During the past two years, we’ve had the fortune of collaborating with artistic jack-of-all-trades Michael Burk on several moodbooks, graphic design projects, and in helping us to acquire a large amount of stuffed animals and subsequently selling said stuffed animals in the creepiest way possible on Craigslist. For our latest project, Michael took on an even larger role- art directing and co-creating a project alongside Ty McBride for a Solestruck collection with Print All Over Me.
We can no longer hide behind thinly veiled metaphors, drunken texts, or strange portraits of boners drawn on cocktail napkins- ladies and gents, meet our friend, and current design crush Michael Burk!
NAME: Michael Burk
LUCKY NUMBER? 12
FIRST FAVORITE WEBSITE?
I love Pinterest! Not only can you find 100 uses for egg cartons and tampon applicators, but it’s an amazing resource for finding and organizing inspiration images for future projects. It’s like virtual hoarding.
MOST USED APP?
Notepad— I use it to jot down all my ideas when I’m on the subway or walking down the street. I also compulsively check “Susan Miller’s AstrologyZone” every morning when I wake up and every night when I go to bed.
We love the prints you have designed for both Solestruck and your own PAOM collections, but the question begs answering: Do you do a shit ton of drugs?
Is vegan pistachio ice cream a drug? If so, yeah, totally.
You are young, attractive and have worked with a lot of great brands and people in NYC, what would be your best advice to aspiring people in the creative direction/photography world?
1. BE YOURSELF.
2. Surround yourself with people who are doing things you enjoy and admire, and work with them often.
3. Keep a list of people, companies, designers, etc, that you’d like to work with and use it to focus your energy and efforts on making it happen. It doesn’t always work out, but don’t stop trying.
It’s a Friday night what are you doing?
I’m Theresa Caputo. I like to think of myself as a typical Long Island mom, but.. I have a very special gift. I talk to the dead.
We love to keep Portland weird, but what’s the best thing you have seen recently in NYC?
I found a dead guinea pig in a shoebox on the sidewalk one time.
If you could photograph anyone who would it be?
Karen O, Beth Ditto, Francois Sagat, Pete Burns, Geri Halliwell, Grace Jones, and the ghost of Leigh Bowery- all together in a family portrait.
Fiji or Smart Water?
Tap water in a Fiji bottle.
What kind of underwear to you wear?
I like a good low-rise brief or a classic Fruit of the Loom tightey-whitey. Death before boxers!
What pick up line would actually work on you in a bar?
Hey, I just got a new puppy, wanna come play with it?
What can we expect to see next from Michael Burk?
I have a few ideas in my notebook.. which may or may not include a t-shirt line, a series of barbie dolls, and a revival of Queer Eye for the Straight Guy… Oh! And I’m art-directing a pop-up shop by my good friend Brad from BCALLA in NYC this May. It’s gonna be cute!