I Tried To Be A Good Black Son and A Man of God!!!
After Poem from January Gill
I’m a christian man who follows the Lord’s ways the best I can. I can date back when I was just a kid(6 years old) to when my madre first introduced me to church. As I grew older people tend to call me different or sometimes weird due to my lifestyle and opinions such as: being a christian man in the hood who actually doesn’t cuss, smoke, nor drink. During my young adult stage I began looking deep into my career choices and I thought about becoming a respiratory therapist. I glanced at the required courses for the career that I chose, I started having negative thoughts for the career. I was thinking about if I really wanted to become this person and take on this career, although my long term goal is to be financially stable however God decides to bless me. And I didn’t plan on being a drug dealer like most men I know around my hood. So an actual job… Is the question that is running through my mind at that point, but hey a man’s gotta eat right?? So this is me trying to be a good black son and a man of god, AMEN.
What I love most about painting is that its been around for literally thousands years and it never goes stale. The act of being an artist doesn’t change, but rather the external influences that impact the arts do. The creative process gets passed down from generation to generation maintaining its integrity. It is the burden of each new class of artist to use these lessons to adapt to the current challenges on their world. Our job is to honor and reflect the giants before us upon whose shoulders we stands, and to make enough of a contribution to the conversation of painting to inspire the next wave of creative youth. What defines each new era of artist is how well we can carry that touch, and take it to places never seen before.
I’ve spent time art school studios and on railway train cars, and I try to remember what I’ve learned from both when making art. The beautiful thing is as an artist actually have access to both all of art history and what other artist are up to today. We are in a profound moment in the development of mural painting. Not just aerosol paint, but the ability to be connected with other muralist all over the world in real time. How can you not be inspired when you see the stuff coming from people like Emily Ding, Kevin Burdick, or Nomad Clan? I’m just grateful that with the Flint Public art Project this hurricane of talent made a stop in my city. My job now is to try to catch up with these guys.
Born in Flint MI, Scraps first attended Mott Community College, were he studied basic art. At that point he realized art would be his profession. He was later accepted to the Art Institute of Pittsburgh where he studied Animation and Illustration. He quickly realized that animation involved too much digital art and not enough of the classic pencil and paper, which fueled his passion.
After his professional training, he started experimenting with different mediums, including Airbrushing. His first opportunity to airbrush professionally was at T-Rods in Flint MI, then on to partner with Psycho Customs in Bay City MI. With years of professional training and experimenting with different mediums. He has provided the highest level of art that can be seen throughout Genesee County. His work is can be found displayed on the interior walls of the LEER & Flint City Hard Cider Co in Flint, MI.