I'm really happy with how the book turned out and I can't thank Upper Playground and Gingko Press enough for giving me the opportunity to put together this cross section of my work. I hope it inspires other artists to persevere and follow their dreams. Because if a weird skate/art nerd in Texas can get a book published, then I don't see why anybody else couldn't.
- Michael Sieben
Ask Michael Sieben to describe his work and he'll tell you that he's exploring themes focusing on the fading magic of childhood and its associated loss of innocence. His characters and creatures are unique in that they are both cute and grotesque; their purpose in life is to remind us that even though we have problems we still have reason to smile. According to his website, Michael spends his time designing skateboard graphics for Roger Skateboards, writing and illustrating articles for "Thrasher" magazine, operating the Okay Mountain Gallery with his fellow mountaineers, working on various freelance projects with the Volcom Art Loft, painting and drawing for personal enjoyment, skateboarding and smiling. "There's Nothing Wrong With You (Hopefully)" leaves no doubt whatsoever about Michael Sieben's powers of concentration and observation.
96 pages, hardcover