Mike Shinoda Is Giving Away An Original Piece Of Artwork For COVID-19 Aid

Like many artists, Mike Shinoda is doing what he can to help donate to COVID-19 efforts.

On Tuesday (May 26), the Linkin Park emcee announced on social media that he would be giving away an original piece of artwork “to the top donor” of his campaign to raise money for Direct Relief.

The artwork looks to be from his Diamonds Spades Hearts & Clubs series from 2006 (which is when he opened his first gallery for his artwork).

“It's influenced by street art, Japanese art and there's a lot of gambling imagery in this series,” Shinoda said of his collection to MTV at the time. “I actually don't love to gamble, but I think what artists do in music is a gamble and a lot of things in my life are a gamble, and that's how those things started working their way in there. And I just thought it'd be fun to unify the pieces with a common thread.”

Currently, Shinoda has raised an impressive $19,700 and revealed the top donor has currently donated $5,000! While you might not have $5,001 lying around to win the artwork, it's still a great cause to get behind.

As for new Linkin Park music, it turns out the band was gearing up to record some new songs — which would be the first since Chester Bennington's death in 2017. Bassist Dave "Phoenix" Farrell revealed the band had been writing before the coronavirus pandemic but it was all put on pause. 

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