First off, thanks for taking the time to check out my portfolio site.
My name is Mike and I am the Tumbler Monkey. Strange name, I know, but it came to me out of the blue one day, and I thought it was rather fitting. I've had an affinity for monkeys every since I was a kid…maybe it was all the tree climbing, or the fact that my mom referred to me as her "little Monkey". Either way, I always loved monkeys. That being said, people used to buy me little stuffed monkeys, of which I had one on my dashboard of my car. One day my buddy and I are driving around, and as I took a turn, the stuffed monkey rolled down the dashboard and my buddy exclaimed, " Man that monkey loves to tumble." Thus, Tumbler Monkey was born.
I've always loved to draw, and for the longest time I just wanted to illustrate childrens stories, which is what lead me to heading off to art school. I attended MIAD (Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design) for 3 semesters before realizing I couldn't afford it. I loved learning the fundamentals of art, of drawing figures, of color theory, but I also feared becoming a staving artist.
So I left.
After leaving MIAD, I went and attended MATC (Milwaukee Area Technical College), which is where I got my degree in Visual Communications/Multimedia Design. While I was earning my degree I took courses in 3d Animation, Photography/Digital Photography and illustration, all along with classes on Flash/actionscript, HTML/CSS, Director/lingo, and website design.
Upon receiving my Associates Degree I entered the "real world" again. Unfortunately this didn't involve working a job in my new field of study, it did, however, expand my job history. Construction worker, Check. Bouncer, Check. Bar Tender, check. Tattoo apprentice, Check.
Once I started using Joomla, it opened up my doors to other content management systems, such as WordPress and Drupal. I started using WordPress for freelance work because it had a lot of powerful tools and was very similar in construction as a Joomla template. In the beginning WordPress was just used for blogging but now it can be used for anything from a photo-site to an e-commerce site.
With HTML5 and CSS3 gaining steam, it looks like I'll have my work cut out for me to learn the ins and outs of these new powerful languages. I guess that's the great thing about web development, you never get a chance to stop learning…
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