Fandango’s Flash Fiction Challenge #67 — They Live and They Live lives on…

image is from Joshua Koblin at

Nada and Frank, just trying to survive in the mean streets, ended up duking it out in what has been called, “the bloodiest buddy battle in cinema.” Afterwards, Nada put the glasses on Frank.



Shepard Fairey took the concept and ran with it.

Frank Shepard Fairey (born February 15, 1970) is an American contemporary street artist, graphic designer, activist, illustrator, and founder of OBEY Clothing who emerged from the skateboarding scene. He first became known for his “Andre the Giant Has a Posse” (…OBEY…) sticker campaign while attending the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD).

His “Obey” Campaign is from the John Carpenter movie They Live which starred pro wrestler Roddy Piper, taking a number of its slogans, including the “Obey” slogan, as well as the “This is Your God” slogan.

How Punk Influenced Shepard Fairey – Formative Years of Obey Giant ...
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Fandango is the host of Fandango’s Flash Fiction Challenge.

9 Comments Add yours

  1. memadtwo says:

    The repetition of the image and word are very effective. Well, you know I like repetition as a device…(K)

    Liked by 1 person

    1. msjadeli says:

      Thanks, K 🙂

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  2. Colleen@ LOOSELEAFNOTES says:

    I can’t tell which part is fiction and which part is real.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. msjadeli says:

      Let’s keep it that way 😉


  3. Pretty cool, using a Fandango movie clip to satisfy a Fandango challenge.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. msjadeli says:

      didn’t even notice that, you’ve got an eye for details.

      Liked by 1 person

  4. badfinger20 (Max) says:

    I saw that movie and it is interesting. In advertising they do slip us things like that.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      I know! Subliminal messages and they use neurolingual programming. Even in movies they do it…

      Liked by 1 person

      1. badfinger20 (Max) says:

        I saw a Columbo episode fromthe early seventies that they were slipping “Thirsty” or “Hungry” in movie theaters. It’s been going on for a while.

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