OverKill Studio A Brief History / by Thomas Buildmore

I started Overkill Studio in South Boston with my close Friends Artist/Sign Painter Kenji Nakayama www.kngee.com And Painter Morgan Thomas Shankweiler www.mrgnthomas.com Our space was on the second floor of an old Rum Distillery on 2nd street. Overkill was never a business plan it was more just a fun name for the actual physical space. Our time in the Distillery was one of the best times of my life and inherently fleeting. The time we all spent in the studio was super fun we had some awesome parties and made a lot of amazing friends with the other Artists in the building. Saying goodbye was tuff but I knew in my heart I needed to hit the road so I came here to Philadelphia. And Philly is some crazy shit. I really like it here it's edgy and kinda fucked up but beautiful and classy at the same time. So anyway I moved here and was broke and jobless for seven long months no more fun times in that awesome studio where I had the world by the balls nothing not a god damn thing.... Eventually I got a job it was at said job I happen to meet Photog prodigy Dan King www.dankingphotography.com one day Dan happen to mention he was thinking about getting a studio and that sounded good to me I didn't even really know Dan but I was like yeah fuck it here is someone who actually seems down to do this shit. We looked at a couple Spots and really were kinda bored by the standard "Artist Studio" I had seen a Space above the Artist and Craftsman supply a couple years before on visit  to see Rob Dingman and his wife Jamie. We went and checked it out and although rough it was really mind blowing. Our new mission became  being able to actually get the space and afford it. We wrote a proposal for our vision of the space to the landlord and somehow the pieces just fell into place. The landlord was super chill and really liked what we wanted to do. It happened really fast and the next thing we knew we were up and running. Myself and Dan had been talking names and Dan had mentioned how "Stupid Easy" it all came to be so we collectively agreed that Stupid Easy was a cool name. Over the Years we have grown, Our work has grown, and the vision of the space has grown. Time changes things pretty fast our memories serve as a constant reminder of what worked and what didn't when Myself and Dan sat down to talk about what the space has matured into and how we want to present ourselves we decided we wanted a name that represented "kicking Ass". We have decided to revisit, re envision, and rebrand Overkill Studio Dan has been hard at work on a new website set to launch in a few weeks and we are both excited to present Overkill Studio Philadelphia to the world. We are kicking things off on May 2nd with a eye popping display of fine art creations by Artists you know and love. Stay Tuned.     

Photo's by Dan King

Photo's by Dan King