Since the late 1980s, Mike Giant has been making his mark (literally) on the landscape of graffiti and tattoo art. Following a showcase of drawings and photos at San Francisco’s Fecal Face Design Gallery this year, which combined his passion for the medium with it’s inevitable interactions and correlations with the corporate world, Creatures mused with artist about his time spent with graffiti, tattooing, and everything in between, which has shaped his career into an iconic one over the past three decades.
Fame Kills is a Toronto based clothing line that creates graphic apparel using iconic figures. Ranging from t-shirts to crew neck sweaters and more, this brand truly speaks for itself.
Since its inception in 2012, creator, Jared Olsever has evolved the brand beyond his circles causally wearing his gear to full scale fashion shows, pop-up shops with established companies and sales in international markets.
"This brand represents all that is corrupt in the glorification of Hollywood, the music industry, and many other forms of self-indulgent destruction. The reach for a lifestyle that is deemed successful by the media is not a reason for living, the love for what you do is.
Passion drives this brand. Hoping for success through endorsements from big names is not the direction this brands wants; the message alone defines its quality of achievement.
Art is expressed through iconic imagery and every piece is pure quality. Attention to detail and a long process of mostly hand drawn visuals are rendered digitally to create eye-catching graphics."
Fame is a destructive force that many of us endure, not withheld just for celebrities. Any increase of attention can prove harmful, leading to more pressure and unwelcome exposure to private matters. We intend to investigate the effects of this force, the theme of the exhibit.