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Smiley

Run #02059
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TYPE:Archival Pigment Print on Perforated Blotter Paper
SIZE:7.5 x 7.5 Inches
RELEASE DATE:   Apr 19 2018
This RUN is signed, numbered and comes with a Certificate of Authenticity from Mike Giant and 1xRUN.
Edition Size 50
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About The Artist

The framing option for this RUN includes a 7/8 inch black wood frame with UV-glass foam core backing and ready to hang hardware.

After kicking off Bicycle Day 2017 on his own last year, we're excited to welcome back Mike Giant who returns with three new blotter sheets for 2018.

"The Smiley graphic is one of my graffiti throw-ups, a “GI”. I started writing it on walls in the mid 1990s. This is 1 of 6 LSD graphics I illustrated in early 2017 after reminiscing about my days as a regular LSD user (at least once a week). 3 of the 6 graphics in this series were based on real LSD that I ate and sold. The other 3 are things I thought would work great as blotter art. I researched blotter art and found some that I remember eating and selling. The others I made up. They’re really special when compared to what I usually offer and I’ll bet they’ll be worth some money someday as this is the only time I’ve drawn LSD blotter art." - Mike Giant

Read more in our full interview with Mike Giant at News.1xRUN.com...

ABOUT THE ARTIST:

Born in 1971 in upstate New York, artist Mike Giant began drawing as soon as he could hold a crayon. His family moved to Albuquerque, New Mexico in 1979 where he was immersed in BMX bikes, skateboarding, heavy metal, punk rock, hip-hop and gang violence. He graduated in the top 10% of his high school class and attended the University of New Mexico (UNM) on scholarship as an architecture major. He began writing graffiti under the name “Giant” just before starting college and got his first tattoo soon after.

In 1993 he was offered a full-time job drawing graphics for Think Skateboards in San Francisco and decided to leave UNM without a degree. After four years at Think, he lived in London briefly, then returned to San Francisco to work in animation. In 1998, Giant was offered an apprenticeship in tattooing by Nalla Smith. He began tattooing full-time a year or so later, and worked in legendary shops like East Side Ink, Newskool and Everlasting. Giant made tattoos full-time for a decade before switching his attention to REBEL8, a clothing brand he founded with his old friend Joshy D in 2003. Then, after 20 years in California, Mike moved to Boulder, Colorado where he currently lives and works.

Find more by Mike Giant at mikegiant.com.

Follow Mike on Instagram @ogmikegiant & Facebook
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Born in 1971 in upstate New York, artist Mike Giant began drawing as soon as he could hold a crayon. His family moved to Albuquerque, New Mexico in 1979 where he was immersed in BMX bikes, skateboarding, heavy metal, punk rock, hip-hop and gang violence. He graduated in the top 10% of his high school class and attended the University of New Mexico (UNM) on scholarship as an architecture major. He began writing graffiti under the name “Giant” just before starting college and got his first tattoo soon after.

In 1993 he was offered a full-time job drawing graphics for Think Skateboards in San Francisco and decided to leave UNM without a degree. After four years at Think, he lived in London briefly, then returned to San Francisco to work in animation. In 1998, Giant was offered an apprenticeship in tattooing by Nalla Smith. He began tattooing full-time a year or so later, and worked in legendary shops like East Side Ink, Newskool and Everlasting. Giant made tattoos full-time for a decade before switching his attention to REBEL8, a clothing brand he founded with his old friend Joshy D in 2003. Then, after 20 years in California, Mike moved to Boulder, Colorado where he currently lives and works.
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