The air-conditioner busted at the studio, which is exactly what we needed in 100-degree-plus stagnant heat. So eventually, everyone took their shirts off. Then they took their socks off. Then I made them take the rest of the week off, because I was going nutty working in a room surrounded by man-boobs and Chee-TOES.
So I’m stuck at home with the newest copy of Juxtapoz magazine, which is one of the art publication’s better issues in quite some time. This issue’s cover story is with graffiti/tattoo artist Mike Giant (Rebel 8 ), who I’ve been avidly following since I was in high school. My first piece of Giant art was actually a Silent Majority/Indecision/Milhouse tour t-shirt, and over the years I picked up some more, including my personal favorite, a Kinsey collab print. I was hoping my last collectible piece would be a Giant tattoo, but unfortunately, that may never happen in light of Mike’s recent decision to retire from tattooing. Yeah, really! Don’t believe me?
“So to those who want a tattoo from me, don’t get your hopes up. I am done.”
The issue’s also cracked wide open with full-length features on John Trippe (Fecal Face), Sylvia Ji, and more artists you should already be familiar with including KR:
..and Ricky Powell: