We had the good fortune of connecting with Mike Habs and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Mike, how have you been keeping yourself busy during quarantine?
Lately I’ve been able to work on a lot of the little things and the projects I’ve been wanting to get around to, but haven’t always had the time. One of them was making my own paint from scratch. I’ve been able work through the foundational elements, and it’s helped me create a lot of new visual effects. I’ve also had more time to just clean and organize my studio efficiently and get more of the small things in order – it’s not always exciting, but it’s helped me think through and complete my new work much more effectively for some weird reason. Focusing on maintaining simple improvements like these has helped me take the work into some new directions that I’m really excited about. It’s been a very difficult time all around, but reminding myself that this will pass, and trying to use the time productively and work towards new ideas has helped keep me at ease.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
My work as an artist/painter for the past few years has mainly focused on trying to visually communicate or transcribe the ideas behind punk rock music. The work itself emphasizes my appreciation of modern street art and graffiti culture along with different aspects of fine art. During the creation process, I look to metaphors within the songs, analyze the lyrics, incorporate them in hidden ways, and try to map out the overall feeling I take away from the music.
In terms of subject matter I tend to search for songs that resonate with my personal life/environment, and ultimately try to transcribe how the song feels. Whether painting a piece in the studio or on the side of a building outside, creating the paintings and videos keeps pushing me to challenge myself in unique ways and help the work evolve over time.
Quarantine and lockdown has been a very tough time for everyone. The main thing I would want to share right now is to just try and use the time to focus and develop something you really enjoy doing and will be better off for in the future. Whether it’s drawing, learning, or spending time with your family, when this is all over that thing hopefully that thing can then become a bigger part of the future.
A mural of Mike’s and his artwork is currently on display at the W Hotel (W Beverly Hills). His work was recently featured in “From Street to Cotemporary” (alongside Chaz Boroquez, Moncho 1929, Jose ‘Prime’ Reza, Danny Minnick, & Carlos Ramirez), has been archived in the Stonewall Museum, on the set of NBC’s “Will & Grace,” and exhibited during Art Basel Miami 2017.
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?
When I came to Los Angeles the murals and artwork from Moncho 1929 I would see on the street were a massive inspiration. His imagery, aesthetic, and the concepts behind his work really encouraged me to always keep pushing my style into new and unfamiliar territories. The advice and support along the way he’s provided has really helped keep me going and recognize the value in hard work, consistency, and persistence. Other artists along the way like Chaz Boroquez, Shepard Fairey, This Is Addictive, Casper Brindle, Prime(K2S), and CAB(K2S) who have taken the time to listen and offer advice have also each brought unique perspectives to learn from and I’m so damn thankful for each one of them.
Finally, Donato Sepulveda from Hubble Studio is a close friend of mine who has helped me significantly over the past few years, helped me avoid many headaches, and navigate the crazy waters of Los Angeles. Thanks homie. The support from all of my family, friends, fans, and galleries has been my fuel since the beginning and to be honest, every bit of it really helps – so a huge thank you to everyone that’s helped me get here!
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