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Heineken + ABV + Tindel

By |November 25th, 2014|

Surviving on top of a pyramid painting live for three days. TheCreativeLife.com's founder John Tindel realized that this could have been a reality show survival series. May we interest you in his story?

Tindel + Living Walls 2014

By |August 6th, 2014|

TCL Artist Tindel + Living Walls 2015
The wall was painted by artist John Tindel for the 2014 Living Walls Conference in Atlanta, Georgia. Located at 262 Edgewood Ave NE @ BQE Restaurant & Lounge you can see the phoenix that represents his city coming out of an aged brick exterior. Subtle shadows from the birds wings […]

E-Merge & Contemporary Southern Artists

By |February 11th, 2014|

E-merge is a survey of Atlanta's contemporary artists conceived and curated by Hope Cohn for the Art Program at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport. The exhibition is on view at the T-Concourse from January 2013 to January 2014 and features TindelMichi and other artists.

Shepard Fairey Hearts Tindel

By |October 17th, 2012|

Thought I would share this fresh pic that the creative minds behind the Art, Beats and Lyrics Tour just sent me.  They snapped a great shot of Shepard Fairey diggin’ deep into the new piece I created for the Art Tour.  Visit gentlemanjackabl.com to find out when the tour hits your city.

Beyond Regional Charm©
I want […]


By |February 9th, 2014|

HUGE Inc justed moved to Atlanta. I was asked to create something a little bit southern on a 3D text form their logo. I created an 'H' full of slang.

Review “You Make Me Feel Special”

By |August 23rd, 2013|

REVIEW: “You Make Me Feel Special” This review originally appeared on AtlantaArtBlog.com August 22, 2013.
Grown-Up Toys: John Tindel’s Works on Paper at Kai Lin Art

Some little boys like dangerous little toys: pocket knives, matches, homemade explosives. Toy guns sometimes offend, but they inflict no damage. A really dangerous toy can poke out your eye. The little boy knows […]

Jerry Cullum reviews Baptism by Fire

By |January 2nd, 2013|

Great Review by Jerry Cullum for ArtsATL.org on “Baptism by Fire” by TindelMichi at Barbara Archer Gallery. Read original article on ArtsATL.org here.

Review: TindelMichi looks back to render new South in “Baptism by Fire” at Barbara Archer Gallery

By JERRY CULLUM December 14, 2012

In their collaborative identity as TindelMichi, John Tindel and Michi Meko have been trying […]

AJC Review of Baptism By Fire

By |December 10th, 2012|

Race often factors into duo’s art
By Felicia Feaster
For years now, the artists John Tindel and Michi Meko have been simpatico collaborators. This dynamic duo has teamed up to offer a vision of art and the bumpier byways of Southern history mixed up with a more urban contemporary reality of hip hop and graffiti art. Often […]

Hello world!

By |April 29th, 2013|

Welcome to WordPress. This is your first post. Edit or delete it, then start blogging!

Intergalactic Caucasian Primitivism

By |September 16th, 2014|

I will call it “Intergalactic Caucasian Primitivism.” just ’cause.


Here is what I am trying to do? The paintings are just leftovers from the exciting adventure that is the process.  Trying to take the best parts of the last 12+ years of creative process and reuse/combine/distort the techniques I have developed, learned and adopted.  These layered techniques are […]

TindelMichi: Redneck Graffiti

By |December 7th, 2014|

About this painting:
This piece is historic to the TINDELMICHI collaboration. It is rightfully named Redneck Graffiti. The diptych was a contest between both artist to do the same piece.  During this painting, Tindel, as he always does, throws out an idea for an art show amidst a wave of jibber-jabber. “We should do a show called […]

TindelMichi: Petro

By |December 7th, 2014|

“Petro” by TindelMichi (John Tindel & Michi Meko)
Artists: John Tindel & Michi Meko
Exhibit: “Redneck Graffiti” Cabbagetown, Atlanta, Ga.
Medium: Acrylic & aerosol paint, oil crayon on framed oak panels.
Dimensions: 26 x 50 x 3.5
Year: 2003-4

Info: I was living in South Florida and Michi came to visit.  We busted out 10 pieces or so during his week visit. I was only […]

Tindel: Talking Points

By |December 8th, 2014|

Talking Points by John Tindel
Artists: John Tindel
Exhibit: “The Election: Tindel vs Michi” Art Department, Atlanta, Ga.
Medium: Aerosol paint on cradled oak panels.
Dimensions: 36″ x 48″ x 4″
Year: 2008

Info: Talking Points


Bootlegger by TindelMichi

By |December 6th, 2014|

About this painting.
“This piece is hard.  Tough. Hustle time. This was our attitude back then (2003). We were in this great southern city and we were going to take on the big New York from our little southern urban sprawl. No real art scene had taken root, and we were determined to make it. This painting […]

TindelMichi: Pall Mall

By |December 7th, 2014|

“Pall Mall” by TindelMichi (John Tindel & Michi Meko)
Artists: John Tindel & Michi Meko
Exhibit: “Mint Julep” Soda Gallery, Atlanta, Ga.
Medium: Acrylic paint, oil crayon, silver leaf on canvas.
Dimensions: 48 x 48 x 3
Year: 2007

Info: We did this huge exhibit in a new development in Atlanta (can;t remember what the area is called now) based on a bootlegger and how they had […]

TindelMichi: Flavor Flavor

By |December 7th, 2014|

“Flavor Flavor” by John Tindel & Michi Meko
Artists: TindelMichi (John Tindel & Michi Meko)
Exhibit: “Redneck Graffiti” Cabbagetown, ATL.
Medium: Acrylic, aerosol paint, oil crayon. diptych 24″ x 48″ x 2.5″ each
Dimensions: 48 x 48 x 2.5″

Info: Love this piece. Two painting that were flipped, turned upside down. Great example of a freestyle collab piece. Flavor flavor

TindelMichi: CottonMouth Kin

By |December 7th, 2014|

“CottonMouth Kin” by John Tindel & Michi Meko
Artists: TindelMichi (John Tindel & Michi Meko)
Exhibit: “The Dual” Defoores Center, Atlanta, Ga 2004.
Medium: Acrylic on canvas
Dimensions: 48 x 48 x 3″

Info: Second group of first TindelMichi paintings. Michi came down to Jupiter while I lived there for a stint, and we painted a fresh show. It introduced what a collab could be, and how […]

TindelMichi: Beyond Regional Charm

By |December 6th, 2014|

“Beyond Regional Charm” by TindelMichi
Artists: John Tindel & Michi Meko
Exhibit: “Redneck Graffiti” Exhibit in Cabbagetown, Ga.
Medium: Acrylic & aerosol paint, oil crayon on cradled oak panels.
Dimensions: 81″ x 71″ x 2.5″
Year: 2003

Tindel: O Brotha Where Art Thou

By |December 6th, 2014|

“O Brotha Where Art Thou” by John Tindel
Artists: John Tindel
Exhibit: “ART PAPERS: Annual Auction” Mason Murer, Atlanta, Ga.
Medium: Acrylic & aerosol paint, oil crayon on framed oak panels.
Dimensions: 26 x 50 x 3.5

Info: Tried my hand at some political pieces, but found out it is better to not go outside the box on political art. Realized quickly that […]

TindelMichi: Southern Star

By |December 3rd, 2014|

“Southern Star” by TindelMichi (John Tindel & Michi Meko)
Medium: Acrylic, aerosol paint on canvas. 3″ box frame.

Dimensions: 26″ x 26″ x 3″

Year: 2012

Info: Part of the “Baptism by Fire” exhibit at Barbara Archer Gallery. Southern Star by John Tindel & Michi Meko