Some people seem to have a direct link to the Muses and Jesse Michaels is one of those people. Creativity just radiates from the guy. His indelible mark is already imprinted in history via three of his amazing, influential bands: Operation Ivy, Common Rider, and Classics of Love. Each of those bands found Michaels writing fundamental truths in poetry of unparalleled finesse. But, on top of that, Michaels has equaled or even surpassed his musical accomplishment with his visual art. Featuring iconic imagery poised in abstract situations, his drawing and paintings are as distinct as his musical output, and equally daring. But, whereas many of Michael's songs seem to be rooted in profundity, his paintings are a bit more mysterious- leaving it up to the viewer to find the meaning and twists within.
Michaels has launched a site where you can view and buy some of his original works and prints. So, to that end, Punknews' John Gentile called Michaels up to talk about his creative roots, painting, and why noir is so cool.Read more