Bob Marley 023

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Bob Marley 023 (second edition 056 all numbered as 4/20)

Look closer to find one song lyric and six song titles: “Stir it up, little darling.”(Stir It Up); Is This Love; Get Up, Stand Up; I Shot the Sheriff; Jamming; Natural Mystic

Bob Marley

Robert Nesta Marley, OM (6 February 1945 – 11 May 1981) was a Jamaican singer and songwriter. Considered one of the pioneers of reggae, his musical career was marked by blending elements of reggae, ska, and rocksteady, as well as forging a smooth and distinctive vocal and songwriting style. Marley’s contributions to music increased the visibility of Jamaican music worldwide, and made him a global figure in popular culture for over a decade.

Born in Nine Mile, British Jamaica, Marley began his professional musical career in 1963, after forming Bob Marley and the Wailers. The group released its debut studio album The Wailing Wailers in 1965, containing the single “One Love/People Get Ready”. The song was immensely popular, peaking top five on worldwide music charts, and established the group as a rising figure in reggae. The Wailers then released 11 further studio albums; while initially employing louder instrumentation and singing, the group began engaging in rhythmic-based song construction in the late 1960s and early 1970s, which coincided with the singer’s conversion to Rastafarianism. In 1976, Marley survived an assassination attempt at his home in Jamaica. During this period Marley relocated to London, and the group typified their musical shift with the release of the album The Best of The Wailers (1971)

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For many around the world, Jamaica conjures up images of pristine beach vacations with a pulsating reggae soundtrack. The country, however, also has one of the highest per capita murder rates in the world, and the population grapples with legacies of Western imperialism, racial slavery, and political nationalism according to foundations on contemporary violence in Jamaica and the Americas.


The Coral Gardens incident, also known as the Coral Gardens massacre or Bad Friday refers to a series of events that occurred in Jamaica from April 11 through April 13, 1963. Following a violent altercation at a gas station in Montego Bay, Jamaican police and military forces detained Rastafarians throughout Jamaica, killing and torturing many. Exact numbers are not available, but estimates place the number of detained individuals “as high as 150”.

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Makes the words to “Natural Mystic” so much more important. . .

The artwork: 

The first print of Bob Marley was sold at a silent auction to benefit YMCA of Greater Dayton, Ohio. For those who cannot afford it, funds provide programs like day camp, swim lessons, and after school care or membership fees.  Program. This YMCA also provides (at no cost) a program for cancer survivors called “Live Strong,” and “Rocksteady,” a boxing program for people with Parkinson’s.

Digital Print on Archival Matte – Original illustration done in graphite and prisma color: Grass Green- Sunshine Yellow- Crimson Red. These are the three colors of the Rastafari flag.
Artist: Tobin Bortner of Bastrop, Texas – drawing done in December of 2018 – ©Tobin Signs/Look Closer Illustrations 

DERIVATIVE Work – photo credit: The shirt: Widewalls.Ch/Dennis-Morris-Bob-Marley-Exhibition-Known-Gallery – The face: Bob Marley 1978 Holland Photo by Laurens Van Houten/Frank White Photo Agency –
The hands: Hypelifemagazine.Com/Celebritynews/Bob-Marley-Lyrics-Inspiring-Quotes

What you get:
$40 (36.95 + 3.05 tax)

11 x 14 Print Package with Authenticity Sheet
signed and numbered (run of 20)
Domestic Priority Mail $8
(Free shipping)

Bob Marley 023

Legalization maybe, but reggae music for sure.


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