Mike was born on August 13, 1987 and raised in San Francisco, California. He was introduced to photography from his father, who gave him his Nikon FM at the age of 11 and continued to develop his photographic sense throughout his teens. Mike graduated from the University of California, Berkeley in 2011 with a degree Japanese literature. Since graduating in 2011 he has traveled the world constantly to work towards a career in photography, spending extended periods of time in Europe and South America, and settled in Tokyo in 2014. Mike continues his art and photography between Tokyo and San Francisco, and is working on a book publication exploring the visual themes of Tokyo.