Sieben on Life: The Art of Not Making Art

Juxtapoz // Wednesday, September 16, 2015
I've both heard and read advice relating to being an artist, stating that in order to be truly successful at your craft, you need to be in your studio every day, clocking hours—whether you feel motivated to work or not. I understand the underlying message: only time and perseverance will enable you to make great strides and push your work forward. And while I agree that it's obviously extremely important to dedicate sufficient time to your art, it's also important to feel OK about not making it.

Twelve Pack with Deth P. Sun

Illustration // Thursday, August 06, 2015
A few months ago, I moved to a small town of 7,000 on the Pacific coast up in Mendocino called Ft. Bragg. It's nice. I barely know anyone, but I get a lot of stuff done. I'm pretty much by myself everyday.

Sieben on Life: Start Right Now

Juxtapoz // Thursday, May 14, 2015
"How do you get started?" That question, or some version of it, is probably the most frequent subject of emails from younger artists. It's a valid question. However, the answer is remarkably simple: you just start. Now, I know that feedback probably sounds almost dismissive and/or naive. And I know that the underlying question is more, "How do you make money as an artist?" But the answer remains the same...

Sieben on Life: Stop and Smell the Sharpies

Juxtapoz // Thursday, March 05, 2015
Working as a commercial illustrator for the past decade plus, I've designed hundreds of T-shirts for numerous companies, bands and individuals. But if I had to pick my very favorite shirt that I've ever designed, it would be the one you're looking at above these words. I drew this at my kitchen table when I was 12 years old.

Sieben on Life: 'Sounds Good, Now Write it Down'

Juxtapoz // Thursday, November 27, 2014
One of the best pieces of advice that I wish I'd been given as a younger illustrator is this: Don't start a job without a contract in place. Of course, the younger me would have scoffed at that advice and said something stupid, like, "Contract? What am I, some kinda business?" At which point I wish an elder illustrator could have stepped in, slapped my tender, pimply face, and said, "Yeah, dipshit. You are." But enough reminiscing about shit that never happened. 

Sieben on Life: Two for Life

Juxtapoz // Monday, June 09, 2014
I've had two art show concepts in the back of my mind for numerous years now, and chances are I'll never actually have the time or motivation to execute either of them myself. Rather than letting them disintegrate like dusty skeletons in my closet, I thought I'd share the ideas with you guys in case somebody out there wants to run with either concept...

The LB Project: A European Art Exhibition Through Skateboarding

Juxtapoz // Wednesday, May 14, 2014
The recently launched LB project unites the European skateboard scene through art shows in Berlin, Copenhagen, Barcelona, Paris, Amsterdam and London. Starting this June, 2014, the next year will see artists, skateshops, media and brands will unite to make skateboarding and art accessible to all...

April 2014: On Sale Now, Featuring: Andy Rementer, Michael Johansson, Christian Rex van Minnen, Teen Witch and More

Juxtapoz // Thursday, March 06, 2014
We kick off another month with a look at our new April 2014 issue, featuring the bright, playful works of Philadelphia's Andy Rementer. Rementer has done great work for magazines we like such as the New Yorker and Apartamento in the past, and we are very excited to have his work on the cover of our April issue.

The illustrations of Michael Sieben

Illustration // Friday, April 06, 2012
Michael Sieben received his BFA in Studio Art from the University of Texas at Austin in 1999. He was one of four founding members of Camp Fig Gallery (2002-2006) and is a founding member of Okay Mountain Gallery (2006-Present.) His work has been shown throughout the United States as well as Japan, London, Mexico, and Peru. Michael works as a professional illustrator and designer primarily within the subculture of skateboarding...  

Volcom x Michael Sieben's Internet Shack, Season 2 Episode 5

Juxtapoz // Tuesday, May 10, 2011
Our October 2007 cover artist, Michael Sieben is at it again with his Internet Shack series with Volcom. In Season 2, episode 5, a parasailing joyride with the Bikini Camp boat turns into confusing social commentary on consumerism and religion. Don't eat the necro-berries.
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