Artist & Designer
Michael "Lil Mike" Crawford is a self-taught, multi-faceted artist, accomplished music producer, skilled graphic designer, master carpenter, and distinguished monument specialist hailing from the vibrant city of Cleveland, Ohio.
Born and raised in a challenging, economically disadvantaged environment, Michael defied the odds by honing his artistic talents under the guidance of his mother, who was herself an alumna of the prestigious Cleveland School of Arts. His early exposure to arts and crafts paved the way for a remarkable journey.
Michael's journey took an early technological turn when he attended computer tech schools during his formative years, acquiring valuable computer skills that would later prove instrumental in his flourishing career as a graphic artist.
His passion for music blossomed within the confines of the church, setting the stage for a lifelong commitment to the art form. While attending Shaker Heights High School, Michael encountered a more diverse community and crossed paths with his lifelong friend, Colson "Machine Gun Kelly" Baker. It was during these transformative years that Michael's musical prowess shone, culminating in his triumphant victory at the Red Bull producer battle during his senior year of high school.
In 2016, adversity struck as Michael battled a serious illness, confining him to bed rest for an extended period. This unexpected setback rekindled his passion for the arts, inspiring him to launch the innovative company, L.O.V.E (Learning to Overcome Violence and Envy). Under Michael's visionary leadership, this venture seamlessly integrated 3D printing and other cutting-edge techniques into his artistic endeavors.
Amid the unprecedented challenges posed by the 2020 pandemic, Michael embarked on a new creative journey at Case Think[Box], where he ventured into carpentry and 3D modeling/printing. His creative genius reached new heights when he conceived and meticulously crafted a one-of-a-kind, laser-engraved wooden shoebox—a masterpiece that has garnered widespread acclaim. This remarkable achievement opened doors to collaborations with luminaries such as Kevin Hart, Chris Rock, Missy Elliott, Machine Gun Kelly, KRS-One, Josh Cribbs, Chris Brown, and a host of other notable figures.
Michael's illustrious career has transcended boundaries, establishing him as an inspirational influencer in the Cleveland community. His unwavering commitment to empowering the youth of the Cuyahoga community is exemplified by his visionary goal of establishing a creative academy—a place where young minds can flourish and discover the profound truth that "society is unity in diversity." Michael "Lil Mike" Crawford stands as a testament to the transformative power of art and the limitless potential of the human spirit.