(1971, New York, US)
Acclaimed worldwide for his prolific work in graffiti, illustration, design and tattoo, Mike Giant is one of the most complete artists of his generation.
As a child he moved to Albuquerque, New Mexico, where he studied architecture and later he landed in San Francisco, where he was offered a job as a graphic drawing artist at Think Skateboards. Even when he was very young, he worked as a writer in the world of graffiti and skate subculture, becoming at the end of the nineties a tattoo artist, motorcycle and bike customizer and, lastly, creative mind of the lifestyle brand REBEL8.
Mike Giant, who defines himself as an “old hipster”, is known internationally for the extreme precision and rigorous black and white of his lines, that is affected by the influence of popular Mexican art and Japanese illustration. In his production, that mixes styles and symbols of different nature, we see a convergence of religious iconography and death allegories, tribal symbology and Buddhist doctrine, lettering and old school elements, in a continuous intersecting of sacred and profane, love and death. Seductive pin ups and winking femme fatales, BMX bikes, skulls, snakes and Californian urban visions populate his work, all made with extreme care, regardless of the support, whether it’s leather, paper, metal or cement. His drawings and multiples have been shown in numerous spaces and galleries all over the world, from WDWA Gallery in New York to Misanthropy Gallery in Vancouver, to Magda Danysz Gallery in Paris to Monster Children Gallery in Australia. Furthermore, his works have often been used by lifestyle and clothing brands, among which the bike company Cinelli and the brands Tribal Gear and Upper Playground.
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