If you're like me, you wondered what exactly Shepard Fairey would spin at Saturday's Dallas Contemporary Phenomenon event. Sadly, Tuvan throat singing and Icelandic death metal were not in the cards. Instead, it was sort of like being at a really fun wedding reception: House of Pain's "Jump Around," Young MC's "Bust a Move," Aerosmith's "Walk This Way," AC/DC's "You Shook Me All Night Long." Uh oh, uncle Dave's doing the Macarena.
But Fairey was in town for the art, man, the making and exhibition of which has been thoroughly documented over at Mixmaster. This was the afterparty; give folks free booze and recognizable jams and they're going to dance, especially if you add in free jello shots and put a glow stick in their drink.
Fairey did seem thoroughly engrossed in the set, fist-pumping and singing along, not just going through the DJ motions. In addition to the fabulous people-watching, there were also some great conversations to overhear. Here are a few snippets that really set the tone of the night.
"Ugh, I think I have food poisoning." "Well, you look cute."
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"If you were a real man, you'd help me put my hair extension back in."
"I have 12 jello shots in my purse right now."
"Hey, we kind of look like the dudes from Entourage."
"I haven't danced like that since my bar mitzvah."