July 16, 2012
Mike D - The Phantom Menace
When you order custom made artwork to be engraved onto a leather iPad case, we turn to one man... the infamous Mike D. aka The Phantom. Some say he looks like Ross from Friends. Mostly, he dialogs with our customers about what they would like their iPad case to look like, prepares and readies the artwork for the process, and then uses our fancy lasers to engrave the cases.
Mike was born and raised in Portland, OR. He attended the University of Colorado in Boulder and graduated with a BS in Mechanical Engineering.
He grew up working in his family’s restaurant, The High Hat-- which proved to be good preparation for long periods of traveling and working around the world. Trotting the globe, he’s been to Australia and Costa Rica, and lived in South London with four Australians-- working concessions and bartending for random events which enabled him to spend time in Rome, Venice, Greece and Ireland. Living the good life!
After he returned from traveling, Mike realized his true calling in the arts and went back to school at the University of Oregon in the Applied Arts and Architecture program for his BFA in Product Design. He then interned for Grove co-founder Joe’s first business Engrave, and the rest is history.
When he’s not lurking in the shadows on Wendy’s computer or chilling out with his special lady friend watching a good movie, you can probably find Mike rocking his indoor soccer league - having fun and keeping in good shape. Yeah!
by Mike Schultz. He is an oil painter from Ithaca, New York. When he
is not working for Grove, he’s painting and drawing to his heart’s
content. You can see his work on his blog and his website.