Melissa Kinnett & Shadow

With a style described as edgy, tough, sexy, rocker-chic, artist Melissa Kinnett joins the ORANJE 2012 artist lineup along with boyfriend Shadow to bring a bit of darkness and metal to the event.

Kinnett is a self-taught artist, inspired by her mother who always believed in everything she created. Her mom was the first person to tell her she truly was an artist and instilled the belief in Kinnett that she could do anything she wanted to do. From that, Kinnett has become a dedicated and determined artist in control of her own future and happiness. Now, she has paintings on display and for sale at Prizm the Artists Supply Store and at Fallen Empire Tattoo Shop. She also has an Etsy shop where she sells custom jewelry and shoes.

Shadow can’t remember a day that he wasn’t involved in some type of art. Taking every possible art class available to him in school, his life took a turn once he lost his scholarship, so he began to focus all of his energy into tattooing. It ended up being a blessing in disguise as he made art daily, taking his work home with him at night, constantly focusing on bettering his techniques in all different mediums. Today, he owns Fallen Empire Tattoo and Gallery on the southside where he displays and sells paintings and makes custom tattoo art for his clients.

While the two make very different types of art, they have a great chemistry that makes it all seem like one entity. Kinnett’s sculptures are very H.R. Giger-inspired and her accessories and shoes are edgy rocker-chic. There is a tattoo-style in her artwork that flows with Shadow’s work of woman-inspired paintings. Being a fan of biomechanical art, infusing metal with life and Day of the Dead themes can be found in his work.

This will be Kinnett’s first year being an artist in ORANJE, but she has been before as a guest. Shadow actually was involved with ORANJE several years ago with Lynne Medsker and fell in love with the event. “This will be my first time ever working a booth with my girlfriend and fellow artist Melissa,” said Shadow. “We have been together for a long time, but for the past few years, we have made art every night, all night long. This is the first chance that we can both express and share that.”

Make sure to stop by Kinnett and Shadow’s booth at ORANJE and get turned on to a different kind of art!