As you may have already noticed, GrrlPunch does its best to showcase the artistic abilities of young ladies around the city. After all, the first half of our motto is “for girls, by girls,” however, many visitors forget the other half of that motto: “but certainly not limited to girls.” As a result, I am taking this time to showcase the hard-work and talent of various local (male) artists! Read on to see just a sliver of the talent that the local male Memphians have to offer. Also, don’t forget, if you are a male reader, you are more that encouraged to submit to us!!


William Moss

Who are you and what do you do?

My name is Will Moss and I draw and do water color.

Why do you do what you do?

I do art because it is the best way to creatively express myself. It can be very therapeutic when I can forget everything and just concentrate on the piece I’m working on but a lot of the time I just draw something cause I think it’s funny.

How has your local community influenced your work as an artist?

I like to make art within the community I have made some art with a few local bands which has really pushed my creativity with having to keep in mind what the band wants but also adding my own touch to it. I’m also generally private with my art so working with musicians has helped to spread my art to a larger audience.

What art do you most identify with?

I mostly enjoy doing a tattoo style of art and lettering. I’ve just recently started watercolor and its quickly becoming my favorite medium. I usually use a combination of Pens and liquid water colors.

What do you dislike about the art world?

Something about the art world that I don’t necessarily take into thought when I’m drawing is that every piece has to have some deep meaning or be a social commentary. I like to draw what I want mostly because I think it looks cool.

Do you have a vision for your work?

I have a pretty basic vision for my art. Draw whatever I want because I enjoy doing it and if other people like it, that’s just an added bonus.

Whose work do you relate to most? Who inspires you?

I have most recently been influenced by an artist by the name of Tiger Adams. His work with watercolor has been a huge inspiration for me to venture into other mediums.

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To see more of his work check out his Instagram!


 Tiger Adams

Who are you and what do you do?

My name is Tiger Adams and I write songs, play guitar, and sing for China Gate

Why do you do what you do?

Writing music gives me a different way of approaching certain things in my life. It puts them at a distance in a way and gives me a different perspective to help wrap my head around things.

How has your local community influenced your work as an artist?

I like to think of Memphis as a pretty neutral zone for writing music. I think that is what makes it great. I don’t feel influenced by Memphis’s music scene, if there even is one, but Memphis as a city is very inspirational.

What are your main impulses to write about music?

I can usually trace songs or batches of lyrics to a certain period of time or a certain person but I don’t consciously know who or what it’s about when i am writing. Most things I write about have to be given enough time and distance before ending up in a song.

When did you start writing about music—and what or who were your early passions and influences?

I think I wrote my first real song when I was 14. I was really into magic kids and primus. It was really bad. I think I remember being really into the 2nd MGMT album at the time too, haha.

What do you usually start with when working on a new piece?

I start with chord progression and melody and then go for lyrics and then band arrangements. I wait to write lyrics after the melody because I think I write more phonetically effective lyrics when I have a specific melody in mind.

How do you think/want other people to respond to your music?

Obviously I would like people to take it seriously and feel that it is meaningful. I would like people to be affected by it in some way.

Check out his music on Bandcamp and Spotify. Or you could be really cool and buy something.


John Fox

Who are you and what do you do?

John Fox. I use mostly art programs on my note5 and Photoshop and Illustrator to make art.

Why do you do what you do?

I draw simply what i find beautiful and interesting. It makes me happy to create.

How has your local community influenced your work as an artist?

My environment drives me to create.

What art do you most identify with?

Psychedelic Art. Sacred Geometry. Concept Art. Character Design.

What work do you most enjoying doing?

My line work and floral designs. I feel they flow out without much effort most of the time.

Why art?

Ive always made art. I feel I’m not myself if i don’t.

What is an artistic outlook on life?

To look for inspiration for your artwork in life. Or simply to enjoy artwork.

What do you dislike about the art world?

I dont feel there is enough money in to art world to support the amount of people in it. Though that could be said for many fields. And bad art sells because most people have bad taste.

Do you see yourself in your artwork? How?

I feel i express something threw my artwork. I couldn’t express any other way.

Do you have a vision for your work?

I want to keep getting better.

How do you think/want other people to respond to your art?

I just want people to enjoy it.

Whose work do you relate to most? Who inspires you?

Im terrible with names. I pull from my experiences in life.

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Go look at his Instagram or Society6 to see more!


Walt Phelan

Who are you and what do you do?

My name is Walt Phelan and I am from Memphis, Tennessee. I write music for the band Berkano and I also play lead guitar for the band China Gate.

Why do you do what you do?

I make music for my friends. I feel that by writing music I am encapsulating the voice of my generation. Thereby, preserving the great memories that otherwise would not be captured.

How has your local community influenced your work as an artist?

The local music scene here in Memphis pushes each other to do bigger and better things everyday. Myself and some fellow comrades started a music collection in 2013 called Wizard Shit. The collective consisted of Loser Vision, Ugly Girls, Berkano, China Gate, and a few others that I cant really remember off the top of my head. We love our music and we love each other.

When did you start writing about music—and what or who were your early passions and influences?

I started writing music at the age of 15. Clayton Killebrew (bass), Nathan Bateman (drums, and myself started a band in middle school called The Classmen. After that, I joined forces with Shaheen Mokhtari (drums), Alex Weaver (guitar), and Tiger Adams (bass) in the band Moon Zoo. This was the first band I was in that was playing shows regularly so it was a big eye opener to us and the music scene here in Memphis. My early influences were Syd Barrett, Daniel Pujol, Lynyrd Skynyrd, The Beatles and Jacuzzi Boys. I started Berkano with Tiger Adams in 2012. We asked our friend Conner Booth to join us on bass and the rest was history.

How would you describe and rate the music scene of the city you are currently living in and how important is it in terms of what you’re actually writing about?

It’s getting a lot better. At first when we started Berkano, I found the scene to be quite self-destructive. Recently though, I’ve noticed more and more musicians our age starting to support one another and it really is a great thing. I love playing with bands like Small and Melinda these days. They are really good guys and the future of Memphis music.

How would you describe the music that you typically create?

I would describe it as sporadic and new. I love playing loud and fast rock and roll.

Check out his music on Bandcamp and Spotify. Or you could be really cool and buy something.