Mike Giant: Notes from the High Ground

The moment has come to meet another legendary name from the American tattoo and urban art scene: Mr. Mike Giant.

He was born in 1971 in New York, but moved to Albuquerque (New Mexico) in 1979, where he studied architecture. In Albuquerque, Mike fell in love with local subcultures (such as graffiti, BMX bikes, skateboarding, punk rock, heavy metal, and hip-hop). Soon, he was writing graffiti under the name of Giant and started getting his body tattooed: «It was in 1993, by Mr. Went in Albuquerque. I got a graffiti style tattoo with the lettering “GIANT” around my left biceps. My old friend Jerry “Joker” Inscoe made the design for me.»

In 1993, he has been working as an illustrator for Think Skateboards in San Francisco and in 2003 he created the clothing brand Rebel 8, connected with the skateboarding world. He continued to work as an illustrator and tattooist in parallel, opening his tattoo shop in Albuquerque.

He is a genuine idol of the United States subcultures.

You better get to know him if you are interested in learning a bit more about tattooing, graffiti, design, illustrations, photography and much more. His projects focus on beautiful designs inspired by classic skateboard graphics, body art and street art.

Mike Giant has lived and worked in Boulder (Colorado) for five years now, drawing continuously and creating community, enmeshing himself into many aspects of local culture. A leading character of the urban art scene, he totally is one of the most interesting artists the U.S. have ever seen.

Don’t miss the chance to visit his solo show, Notes From the High Ground, opening next June 10th at the Atak Gallery in Larkin – San Francisco (California).

Take your time to watch this inspirational video and listen to the whole story told by Mike himself:

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