July 7, 2009

About Mike Shinoda
Michael Kenji Shinoda is a Japanese American musician, record producer and artist from Agoura Hills, California. He is best known for his vocal and musical endeavors with two-time Grammy winning, multi-platinum rock band Linkin Park. Shinoda also oversees the packaging, print and online art for the band. He is also involved in other projects including Fort Minor, Music For Relief, and Projekt Revolution.

Shinoda was the youngest of his graduating class from Art Center College of Design in 1998, with a B.A. in Illustration. He has had a hand in most artistic facets of Linkin Park’s imagery, including album artwork, band merchandise, web design and on-stage production art. In his off time, he has worked with popular brands like DC Shoes and Kid Robot to design custom products for charity.

In 2004, Shinoda founded the Michael K. Shinoda Endowed Scholarship at the Art Center College of Design, a fund created to benefit promising illustration and graphic design students with financial need. The first recipient was granted a scholarship in 2006. Proceeds from his artwork and merchandise benefit this scholarship. Also in 2004, Shinoda broke through with his first show, Gallery 1988 in Los Angeles. The show, entitled Diamonds, Spades, Hearts, and Clubs, featured collaborative artwork with Gary Baseman, graffiti artist SEEN, DALEK, Greg “Craola” Simkins, and Linkin Park’s Mr. Hahn. His first museum show Glorious Excess (Born) opened in 2008 at the Japanese American National Museum in Los Angeles, and in 2010, Shinoda will be curating a collaborative group show in New York City. Shinoda is also a featured member of The Seventh Letter’s Known Gallery. For more information about the artist, please visit

About the Japanese American National Museum
The Japanese American National Museum is dedicated to fostering greater understanding and appreciation for America’s ethnic and cultural diversity by preserving and telling the stories of Americans of Japanese ancestry. Since its incorporation in 1985, the National Museum has grown into an internationally recognized institution, presenting award-winning exhibitions, groundbreaking traveling exhibits, educational public programs, innovative video documentaries and cutting-edge curriculum guides. The National Museum raised close to $60 million to renovate an historic building in 1992 and open a state-of-the-art Pavilion in Los Angeles’ Little Tokyo Historic District in 1999. There are now members and donors representing all 50 states and 18 countries.

The Japanese American National Museum is located at 369 East First Street in the historic Little Tokyo district section of Los Angeles. For more information, call (213) 625-0414 or visit National Museum hours are Sunday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday: 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Thursday 12 Noon to 8:00 p.m. Admission is $9.00 for adults, $6.00 for seniors; $5.00 for students and children; free for Museum members and children under age six. Admission is free to everyone on Thursdays from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. and every third Thursday of the month from 11:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Closed Mondays, Fourth of July, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, and New Year’s Day. Final visitor admissions take place thirty minutes before closing.



  1. harsha on February 23, 2010 at 2:33 am

    hey… this is for the first time i’m in ur blog..
    here r many fans like me who r dyin at ur music…
    we donno y u guys… keep on givin such great shows… only at reputated places like great london….
    y don’t u give shows in india…?? if u think here r no fans for linkin park.. it’s defnitely wrong….
    plz try it mike…..

  2. mayra on February 19, 2010 at 11:50 pm

    i like to look like your mike
    is amazing!
    i also like playing guitar!
    i like drawing!
    i don’t know…
    i’ll think about it because only
    i take a year
    to complete the

  3. Luke Irvin on February 4, 2010 at 1:03 pm

    I just received the piece I won from the raffle! Thank you so much Mike! This is amazing!

  4. Gustavo on February 3, 2010 at 7:55 am

    lp the best band in the world !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    When you come to BRAZIL ???????????????????????????



  5. Ana_ on July 14, 2009 at 2:59 pm

    Awesome piece! 🙂 I wish I could go to your artshow… =/ I’ll have to wait to see the pictures in here. Good luck! Ana.

  6. Charlotte_Jay on July 14, 2009 at 7:24 am

    I’m a week late to tell you “Congratulations” but better late than never.I’m looking forward to seeing your 17 new pieces.
    I’m sure those new paintings are just awesome like your other works.Good Luck 🙂


  7. Marinok on July 13, 2009 at 4:54 am

    Dear Mike) whether you Like to read books? If yes, read our book) It is very fascinating detective) In which there is a big surprise for all Linkin Park 😉 And where you can send our book? 😉

  8. The_StRo on July 10, 2009 at 7:51 pm

    this is so awesome ive been a huge fan of ur work, alot of my more recent work is inspired by the amazing things uve done, it would be so sick if you could tell me what u think about my art work becuz i love art, its kept me outta trouble heh well kinda, when ur out tagging ur at risk oh and skating to heh but f**k cops anyways heres my email if anyones intrested in seeing my work ill send u pics of everything thanx!!

  9. mscreations on July 10, 2009 at 5:18 pm

    Your artwork rocks. As a side comment, it’d be awesome if you created some “Personas for Firefox” with your artwork. It’d be great to have a different piece of artwork each month to keep rotating thru. It’d be great!
    Can’t wait to see you guys live again though! You guys always put on the best shows. I just wish I could go to LA to see your artshow.

  10. NoFace on July 10, 2009 at 8:46 am

    I’m loving what I see, can’t wait for your next artshow, man. Keep on inspiring those kids, you’re changing the world so much and maybe you don’t even know it.
    Oh well, something bad has happened to me lately. Backstabbers and all that jazz. But I remember what you said, that integrity is not for sale, I remember Valerie, and I’ve done what I gotta do. It may hurt for a while but yo, in the end, I’m all good, not to say I feel even better. Thanks a bunch, man, for being here with me, and you don’t even know it :))
    Btw, check this out –> the first fan animated movie ever made about Linkin Park, seriously artistic.

  11. max_payn on July 10, 2009 at 3:24 am

    Nice artshow! and Sorry for the off topic, but I have an important question. I wanna ask about your copyright allowance. Of course we buy your music as CD and paid-mp3, and I DON’T share LP music onlne, and I know your MVs and lyrics have copyrights. But you know, to make LP fan community or blog, at least I have to use some contents(not music). What can I use for fan community and blog? – Mvs and lyrics, lyric translations, official photos, etc…/I won’t use music, but can I upload or share these side contents for nonprofit use? I’d be glad if you inform me, Thanks and love LP.

  12. TheParanoid on July 10, 2009 at 2:43 am

    HELL YEAH, I was the last time on your Artshow and it was so great to see you and your pictures! 😀 Now I am in LA again and see: another Artshow from you. That’s so great! But I’m not on August 29 there 😦 Well, but I see you in 20 days in Stuttgart again. That’s great, I’m glad to see it, you know I am from Germany. You’re great! 😀

  13. Madlen on July 9, 2009 at 4:20 pm

    I’ve been waiting for that ever since the Glorious Excess (Born) exhibition:)This is so exciting…I can’t wait to see the new paintings:)I’m actually going to start saving money so that I could buy a skateboard and a book:)Btw this might be the longest post on…anyway looking forward to the show:)

  14. Sintia on July 9, 2009 at 4:01 pm

    Man Mike U really did good on this! pats you on back The colors are crazy & the skull with $ signs eyes is a gr8 touch to it.As for the article on U I had to pull up on sum words like, juxtaposing & tableaus. I may not be the smartest person on this blog but my mind went “da what?!” I llike how heshe used tabloid nirvana.”The artist’s large-scale tableaus narrate the road to excess, culminating with a dramatic final destination into tabloid nirvana” Nirvana’s music just popped in my head on that 1. LOL The person that wrote that article on you definitly was a fan or obsessed with compliments. Mike, I hope you, LP, and your families are doing good and are in good health.

  15. htx2m3bc on July 9, 2009 at 12:28 pm

    That is so exciting. I would love to go but it’s too far. I’m prety sure it’ll cost alot to get there. For those that can, please do show up and show some LOVE. Congratulations Mike!!!!!! That all goes well on behalf of the Hernandez 5 :~) Dont forget to share footage and pictures of the opening day :~) Keep it up. Thats one of the many reasons you have such adoring fans because you are a true artist on the inside and out. LOVE YA MAN

  16. natalia_spain on July 9, 2009 at 12:02 pm

    You think that if I walk and swim from Catadau (Valencia, Spain) it is live or die for me the way?
    jaja it´s a joke xD

  17. Kalini on July 9, 2009 at 11:34 am

    Perfect combination of colours: violet and red, and even pink. Yeah, I agree with you. There’s a lot of fish in the sea… I love the colours of the fish. Good luck! BTW, Celeritas is coming very soon. I’m sure you and Joe will have lots of fun at the show! K

  18. Hawaii_LP_fan on July 9, 2009 at 1:01 am

    Yay! I’m sure your show will be a smashing success! Juggling song writing, creating your works of art, writing/recording “New Divide”, working on your band’s next lp. Where do you find the time Mike? You’re a beast I tell ya! Um, in a good way! 🙂 Well, it’s been a handful of years since I’ve visited Little Tokyo…I distinctly remember the koshi & tsubushi anpan as well as the manju (my favorites). Yummy! Would be sweet to visit your art show and pick up a fresh anpan while I’m there! 🙂 Thanks for the info Mike!

  19. Curiosa on July 8, 2009 at 10:18 pm

    Awesome! Thanks for the info Mike. I’m definitely going to be in town that weekend so hopefully I’ll get to check out your art. 😀 Trying to decide if I’m willing to brave the big crowd on Sat. or if I’ll have time to check it out on Sun. w/o the big crowd. 😛 lol Anyway thanks for the info. 😀 Good night. 😀

  20. JRock4589 on July 8, 2009 at 9:48 pm

    you have an amazing talent in so many forms of art, thank you for sharing with us! Can’t wait til next year ❤

  21. nikkiann0100 on July 8, 2009 at 9:20 pm

    Awesome. I will see you there and epicenter. Cant wait. 🙂

  22. ShadowerLiltani on July 8, 2009 at 7:23 pm

    I’m glad this press release didn’t brag about you’re “Japanese heritage” this time, because the way they go on about your race can get a little obnoxious. There is a lot more influencing your art than that alone, and there is nothing ruder than reading an interviewer/journalist talking about a humble individual so pompously. It is interesting you mentioned consumer addiction, especially with how most celebrity deaths are the result of drug overdoses or severe drug habits. I’m dying (no pun intended) to see how you have decided to elaborate on that. I have been wondering for a while what the “fall” of this character will be, and I am really looking forward to yet another art book.

  23. LPmadman on July 8, 2009 at 5:52 pm

    I’m there Dude ! .. i’m thinkin’ to check my Amex limit .. so i could buy one of ur stuff .. off topic , i know it sounds depress but i need ur advice ASAP ! i’ve a lil’ crush to one of ur beautiful & Hot huge fans !!?! ( a bird told me bout’ that !! lucky me i found her & that’s why i’m here ) I accidentally saw her in a club in LA but she ignore cuz she has been engaged ( like i care ! ) and I see from her comment below ^^^^^ that she will come at the opening of your show later .. just give me a lil’ method so she would go out with me !!This is my only chance .. Respect _

  24. nataku on July 8, 2009 at 3:24 pm

    i wish i could be there and see those arts on my own eyes.

  25. DJWillias on July 8, 2009 at 2:32 pm

    The drawing makes me things about the medias who take advantage of the death of Michael Jackson… I’m in right? I know the Glorious Excess (dies) is planned since a moment but it’s appear me like this 😛

  26. FCastro on July 8, 2009 at 2:17 pm

    To me, that pic only shows how some people looks at money even after dying. Am I wrong?

  27. cuz on July 8, 2009 at 2:04 pm

    Dude, I pissed my pants when saw the newest piece! GREAT colours! Usually I don’t like such in my everyday life but here they looks incredible! Can’t wait for 17 new paintings! And an art book of course!

  28. Meteora20 on July 8, 2009 at 12:18 pm

    Wow this art looks really awesome. everything that you doing looks great. XD i wish i could be there but its to far away from me. i’m living in switzerland. -.- btw. i hope so you’ll take some pics from you’re artshow and tell us how it was. ^^
    we see us at july 28 in Zurich. ^^
    ly Meteora20

  29. rockermeg on July 8, 2009 at 12:16 pm

    Nice…who was that written by?
    Glad to see your new art coming out, even if I can’t go see it :/ I hope everyone who can show up will
    That piece looks great, has it got a name?
    EDIT – Aah “neuphoria” sorry 🙂 cool

  30. Disc on July 8, 2009 at 11:59 am

    WOW , Good JOb… I would love to see your show , but Portugal is a little bit far from LA … LOL.
    Good Luck Mike, keep showing us your work please 😀

  31. SalmonSushi on July 8, 2009 at 11:58 am

    off topic
    according to MtM and upcoming album
    i read interviews and articles and it says that it wont sound like anything You’ve done before
    why did You want to change so much
    im wondering how will look the new album cover
    and yeah .. i wish i lived in LA

  32. starter on July 8, 2009 at 11:36 am

    Very cool, Mike! Good luck and I’ll be there (in my imaginationlol or maybe next time)->your art is so cool! CU in germany

  33. dianlucas on July 8, 2009 at 11:24 am

    You make me feel insignificant, LOL. Anyways, congratulations Mike.

  34. antje on July 8, 2009 at 11:16 am

    Hey, this is awesome. I am so waiting to see the new pieces… :))
    Congrats Mike for the show!!!! All the best from germany….

  35. anaslinkin on July 8, 2009 at 11:07 am


  36. YourConscience on July 8, 2009 at 11:01 am

    Nice to finally get an update on Glorious Excess (Dies). Sucks, however, that after waiting a year since Glorious Excess (Born), opening night is when I’m due to have my baby. Haha. Oh well. MAYBE I’ll be able to make it out before it closes. And if not… Well, you owe me another art exhibit. Haha. Tell the guys hi for me. I miss you all! Take care. =)

  37. Full_Metal_Ninja on July 8, 2009 at 10:48 am

    I’m so there! I bought 3 skateboards last year lol

  38. phill715 on July 8, 2009 at 10:42 am

    Ahh I wish I lived on the West coast instead of East. Oh well, I just ordered a pair of prides

  39. msgirl on July 8, 2009 at 10:38 am

    wow….CONGRATULATIONS Mike!i really like the new art!wow….:) you are great!oohhh,yes!i should have understood that you had glorious excess die!it’s the reason that you are releasing your album in 2010!:) so,good luck with your show!Mikey!You are the only one from whom i get such a great inspiration, because when i see you art,listen to your song and read your blog i feel power,diligence of from now,i am doing my lesson…haha…i wanna become industrious like you!:) thanks for being my inspiration!:)
    have a nice day!smile! 🙂

  40. lucky_cat on July 8, 2009 at 10:33 am

    Wow! This piece is amazing … an excess of color in itself. Thank you for the long awaited information! Most likely I’m not going to be able to fly around half of the planet :((( but I look forward to everything you’ll post here, the book and video. Good luck for you and the scholarship!

  41. liope on July 8, 2009 at 10:17 am

    YES!!!! AT LAST!!!! ^_^ That is great news!! You must be very excited!! Good luck Mike with your show!! I’m sure it’s going to awesome!! 😉

  42. DinaraLP on July 8, 2009 at 9:09 am

    AAAAA!!!!! Wow!!! YaHooooo!!!!!!!

  43. CarolYvLP on July 8, 2009 at 7:58 am

    amazing Mike,
    congratulations for this..your paintings are really good
    I’d like to live in Los angeles to go to the museum and see your art, but I’m in Brazil and it’s impossible so thaks to give me a change to see some paintings here on

    good luck in this exhibition;

  44. Shinodabestfriend on July 8, 2009 at 7:03 am

    I see you like skulls… your art is so…. …abstract! yeah, that’s it. I wish I have your imagination, so I could understand the real meaning of what you paint.. Looks like a mixture of emotions. I really care about art, and I personally draw material things and human beings, animals and earth landscapes. But I’d like to have your view in things….. your art is very different from any other. I’d really like to know more..

  45. abbykulyde on July 8, 2009 at 5:45 am

    wow! nice piece mike, i love the blast of colors you used, esp the shades of purple..:)

    sadly, i cannot be there to witness your work..hmmm.. btw, will just wait for it on the photo and video page..

    good luck mike! mwaah!!


  46. Shinoda77 on July 8, 2009 at 5:21 am

    Just…amazing. Wish i lived in LA… Hope you’ll be there and we’ll have some photos of you

    Love you ❤

  47. davidkyoku on July 8, 2009 at 4:49 am

    I would like to see this gallery…you could come to Europe someday with it 😛

    I have one question for you: what would you say to people who think LP died with Minutes to Midnight?

  48. Eddie on July 8, 2009 at 4:43 am

    Wow!!! This is sooo cool painting!!!! I wish to be possible to go…. 😦 It must be so awesome!!!! I love your art!

  49. Tom_SynNergy on July 8, 2009 at 4:24 am

    Wow! That is FASCINATING! I love your art! It’s my most favorite art. I wish I would be able to go there 😦 Too bad that the airplane tickets are so expensive: $1000 to fly. Oh well, I will be watching some pictures of it on the internet 🙂 Keep up the amazing work!

  50. andreea09 on July 8, 2009 at 3:44 am

    wonderful painting….amazing….congratulations xD i want to go to L.A. :((:((:((:((…. maybe…someday… 😦
    good luck and take care!! xxx

    P.S.: you’re too talented!!!!

  51. pink_skull on July 8, 2009 at 3:35 am

    Congratulation mike that’s awsome,that paint is so beautiful,you are super talented.good job mikey,keep on the amazing work. i wish ican be in L.A,but it’s a dream to me.i will find a way(; take care

  52. gaby_ on July 8, 2009 at 3:22 am

    xD wow ….. unique …. and really i love the idea!!!! well done mike …. u r great as usual :DDD ….i wish i could go there but 😦 i cant ….

  53. PrincessbyDawn on July 8, 2009 at 3:02 am

    That art piece is fantastic, I can’t wait to see the rest of it if you post it online, cause I live in Brazil 🙂 Love skulls and collors and that kinda of ‘bird’ flying around got my attention too. Some of your pieces could become pretty cool tattoos…. the booklet, by any chance we will be able to buy this online?! Mike you are a very ‘rich’ artist, producing so many good and touching pieces, songs and paintings. Congrats for your exhibition! Love, Pat

  54. zahra on July 8, 2009 at 2:39 am

    thanx 4 the info!…i’ll try my best to come!!…i was wondering has there every been something like this before?? has any other artist followed this subject of paintings before???????? 100% sure this show is going to be a blast!…

  55. Wotur11 on July 8, 2009 at 2:20 am

    wow mike! congrat!! >.<… if only i could come to LA :[ i will set that pic as my background cuz skulls and colorful stuff are sssooo attractive for me .omg my drawing is pretty good (my friends say^^) but my painting needs to be improved somehow… really admire you lol 😛

  56. Jynxx on July 8, 2009 at 1:35 am

    Everytime you make posts like this, I remember why you’re my idol. You are incrediblly talented, both musiclly and artisticlly. And you care about real stuff that happens around us. If more people in your position thought the same as you maybe this world might not be so crap. That art piece is incredible, I can’t wait to see the rest of it. I might be flying out from the UK to come see it, that would be awesome 🙂

  57. LpJapanme on July 8, 2009 at 1:04 am

    OMG!! this R-O-C-K-S!!!! I’ve been waiting like many other ppl for any updates and this is greatt!! I would ide to come see the art show but I live the other side of the world Malta blehh this is unfair:(!! but anyway keep up the fantastic work I’ll wait for the vid

  58. soyuneik on July 8, 2009 at 1:03 am

    It looks like he knows I’m thinking about how the eff I’m gonna get those $$.
    Maybe i’ll go there and live on the beach or something.

  59. iamsatan on July 8, 2009 at 12:39 am

    Awesome, I’ll definitely be there, I was at your other two art openings as well. I can’t wait to see the new work and help out your scholarship. Peace!

  60. Dori on July 8, 2009 at 12:28 am

    I will be there, Mike! Thanks for the heads up!!!

    PS. The night of your opening, 10/29, Michael Jackson would’ve been 51… ):

  61. linky_luvslp on July 8, 2009 at 12:06 am

    friggin awesome! your paintings are REALY REALY REALY good i would die!, to go to one of your shows!, goodluck gorgous;) ily xx

  62. miKer0cks on July 7, 2009 at 11:48 pm

    OMLP! You can’t believe how excited I am right now! 😀 I’m so looking forward to GED! I wish I could make it to LA to see the show but unfortunately I live way too far away 😦 The piece is awesome btw! I really like the colors you chose and the way you painted the “robots” looking like ghosts! It’s amazing! I can’t wait to see more! I’m so proud to be one of your fans Mike, really 🙂

    Good luck on the show! I bet it’s gonna be wonderful! Keep Rocking!!! 😀
    Edit: I thought your first show in Gallery 1988 was held in 2006! In this article it says in 2004 :S

  63. Maaark on July 7, 2009 at 10:59 pm

    Oh my God, you have no idea of how much I’d like to go to your Art Show. I’ve seen some of your Glorious Excess (Born)’s paintings and I think they’re amazing. I’m looking forward to see some of (Dies) and how you intend to “end” this series of paitings.

    Good luck Mike, hope you’re doing great! Take care man!

  64. ThunderStrike on July 7, 2009 at 9:38 pm

    Amazing as always, Mike. Sorry, I can’t go halfway across the world to get there but I’m waiting for the video!!

  65. aLLey_beNNoda on July 7, 2009 at 9:22 pm

    Gosh! I thought I’d be the first to comment.. but after getting back from log in page, there are 7 posts already!
    well, good luck on ur Glorious Excess (died) Mike.. too bad I can’t be there.. I live so far away from You, in Indonesia.
    How could You decide to hold a concert in China, and not coming to Indonesia, Mikey? 😦

  66. tristyn on July 7, 2009 at 9:18 pm

    sick. very very very sick. tha pic is amazing. totally less than three it. imho this pwns everything, even your last art show which was totally boss. hahaha… dayum…. this crazy. love it.

  67. Mycophycophyta on July 7, 2009 at 9:09 pm

    Thanks Mike. Don’t know if you actually read my comment or if it is just sheer luck that you posted this today.

  68. Anstice on July 7, 2009 at 9:05 pm

    Hey! =) That’s awesome. I really wish I could make it. Upsetting that I can’t, but you guys aren’t going to miss me! HA. Have fun at the opening! =) I dunno if it means anything, but I’m quite proud of the work you’ve done. It makes me realize there are still true artists in this world, who care more about the actual work rather than the image it gives them. Good luck with GLXS and I hope everything goes well! -Jade

  69. ThePrincess on July 7, 2009 at 8:58 pm

    AUGUST !! YAAAY.. I received the leave from my office in that month !! Well Baby , i’ll be there .. but wait!! .. that in was opened for the public right ? ( sorry ,I didn’t read all of them i’m so enthusiastic 😀 ) !!! can’t wait !!
    btw .. that painting absolutely stunning,i like the brightness color very expressive !! God i’m so proud of you , you’re my Weird Man Mike LOL !! and of course i do love you seriously 🙂 .. thank you so much for the Info …

  70. analoggirl on July 7, 2009 at 8:40 pm

    First, I’d like to say that as a public relations professional, I was happy to read your press release. 😉

    Now, for the new piece… I like your bold use of colour and the way you’ve incoroporated graphic elements from Diamonds, Spades, Hearts and Clubs. The neo-pop is very “new brow.” HA! I look forward to seeing how you’ve evolved the main character and how his narrative underscores your scathing social commentary. I also look forward to adding a Mike Shinoda new art book to my collection. 🙂

    EDIT: Didn’t find your post re: She Couldn’t so I’ll comment here. I love that you sampled Mos Def back in the day, only to tour with him years later as Fort Minor.

  71. JPkaukonen on July 7, 2009 at 8:38 pm

    Congrats Mike! (: Can’t make it, but I am there in spirit. As always < 3

    See you soon in Pori!

    take care homey,

  72. LcatP on July 7, 2009 at 8:17 pm

    Dude! So excited to know the date of Glorious Excess (Dies)! I’m glad I’ll still be home in August and not going back to school until September! I will definitely try and make it opening day 🙂
    Glorious Excess (Born) was amazing, can’t wait for GE(Dies)! Thanks for the info Mike.


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