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Mike Mills, Graphic Artist

Posted May 26, 2011 to photo album "Mike Mills, Graphic Artist"

Before becoming a feature filmmaker, writer/director Mike Mills honed his aesthetic sensibilities as a graphic artist, working on posters, album covers, skateboards, music videos, and TV commercials.

Beginners: Portrait of a Graphic Designer
X-Girl Graphics
Sonic Youth Washing Machine Album Cover
Beastie Boy T-shirt/Poster
Album Cover for Air’s Sexy Boy
Subliminal Skateboards
Human Posters
Undefeated Billboard Project
Subliminal Skateboards

Subliminal Skateboards

Skateboard culture has been an integral part of Mills work and sensibility. He’s created work for skateboard shops, and his 1998 music video for Air’s song “All I Need” incorporates a documentary profile of a young couple in love that were brought together by their love of skateboarding. Mills remembers “when I was in high school I actually made some skateboards in my woodshop. In my late 20s, I started doing designs for Stereo and Supreme. It’s funny I’m doing the same thing I did when I was 14, 15 years old.”  The Subliminal Project, created by artists Shepard Fairey and Blaze Blouin, seek to use skateboards as “a fine arts medium.” For his pieces, Mills employs his post-punk strategy of associating icons, like Ralph Nader, Patty Hearst, and Allen Ginsburg, not normally associated with the skateboard culture.