Set It Off: Mike Germon

September 16th, 2008 by Larry

Mike Germon

I don’t really have any nicknames, stage names, or nom de plumes. Maybe that’s something to work on.


Where are you from?
I grew up just outside of Decatur. So with the exception of school in Athens, I’ve live in the A all my life.

Who do you work for?
I work freelance as a filmmaker and designer. I hope to eventually get paid to curate and create art as well.

What are your Current Project(s)?
I’m always busy with ThoughtMarker and helping run MINT Gallery. I’m also trying to pull together a book of drawings by local artists. I’m working on art for a couple of different group shows at Aurora Coffee. I’m working with you guys on an alternate colorway for one of the Process tees. I’m editing a video for Sideshow, a multimedia improv event that goes down Friday nights at Relapse Theater. Then in December, I’m curating a show of my favorite artists of the past year that will take place at WonderRoot.

Who would you love to work with?
Dosa Kim is one local artist who has really stepped it up lately, I hope to somehow work with him soon. As for big names, I’d love to work with Faile, Wes Anderson, The Rza, or Timur Bekmambetov. Look him up, he’s a genius.

If you had to give all your sneakers away to charity except for one pair, which ones would you keep?
I’d like to say my green and orange Nike iD Dunk Lows or my Energy (bright ass orange) Adidas Dragons, but I know that the real answer is my flip flops which I will rock well into the winter.

What’s on your iPod right now?
I’ve been listening to a lot of local stuff lately. Vera Fang, Judi ChicagoSnowden, Mastodon. I also still have a lot of love for bands out of Athens like Iron Hero, The Whigs, Cinemechanica, Pegasuses – XL, A. Armada, Marriage, Pride Parade, and We Versus the Shark. As for national stuff I like The Cool Kids, LCD Soundsystem, Thrice, Bloc Party, TV on the Radio, and of course the Wu-Tang Clan.

What’s your Favorite ATL food?
El Myr, Eats, Fellini’s, La Fonda, all cheap stuff near where I live.

What’s your Favorite ATL hangout?
Beep Beep Gallery and WonderRoot are two spots where you’ll find me often, and I’m starting to really like the Highland Inn Ballroom. But more often then not, I’ll just walk over to Manuel’s Tavern for pitchers of PBR. You’ll also find me catching soccer matches at the Brewhouse.

What are your Pet Peeves?
I could take this opportunity to rip into a bunch of people that annoy me through various actions and stances, but I will not. So I guess people complaining about stuff is one of my pet peeves. 

Shout outs?
Chuck McCarthy ( out in LA. Brett W. Thompson (the happiest person in Atlanta). MINT’s intern Phil a.k.a. Dogbite. Vik Singh down in Miami, who I believe has already gotten a few shout outs via Set It Off. Local photographer Bobb Lovett (Bobb with two B’s), who recently showed with me in Mobile, AL and Tracy Young who hooked that up. Everybody holding down the underground art scene in Atlanta: all the kids at Beep Beep, the elusive Evereman, WonderRoot, MINT (and Erica who calls all the shots), Youngblood, Rabbit Hole, Foundation One (RIP), all the art bloggers (Jeremy, Ben, Jonathan, Cinque, etc.), The Atlanta Creatives ProjectFALSE Magazine, and The Harold Group (serving up the best chicken wings you’ll find at a house party/art show). Last but not least, soon to be millionaire movie producer, my girlfriend Rebecca.

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