Native Atlanta artist, raised in Sylvan Hills, East Point, College Park, and Red Oak, Dee Claborn has been drawing since 1974 and representing the Southside with his semi-autobiographical Southside Comics since 1989. Dee enjoys drawing in pencil and pen and ink, painting in watercolor and acrylics, engraving on metal and plastic, tattooing, sculpture, dabbling in ceramics, and lots of photography. He has produced a calendar, logos, t-shirts, posters, and has recently drawn the cover for the book, Columns I Wrote by Newnan Times-Herald columnist Toby Nix. Winner of a couple of Honorable Mentions, Dee has hand-drawn a map of Hapeville, created art for the East Point Preservation Alliance, the East Point Main Street Association, the City of Hapeville, and is one of the contributing artists at South DeKalb’s Doll’s Head Trail. Dee has just completed a series of 8 illustrations for a Ka-Zar Fanzine and is currently building (with his brother) a nature-themed playground for Chattahoochee Hills Charter School. Tattooing since 1999, Dee tattoos and body pierces at Landing Strip Tattoo in Riverdale, one of Metro Atlanta’s longest run, single-location tattoo shops, where his engraving services are also available. Dee comes to the LocalMotion Arts Festival loaded with his mini-comics, prints, maps, posters, an assortment of tall tales, and his own extension cord.
Samples of Dee’s work: