With the pandemic still raging around the country, 2020 doesn’t seem to be willing to give us a break anytime soon. More than ever before, we all need something to brighten up our days, even if it’s by seeing something beautiful and heartwarming on the internet. An artist from Ann Arbor, Michigan is a chalk artist and he’s been documenting his newly-created creatures all over the city. These days, he’s busier than ever, it seems. His regular social media updates have been bringing smiles to people all over the world for a while now, but some lucky residents get to see this amazing art in person.
A self-taught artist, Zinn has been decorating the streets of Ann Arbor since 2008, when he created a green semi-subterranean resident named “Sluggo” and started drawing him on Ann Arbor’s streets. At first, Sluggo was on a sidewalk, and since then, he’s been peaking out of cracks in walls, chilling out on ledges, and just doing all of his daily activities around town. As it turns out, Zinn created Sluggo using simple colored chalks. Zinn is a self-described “inveterate doodler and a shameless word nerd” who uses art as a tool for solving problems, even if the problem is just a sad crack in the street.
For 21 years, Zinn was a designer, theatrical performer, and director with the University of Michigan Gilbert and Sullivan Society. These days, he has a huge social media following with more than 380,000 followers on Instagram. He has also written a book that’s available for purchase on Amazon. Zinn makes it a practice to improvise on location while “simultaneously sneaking pointless sidewalk art into the world at large.” He has also taught scenic painting and creative writing courses and performed in several operas. On top of all of this, he has also hosted children’s radio shows and recorded audiobooks.
Check out more of his work below.