WEiRD and BlackCatTips (Creative Mornings Atlanta)

A year ago Blake Howard asked me to speak at Creative Mornings Atlanta. Of course I waited until the last few weeks to completely wrangle up my thoughts into a presentable package. The topic of the August gathering was WEIRD. This time it was hosted at the Woodruff Arts Center and Symphony Hall in Midtown Atlanta.

It was an incredible experience to talk to a large group of creative folks about what I do and how I have embraced WEiRD. I spoke about how Weird leads to Freedom and Freedom leads to Happiness. I spotted folks out in the crowd I knew but I just kept talking. All of the people watching kind of gelled into one living mass. It was a unique experience to behold.

The crowd really was supportive and laughed at my jokes. I even got to slip in a video of Ric Flair. How often does Ric Flair get to yell at loud and take his shirt off at Symphony Hall? I read a couple poems and talked about the crispy shells of cicadas and Sea Monkey momma legs and bowl-fulls of happiness.

In the last week I have received many comments about what I said. I am very thankful that people felt the way they did and that my words meant something to them. It seemed like a dream to me— a warm weird dream. Thanks Creative Mornings.

I would like to thank to Blake for asking me to speak, Baron Press for working with me to make a great print for the event, the 3 sound guys back stage who saved the day, all the Creative Mornings volunteers and sponsers and everyone who showed up smiling at me early on a Friday morning.

Watch my talk on WEiRD  here.

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Photos by Jason Hales.



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Kyle BlackCatTips Brooks



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Lumberjack Society (and a little sugar)

My friend Mike Lowery is a well known illustrator. He also dabbles in the sale of coffee mugs. He tricked me into believing it would be cool enough in Georgia in August to have a campfire, wear a robe, sock hat, vest and to drink hot coffee outside. We filmed a commercial on a cool day last week when hot coffee made you feel all warm inside.

The Lumberjack Society camp mug can hold a lot of sugar and coffee too. We had a good time filming all the scenes. Mike even had a pre-written page of copy for me to read for the voice-over. He was mighty prepared. I was bordering on heat stroke so I don’t remember anything besides sleeping with an axe.

Caleb Morris was there to make sure i didn’t get injured with the fire and axe or to amped up on Rich Black Joe. I appreciate good coffee and friends who watch out for you. Then we shot a pistol a few times to round it all out.

On a final note, that is the most sugar I have consumed in a mighty long time. Sweet.

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Kyle BlackCatTips Brooks



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Just South Of Love (solo show and some other shennanigans)

A week ago we had a big opening reception for my current solo show Just South Of Love. It was a very big evening and I really couldn’t ask for much more support. Thank you.

The show is currently at the Janet Day Gallery at the Atlanta Institute of Art in Dunwoody. I took Nicole Jacobs, the gallery director, over 100 unique painted pieces. To my surprise, her and her team hung them all and made it look so easy. Everyone I have dealt with at the Art Institute of Atlanta has treated me so well. On a side note, I rented a van that had a bullet hole in it to deliver all the paintings. I don’t think anyone shot at me and the bullet hole didn’t cost any extra.

The show continues until September 17th. I have had a great response and feel very humbled by it all. I returned last week to give an art “lecture.” I told them it was not going to be a lecture. I thought that sounded like something I would get if I was in trouble again. I told them it was more like a old school slide show in the living room from their crazy uncle. I sang ’em a song and read a poem and showed a bunch of my art.

In between all of this I was lucky enough to get to do a radio interview at WABE 90.1 with Lois Reitzes on her City Lights program. Check out the interview here. It was quite an honor to speak with that amazing voice. While I was there I also got to talk with H. Johnson. He hosts the late night jazz show I have enjoyed for a long time. Then I tripped over a speed hump in the parking lot. Brought me back down to earth.

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Little Notes (the grandfather of streetpoems)

Hi Yall.

A very nice article came out in Creative Loafing today about my upcoming solo show and some of the inspiration behind it. I recently sat down with Muriel Vega and talked about my grandfather’s weather journals and his little notes and how they have inspired me. His little thoughts and funny scribbles I uncovered are very similar to my thoughts and my street poems I write. I did not know about this interesting connection until we were packing up to move this summer. Really means so much to find correlations like that with loved ones that are now gone.

Thanks Muriel for helping me tell my story and for watching Pup while I went to get a coffee.

Check out the article here.

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Photo by Eric Cash

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StreetFolk Poems In The City (Jogger 5K)

I recently made some street poems and streetfolk signs for an event called Jogger. It was a 5k in Atlanta sponsored by Edgar Allan and Monday Night Brewing. They had different types of art along the course. Jon Cole from Edgar Allan followed me as I installed my streetfolk art.

I had to laugh. As I was on my ladder someone in a car yelled at me, “That’s a bad idea!” “Yes, I know,” I thought,”but I have to do it.

Then I drove home and watched a really impressive lightning show in the evening sky. Boom Boom.

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Photos by Jon Cole

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Painting In The Summer (heat or treat?)

Here is how my summer studio is looking these days:

In the summer you can go to the lake.
In the summer your mind can bake.

In the summer the Desert Rose will bloom.
In the summer you will feel the monsoon.

The rain and the  heat and the fumes and the bugs.
The garage studio floor is concrete, not covered with rugs.

The Pointy People appear and things painted on wood.
Colors and brushes make you feel so good.

I paint in the summer. I will paint a whole bunch.
I will paint after breakfast. I will paint after lunch.

So cook me some ramen. Let’s have us a meal.
I’ll be in the garage. Painting how I feel.

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Hot Fish (fast or fresh)

One hand behind my back. I have 8 miles to go.  I try to take advantage of all the untied shoe laces. I try to see something new in all the old faces.

You might not understand if you tried. And I probably will never understand you.

So if you don’t want to look you don’t have to— and if you don’t understand that is ok too.

FISH (a) Hot (b) fresh (c) fast

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Colony Square Mural (invasion of the pointy people)

I painted more of The Pointy People this week for Colony Square in Midtown Atlanta. I’d like to paint a mural like this most every week. It makes me feel good. I hope The Pointy People make all the Colony Square people feel good.

Thanks to all my friends who came to see me. Thanks to WhiteCatTips for all my snacks and help. Thanks to Liz for asking me to paint.

Thanks to the Mockingbird for not pulling out my beard when we got to close to your baby.

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Frenchy Fry Land (blackberries and grasshoppers)

Along the roads you pass everyday on the way to the “far away Mexican” and the grocery store and the movie theater there are lots of blackberries and grasshoppers. There are also lots of signs. Some of them you look at and some slide on pass with no glance.

I made a sign for Frenchy Fry Land. I put the sign about 3 miles away. If you try real heard and look in the right direction you can smell ’em now. I really want a big helping of good frenchy fried potaters — with the salt and the sauces. That sounds real tasty to me. I hope the grasshoppers don’t take my ketchup and mustard. They don’t have very good manners and some of them cuss and spit.

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European Sole (Converse by BlackCatTips)

I decorated four pair of Converse Chuck Taylors for a friend and his family. They then walked on over to Europe. The other day I received these images back from their travels. I am glad a little bit of my soul could go to Europe with them. Thanks Bobby and Alex :)

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