James Edward Quaintance III aka Jimmy Q is a skater, model and tattoo artist from Dog Town, LA. We met up with him for a shoot of our Floral Print Vest and our new AW13 White Flowers tee.
Jimmy Q started out as a pro skater and has teamed up with Trapstar and Dexter Navy. We suggest you type his name into youtube and check out his vids! Covered in amazing tattoos Jimmy learned the art in Venice, LA. His tattoos represent his life and memories. As well as being a model with Select Jimmy is also the lead vocalist for the London based band Former Lovers. We love Jimmy’s effortless style and he epitomizes the Serge lifestyle!!
When and how did you first become interested in BMXing?
At a very young age I was always playing on anything with wheels. Growing up around skate parks definitely influenced and inspired me to ride BMX. At the age of 16 it became more serious travelling across the UK and Europe to ride various spots.
Whereabouts do you ride?
Anywhere and everywhere, London is filled with street spots, which are my favourite. Skate parks are on the increase, in the past 5 years they have popped up all over the place, a great training ground. Many summers were spent practicing in places such as South Bank and Cantelowes.
Why do you enjoy biking?
The beautiful thing about BMX is the freedom to create your own style and ride anything. You make friends for life and the scene is a cool place to hang.
You always listen to music when riding, what’s your go to song to get you going?
Headphones are always in, the genre varies dramatically but dancehall and dubstep does it for me! Choosing one song impossible but I will mention one artist Vybz Kartel!
How would you describe you style?
Like a machine! I will see something and get the trick done, not always the smoothest.
What do your wear when riding?
Flat cap, a cool long tee and well fitted jeans.
Favourite Serge item?
White Block t-shirt. Great design and amazing fit!
Who are your style icons?
To be honest I genuinely don’t have any. People who see me on a regular basis will notice that I don’t adopt one style and just run with that I, genuinely just wear what I want wear. I appreciate the style of certain people, but I don’t really look to anyone for a template or anything.
In the industry who inspires you the most and why?
Again, with out sounding arrogant I don’t have any. For instance if you look at my logo there’s the non-seeing eye, and its the polar opposite of the all seeing eye and it plays on all seeing eye of the Illuminati and stuff. Basically what that represents is that I try not to get inspired by other people. They might inspire me to work harder perhaps, or they might inspire me to maybe listen and appreciate a genre of music or something but they will never inspire me enough to adopt whatever they do consciously in what I do. I just tell stories that sound mundane on paper. Can you really be inspired to do that, something so apparently boring?
What’s next for Mikill Pane?
Getting people to keep pronouncing it ‘Michael’ pane. After that I was meant to tour in October but that has been postponed till February. I’m just going to be really creative till the end of the year, i’m going to go out to the States for a little while and watch my buddy Ed play one of his sold out shows at Madison Square Gardens. I’m going to release You Guessed It 2 as well, that’s the sequel to the collaborations EP I released last year. Yeah so for the foreseeable future that’s what I am getting up to.
Where was the best gig you have played?
To date I reckon its probably still rock city in Nottingham where I supported Rizzle Kicks last year. There’s certain things you do where you feel like your headlining, you don’t feel like a support act, you come out and they are whaling out from the offset. That was definitely my favourite gig. Wait, because Reading was amazing. You know what i’m going to go for Reading Festival 2013, 1 Extra tent, that was brilliant. That was absolutely amazing.
Do you have a favourite piece in your wardrobe?
My Blame Miss Barclay Destroyer Jacket that Nike made for me.
How would you describe your style?
Ad hoc, literally what ever man. If I want to wear it, I wear it. That’s how I would describe it. My style is my approach basically, if I want to wear it I wear it.
Who has been the greatest influence on your music and why?
One of two people, Miss Barclay or my older sister. Miss Barclay for obvious reasons, she was my English teacher at school. If people who don’t already know that I named my album after her, she was the one who always encouraged me to always write creatively no matter what the certain scenario was or no matter why I was writing. I always used to write with humour at inappropriate times. She was like if that’s your forte then do it. Definitely my sister Queensly, my elder sister. If it wasn’t for I I wouldn’t even be listening to hip-hop. I basically used to follow suit whenever she explored a genre of music I used to go straight in with her as we were so close. She is the one who made me love hip-hop.