More Medicine Than Jim Morrison’s Medicine Man.
Apache Skateboards skate team.
Hollywood knows I never see myself in film media so no matter how many tropes, cliche’s, part-time Indian actors, murdered warriors, abused beautiful Indian women or silent skins alongside big white actor names , I’m gonna watch it because I’m desperate to see some Indians on screen, any Indians. Sadly, I’m gonna like it. Why? Because on the res no one can hear you scream. Thanks for nothing you greedy big time producers, writers, directors and show offs.
Everyday Is Indigenous People’s Day
The woman on wood is hand cut stencil art by Douglas Miles. Measures 18 x 20″
Grace and Ira Miles on the way to Santa Fe.
Holbrook AZ Wigwam Hotel 2017
This is the crew that started it all.
These guys are more revolutionary than you think.
If you knew them then you know who we are now.
Taken in San Francisco CA
May you walk in beauty but always Skate Against Empire
Money buys a lot of things respect is not one of them.
After 500 Years Of American Gangsterism You Wouldn’t Be Smiling Either .
Apache artist Douglas Miles who is painting one of the 12 murals for Art For Rights on Dec 12th in New Orleans, LA, is a San Carlos Apache-Akimel O’odham painter, printmaker, muralist, and photographer from Arizona. Art For Amnesty interviewed D Miles for you.
What are the main subjects you deal with within your practice?
Native American (Apache) subject matter will always be important to me. Written history of this country seems to have omitted the battle for independence my tribes fought for. Much of my work is a reflection of the unheard and unseen reality of Apache and tribal history in America.
Are there topics you are uncomfortable dealing with in your work? If so, why?
I don’t deal with the topic of death or hopelessness enough. I would rather deal with building solutions than the problematic systematic forces that we face daily. At the same time I do not deny hard issues, but acknowledge that we need to strive to inspire, encourage and out-think oppression and its oppressors.
What are your goals as an artist? What drives you?
I hope to inspire people to know that their voice counts no matter where they are from. The art of tribal people/ people of color is probably the most powerful weapon we possess in our “survival arsenal.”
What inspired you to express your art through murals?
Graffiti art has always inspired me as a purely “tribal” art form. It speaks to various communities immediately. My murals are an extension of that graffiti and street art sensibility which turns any alley or wall into a world class museum or canvas.
Tell us about the mural you’ll be painting during Art For Rights.
The power of art, the written word, and social media can not be underestimated. Power hungry systems want to silence critics of its own brand of systemic oppression. I plan to address what this looks like in my mural.
If there was one thing you could fix in this world what would it be?
I would like to see artists of color/ tribal people have more access to be able to tell more stories via art, films, literature, and music about the beautiful tapestry of our tumultuous times. Good stories can build bridges of understanding between cultures .