On November 5th, I had the great pleasure of attending the “Chocolate Delights” Art Show, hosted by City of Ink Tattoo Parlor & Art Gallery (Walker St., Atlanta).
There was plenty of chocolate to nibble on with your mouth… as well as with your mind.
Other freebies included these really cute buttons. I took three of them.
It is rare to see black women depicted as pin-ups in art, so I was uber geeked to attend this exhibit.
Historically, pin-ups were not meant to be oversexed depictions of women. Pin-ups are supposed to pay tribute to the femininity of women…their curves and their spirit.
All of the art work has been created by lead designer, Erika Parker Keys, and art director, Jamaul Smith.
I was happy to see a healthy turn-out for this debut exhibit.
Erika came up with the designs for the art, and Jamaul put them on canvas. Their collaborative works make up the “Thique & Focsi” brand.
Here is Erika, speaking with one of the art exhibit’s guests. In the background is her little baby girl, who was adorable as ever and full of energy and smiles.
It’s always great when an artist can sell some of their pieces on the first day of their exhibit.
I was so geeked to see other black people inspired by Asian culture in their art. I told Erika I would totally rock this on a tee, and she said it’s in the works.
This would also make for a very dope tee. Jamual told me that pink and brown are the signature colors of Thique and Focsi. I say its a great look. Now I’m wondering if it has any subliminal significance…
I need this on a shirt. In the mean time, City of Ink should totally consider buying this piece to keep it in the shop. She really is a tatted up beauty.
I really enjoyed talking to Erika and Jamaul. They came all the way from Washington, D.C. to share their great work with the Atlanta market. I also spoke with Erika’s mother, and she was a pure delight. Just a great group of people in general.
City of Ink has the perfect atmosphere for this exhibit. The color of the painted walls mix with the natural hues of the brick and wood floor as a perfect compliment to the pin-up images and the pink and brown-themed paintings.
The exhibit is still hanging at City of Ink, in case you’d like to take a look yourself. 323 Walker Street, Atlanta, Ga. You can also check out the exhibit’s artists at ThiqueAndFocsi.com