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Mike Diamond    

Television Personality, Director, Life Coach & Interventionist

Mike Diamond is a Television Personality, Director, Life Coach, and Interventionist. Known for his work on the hit TV shows NY Ink and Bondi Ink Tattoo Crew, which is currently nominated for a Logie Award for Best Reality Series.

Originally from Perth, Western Australia, Mike got off to a bit of a rough start. Battling undiagnosed dyslexia, he started using drugs and alcohol at age 12. At age 16, he was expelled for Aquinas College and finished at Melville H.S. Immediately after graduation, Mike moved to Sydney and enrolled at the Actors Center. He got a job at a local clothing store which, unbeknownst to him at the time, would change his life forever. Lady Luck was on Mike’s side when a customer at the store handed him a Green Card Lottery ticket. Mike won a green card in 1997 and made the move to Miami. Shortly after his arrival, Mike landed a role on the CBS sitcom, Grapevine from Director David Frankel. After Grapevine, Mike moved to NYC, where he worked on various projects including as a guest star on Sex and the City. Mike wrote, created and starred in a VH1 pilot with former STP and Velvet Revolver front man, Scott Weiland. Splitting his time between NYC, Miami and Los Angeles, Mike had regular gigs performing stand up at Caroline’s on Broadway and The Comedy Store. Mike was properly introduced into the tattoo world when he appeared on Miami Ink. He later became the store manager for his good friend, Ami James, at Wooster St and starred on Season 3 of NY Ink. Mike then headed back to his hometown where he wrote, directed, produced, and starred in Bondi Ink Tattoo Crew, based on Bondi Beach. Although Mike has had plenty of “highs” in his life, he has also had his “low” moments along the way. Mike has battled cocaine and alcohol addiction for the majority of his life. The defining moment came at the height of his career while shooting a TV show for VH1. To the outside world, Mike looked like he was living the dream but on the inside, Mike was spiritually bankrupt and miserable. He realized that if he didn’t turn his life around, he was going to die. April 16, 2006 was the day Mike Diamond got sober. Since then, Mike has literally helped hundreds of people on the road to recovery. He is on beck and call to all his clients and friends, helping them through their life problems and battles with addiction.


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Your Age is a Lie

  • June 14th 2017- At Age 45, my appendix burst I went into septic shock and nearly died. Had 7 inches removed from my intestines. Was told I would never run again. I was also told I should remove my colon my infections where so bad.
  • I kept my colon and started healing naturally.
  • My baby came 7 weeks premature.
  • I started running to build up my strength and bond with my son and entered into my first half marathon, pushing my son Orlando (13.1 miles) in my first race.
  • I found the experience incredibly moving.
  • I decided to build awareness for a sick child in the area named Layla and break a Guinness world record for most half marathons in one month (record was previously 18.)
  • August 2 to August 31st I ran 30 half marathons in 30 days to set a new world record and show people we are not defined by our age. This was just 12 months after I ran my first half marathon.

Why Age & Our Genes Don’t Define Our Reality

  • 23 & Me results I have a double Sprint gene found in Olympic weight lifters and sprinters. As a child I was a very good sprinter.
  • In 2016 I entered my first men’s physique contest at 45 and took the top 3 in the Natural Olympia. With Ulcerative colitis against doctors orders.
  • June 14th 2017th my appendix burst. I went into septic shock and nearly died. Against doctor's orders, I insist on keeping my colon. I was told I would never be the same and had 7 inches removed from my intestines. Healed myself naturally. I was told I should never run.
  • Entered my first Half marathon to bond with my son and heal myself. May 2018
  • Broke a world record for most half marathons in month. With a Hernia, Ulcerative colitis at 47 August 2019.
  • Which proves our age and genetics don’t define what’s possible.

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