MUNK ONE is a contemporary American Illustrator, Poster Artist, Political Cartoonist, and Fine Artist from California. He is well known for creating Artwork for major label musical acts and world renowned brands, recognized for their creativity. His fine art has gained much attention through many galleries both at home and abroad and his illustrations can be found monthly in Juxtapoz Magazine. He is also owner and Creative Director of the Invisible Industries Brand.
His artistic style may seem serious and even dark at first glance, filled with undertones of mortality, religion, or politics but his work can also be full of movement with bright, and fun colors and ideas with a sense of humor. These elements seem to coexist and mix throughout much of his work both commercially and personally. Proficient in both traditional and computer media, he is comfortable using whatever methods his projects may call for.
Working within the apparel and merchandise industries since the mid 90s, much of his knowledge and technical expertise has been gained from hands on experience. In 2006 he decided to focus on creating his own style of art while using his website www.MUNKONE.com as the vehicle to share this creativity with the world. During the 2008 election He created a striking portrait of the then Presidential candidate Barack Obama that was to be used for prints, stickers, t-shirts and also ran at bus stops all over the state of Pennsylvania. In 2009 Munk One was featured in Juxtapoz Art Magazine issue #96. That year he also began to work on limited edition screen printed posters and has since worked on prints for Pearl Jam, Blink 182, 311, Soundgarden, City and Colour and More.
In 2011 Munk One launched the Invisible Industries brand as a online store and branding concept as a sandbox for a constant flux of creativity, experimentation and freedom of expression. Artwork on the site has either been created by, or personally curated by Munk One. The online store has released many limited edition items such as prints, toys and recently a watch Collaboration with Blink-182 and Vannen. The brand has helped release prints by international artist Chin Tangerine in support of Ai WeiWei and also raised money to help critically endangered species through sales.
Seamounts are underwater mountains rising up from the ocean floor that do not reach the water surface. The peaks of seamounts are often found hundreds to thousands of meters below the surface. There are an estimated 100,000 seamounts around the world, with only a few having been studied.
Seamounts provide habitat and spawning grounds for an abundance of ocean life and marine animals such as sharks, manta rays and tuna utilize seamounts as cleaning stations.
Overfishing is a serious threat to the ecological welfare of seamounts. The fishes that are targeted over seamounts are typically long-lived, slow-growing, and slow-maturing, making it particularly challenging to cope with the pressures of overfishing.
The problem is confounded by the dangers of trawling, which damages seamount surface communities, and the fact that many seamounts are located in international waters, making proper monitoring difficult. Bottom trawling in particular is extremely devastating to seamount ecology, and is responsible for as much as 95% of ecological damage to seamounts.