No Sleep Till by Mike Tabie in Brooklyn

Name:Mike Tabie

Place you live: Greenpoint, Brooklyn

Can you sum up Brooklyn? No sleep till…

How does your illustration relate to Brooklyn? We are type nerds and printers at heart. We have always loved the old ghost signs and hand painted deli signs that remind us of the history of our home. Our illustration is our take on the old type styles that we see in our neighborhood.

Occupation: I own and operate a small boutique design agency with my fiancé called Two Arms Inc.

Preoccupation: I am preoccupied with taxidermy, deli sandwiches, tattoos, hand painted signage, bulldogs, and vintage packaging.

What is a perfect day in Brooklyn? The best day by far is the first day of spring. After a long winter people are grumpy and totally fed up with all the bullshit that comes with winter. The first day of spring is amazing. You can usually tell the moment everything switches over. It’s almost instant. All of sudden you don’t have to wear extra layers, people are outside and smiling, the park is filled with people hanging out, and the ice cream trucks are circling the block.

What is the best thing about your spot? Our neighborhood specifically has some of the best Polish food. It’s cheap, very filling, and on every corner.

What is the worst? Hands down the G train. We are so far north in Brooklyn that it’s the only train to Greenpoint. People complain about it endlessly. It’s like the short bus version of a normal MTA subway train.

What would be surprising about this place to an outsider? I think we take it for granted now, but the abundance of options when it comes to good food and bars. There is a new place opening almost every month.

If your city was a person or character who would it be? 
Wow, it’s really difficult to sum up an entire NYC borough in one personification. But if I had to try to categorize Greenpoint it would be a slightly grumpy Polish deli girl with a condescending smirk.

Who are three of your favorite designers right now? This is an almost impossible question. But right now I would have to say Clark Orr, Telegrame, and Methane.


Name:Mike Tabie


Best place to eat? 

Paulie Gee’s Pizza

Best place to drink?

Broken Land

Best place to shop? 

I don’t know if it’s considered shopping but I am a big fan of Greenpoint Tattoo Company.

Local Tip?

Walk fast or stay out of the way.

If someone was visiting what must they do?

Ride the Brooklyn Ferry. The view is great and the ride is pretty cheap.

If someone was visiting what must they NOT do? 

Walk slow or stand in my way.

Just kidding. I would strongly suggest to not bother with McDonald’s or any kind of bullshit chain place. There are so many good options for food that are local and amazing.