “cotton canvas” in construction. The bookbag comes with lots of pockets and places for you to stowaway things like iPads or spray paint cans. The cases are apparently “sueded lined,” which sounds super fancy. Not all of the iPhone/iTouch patterns are available now; however, they are all made with the plastic hardshell Incase has become known for.
Shepard said that his pieces in this collection “overtly or sublimely reflect the concept of Peace,” which is something great considering the devices they hold can sometimes be frustrating and these cases may prevent you from throwing them when you get angry with them. “Peace is a struggle, but whether the images are ornamental, hopeful, or cautionary, this series promotes harmony,” he said as well, a harmony that obviously is achieved when you match you computer case to your iPhone case to your iPad case to your bookbag. That’s the harmony inferred, obviously.