Kyle ”Black­CatTips” Brooks

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Artist Kyle Brooks, also known as Black­CatTips, has a dis­tinc­tive style that is at-once rec­og­niz­able—and once you can rec­og­nize it, you’ll start to no­tice his whim­si­cal faces and po­etic ram­bles pop­ping up around At­lanta and be­yond. “Maybe you will see some in a park­ing lot in Snel­lville,” Brooks said. “A fine art gallery in Buck­head. In the woods along a high­way south of Fayet­teville. A cor­po­rate lobby in Mid­town or a a boarded-up gas sta­tion about 50 miles south of Ma­con.“That is a short list. Com­pa­nies across the South­east have courted part­ner­ships with Brooks. Re­cently, he part­nered with Xfin­ity at Suntrust Park to de­but a new, lim­ited-edi­tion shirt for the At­lanta Braves.

THE IN­SPI­RA­TION

“I am in­spired by na­ture. I look for pat­terns in the world,” Brooks said. “I love to draw a funny face and it makes me feel good so I do a lot of that. I get some sort of power out of paint­ing and watch­ing the col­ors flow off the brush. Some of my best times in life are when I lis­ten to a good song and I am paint­ing and lost in the work.” When he’s not paint­ing, Brooks said he en­joys tend­ing to his or­chids. This year I have cre­ated a out­door hang­ing gar­den for them,” he said. “I am also crazy about things that fly—both birds and track­ing com­mer­cial air­line flights. Oddly enough, I worked with Delta Air­lines over the last year and The At­lanta Audubon So­ci­ety...I do like to write lit­tle po­ems and songs as well. I love to tell a good story.” Look out for his street po­ems.

WHAT’S NEW

“There are a lot of artists in At­lanta these days—and public art is ev­ery­where in town and eas­ily ac­ces­si­ble,” Brooks said. “Peo­ple should re­al­ize a few things that are im­por­tant. Look for an artist that is true to them­selves. Look for some­one who is true to their in­ner voice. do­ing some­thing unique and are nice deem to be cool and pop­u­lar in­stead of do­ing what comes to them nat­u­rally. Look for the folks that are Look for some­one who is learn­ing from the Spirit of In­spi­ra­tion. There are lots of folks who are try­ing to be like ev­ery­one else. There are lots of peo­ple who are too scared to do their own thing. There are lots of tal­ented peo­ple who are want­ing to be like ev­ery­one else they enough to share that with the world. That is who you should seek out and watch. The tal­ented ones. Them hum­ble ones. The ones with a fire in­side. They are the ones that will cre­ate true art.” For those seek­ing an art ex­pe­ri­ence that is unique to At­lanta, Brooks sug­gested a walk through the woods and the swamp at Con­sti­tu­tion Lakes Park to see the Doll’s Head Trail. “My friend Joel cre­ated it,” Brooks said. “He is an At­lantan na­tive and a true South­ern char­ac­ter.”

WHAT’S NEXT

“I would like to work on some sculp­tural pieces,” he said. “I have plans and dreams for out­door sculp­tures —Totem poles, stacked painted stone pieces, con­crete work. I’m also learn­ing how to build some mov­ing parts, wind driven items. Things I can paint on that also have a life of their own. Na­ture is full of pow­ers we can’t see and I find it in­trigu­ing that we can build some­thing that will cap­ture un­seen forces—the wind for ex­am­ple. A river that flows around us.”

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