Legendary graffiti/ tattoo/ clothing design (Rebel 8)/ artist/ the one and only MIKE GIANT opens Modern Hieroglyphics on Friday, February 7th (6-9pm) at San Francisco's FFDG, 2277 Mission St. @19th St. (RSVP on Facebook)
Giant's words on the show: I started to look at modern tattoo designs as well as corporate and band logos as "modern hieroglyphics". I thought a lot about how the symbols of our time would be objectively translated by future generations. And instead of trying to explain it, I made drawings to codify the symbolic language of our time for future observers to translate for themselves. -Mike Giant
I made lots of drawings on 11x14" sheets of drawing paper. The subject matter is mostly tattoo designs with some corporate and band logos thrown in for good measure. I will also be showing some silk-screened editions and I hope to set up a slide show.
I spent the New Years with my friend Lina who was visiting from Amsterdam. We partied, walked around a lot and made some art. It was a great way to start the year.
We just debuted our Fall collection at the Agenda trade show where I walked around in an LAPD uniform, keeping guard on a squad car I tagged all over. It was really fun. Tomorrow Joshy and I are headed to Colorado for an industry party and some clean air.
I hope to move to Colorado in April. I miss trees, the seasons and clean air. Time for a change.
2013 kinda sucked. Drawing the stuff for this show was the highlight to be honest.
I've been getting tattooed since 1993 and tattooing since 1998. I started making tattoos at home and eventually got a job at a shop in NYC the following year. I did it full-time for almost 10 years. These days I make tattoos about once or twice a month. It really fucks up my hands and back, so I'm wary of it.
The Dogtown Web. No doubt.
Four Hills ditch in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
El Salvador, 2006. It was the perfect mix of a gorgeous girl, a gorgeous location and few responsibilities. We got to visit graves on the Day on the Dead, we made love to the sounds of jungle, we walked on the beach together... that shit was epic.