We had the good fortune of connecting with Michael Satva and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Michael, what inspires you?
I am inspired by anything futuristic. I also am inspired by ancient cultures around the world. I obsess about subcultures and fashion niches. I like finding ways to mash up different cultures and infusing them with futuristic aesthetics. I find that conventional futuristic aesthetics are sterile and devoid of culture, whereas what I seek to create brings in elements from Africa, India, Aztecs, or Egyptians, to create a more exciting and innovative futuristic aesthetic. I am inspired by Anime and Super heroes. Graffiti and Architecture, Rave culture and Low Riders.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
What sets me apart is my unique and eclectic upbringing and world view. I was raised in the new age community and was influenced by hinduism, buddhism, and other world religions at an early age. Growing up in San Francisco I witnessed hip hop and graffiti culture first hand, mixed with punks and ravers and other subculutures that were prevelant in the 80s and 90s. I have always had a multicultural world view and combined this with my love of Sci-Fi and anything futuristic. As a result my art and vision is very unique and edgy, and combines many elements together to create a fresh new take on futuristic aesthetics. I have translated this vision into comic books, animation, fashion and film, and currently am working on several projects that I want to turn into TV series.
Was it easy? Not at all. I have always had my visions and creative ideas, and have used whatever medium available to express these visions. I have translated this vision into comic books, animation, fashion and film, and currently am working on a project that I want to turn into a TV series. But because my world view and culture is so different than the status quo, I have had trouble translating to mainstream society. I feel like most of the arts and entertainment industry has a very whitewashed culture and has implicit bias against my multicultural ideas. Whether it’s in entertainment, the arts, or in big tech, I have never had any luck networking or even getting work. As a result I really have had to hustle on my own and try to manifest and sell my work outside the system, where I connect directly to the more multicultural masses that do relate to my message.
My brand represents the coming in multicultural generations that have embraced a global cultural fusion.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
LA is amazing in that it has so many different versions of itself layered on top of each other. If I were to take someone around I would start in Downtown and explore the Arts District and check out the murals. Then we would hang out in Little Tokyo and grab some Matcha. The next day we could explore north into China Town, and up to Highland Park and Pasadena. And then another day we could check out Venice Beach and explore the boardwalk. And then we could go down the PCH and check out Redondo Beach to Long Beach.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I would like to give a shoutuout to Ramiro Perez for being with me hustling on the sidewalk and sticking with it all these years despite not having any real support from others. I feel both of us have been on the grind and not really had any mentor or group or really anyone give us a helping hand. So it just comes down to not giving up and just keep trying.