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ABOUT THE ARTIST

        Jared Michael is a self taught veteran graffiti artist and builder born on Whidbey Island in the furthest Northwestern part of the United States. In his early teens, Jared moved to Tacoma, Washington where he was first exposed to graffiti art. Over the course of his high school years, an unrivaled passion for graffiti would become an all-consuming and driving force in his life. 

 

         At 18 years old, while serving in the Marine Corps, Jared’s life came to a near and dramatic ending.  A moment that altered the course of his life shortly thereafter became the catalyst for a tailspin into the depths of an undescribable inner hell.  Numerous years of drug and alcohol addiction piled on top of the lingering effects of PTSD, would degrade his mental state with obsessive perseverance.  Though his nightmare would continue over the course of a decade, graffiti would provide a continuous outlet of expression and a fleeting piece of structure in his life.  In the darkest years, Jared would create some of his best pieces of graffiti art.  Approaching his 30’s, at one of the crossroads of his life, Jared was forced to make a choice.  Transmuting his passion for self destruction into an obsession for study, he set out on a path of intense spiritual and personal development, manifesting a journey of resurrection, revival and reformation in his life.

 

        Today, infused and saturated in the word, Jared's mission is to manifest God's Glory and Presence in the lives and environments of people around the world.  With his distinct ability to manipulate and harmonize contrast, color, and composition, he embeds various handwritings and type designs to coalesce into a style that is unarguably Jared Michael.  A nearly exclusive education from the experiences of life and freedom from the constraints of academia allow Jared to create from a place of spirit driven authenticity.  Aside from the primary use of brush and spray paint, Jared’s experience working as a blue-collar welder has embedded within him a personal culture of innovation that drives the expansion of an ever-evolving collection of new tools and techniques.  With a combined love for the written word and a passion for artistic expression, the energy of Jared's work revels in the deliverance of the spirit and the hope of everlasting life.