We had the good fortune of connecting with Mike Texada and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Mike, Let’s talk about principles and values – what matters to you most?
Authenticity, because things are just more exciting to me when they are entertaining and real.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
My name is Mike Texada, and I’m a model, self-taught painter and fashion designer. I run an art brand called MATTE by Mike Texada (MBMT). I began agency modeling at 16, and worked in retail. From those experiences I started MBMT at age 21. Originally, i was focused on cut and sew designs, producing my own shows and participating in group shows. While waiting for clothing samples, i began painting in a style i call “CAMOISM” and over the last 5-6 years i’ve been maintaining steady careers in all 3.
Over the years, i’ve faced tons of challenges, All 3 of these career choices are very up-and-down. My biggest challenge early on was how to navigate them. With fashion, spending was the hardest part. I don’t like to compromise on quality, and because of that I ended up blowing a huge portion of my budget on samples. I was self taught so I didn’t really have the understanding and guidance i do now. With Art and Modeling, I could have a rush commission and be booked for a 3 day shoot. When I’m in painting mode, physically i’m not in a “model-state”. i wake up get straight to work, might not get a haircut for 2 weeks, but with modeling i have to be camera ready. So that was an adjustment, not fully immersing myself in one practice and just staying ready for whatever. Then there’s the challenge of not getting any business in either for a month or 2 and having to stay positive and disciplined enough to keep pushing everyday, and make opportunities for myself. The biggest lesson i learned was not to separate the mediums in my mind and find ways to make one help the other. And to stay authentic in my approach because that’s what sparked all this in the first place.
At the moment, i’m preparing to produce a solo show called “Crash Landed” that combines my art, clothing, and other mediums into a huge immersive art experience. It’ll be in the Bay Area, but i’m also hoping to tour it so that’s the main focus right now.
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?
Getty Museum for the architecture and vibe.
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?
All the uncredited and underappreciated people that help make dreams come true.
Anthony Hudson, Julian Moncaleano, Ash Danielsen