“We started the collective last September (2014),” says Michael Burt,
co-owner with Joey Cook of The Blackbook Collective.
“He was doing a lot of large-scale murals, I was doing commissioned artwork; we linked up through that.” Advocates for legal painting, the duo opened the art supply shop and gallery at 5540 Kaye Street at the end of May. They also work with local groups and schools teaching kids how to spray paint; the goal is always to beautify and respect the community. “I’ll tell you right now, the people destroying the city don’t buy paint from us,” says Cook. “We want legal places for people to paint in a way that helps the city.”