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Jay McKay

Jay was a student at a range of New Orleans Public Schools where he discovered his love for art. He enrolled in art classes and also attended New Orleans Center for Creative Arts (NOCCA). In addition to being involved with NOCCA, Jay participated in different art activities and programs within the New Orleans Parish School system. He was introduced into the culture of the historical Mardi Gras Indians at a very early age. At the age of 3 Jay's grandfather handcrafted his first suit leading him until his adulthood were he still follows the same tradition.

 

JayI now handcrafts his own suit. His talent and creativeness within the art field assisted him with becoming a tattoo artist. When Jay started tattooing at the age of 15 it took his art to another level. From there he began to put more focus into painting on canvas. Jay moved to Washington D.C. in 2006 to further his art education after Katrina. His art teacher sponsored him to study African art in South Africa where Jay stayed with a family in Cape Town, South Africa.

 

In December 2015, he presented his first solo art show 'Retro-Spective' introducing a series of paintings geared towards his outlook and life experiences on the ghettos in New Orleans in the 90s. In January 2017, Jay presented his second solo art show 'Year of the Camo' introducing a series of paintings. He has had the opportunity to present personal art pieces to numerous celebrities and is honored to share his most recent works with you.

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