Artists

  • Adam Leech

    Adam Leech is an entepreneur and a craftsman who, if you're lucky, you can catch working in his vintage/collectable/record store "The Leechpit" on the west side of Colorado Springs, CO. The store is owned and run by Leech and his wife and has an array of only the most awesome handpicked vintage clothing, accessories, tshotkies, and records.  Everything is in great condition which limits the mindless perusing through racks and racks of unkempt merchandise that you are more likely to find in your local goodwill. 

    One of the more specific things you will find at the Leechpit are one-of-a-kind "Hobo Nickles" which are hand carved by Leech himself.  The history of hobo nickles dates back to the Great Deperession where craftsmen as well as the homeless managed to survive by utilizing a buffalo nickel as their canvas in which they would carve into it a unique scene which could be given in exchange for a meal, shelter for the night, or a ride to the next town. Leech began carving his own "Leech Nickles" after hearing about this art tradition through some of his whittling pals in the Pikes Peak Whittlers Association. He became so enthralled with the culture and the creation of the "hobo nickels" that he decided to create a documentary to honor and preserve the time old tradition. The documentery follows Leech as he hitch hikes from Colorado Springs, CO to the hobo convention in Tampa, FL. While the documentery is yet to be released, you can find the trailer on his website (link below). Leech has taken his "Leech Nickles" and set them into rings which are availble at his store or, even more conveniently, through Etsy.  Be a part of a beautiful american folk art tradition and support local buisness by purchasing one now!

    Adam Leech- Etsy

    Leechpit Website- Leechpit

  • Nathantravis

    Nathan Travis, a Colorado based artist, has challenged himself to sketch at least one portrait a day for 365 days, and as a tool to track his progress and keep himself honest he posts them on his social media platforms.  Nearing the quarter point of the challenge, Travis has no plans of letting up. He is consistent in reaching out to his friends over Facebook asking them to send along atypical selfies i.e. different angles and expressive faces. The superior work he has produced in so little time is just a testament to his artistic capabilities. Taking the minimal pencil to paper, Travis creates small masterpieces every day. To see more of his creations click the link  Nathan Travis creations 

    "I am a 34 year old artist living in Colorado Springs. I started fiddling around with art as young as I can remember. I was first inspired by my father who would always be working on some sort of projects around our home. He would paint murals on our bedroom walls and let us decide the theme we wanted. As a elementary student I was lucky enough to be able to go to Bemis art school at the Colorado Springs Fine Art Center. There I learned the basics from mixing my own colors from things found in nature such as berries and dirt to sculpting clay. As I grew older I seemed to always have friends that were also artists. This would keep me on my toes because a lot if them were far better than I was at the time. I would strive to be as good as them and they would do the same. In high school I met the largest influence of my art life, Floyd Tunson, my high school art teacher. He had a way about him that made you feel like you could be a real artist. He taught me that art could be whatever I wanted art to be without any boundaries. I honestly believe I am still painting today because of what he taught me. Over the years I have experimented with all sorts of mediums from spray paint to photoshop. My favorite medium is pencil on paper. You can get so much variety of emotions just with a dark line on a white piece of paper. To this day 90% of all my work starts as a line drawing. As I grow older I still get most if my inspiration from close friends who continue to push the bar higher weather it be through art, music, dance or whatever they find passion in. When I see people succeed in what they love it makes me try to do the same."~~~ Nathan Travis

    www.Nathantravis.com

  • MAC BLACKOUT

    MAC BLACKOUT

    This months featured artist Is Chicago based MAC BLACKOUT. He's a MAC of all trades in the arts you could say...With great use of vibrant colors and punk rock imagery he has created a slew of images using numerous mediums. What initially drew my eye to MAC were his one-of-a-kind "Doomboxes". First, he attains oldschool boomboxes, you know, the ones normally posted up next to a broken down cardboard box creating the perfect enviroment for a tommy flair. He then brings them to life by painting seriously wicked faces on their forefronts. These faces can only be described as cosmic characters sent from the planet Rockin'-Fuckin'-Roll to blast "South of Heaven". Using a similar bright, bold style his canvas work is just as captivating, utilizing geometric shapes to make the images "pop". You can check out MAC BLACKOUT and his creations directly on his website www.mackblackout.com. You can also check out his Etsy store to get your hands on one of his "DOOMBOXES" or limited edition prints.

    WWW.MACBLACKOUT.COM

    MACBLACKOUT ETSY