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Guest Micah Johnson - The art challenges the technology, and the technology inspires the art.

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Larry

Micah Johnson is one of our favorites here on the reposts podcast a true renaissance man. He was a professional baseball player. He is a cryptocurrency enthusiast. And now an artist he got inspired to draw when he heard his nephew asked Mom, can astronauts be black? You can find them on the Twitter's at mica underscore Johnson three. Pretty interesting new exhibit coming to downtown LA. We'll talk about that in just a second. But let's start with a quote that I think you can connect with Micah. It's from john Lasseter, who used to run Pixar studios. He said this, the art challenges the technology, and the technology inspires the arts. I mean, it completely is you because you're in the blockchain. And you also you're kind of got your start drawn about astronauts, what do you think about this quote? mica?


Micah

Yes, really good quote. For me, I think for a lot of people, I mean technology to the forefront of everything we're doing now. It's like when they invented the canvas, right? Instead of using linen or deer hide or whatever they use, right? This is another method to use. And for me, I just see that there's several use cases there that are untapped. There's a new market, not a market, but new kind of tech. potential.


Andrew

Yeah, so I guess you got or your art is going up on the async. Apple TV app. And I think I kind of know what it means, but be interested to hear they say it's programmable AR is digital art that can evolve over time and react to its owners and pull data from the outside world. How does that gonna work with what you're doing? Can you explain that, please?


Micah

Yeah, so what I did was, I took a photograph. And what they did was then program it to sync it to time. So it lasts 11 years. So this work would be a bit you can you watch it evolved for the next 11 years. And the importance of it is because I want the boy 11 years the timeframe of when that the youngest boy turned 18. And eight seems like that threshold when they turn crossover into like adulthood in ability to chase their dreams, good on each year on their birthdays on the respective birthdays, and ones coming up. On Thursday, a screen pops up that allows people to donate or contribute Bitcoin to a wallet. And those boys don't have access to that wallet until they're 18. So every year for the next 11 years people can contribute. And then on that birthday, that door slightly opens up a little bit more and more, until they're face to face with the astronaut, which is a symbol for their dream. So it's like a evolution of Bitcoin. And it really just kind of like a experimental way to show what Bitcoin can do. You know, obviously, it's decentralized. So there's nobody telling you what you can and cannot do. And I think it's gonna be really interesting use case,


Larry

it's gonna be sweet. I will say this though, my mom who's 80 probably won't get her bitcoin wallet out to contribute, but I hope she goes and sees it. That's gonna be on the Marriott Hotel in downtown LA. And you can once again go see it and then contribute Bitcoin that's starting December 7. You know, you're such a great story you got into art. Tell us a little bit about that. I mentioned it when your nephew said kin to his Mom, can an astronaut be black? That's sort of kind of your whole ethos into art, isn't it? Yeah, that was my whole,


Micah

like, aha, like, this is what I need to do with this platform. Like I wanted to, really, I had baseball and baseball, I didn't really do much at play baseball, I didn't really use that platform. So now I got this platform, I'm okay. I wanted to just say what I want to say and try to encourage as many kids as possible. And this is only a matter of black, white, brown doesn't matter. I just want to inspire kids, that it's the black kids because obviously, with my four nephews, the masking and the limitations, they feel I feel like the harness needs to be on them right now.


Andrew

So as you mentioned, from baseball, baseball is like a very structured thing, like you practice and you do whatever you have games. How has it been transitioning into art from having such a structured bifen to? I think, to some extent, it's like up to you to decide when you want to work and when you don't?


Micah

Yeah, I mean, at this point, I've gotten a good sense of myself. So if I'm not feeling good about a painting or anything like that, I won't paint. And then when I catch that, like good momentum, I don't really care what time it is, I'll go in and work. And that's kind of how I kind of saved myself and don't gas out because instead of like trying to paint a paint, just keep on doing bad things. I just kind of you feel it and you just go into work. I still have to have some structure. I go to the same breakfast place every day and same lunch place every day. So I still got my structure.


Larry

Certainly that's the case for baseball players. And you've also done some work around quarantine around COVID and sort of work that into your art as well. Right.


Micah

Yeah, definitely. Well, obviously, it isn't very important time. So like, I try to, like really put an emphasis on what's going on in the world in my work as well. Because I think that, obviously, like we have short memories as human beings, so like, in three years, we might forget what this was like. But think about it 50 years or 100 years, you know, I'm trying to have people recognize and let this moment in time not be forgotten, either, that we're just kind of looking at it through the lens of these children that I'm painting. And watching them evolve. Because I think it is one of these like times that won't be forgotten and like, very important to like, what shapes our world.


Andrew

So I think it's really cool that you're diversifying into the blockchain and electronic art, do you have a message? Or what would you give advice to young artists coming up? Like, there's more ways than ever to get stuff out there? But like, do you have any advice to people that are thinking about getting into art?


Micah

Yeah, I mean, the the, there's so many ways to monetize not just your yard, but the content whenever he's on Instagram, all that I mean, there's so many ways to get seen. And don't I would say that don't feel pressure. If you're not getting your work out there right now. Like it's just keep working and creating and creating and creating, creating, and then some some days, somebody who really like it, you know, and then it's off to the races. And then there's plenty of ways to monetize it in the meantime, like, digital art is such a cool way, because it's such a growing community, and it's still young. So you still have a lot of people trying to feel their way out. But you have a lot of really passionate collectors, super easy to use. There's plenty of platforms out there that you can upload your work on.


Andrew

So something that I like to say on the show a lot is just start doing it. It kind of sounds like what you're saying, right? Don't wait for someone to tell you to do it.


Micah

Yeah, just start doing it. Like that's it. I mean, for me, like I just keep going and paint and sometimes they're really good. So that was really bad. I just keep going and get better and better and better. The more you do it, obviously, just can't give up.


Larry

Michael, we can't let you leave, of course, without asking about your former team, the Dodgers winning the World Series. I'm assuming that you watched Was it fun to see your teammates out there celebrating? Oh, yeah,


Micah

man. There's so many good guys, my team. I joke with people that I played for the race and the Dodgers and the Braves and they're all in the ALCS. As I see, that's how you build a winning culture. And I was like a winning consultant from the bench. But no, it was great to see that.


Larry

And you know, to you, I'm a Dodgers fan, so I'm biased. But you know, Dave Roberts certainly seems like a great guy from the interviews finally with his world series. But Dave Roberts, the manager of the Dodgers actually was one of the people that propelled you in art. He called you in front of the team and said draw something. It was a picture of Maury wills, right?


Micah

Yeah, yeah. I mean, David is a great guy, man be on and off the field. That's what makes him so special. And people were on him because you know, he wasn't getting over that hump and winning a World Series but I mean, amazing guy. So I'm really really really like, I really excited for him to like, get those haters off his back. Really? I mean, you can't be there winning 140 games a year into my opinion playoffs are just a roll the dice crapshoot anyways, anybody can get hot. It's like March Madness, right? I like the playoffs. We determine who's the best team it's just who gets the hottest you know, so they I think all that hate on him was undeserved. It's kind


Larry

of like art. What do you say is the best picture? You know, I get it. I'm with you. Michael Johnson, you should go check out his work. It's gonna be literally on inside the Marriott Hotel in downtown Los Angeles. Starting on December 7, you can find mica on Twitter. Once again it at mica underscore Johnson three. Mica you are truly one of our favorites. Thanks for coming on. For sure.




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