Blackie owned a hookah bar in the Short North in Columbus. He used to collect from me, and this is a portrait he commissioned.
We had watched Exit Through the Gift Shop together, so I tried to make it look like street art.
He was secretive about his real name. He was introduced to me as Blackie and he told me he calls himself that because every single piece of clothing in his entire wardrobe is black. I didn’t find out his real name till years later.
Hope you’re doing well, Blackie — our paths will cross again eventually.