Birdcap, Nosey42, and many others have been painting Memphis transforming our spaces into works of beauty as opposed to vacant properties. They came into the studio to chat about the journey from drawing nonstop to painting under bridges, yelling about people or life, running the letter game, and making a dream happen.
Memphis Brooks – Buggin’ and Shurggin: A glitched history of gaming culture
June – September 2015
birdcap, nosey42, lance turner, c.michael andrews, tad lauritzen wright, k.p.
Paint Memphis ioby
Open july 18th. The wall starts at the Chelsea trailhead, at North Evergreen and Chelsea and goes west for .3 miles.
DIGITAL-ROCK | Bboy Jam | Hip-Hop Party | Gaming Tournament
Saturday, July 18, 5:00pm – 9:00pm at Memphis Brooks
Holtermonster – Lauren Rae Holtermann
Rozelle Artists Guild (R.A.G.)
MCA Horn Island
Mississippi School of the arts
magnet high school
University of Memphis
Seoul, South Korea
They saw each other’s work through Faceobok and meet through that.
Their creative process:
Get real drunk under a bridge
Yell about people
That’s it. Go home.
How do you make it happen?
Don’t be a dick and draw a lot.
Be okay with being poor too.
Andrew J. Breig
Derrick “Sweet Dick” Dent
The letter game
Rule of street art
Don’t paint over anything, unless you can put something better than it.
Tad Lauritzen wright
That’s a hell of a haggle #artlife @witzcreative
I started drawing when everyone else did, I just wasn’t mature enough to stop drawing, so I committed myself to it – @michaelroyart
I remember seeing graffiti when I was 8 years old – #Nosey42
I was able to get more serious about painting goofy monsters – @michaelroyart
Gallery art is kind of like being really into pokemon, if other people are into it it’s cool, but if they’re not it’s hard to relate – @michaelroyart
In school It starts to become all about the process, and aesthetics are really played down – #Nosey42
I messaged – @michaelroyart out of the blue and I was like, let’s paint – #Nosey42
I was trying to find the elusive #Nosey42 since I got back to the states – @michaelroyart
Pineapples were like 50¢ and I like pineapples so I was like I’ll just retire here – @michaelroyart
It was a small room, and it was that memphis heat and #Nosey42 just pissed in the corner. it smelled like bourbon street the whole time – @michaelroyart
I was always working illegally from like 16 til college – #Nosey42
The street is my sketchbook. You don’t have to worry about your audience. – #Nosey42
When I started to work for magazines I liked that everything had a use – @michaelroyart
If there’s an abandoned building and you can throw something up to make it more appealing I think that’s ok – @michaelroyart
I’m not very deep or thoughtful, I just want people to enjoy it – @michaelroyart
We’ve been fortunate the past year to not have real day jobs – @michaelroyart
Memphis is extremely proud of itself #itsagoodthing – @michaelroyart
It’s a good time to be in Memphis – @michaelroyart
It’s good to have two hands on something and I trust #Nosey42 so it works well – @michaelroyart
We’re still climbing. I hope we don’t fall – @michaelroyart
Work all the time. Your dream is silly, go ahead and work as hard as you can – @michaelroyart
We don’t have money, we’re surviving, but that’s about it. – #Nosey42
whatever we skimp on, we’re ok with being poor. – #Nosey42
you can’t argue with the cost of living here – #Nosey42
my goal is not to be a mural celebrity, it’s just to continue making work – #Nosey42
if I could get murals everywhere, that’s my goal. But Memphis is good place to come back to – @michaelroyart
you see some weird homeless oral sex – #Nosey42
Rule #1: Don’t cover something unless you can do better #StreetLetteringGame – #Nosey42
Rule #2: There are repercussions. Some are more serious than others – #Nosey42
Rule #3: Better to ask for forgiveness than permission – #Nosey42
You’re not gonna have a board of directors for a skate park – #Nosey42
#Altown they’re not telling us what to do and they’re so appreciative – #Nosey42
When you’re taking a paid gig, you’re endorsing your bank account, when you paint your own piece you’re endorsing your idea – #Nosey42
in memphis there are less walls to paint on every month, but that’s becuase they’re doing cool stuff – @michaelroyart
i don’t like how the parts of town that don’t have a lot of money don’t get a lot of art – #Nosey42