We had the good fortune of connecting with Mike Pyro and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Mike, can you walk us through the thought-process of starting your business?
It was really a no brainer for me. I’ve always been a hustler, someone that likes to create and make things that don’t really exist…or at least tweak something to my view. I’ve never fit into anyone else’s model of ‘employee’ and done things my way on my own, so working for myself, be it hustling clothes, art, tattoos whatever, just making it my own way has always been in my DNA

Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
Like I’ve said, I’ve always been a creative and see things that need tweaking or create something totally new. It has been hard at times because you’re constantly hustling. You don’t get a steady check, you got to make it happen on your own or you don’t eat, you don’t have a roof over your head. You are responsible for your own outcome. It’s allowed me to live life on my terms, in my way and remain a kid while being an adult. It’s taken me all over the world, which I feel travel is invaluable to ones growth and outlook.

Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
I recently moved to Hawaii from Los Angeles. Chasing a life long dream…here in Hawaii we have world class beaches, the most beautiful hikes on the planet, fantastic food that is only available here on the islands as well as a rich history. I myself am still finding new spots continually. In Los Angeles, most of my friends are writers, so we would definitely hit some walls in DTLA and the hit a nice restaurant, such as The Perch in downtown

The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
My graffiti crew…West Coast Artists. Everyone in the crew, especially the OG’s when it’s inception in 1985 were ahead of the curve. My best friend and founder Rival, along with Miner and PJay were not only artistic, but each had an individualistic attitude that didn’t fit into mainstream America. Punk rock and Hip Hop were just in its infancy and both pushed individual style and non conformity. That’s the life I grew up in, and to this day is my attitude.

Website: Mikepyro.com

Instagram: @mike_pyro

Twitter: @pyrowca

Facebook: Mike Pyro

Nominate Someone: ShoutoutLA is built on recommendations and shoutouts from the community; it’s how we uncover hidden gems, so if you or someone you know deserves recognition please let us know here.