Mike Maas

 

Where were you born? Year, Country, State. Where do you live currently?

 

I was born in Kalamazoo, Michigan. way back in 1961. After graduating college, I made a brief but miserable 2 year stop in Chicago before ultimately settling down in Arizona. I currently live in Prescott, which is in northern Arizona.

 

 

What initially drew you to drawing pretty pictures?

 

I’ve been making art for as long as I can remember. I drew a train on the wall in the hallway of my house when I was a toddler, my Dad was so impressed, he left it up for years.

 

 

Who is your favorite skateboarder, living or dead? Any ties to skateboarding?

 

I used to carry around a Vision Agent Orange board when I was a punk rocker in the 1980’s (yep, still have it.) but it was mostly just for looks. Favorite skaters are Steve Caballero & Jay Smith

 

Who is your favorite artist, living or dead? 

 

Todd Schorr, Daniel Clowes, Charles Burns and Basil Gogos…there’s a million of ‘em. Favorite dead guy is Andy Warhol.

 

 

When you're not creating amazing works of art, what do you enjoy doing?

 

I live on a 5 acre ranch where I try to convince myself I love digging, chopping wood, carrying heavy crap and cleaning horse, chicken and cat poop. When I‘m not doing those exciting things, I like to build monster models and play board games.

 

 

Who are your biggest influences?

 

I’m mainly influenced by pop culture, cartoons, comic books, punk rock, monsters, toys, conspiracy theories, secret societies, crypto zoology, anything weird, loud, dark, or colorful. I also have friends in the art biz that influence me / keep me on my toes: Luster Kaboom, Roy Wasson Valle, Rachel Bess, Ryan Bubnis and Devon Deveroux are a few that come to mind. 

 

 

What mediums do you enjoy working in?

 

I work mostly in acrylics on wood, I also like to sculpt, make digital art and screen printing.