Unknown artist creates sidewalk portraits in downtown Kalamazoo

Beautiful designs of local buildings mysteriously appear in downtown Kalamazoo.

This morning, I was casually browsing the articles in Kalamazoo’s Reddit thread when I came across this:

The original poster said they stumbled across this drawing on the sidewalk a few months ago, but had no idea who had done it. The comments were slightly helpful with the Reddit user sgw97 writing,

I walked past the person drawing this while they were working on it a few months ago – they used pencils instead of chalk, which I think is the reason it took so long (i.e. is still here since yesterday!)

That was just three days ago (9/21).

I found the photo beautiful and the fact that it was taken on a sidewalk with pencils blew me away. I mentally winked at the mysterious artist and continued.

However, I came across another post from another Reddit user sharing a photo of a sidewalk artwork that looked very familiar:

It seems that downtown Kalamazoo is home to a very talented artist who seems to remain unknown.

In the comments to the Reddit side post, a user by the name of Prior_Dragonfly7982 said:

It is the work of Danny Staggs, artist and tattoo artist. He did this all over Kalamazoo.

I quickly searched for Danny Staggs on social media. I found a Facebook page and an Instagram page that describe him as an array of things from a musician to a dad to a tattoo artist. I haven’t found any evidence that Danny is the mysterious sidewalk artist in downtown Kalamazoo, but if there was one person who could figure out how to make art with pencils on a sidewalk … it would be a tattoo artist.

Danny, if you are the one creating these beautiful works of art on the sidewalks of downtown Kalamazoo, thank you. Bumping into a random piece of art always makes my day better. And while I can’t speak for anyone else judging from the posts on Reddit, people are in awe of your work.

The next time you find yourself wandering the streets of downtown Kalamazoo, keep an eye out. You never know where the next piece of art may appear.

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