Kyle ”BlackCatTips” Brooks
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.
“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.
“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.”
“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.”