Everything there is to know about Hannah Phillips

Hannah Phillips, mjp.ink

  • Above is a reasonable representation or approximation of my typical daily appearance. Maybe without the lipstick, because, you know, when you're wearing a COVID mask everywhere, why bother?
  • I was born in 1960. I have not yet died.
  • Previously I was Michael Phillips, but that name has never quite fit me. A lot of things never fit me, so now I am Hannah.
  • Unexpected bonus: Hannah is a palindrome. Now I'm the same coming and going.
  • I'm not Michael anymore, but I'm not changing the name of this website or the name on the existing work. Michael Phillips painted these things, and that won't ever change. (Unless Hannah paints some more of them, in which case we'll have to reevaluate everything since the space/time continuum will be all fucked up.)
  • As a youth I worked in printing plants, construction, demolition and house painting.
  • Since 1996 I have worked for Internet companies. Soon you will too.
  • I am 6 feet tall in heels, but walking around in heels isn't all it's cracked up to be. So barefoot, or in comfortable flats, I am 5' 9".
  • My girlfriend is an artist.
  • After 35 years in Los Angeles I moved to Joshua Tree. I hope to stay here for the next 35 years.
  • I hope to live another 35 years.
  • The hair on my head grows at an almost freakish rate.
  • I made a living (barely) for several years traveling around the world playing guitar in punk rock and Reggae bands.
  • I was a vegetarian for 25 years, then I ate a hamburger. The hamburger was really good, so I quit vegetarianism.
  • I started a podcast for no reason, and continue to do it for no reason.
  • I'm a better guitar player now than I was when I was getting paid to do it.
  • When I stopped playing music professionally, I started writing words like the ones in the books on this site. I was not smart enough to plan that, it just happened.
  • I used to have a beard and long dreadlocks and wore shorts every day. In retrospect, I looked really stupid. And frankly, I'm a little disappointed that you didn't take me aside and let me know.
  • I once walked into Libya from neighboring Tunisia. No one tried to kill me, but it was a long time ago.
  • I have two dozen rolls of exposed, unprocessed 6x6 cm format film from my Holga cameras in a drawer.
  • I have two artificial teeth embedded in holes in my skull with titanium screws. Yay science!
  • I believe I may have become obsolete when I wasn't looking.
  • Sometimes I choke on my own saliva, like a baby that's just learning how swallowing works.
  • I know all the words to every song. With the exception of the 504,734,889,001 songs that have been recorded since about 1979 or 1980.