David Zinn is an Ann Arbor, Michigan-based artist. His “Ephemeral art” made him popular as it is something unique which he creates on the streets using just chalk, charcoal, and odd things discovered within the premises. Zinn notices the forms suggested by cracks, gaps, and tiny grooves, and this is where he gets much of his inspiration; his work is done on the move.
What’s more intriguing is that, since 1987, David had been drawing and creating different odd creatures of chalk-and-charcoal at sites where those were faded away by rainwater. As of today, the artist is well-known around the world, and his work has earned him 458k followers on Facebook. and over 384k followers on Instagram.
David Zinn approaches drawing and his work in a different way, simply with a playful approach. The artist’s work was even displayed in the Toledo Museum of Art (TMA) back in 2018, where he worked on a “route” that went through outdoor spaces, allowing museum visitors to experience and wander to explore Zinn’s flirty creatures and designs that were dispersed all over.
Zinn states that the truth about his art works lie within the inspiration given by the absence of perfection as a possibility: between the imperfections of the stained concrete and the short hours of accessible lighting outside, instead of perfection, there is just the insane delight of discovering the most gratifying choice that exists within those constraints.
For more than two decades, Zinn freelanced for a wide range of commercial clients while also slipping “pointless” work into the public eye. Professional commissions he gained included those from theater posters, company logos, instructional cartoons, landfill paintings, eco superheroes, corporate allusions, and hand-painted trash lorries, while his less realistic works included bar coasters, restaurant tablecloths, cake frosting, and snow. Mr. Zinn is now recognized all over the globe for the art he makes beneath his feet, owing to the enticement of a box of wax crayons on a particularly sunny day.
The majority of Zinn’s creations can be seen on Michigan sidewalks, but several have appeared on subway platforms in Manhattan, Sweden, and at corners of streets in Taiwan. A brilliant green monster with spike eyes and cheeky behaviors called “Sluggoa” and a garrulous flying pug called “Pilomena” are prominent among his drawn characters, but the range of David’s art and figures appears to be limited only by the scale of the road ways and the overall mood of the day.
#1 Innocent looking Sluggos.
#2 Please help me out!
#3 Im hungry, let me finish this off!
#4 Come in quickly before you get caught!
#5 Are they sleeping or staring?
#6 Who says that only humans can make waffles?
#7 Friends for life
#8 Say Hi to this cutie!
#9 Look who’s in!
#10 Let me clean off these if no one does
#11 The minion friend
#12 What can you see up above, my friend?
#13 Green Tortoise
#14 Let me rest my head here for a while
#15 Two weirdos!
#16 Please hold on, Il be right there!
#17 A sneaky peak
#18 why so tall?
#19 Stay right there till I finish reading this
#20 Wait, what? I can’t hear you!
#21 A perfect day to get to work
#22 Hey, Im in here!
#23 Im disguised!
#24 Knit, knit, knit
#25 Don’t tickle me!
#26 Shall we go on a date together?
#27 This balloon will make me fly!
#28 Wooah its a fallen star!
#29 Do I leave footprints too?
#30 We be chillin’