Copy Dacface - Open Collab Project

Welcome, to my open collab project, I'm handing over one of my favourite pieces 'Copy Dacface' to you fellow artist, friends and fiends. The aim of the game is to take the design and have fun with it. Pinch a file or two to use as a base/starting block and then add your own twist. You can interact with it in a tradition collaboration sense go down the 50/50 route or take over edit/redesign it and of course steal/copy etc ultimately 'Do You' 

There are no rules, however please note I intend to paste up the artworks altogether for the first time at 'DACARTER - Not Quite A Solo Exhibition'  (during December 2023) 

*only family friendly collabs will be included

When finished email your design/artwork to

Copy Dacface - Open Collab Files 

Use the link below to download all assets in one zip file 

Alternatively give yourself the head ache of downloading individual files from the shared google drive below

Copy Dacface - artist statement.

Copy Dacface was meticulously created to question and explore the intricate web of plagiarism, influence and subconscious decision making on a personal level and within the realm of art in general. Mainly in response to the fine line between drawing inspiration and appropriating in creative practice. It encourages us to question, reflect, and engage in conversations about conformity, replication, identity, and the profound concepts of artistic expression and autonomy.

COPY DACFACE - Pre-existing Variations & Collabs

2023 Re-design

Not for sale variation

ACID variation

Obama palette

Copy Dacface - origin breakdown

If your anything like me and enjoy interpreting art for yourself then I would recommend you skip this part, If however you must know more you can open the below questions for the arty farty explanations.

Why rendition Shepard Fairey's "Obey Giant"

On first appearance it would appear ‘Copy DaceFace’ is just a simple parody of shepherd Farleys ‘Obey Giant’ that’s not quite the case and it’s important to note that it was never created in a way to question Shepard Fairey or he’s practice or a response to the piece in it’s self. (Despite it still doing so)

I happen to love Sheps work and if anything it’s a homage to him and the influence of the ‘Obey Giant’ image. 

The choosing of Sheps ‘Obey Giant’ was however not coincidental of course the similarities in messages and the fact the piece explores and contains elements evoked by both subconscious and direct influences resonated with me. From the re-imagined use of Barbara Kruger’s famous white on red declarative captions to the theme lifted from John Carpenters “They Live” which has its own history of adaptions.

Originating from the “Eight O'Clock in the Morning" published in The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction (November 1963). To Ray Nelson and artist Bill Wray adapting the story as their comic "Nada" published in the comic book anthology Alien Encounters (No. 6, April 1986) Before influencing John Carpenter and his film They Live

“Obey Giant”  is riddled in influences and these are just two examples.

In summary the choosing of the ‘Obey Giant’ piece as the 'Copy Dacface' muse is ultimately a result of it being in my environment at the time I needed to create an art work around plagiarism.

Why replace André the Giant's image with a self-portrait

My decision to replace André the Giant's image with a self-portrait adds a deeply personal dimension to the artwork. Here are some key reasons behind this artistic decision:

In conclusion, the decision to replace André the Giant with a visual self-portrait in a famous artwork is a courageous and introspective artistic statement. It transforms the artwork from a symbol of counterculture into a deeply personal expression of identity and artistic autonomy. It invites viewers to explore the artist's inner world and redefines the boundaries between homage and self-expression in the realm of art.

Why replace the word 'Obey with 'Copy'

The decision to replace 'obey' with 'copy' carries several layers of meaning. Here are some key aspects to consider:

In conclusion, the decision to replace 'obey' with 'copy' when replicating a famous artwork is a bold and thought-provoking artistic statement. It challenges established norms, encourages critical thinking, and raises important questions about the nature of art, imitation, and originality. It serves as a reminder that art is not static but continually evolving, and that even the most iconic creations can be reinterpreted to convey new and meaningful messages.

Shepard Fairey's "Obey Giant"

Dacarter's "Copy Dacface"

“Copy Dacface” is not the first rendition or paroday of “Obey Giant” nor will it be the last. 

Excerpts from STICKERS VOL. 2


by DB Burkeman - Stuck-up official 

many more can be found on the Obey Giant website here.