The Tattooed Ladies of Mike Giant
Mike Giant is pretty much good at everything- So we're just gonna talk about his awesome tattooed pinups for now.
I've written about Mike Giant before, and I'll probably write about him again- for the sole purpose that he is so goddamn multi-faceted that his list of talents and endeavors could fill a book. Giant has created a name for himself in the art world that spans over numerous mediums- whether it's through graffiti, illustration, graphic design, photography or tattooing- he's done it, and he's killed it. And not only has he done it, but he continues to do so.
It's obvious when looking at Giant's work that he's drawing from several different places for inspiration. There's the punk rock, skate-culture vibe and then there's a very obvious hip-hop feel to it all as well... Which is all effortlessly combined and wrapped in a beautiful, crisp, clean package. And THAT part can be at least mostly credited to his background in graphic design.
"I’m a product of my generation. I grew up through the 80s and was drawn to the punk rock and hip-hop cultures simultaneously. And I threw myself in headfirst."
As far as his illustrations go, Giant works mainly in black and white. This varies greatly from his graffiti. The difference, he says, is that his graffiti work is part of a larger institution, a tradition- and you respect that. His illustrations are more personal, which obviously allows more personal creative freedom than when staying true to tradition as with street art.
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While Giant depicts countless things in his illustrations, one of the themes he's most known for are his tattooed pinups- which often grace the pieces in his popular clothing line (again, what can't he do?) Rebel8. These tattooed babes have pretty much become a Mike Giant staple.
Giant says he likes to use photos he has taken himself as references for his tattooed figures (oh yeah, he's also an awesome photographer. What can't this guy do?) Over the years, he's built up an archive of pose references that he's able to use endlessly. As far as models go, he has photographed everyone from friends, firends of friends, random people on the street to professional models- just anybody who's got the look he's going for and is down to be turned into a super hot, tattooed pinup. He says most ladies are into it, and we don't doubt that for a second.
So, without further adieu- take a look at some of our favorite tattooed ladies by Mike Giant.