Exquisite , Savage , Compassionate And Brilliant : APACHE STREETS A What TRIBE Production Directed by Douglas MILES Part 1
Young Power Is Born Again In Your Apache Arms / Welcome To The Res AKA The Dirty District And Your Forgotten Anti American Dream /We Make Fun So You Don’t Have Too / APACHE FILTER / GOD FILTER /
MIKE MILLER PHOTO IS WHAT TRIBE
Mike Miller might be one of the best known unknown photographers you’ve never heard of. In the Instagram age with its built-in filters, everyone’s a (supposed) photographer now. This insta-photo phenomenon might make photos accessible but Mike Miller’s photo expertise has been known since the late 80’s for capturing subject matter and captivating viewers. We were honored to have him as one of many featured artists in ” What Tribe” at Self Help Graphics in Los Angeles. His photo “Eazy Does It” with Eazy E posing with Natas Kaupas skateboard is perfect for a show about stereotype(s). The juxtaposition of two disparate “tribal “sub-cultures from Venice to South Central L.A. was a telling take on how prevalent each would eventually become. It was a sly twist on fashion, culture, sports and music media breaking invisible barriers validating and placing youth culture at the forefront.
MIke a California native has been shooting film for fashion, editorial and music for over three decades. His photos are iconic slices of California life along the lines of Craig Stecyk, Glenn Friedman and the more recent photo work of Estevan Oriol. All the photographers mentioned caught musicians, skaters, artists and creatives during early career trajectory. They pioneered capturing culture as it was being made. Later celeb photogs like Larry Clark would attempt emulation of their “less is more” raw style(s).
What is fascinating about the work of Mike Miller are his dark photo stylings mixed with the airy light of California. There is a thin line between the love and hate of the promised land in his work. His photos almost feel created in a vacuum that only Southern Californians can see, hear, know and feel. He seemingly captures L.A. hedonism as it slows down to take a sip of its own gin and juice before hitting backstreet hide outs. Mike Miller saw West Coast hip hop unfold and his classic photos may have even helped shape its visual language as well. Tragically two of Mike’s most iconic subjects, Tupac Shakur and Eazy E, are now deceased.
His self-published, “Michael Miller Photography: West Coast Hip Hop A History In Pictures is a walk down a West Coast
hip hop memory lane. His book is an atypical “who’s who ” of G-Funk luminaries. It’s a testament to any artists struggle, hustle and work ethic as they publish their own work due to lack of art gallery or music label representation. Mike has a few irons in the fire currently. Finishing up edits of his film documentary as well as launching a new multi-media website keep him busy.
Keep your eyes open and don’t sleep because Mike Miller is doing more than just California Dreaming.
Mike Miller & Douglas Miles photo
by JOPEN1 for ieLAvate Mag.
we become the art
An Apache psychological thriller.
Two psychic women warrior artists.
Get revenge on the men who framed them.
Directed by Douglas Miles
Filmed in Apachevision
APACHE CHRONICLE at
Museum of Contemporary Native Arts
Screening in the Helen Hardin Media Gallery
Directed by Nanna Dalunde &
with Apache Skateboards
Santa Fe NM
Today we reached 3,000 likes on our APACHE Skateboards FB Fan Page. We just wanted to say Thank You to all our fans, friends & family out there that support our efforts whether great or small. Bringing you art, skate, film, music and truth since 2001, An Apache Odyssey
Now Playing : The Lone Racist :
We (Natives) don’t care what American pop culture says about Tonto’s importance to America. We did not ask to be stereotyped in film. No one ever asked Natives what we thought. Now we are supposed to believe that this role is “okay” because someone wealthy and famous says its honoring? The other problem is there are whole generations that don’t even know this type of role is racist. Disney banked on this fact heavily, lost and will continue to until they rectify the matter.
An Apache Man and his niece at the San Carlos Cafe in AZ. Chesley Wilson is a actor and an Apache Artist from Bylas, AZ. His niece is Lindsay and she is a model. I’m glad I got to see them.