If you’ve seen Broad City you will know the work of Mike Perry: enormously dynamic, super colorful and undeniably trippy. In this week DMTV milkshakeshalet’s take a look at Mike’s studio in Crown Heights and ask him all the questions we’ve collected for him – including whether he ever looks at his own work and wonders if it’s “too much”. Spoiler: the answer is no.
Here Mike tells us how he met Abbi Jacobsen of Broad City, the top project on his bucket list, and how playing Dungeons & Dragons as a kid shaped his work – deeply, it turns out. “I started playing Dungeons and Dragons in middle school and it magically shaped my art,” he says. “I think what it did the most for me was [promote] the idea of telling stories and using my imagination – visualizing the world around me and having those adventures and so on. It was incredibly fun and a really nice bonding experience for other creatives to just use their imaginations and explore. I would recommend anyone jumping into a little Dungeons & Dragons if you feel like your brain needs to be activated. “
Again in this milkshake, Mike gives several extremely solid pieces of advice, including an admonition to buy more work from artists you love. “I love collecting art,” he says. “Buying art is the most amazing thing you can do in a capitalist society. Especially if you buy it directly from the artist – [it’s the most] ‘I believe in what you do’, a kind of statement you can make, which I find epic. “
Diana Ostrom, who has written for Wallpaper, Interior Design, ID, The Wall Street Journal, and other media outlets, is also the author of Faraway Places, a newsletter about travel.
Milkshake, the first regular series from DMTV (Design Milk TV), shakes up the traditional interview format by asking designers, creatives, educators and industry experts to randomly select interview questions from their favorite bowl or container. In their open discussions, you will not only get an insight into their personal housewares collections, but also valuable insights into their work, their lives and their passions.