The latest instalment of OBEY's Artist Series collection is the LA-based artist, Francisco Reyes, Jr aka Never Made. Reyes, Jr's nom de art, Never Made, is based on the principle that "things are never made, they’re earned through hard work and persistence", an ideology that he adopted as a first-generational American. His formative years were spent in Carson, California where gang culture was rife. The road to becoming an artist started when he screen printed t-shirt designs for his band before hustling his way to intern and finally work with his hero, Shepard Fairey, the founder of OBEY.
In this OBEY x Never Made collection, Reyes, Jr's illustrations may use a limited colour palette but they are loaded with meaning. From the American flag flying over a hanging man to an upright fist clutching a rose on fire—these images are iconic and carry the spirit of dissent and social commentary… as it should since Reyes, Jr is also the designer for OBEY as well.
The Obey x Never Made collection is available at Tangs Orchard, Alcoholiday, BStore Cathay, Sup Clothing and Star360 stores islandwide, as well as online on Zalora.