Captain Paul Watson doesn’t take any seal shit. The man behind the organization Sea Shepherd Conservation Society is on a mission to stop the Canadian government from slaughtering seal pups, an act that has really pissed off the Canadian Minister of Fisheries Loyola Hearn, but Hearn is not alone in his perturbedness. Watson is gunning for the seal bullies, Japanese illegal whalers and shark finners, and he and his crew will not be deterred by threats from bullshit bureaucrats.
Locally, Watson’s passion for animal/mammal rights is a boon for art enthusiasts, music fans and scenesters thanks to Erin and Derric Swinfard and Bill Fold (of Coachella Music and Arts Festival), who last year started Sea No Evil, an art benefit that includes the likes of Jon Chase, Caia Koopman, Deanna and Ed Templeton, Deph, Jason Mernick, Neko, Skullphone and tons more. They’re all putting their brushes and lenses (etc.) to raise money to help keep Watson. On July 12, the second installment of the event culminates in an all-out party at Riverside Art Museum with Obey’s Shepherd Fairey—a.k.a. DJ Diabetic—taking to the decks, and RVCA superstar Matt Costa rocking the rooftops while you bid for art via silent auction. As for Watson, the modern day pirate-like Peter Pan will be on hand to discuss his dedication to ramming boats in violation of fishing regulations, shooting the crews with high-powered water guns and confiscating commercial fishing lines snaring endangered sea turtles. He’s a seafaring bad ass, a vegan with a vengeance—and he needs your help. (Arrissia Owen Turner)
Sea No Evil Art Show, Riverside Art Museum, 3425 Mission Inn Ave., Riverside, (951) 684-7111; www.seashepherdartshow.com Sat., 6PM, $5 admission