Legendary tattoo artist Mike Giant will have his first highly anticipated solo show, “Confessions of an Old Dirty Skateboarder” at Fecalface Gallery in San Francisco. There will be an opening reception for the show tonight, July 20th (7-10pm). The artist will be present.
“Confessions of an Old Dirty Skateboarder” will feature a wide assemblage of recent drawings and also a rare opportunity to view Giant’s personal collection of skateboards he illustrated the graphics for, including boards from his early career.
“I’m a product of my generation. I grew up through the 80s and was drawn to the punk rock and hip-hop cultures simultaneously”, Giant said in a recent interview. “I threw myself in headfirst. A lot of those things were about personal expression, and also an anti-establishment attitude like, “We don’t need you, we have our own thing. That’s the backbone of who I am to this day.”
Aside from his usual array of graphic works for his brand REBEL8, San Francisco based Mike Giant has achieved fame as a graffiti artist, illustrator and tattooist. Black ink is Giant’s specialty and whether his medium is concrete, paper or skin, his signature style – inspired by Mexican folk art and Japanese illustration – is unmistakable.
Mike Giant has worked in media covering, graffiti, design, fine art, photography and tattooing, making him one of the most celebrated and versatile artists of his generation. He has shown in galleries around the world.
Beer and wine will be available at tonight’s premiere reception, and the show will run until August, 12, 2012.
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