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Dock Tattoo Project
Connected by the Sea: This project aims to take visitors on a walk down the main pier at the shipyard at HarborArts in East Boston. A response to the place itself, people visiting here are drawn to leave the land and walk out onto the pier where they can experience the water all around them and view the Boston skyline in a unique and complete panorama. I’m creating a large series of tattoo designs what will be stained into the cement surface of the pier, that point out the different places and peoples we have been connected to by sea.

Several are already in place, and we aim to finish the whole project, a proposed 14 designs and connecting elements, by HarborArts Festival September 20.
(Read more on the project’s website | See project page at Harbor Arts: “The 1000ft Tattoo”)

Painting for Kinetic Light

Some of my current projects involve large colorful paintings and murals, lit by intense saturated color-changing LED lights (“kinetic light”); This method causes the colors in the painting to seem to flip, move and swap as the light color changes, highlighting different forms and hidden elements. As the lighting cycles through various combinations of colors, the pigments also appear to change color, swap and move in surprising ways, forming a moving wall of color and shape. (See some examples)


“For Mike Franklin, The Art’s the Thing in Hyattsville” –The Washington Post

“…impressive contribution to the street and building-scape and to the Arts in Hyattsville” –East City Art