THE Beastie Boys Book, Feminism, and A Must Read. All in All A Good Trip to The Bookstore


So lately on YouTube I have been seeing these segments of Mike D and Adrock of The Beastie Boys doing this stage show talking about the history of the band. At first I thought it was all about the passing of the great Adam Yauch A.K.A. MCA. Turns out it goes deeper. This is the history of one of my favorite bands, told by the band. The book is just what you would expect, not ordinary but extraordinary. Highly stylized and funny the book is much like the band. On the surface everything is a joke, dig deeper and there is the real soul of a defining group in early hip hop. The Beastie Boys share a special place in my musical lexicon because while they were growing, so was I. The Beastie Boys Book is a must for any fan or just anyone who digs culture. The group had so much range and was always part of, yet individual from whatever was going on.


    • The Art of Feminism Includes some of my favorite artists. Jenny Holzer and The Guerilla Girls. Both didnt truly get their due in the Street Art movements history. It's absolutely bonkers that a lot of the books topics are still going on or were not long ago at all.

My favorite current street, graffiti, whatever. One of my favorite artists SWOON.


Beyonce quote. Agreed.


The next book I really really really recommend is Patti Smiths FANTASTIC book “Just Kids” about her early life with fellow Artist Robert Mapplethorpe. This book is filled with the feelings that I have such a hard time conveying about the magic of youth, love, and the need to create. Patti Smith is tender and rough and, well fuckin Patti Smith, I need not say anything other than read this.


So there we go, now you have some books to brag about and show off your well read worldly nature.

Pick them up at Barnes and Nobles, your local Mom and Pop, Amazon, You know the deal…

StudIo, at last

I finally have a studio again. When my son was born I put a lot on hold, as we all do with a child. I have been painting in odd places in odd positions so I realize a “space” to create is essential. Somewhere I can go and turn everything off and connect to what I’m working on. Ideas just stay locked in a better place in my mind where they will not be lost.

I’m also lucky to be close to the city with a crazy view of the water and skyline.

feel free to contact me @ if you would like to view anything I am currently working on.


Bringing Back "Old Folks"


When I was a kid I was a full time skater. I dreamed of having what the pros had, Boards with their own graphics, Stickers, Shirts, etc. In this day and age I love utilizing print on demand sites if I cannot fulfill orders on my own. I have been researching these sites for years to find the best quality items to use. My research has also aloud me to keep cost down. I work extremely hard to make a living doing art and I have nothing but love for anyone who has supported or liked my art. I never have and never will take this for granted.

I have had the great fortune of meeting, as well as working with some of todays biggest names in the artworld. One thing that seems to be true is no matter what level anyone is at there is still luck involved. Anyone who feels the world owes them the ability to make a living creating is simply delusional. It all comes down to work ethic and luck. Skill is obvious but it is no more important than getting your work out there, paying your dues, and honing your craft.

Old Folks is a company I started when I was 17 or so. My graphics were crude and I knew even less than now. However, there is also something rarely discussed that needs to be acknowledged, “The Greatest Generation” have impeccable style. The other competitive brand, “Young Folks” will never admit it but in the wars known as style, Old Timers, You win!

This Is Old Folks……

It’s been awhile

I’m really interested in staying active on my site. A great momentum is building in me creatively. I have been doing visual art but right now my focus is on my music.

Over the hardest year of my life I have been finding photos of lonesome streets just so wonderful. I am addicted to creating and switching up my outlets and outlooks.

Music has taken the forefront to other artistic outlets and I will have this record completed in a very short time since I have in fact been working in parts for the better part of almost 2 years. I’m excited for people to hear because I am proud of this.

Like I said, photography has helped me capture feelings that I have been wrestling with. 2017-2018 have been a series of total failures and personal successes. The events have all been  documented and will surface when the time is right. 

 Lots of traveling, lots of surrendering, and lots of Washington and Los Angeles. A lot of identity checks of the people in and around my life. I had to truly ask for help as a way to survive. Survive I have. And always will. 

There are some people in my life, my Mom and Dad, as well as some people that I had no idea how generous they have been emotionally. 

I love more of you than you know.


 I also published my first book. Selected drawings, graf, photos, and paintings.

Hard to Pull off

I wasn't aloud art supplies for 15 out of 30 days. This was the only real piece I got done.

john michael gill fears.jpg

The Death of a Soulful Musician

I get that people have all kinds of reasons for celebrity death mourning, mostly nostalgia? The reminder that that dark entity is approaching us all? Im not really sure, but for me it has to do 100% with musicians. I was in a really bad place in late April, This record kept me sane. Chris Cornell Unplugged in Sweden spoke to every part of me that Cornells many bands Soundgarden, Audioslave,did on occasion. Somehow the stripped down acoustic stuff along with his truly perfect voice has now allowed me to explore a lifetime of music. Before I left the vacation spot, the cold news came out. A hanging, possibly drug related? God man, I wish someone told me, well my Dad did tell me "it never ends well". 

Chris Cornell, I do not idolize people but you making all this amazing music commands more respect then some shit idol.... 

"Come Pull The sheets over my eyes, So I can Sleep tonight, Despite what I've seen today, I found you guilty of the Crime of sleeping at a time when you should have been wide awake"


It sounds weird but for 30 days I was on vacation. The weird thing is that I didn't want to be on vacation but I guess I'm more relaxed. Life went on and A sea change occurred. This is what happens when you sit idling.


Music by Character 3/John Michael Gill  


Skating was my life. It shaped me in ways that are impossible to explain. The beauty of where I live now is there are skateparks everywhere. Its my sons turn now.  

Took this because I love the angles of transitions. 

  John Michael Gill 2017.

 John Michael Gill 2017.


 "Self Portrait of me as a building"

John Michael Gill 2017

John Michael Gill 2017


I am trying so hard to balance family life with creating art and music. It is so difficult and literally impossible when my son was born. I think I went a few years without fully investing time and energy into making things. I would scribble something here and there, but the idea of actually committing to a painting was actually a source of anxiety. Thank God my Wife is so loving and my support group is solid. I am back to feeling good about my work and where it has evolved to as well as not becoming jaded by the phony art world popularity shit show. The right people have always found my work and kept me going in terms of a "job". I wish I could find the right gallery. I am collecting my work instead of doing the old half ass assembly line I did for so many years. 

 The one mistake I am still making is working super late everynight which leaves me exhausted. My son is up everyday right around 7 a.m. and normally I work until 4-4:30 sometimes just missing it all together. Not healthy...... In other words I am still working out the balance, but it is getting better.

John... 3-27-17

"Spirits" John Michael Gill 2017

"Spirits" John Michael Gill 2017

"Left Out" John Michael Gill 2017

"Left Out" John Michael Gill 2017