We had the good fortune of connecting with Jack Blair and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Jack, can you walk us through the thought-process of starting your business?
I wanted to start my business because I recognized the opportunity. There are some competitors in the sneaker sculpture/planter space, but not very many. I knew that the sneaker community would be attracted to my business because people form emotional connections with their favorite shoes or brands. I was also in between jobs, so I needed something to pay the bills.
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 have been making art for as long as I can remember. Being raised in Dallas Tx, I have some vivid memories of my first art classes. In elementary school, I super excited to attend an after school art class called Kid Art in Highland Park’s Snider Plaza. I remember learning about the Mona Lisa’s eyes as well as recreating “The Thinker”. Fast forward 15 years, I am majoring in Studio Art at my university. I’ve always liked exploring different mediums. Mixed Media was usually my cup of tea. Abstract acrylic painting did catch my interest towards the end of my collegiate career. After graduating, it was time for me to figure out a job. Being a full time painter is alot harder than one would think. I know that many painters go through the frustrating phase of commission life where everyone on earth wants you to paint their dog… After painting a handful of puppers, I knew that something had to change. I then consulted some creative mentors and through them I decided to enroll in the circus… The Creative Circus that is. I guess the takeaway is that in life there will always be change. You need to be able to adapt and be comfortable being uncomfortable.
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.
Well this might be par for the course but if you have an out of town friend visiting, you must hit the Beltline. There is simply too much to do over there. Grab a scooter at Piedmont Park and ride south towards Ponce City Market. Maybe stop in there and get one of Minero’s world famous extra large burritos. Then, hop back on your scooter and ride all the way down to Krog Street Market. Take a lap in there… maybe grab some Jenni’s ice cream and soak up all the smells. After that, you can continue down the Beltline until you go through Krog Street tunnel. On the other side, there is a long stretch of super cool murals that really embody the cultural vibe of Atlanta. If you are still up for it, keep riding south and you will eventually hit the restaurant Muchacho on Memorial Ave. There, you can grab some tacos and some delicious blue matcha. Now that is what I would do to show Atlanta to an out of towner.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
My parents deserve all the credit. They have supported me from day 1 and provided an amazing upbringing for my brothers and I. When it came time for me to figure out my career, they supported my decision to pursue my creativity instead of entering a field that I wasn’t passionate about. I truly owe it all to them.