27 Jul What the Art?
Atlanta is known for many things: Indie music conferences (A3C), shopping malls, and ART! When I was a kid I dreamed of being MANY things (true story bro) and one of the things that I wanted to be was an artist! I used to draw and paint on this coarse ass paper and either color it with colored pencils or water color paint and sell it at my church. I remember this one piece that I did that I was so proud of… It was a pregnant woman that was a slave. She had a scarf on her head and rags for a dress. She was praying to God for protection for her baby. I was so into culture as a child that I drew her with huge lips and huge hands. The piece was an 11×17 pencil and colored pencil masterpiece. In my mind I had this thing down to a science. My journey led me to creating catalogs of fashion models with different clothes I designed! I probably had about 4 catalogs with 5-6 models per page and 20+ pages per book. My mom went to Fashion High School in New York so she was my inspiration for the fashion side of my life. And my Fashionista Godmother, Michele, sold art back in the day and I was CONVINCED I would be an art dealer and also sell my art!
Moral of that rant… I learned to love art in different forms. My creative passion was rooted in art, dance, music, photography, singing, and sculpting. I have literally tried and loved everything!
Moving to Atlanta was my mom’s idea. And although her intentions were great at the time, I hated Georgia with everything in me! After growing up, meeting my city loving husband and living Downtown for a year with my clan, I realized that Atlanta has the dopest art! It was so amazing to wake up and see walls of truly amazing art. I was lucky enough to live walking distance from a HUGE staple in Atlanta: Krog Street Tunnel. The art in the tunnel changed so much and each time it got better and better!
One of my favorite hangouts is Little 5 Points. On any given weekend, especially when family visits, my little clan heads to Savage Pizza to chow down on the closes thing to New York pizza in the South. After that, we visit the square and talk to the local homeless crowd, take pictures, and see what new things Criminal Records has in stock. Our last stop is ALWAYS at Rag-O-Rama. This is probably one of our favorite stores because they ALWAYS have great clothes and shoes for reasonable prices. I used to be that weirdo that hated wearing other people’s clothes but when you’ve been broke a few times, you learn to WERK Molly’s old skinny jeans honey!
Little 5 Points has some of the best street art, in my opinion. I love the decorative walls because the artists take so much time perfecting their masterpieces and their passion shows. The art is always so colorful and intriguing. Each piece tells a story and defines so much emotion. I love it! I am still #TeamNewYork but I love the art scene in Atlanta. The music scene is pretty dope too, I’ll admit. I have interviewed some really amazing lyrical geniuses back in the day: Watch Here. All-in-all Atlanta has many awesome scenes.
Stop by Little 5 Points on Moreland Ave to see some amazing art, eat some delicious food, and enjoy some music and clothing stores!