Monday, July 21, 2008

From the Streetside Gallery of TIM! and Friends

Posted By on Mon, Jul 21, 2008 at 1:58 PM

By Nadia Pflaum

I caught up with an artist named TIM! (as he likes it to be spelled, exclamation point and all), who gathered fellow artist friends together to paint this quirky wall next to Pittsburgh Paints at 2645 Southwest Boulevard earlier this year. TIM! says an artist named Dane Bonner painted this owl and chicken:

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This deer is courtesy of Femme 9:

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These dudes are by artist Trenton Matthews:

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This work is by Tyler Coey:

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And TIM! did this scary fish thing:

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"I was trying to keep it nice, and not too crazy-spooky or offensive, and then I drank too much one night, forgot, and did the fish," TIM! explains. "I guess I was just gonna draw whatever twisted thing popped into my mind."

TIM! says he and his friends got permission to paint the wall from the wall's owner, a guy who owns the adjacent auto body shop. TIM! expects that eventually they'll paint the wall further; he wants the scary fish's body to wrap around the wall that faces the street.

And like many KC artists, TIM! doesn't live off of his work, yet. "I actually deliver magazines," he says. "I don't like to sell my art so much. If people want to buy it as-is and that supports me, sure, I'll live off my art. But until that day, I'll suffer from some shit job."

Like esteemed graf artists Scribe and Gear, TIM! dropped out of the Kansas City Art Institute. "My friends graduated from there, and they're doing nothing, so I feel accomplished," TIM! says. "I saved myself some money. Dane graduated with a printmaking degree, and he works selling magazines with me."

I'm looking forward to seeing more of this group's work on permission walls. Oh, and TIM!, I'll take a subscription to Esquire, please.

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