Art

Sound and Visual Artist Micah Bontrager Spotted in Ancient Future Outfit

Micah Bontrager, an artist in many mediums.
Micah Bontrager, an artist in many mediums. Photo by Mauricio Rocha
Denver is full of creative types, and you never know when you're going to meet someone full of talent. At a house party in the Whittier neighborhood, we ran into Micah Bontrager, an audio and visual artist who makes music under the moniker Anicca Meeca. Bontrager was wearing an outfit designed by Jacqueline Sophia Cordova, also known as the Ancient Future, "a super-talented and magical artist," Bontrager says.

His own most recent project is a 44-minute-long meditation album, Anicca: Inner Harmony, Outer Unity, released through Moon Magnet Studios. The purpose of Anicca's music is "to channel healing vibrations to all creatures and Earth herself, and raise consciousness," according to Bontrager. We stopped to chat with the artist about his look, sound and style.

click to enlarge Bontrager's outfit was designed by Jacqueline Sophia Cordova, also known as the Ancient Future. - PHOTO BY MAURICIO ROCHA
Bontrager's outfit was designed by Jacqueline Sophia Cordova, also known as the Ancient Future.
Photo by Mauricio Rocha
Westword: Who or what inspires your personal style?

Micah Bontrager: David Bowie, Björk, Michael Jackson, Jacqueline Sophia Cordova, Eli Saragoussi, Queen Amidala, Sun Ra Arkestra, Olivia McLean, hawks and indigenous tribes like the Ahka, Aztec and Tibetan.

Where do you you shop?

Mostly at the ARC [thrift store].

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Photo by Mauricio Rocha
What is your favorite color?

Somewhere between jade and aquamarine.

What is your favorite accessory?


I like to have a lemurian quartz or a black tourmaline with me at all times.

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Photo by Mauricio Rocha
What is your favorite film?

I have three: Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind, The Holy Mountain and Legend.

What is your jam of the moment?

I'm diggin' the new Dirty Projectors album. Also, the Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith and Suzanne Ciani piece is stellar.

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Photo by Mauricio Rocha
Are you from Denver?

I grew up in a farm town on the eastern plains, but I came to Denver regularly. I moved here almost nine years ago.

What three words best describe your style?

Fun, earthy, wacky.

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Photo by Mauricio Rocha
What is your style mantra?

More glitter!

Is there anything you'd like to add?

Love is the answer. Unity, not dualism, will allow us to progress and heal.

Like Bontrager, never be afraid to help the world heal through your art and fashion sense, Denver. We'll be looking for the best street style in the Golden Triangle on June 24 at the Westword Music Showcase, where Bontrager's fellow Moon Magnet Studios artist dé'Collage will be performing.

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Mauricio Octavio Rocha graduated from Metropolitan State University of Denver in 2014 with a bachelor's degree in English writing and a minor in cinema studies; He has been writing about fashion and style for Westword since 2012. Rocha also writes songs for his music and art project, VULGAR FEVER.
Contact: Mauricio Rocha