Sam Parker

Sam Parker is Originally from Minneapolis, Minnesota where he grew up. He’s been in Atlanta since 1995 and has been killing it in the Atlanta Art scene since. His pieces of art and various mediums can range from simply drawing with a black sharpie to getting clean precise lines with Montana aerosol paint. His talent is astonishing and is ever growing. He got his MFA at Georgia State in 2010 showing us even more that he has the degree to further show his talent. His versatility ranges wide, as he also tattoos at Memorial Tattoo in Cabbage Town and also grew up painting Graffiti and is well respected in both mediums. We recently where lucky enough to catch up with Sam at Aurora Coffee Shop where the walls are covered with his pieces of art.

Here’s what we got out of him…

What kind of materials do you use? 

-Paint Brushes, Pentel Brush Pens, Micron Pens, Sharpies, Acrylic (variety*), Pastel, Papers – Canson, Isometric, Pilot Parallel Pens, X-acto blades. Just to name a few.

What direction is your art going next?

– I’m developing sculptures, that are based on paintings and drawings personal allegory on belief systems and personal experiences set in esoteric terms.

When did you get into making Art?

-Ive always drawn and was obsessed as a child. I would draw five hours a day everyday of my life.

What have you always wanted to do with your art as far as where it takes you?

Travel around the world with other artists and influence artists all over the world.

How long have you been painting?

33 no 34 no 36 years…ha

What inspires you?

Life experiences, conversations with friends and artists. A book or a song, childhood memories…etc.

Any new shows coming up?

You can see this last piece hanging up at Sam Flax he was kind enough to do this piece for our Grand Opening Weekend at our new location.

He used mostly sharpies drawing this all free hand it was quite amazing to watch.

For more info on Sam Parker:




He Tattoo’s at Memorial Tattoo Cabbage Town Everyday but Tuesday & Wednesday’s


HENSE The Name…

HENSE is one of Atlanta’s premier artists. His versatile style has grown since his graffiti days, He’s gone from tagging in train yards to hanging in galleries and now completing The Arizona Avenue mural commissioned by the Office of Cultural Affairs in Atlanta. We where lucky enough to meet up with him while painting the Arizona Wall this is what we saw… Later we did a follow up and asked him a few questions.

How long have you been painting?

I’ve been drawing since I was very young. I started doing graffiti in 1993 when I was 14 or 15. So I’ve been involved with the movement for almost 20 years now.I was interested in art and art history before I discovered graffiti, which has brought me almost full circle as some of my current inspiration comes from works created before I was born.

What inspires you?

Any strong mark weather it be man made or naturally created. Layers, materials, stains, color, line, surface, accidents. I enjoy simplicity and I enjoy chaos. Sometimes simplicity works and sometimes chaos works. The best is when they are working together.

What kind of materials and tools do you use (what are the exact ones you use from Sam Flax*)?

I really enjoy the Faber Castell Watercolor Pencils, Krink Markers and theSpeedball Acrylic Ink. I frequently use Golden Acrylic products and materials as well. Any graphite stick or pencil and any form of Montana aerosol are also preferred materials.

Where is your art going next as far as direction? 

I’m working on some large interior murals that will be installed in a space in June, so I’m trying to work on a similar scale that I’ve worked with on recent murals.

I’m going to be in the studio this winter working on a series of works on paper as well as large installations and paintings.  I’m really wanting to focus on scale with my work as
well as continue to develop my exterior works.

Any new shows coming up we can tell people about?

There are a few projects in the works. I’m working on some installations for a show at MODA(Museum of Design Atlanta) June, 2012. I’m also working on an upcoming mural project for the Virginia Museum of Contemporary Art this spring as well as planning a solo show in Atlanta for sometime in 2012.

When do you expect to be done with the Arizona wall?

I’m 90% complete with the walls. I’ve got a few more things to add and then we should be totally finished. I looking to have that completed by the first week in January.

Photo Cred: NDA5150

Photo Cred: NDA5150

Photo Cred: NDA5150

Here are items he buys from Sam Flax:

  • Faber-Castell Water Color Pencils
  • Krink Markers
  • Montana Spray Paint
  • Golden Acrylics

If you want to pick these up these items visit our NEW location at 1745 Peachtree Street Atlanta, Ga 30309