Happy New Year !
As we know 2020 was very trying for many of us, because of this I want to kick off the first newsletter of 2021 with one of my favorite projects of 2020. Approximately a half year in the making from discussions, apply for and receiving a arts in community award, to sketching, designing, receiving approval, to hauling my wagon of paints, brushes and other tools to the site for creation, I am pleased to bring to you my latest mural “We Are All Gladiators” at Clarke Central High School! Accompanying the time-lapse video is a brand new song I composed exclusively for the video.
It was an absolute honor conceptualizing and executing this mural that celebrates the other rock stars that may fall under the radar. To be perfectly honest, it sent chills down my spine through the whole process. It was empowering. By giving the unpopular and mostly under-appreciated a monument to celebrate their true talents and “weirdness”, I felt like an ambassador for the underdogs while painting it. You see I was not a popular guy growing up. Mostly a class clown, artsy skate punk on the outskirts of a small town. And so I identified heavily with those kids through this mural. The mural’s intent is to elevate and celebrate academics, elective courses, extra-curricular activities in a multi-cultural, and gender-neutral setting. These include creative writing, women in STEM, robotics, theatre arts, visual art, garden club, black culture club, hispanic organization promoting education, band, and more!
In a town dominated by sports, especially football, the unpopular kids often have a hard time finding their place and even questioning their calling, as did I. This mural will remind those beautiful outcasts for generations that they are on the right path. That they do matter. That they are just as important as the star quarterback or the head cheerleader.
So “Here’s to the crazy ones. The misfits. The rebels. The troublemakers. The round pegs in the square holes. The ones who see things differently.”