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

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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.

R.I.P MCA

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

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Beyonce quote. Agreed.

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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.

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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…

Bringing Back "Old Folks"

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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……

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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

Store

Thank you to everyone who has grabbed something from my shop. I am going to be removing some of the products to maintain truly limited edition pieces. I'm honored that people support on this level. I'm honored to sell original paintings. I find it fresh that people have the insight to seek out art. It remains a vital part of this life........ (About to go off on a tangent) 

thank you

john

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Throw Pillows by John Michael Gill

Home decor has always fascinated me, especially when I can apply my work to it. Check these ones out right HERE...

John Michael Gill 2014.

California

Home for the holidays in California. Traveling is so much different when you have a child. It is so hard to squeeze in creative time, social time, down time, but it is all worth it. I really miss California for obvious reasons as well as personal reasons but I also like being away in my fortress of solitude, Washington.

I Can't Believe I grew up here. Torrance Beach.

I Can't Believe I grew up here. Torrance Beach.

I got to do a mural on a pretty big wall. Hadn’t used cans in awhile so it was equally fun and frustrating. I have learned recently that many people claim a background in graffiti when really they have none. Why? It can only hurt you. My experience with graffiti is very simple, I have done many murals with cans but never got with a crew. That is something I regret sometimes because I was offered introduction into crews that would have made me a much better all around artist. I felt I didn’t want to go down a traditional graffiti path and since I had no idea that graffiti would be the hipster wet dream that it is today I began to only implement cans (Spray-paint) as a tool to do my paintings larger. This is in essence graffiti but I cannot claim the title of “Graffiti Artist” and neither should anyone who hasn’t paid their dues. It’s a real deal respectable art. “Street Art” is a whole other mess.

This was a lot of fun. Downtown L.A. 2013 John Michael Gill

This was a lot of fun. Downtown L.A. 2013 John Michael Gill

"Line Dance". John Michael Gill

"Line Dance". John Michael Gill

"Recyclable" Last piece of 2013. John Michael Gill

"Recyclable" Last piece of 2013. John Michael Gill

I had a good trip and by accident learned a lot about art. What some people want from it, why they do it, and most of all how pricing is never fair. No big revelations. I miss my beautiful Torrance and didn’t get to see even a quarter of the people I intended on seeing. Next time Los Angeles.