Welcome To The:
Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apaches
Another Douglas Miles Fine Art Film & Production
Apaches And Angels is now the Official Apache Skateboards Website Blog.
What this means is that whatever we want to post here, will sync with Apache Skateboards Dot Com. I admit it’s thrown me slightly only because as the owner/ lead designer / creative director of Apache Skateboards I was trying to compartmentalize all various skate, art , mural, film, music or mixed media themed projects.
For all intents and purposes separating projects is probably not entirely necessary for the many projects of A. S. and Douglas Miles except for easy categorization.
Apache has always created what, how, where and when we wanted to and continues to do so.
However I’ve neglected posting some recent events, projects, shows and demos. I will try now to post items and links ( in reverse ) so those who follow our work(s) can read and study how we engage with communities at myriad levels. I know what we do has never been done before. So enjoy us, our work and effort.
San Carlos Apache Godzilla.
Welcome To Monster Island
Baby Doug with Peridot dreams
and Tufa Stone Schemes.
Low Rent Housing Warrior.
The Apache Skateboard Generation Is Here
Forgive me for I’ve gone tumblr. AWOL. It wasn’t purposely but between social media, art projects, family, shows and traveling , I fell behind. New links , photo amazingness and art coming very soon.
Our Friends Jody Fosters Army came to Phoenix and Tempe AZ. Here is a vinyl EP we designed for AZPX Records back in 2009. These photos are from this past weekend during the annual Cowtown Phx Am
Accept Food Stamps
Art Sold Here
Killer Whale Warning
Apache Guns On Your Tumblr:
Real art for the people.
Douglas Miles c.
Native Americans And Popular Culture For Better Or Worse :
Native Americans and popular culture have blended for decades. As Native people how we interpret this is now left up to us. One mans cultural honoring is another’s theft. What film media often takes is the best and worst of culture(s), spinning it into a hard to eradicate stereotype vortex. This is where the thin line between love and hate exists. With no new ( or very few) honest portrayals of Native people in media, the new self-stereotype awaits unless we determine who we are by ourselves for ourselves devoid of stale Native archetypes that “keep us in our place”. Native people starved for media attention rarely think twice anymore when stereotypes occur because deep seated institutional racism has bamboozled us into thinking its “honor”. Redface ( non-native performing as native) and stereotype cliche’ performance is now mainstream entertainment and sadly accepted via films like Disney’s The Lone Ranger and the NFL’s Redkskin’s mascot issue. As an artist and social observer I’ve always looked at (the) marginalized and the mainstream. Because I come from and work in marginalized communities, this is how I often “see” things. Subcultures are often tribally codified to teach/maintain structure and order for effective self preservation.
In my own art I discuss subtle and sometimes overt parallels between “tribes” out there and here. I use pop cultural icon images that convey messages about life on the edge and life’s challenges. If Pop culture has borrowed our (Native) image, I’ve done the same in respectful homage not to create new stereotypes but to address raw living structure(s) from within. In my work, utilizing pop imagery isn’t an effort to trend or pander to mainstream sensibilities. It’s about communication in codes we all understand while staking our claim as being present, complex and tribal. So remember : “never take sides against the family again”. I am also a curator. Don’t bite my content here unless you understand what it means to be us and are interested in working with us. It’s our life, not a trending now topic of conversation. .
Apache Art In Rise Collective | Black Panther Party LOVE REVOLUTION art show. 2-21-14 in Los Angeles CA.
Few were as influential as the Black Panthers in a fight for civil rights and quality of life issues for people of color. They along with AIM & The Brown Berets held it down at a time when struggle was everywhere ( and it still is). Infltrated by snitches, agitators by cointelpro tactics the BPP was still effective in its efforts of raising awareness. Native people have had similar struggles and this, my art for inclusion in this show in Los Angeles is tribute to our collective struggles as “peoples” for “power to the people” from the beginning until NOW.
Douglas Miles Artist @dmiles1_apache