Mike Rubin of Krammer & Stoudt
Where is home for you?
Right now Brooklyn is where I spend the most time.
If you could go anywhere in the world right now, where would you go?
I am looking forward to our upcoming trip to Biarritz, France for work. I always wanted to surf there after seeing it in Surfer Magazine in the 70's.
If you could only have one pair of shoes, what color would they be?
My favorite shoes right now are Doc Martens Monkey Boots.
Podcasts or audiobooks?
Henry Rollins on KCRW.
Extroverted or Introverted?
Both. Sometimes a balance between the two.
If you were a dragon, what would you hoard?
Native American jewelry. Can't get enough.
Tell us about one person who made an impact on your life.
My Grandfather who was from Austria and was a total DYI person. We built Volkswagen motors together. He took me to Baja California on numerous camping trips from the early 1970's. We went out on fishing boats and I surfed there too. He got me out of the LA suburbs and into nature at an early age.
What does your favorite article of clothing say about you?
Any piece that is Southwest inspired that I own. It reflects a part of my life I spent building my studio off the grid in Taos New Mexico for two summers with a gas generator and some hand power tools.
Has one piece of art, literature or music helped shape who you are today?
The British band Wire inspired me to learn guitar and start my first band in 1979. The art of the Neo- German Expressionists of the 80's got me to go to art school. The novel Brave New World.
If you had to choose a different career, what would you be doing?
I used to write a lot of computer based music with the idea of being a producer or dj. I went to art school at Cal Arts in California and got my BA in fine art. But doing late nights and gigging seemed to be a bit of a taxing lifestyle. I also tried producing some hip hop artists back in California. I play my guitar every day.