The title of Mike Giant's new solo show is an homage to a Buddhist idea about the human existence. It's so important, he even has it tattooed on his hands. It reminds him that life is supposed to be enjoyed, and that It’s not going to last, so you better take advantage of it while you can. It's a subtle thread that Mike Giant wanted to keep through all of the new works in his Impermanent Vacation series.
Aside from some larger than usual works on paper, Giant is showing a batch of letterheads, which he collected through Instagram. He put out a message saying if anyone sent him 40 or so sheets of vintage or just nice letterheads, then he would send them a drawing on one of the letterheads. It was a hit. Now he has thousands of sheets. Beyond letterheads, he has stationary from old ships as well, all on which he's drawn on in his signature style. He's got a great range from the letterheads size all the way up to 6×6 foot.
Giant has been working as a full-time artist since '93 when he began as the in-house graphic artist for Think Skateboards in San Francisco. Since then the he has thrived equally as both a fine artist and freelance artist. Now at 45, Giant lives in rural Boulder, Colorado where he continues to refine his various crafts. Impermanent Vacation is currently running at Detroit's Inner State Gallery.