My name is Perris Mackey. Some know me by p_ThaNerd. I'm 30 years old and I am a Cleveland native. I started my artistic career back in 2011. I watched this documentary on Netflix called "Exit through the gift shop." It told a story of some well known street artists such as Banksy, Shepard Fairey, Mr. Brainwash, Invader, and a handful of others. These artists displayed their works in the streets and developed a huge following in the process. Each artist did this for fun but along the way they started gaining fans and people who loved and appreciated what they did. I was so infatuated with this that I had to get involved somehow and some way.
I started painting life size characters on pieces of cardboard and post them on light poles and abandoned buildings around my city. Although this is a form of vandalism, the city and its people enjoyed seeing them. So much that the city had a huge collection of my pieces down at the station that they had eventually taken down. I built a huge fan base for doing so and for that I've been featured on Fox 8 news and also featured in The Plain Dealer.
I started collaging in 2015 and have been doing so for the past 2 years. I created a large Batman piece just for fun. I posted it on Facebook and within the hour I had hundreds of likes. More likes than any of my previous artistic endeavors. I felt like I was on the right track with what I was doing so I pursued it and have been ever since. It took me 22 years to find my passion. Expressing myself through art was the best decision I've made to date besides marrying my wife lol.