Mad Skills

For Phoenix sticker artist and impresario Mike Neely (better known as Mad One), the streets don’t sleep. With the world at large as his canvas, Neely has created ridiculous amounts of art pieces over the last 10 years. Juggling works that range from guerilla-ready adhesive art and wheatpaste posters to screenprints and everything in between, Neely mixes his street sensibilities with an artistic curiosity that he hopes is infectious.

“I hope people just take the time to get their own inspiration in any way, shape, or form they choose to,” says Neely regarding his work slapped across walls and telephone poles across the city. “Most of all, I hope to shock them as to how did that get there or [wonder] ‘who created that?’”

July 1-26, 2010
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