We had the good fortune of connecting with FRKO and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi FRKO, how has your background shaped the person you are today?
I’m from Stone Mountain, GA and spent a lot of time in Decatur when my parents divorced. I grew up in an all black neighborhood, in all black schools, and all black recreation sport leagues. When it came to art though I had to venture outside of my environment into the city where I was around all walks of life. I had culture from growing up in the 90s Atlanta and have never forgot it.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
I am an illustrator but also do design work and I paint/sculpture too. I attended Howard University for painting. I got my big break illustrating album covers for various rap artist and big record companies before showing in contemporary galleries. Now I partner with agencies and brands to create activations and products.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
I would suggest going to a backyard BBQ somewhere in the city during the day. Then hit the streets walking and people watching. Go to a few bars in EAV or Ponce. Then end the night at Waffle House trying not to throw up waiting on the food which isn’t very long.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
My wife Biyunka, my son’s Ace and Mac, my mentor Chilly-O, all my homies, and the late great Michael B. Platt who taught me how to be a professional artist.