Antonio “Shades” Agee, a Detroiter from birth and one of the first documented graffiti artists from the Motor City. With a Jazz musician as a father, Shades was surrounded by the sounds of legends like Nat "King" Cole and Frank Sinatra from his early years. He was out in the streets doing “graffiti” before the hip-hop phenomenon hit Detroit and became a house hold name. He has the ability to create stunning works of art with urban street flare, a talent that has given him the opportunity to produce graffiti around the world through commissioned and “legal” contracts. Dating back to the early 90's, Shades has built his roster of clients for whom he creates custom murals and canvases. This list includes automotive players like Chrysler, Ford and Toyota and major organizations like Universal Studios, World Cup, Children’s Hospital of Michigan, Pandora & Vitamin Water. Also, Shades has two pieces archived at the Detroit Institute of Arts (DIA) and has exhibited at C-Pop Gallery, Motor Gallery, and others. His clientele collects anything he puts his hands on and he has been a force in the evolution of graffiti as a world renowned art form from his early years. For more information please visit shadesdet.com
2002 - Present
Commision Artist / City of Detroit/Chicago
1992 - Present
Self employed Artist / "Shades"
Have been working in the city of Detroit for 10years or more as a working artist.
1989 - Present
Owner / ShadesDET LLC
I am a independent artist. I do commission work for various clients around the world. I also do art shows.
I'm Happy to say the first wave of design your own #shadesdet sweats are up and waiting for your orders. You can custom design with several "Shades" known logos and caricatures.... front/back/color and size just for you!!! I'm honored and a percentage of the purchase will go to a local non profit that benefits children in art education..... Thanx so much for your support in advance! #detroit #graffiti #honored #blessed you can order online at. http://www.mylocker.net/my/shop/inspired-by-detroit/index.html
Great time on Sunset in LA with my family FIAT USA and Rolling Stone for the kickoff party in sunny Cali.... Here's the play by play pics of the 10x12ft mural done live at the event. (Pics: Donavan Glover)
This cow will have a new look once I'm done. I'm so happy and honored to be apart of this project that will have different cows all around the city that are sponsored by people for a great Cause to fight a horrific and sad disease -Cancer- Thanx to the good people at #ACSMootown STAY TUNED!!!
REPOST FROM @shadesdet:
"REPOST FROM @sebastianwho: "Tomorrow's #ShopTalk @socialclubdet 7-9pm featuring @therealdwele @shadesdet @1701bespoke @complexmi"
Be there for a unique Q&A with those u want to know, while they are caught at there calm getting groomed at the same time! #elliotNessIsh"
REPOST FROM @dazedmagazine:
"In 'We Almost Lost Detroit' @michaelavedonphotography + filmmaker @jaredsoule pay tribute to the local legends of the once-proud Motor City of Michigan.
Watch the three-part series now at dazeddigital.com/video
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REPOST FROM @dazedmagazine:
"‘Tomorrow starts with yes, a mural by @shadesdet in Detroit’
Michael Avedon took up art residency in our #dazedstates autumn issue with his Rolleiflex portfolio, ‘We Almost Lost Detroit’. Capturing beauty amid the decay of the city, you can catch the full series now at dazeddigital.com/photography
@michaelavedonphotography (grandson of the late Richard Avedon) also took over our @Instagram yesterday for #tuesdaytakeover with a series of images from his archive, check it out on our feed."
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Small Plates Detroit asked me to design and brand their restaurant with a detroit feel. I was honored and did so.... I equipped the FIAT USA with paint and headed over... In 2days... This is what came about.
!st installment of Me in the FIAT USA 500L visiting and showing u what I do when I have the honor in using these amazing vehicles. Heres Niemo my tattoo artist and his biz with a mural that I painted while using the Cabrio 500.... So much fun! (Got a taft as well when I did this vid... hahahaha)
We are happy to invite you to participate in our "Happy 3-1-3 Detroit" Celebration on Thursday, July 24, 2014, during our Mix & Mingle Mix in Campus Martius Park with special guest DJ, Dwele.
Designers have the opportunity to create an original Tshirt design specific to the Happy 313 Celebration.
Please view the attached invite and go to campusmartiuspark.org to read the rules and guidelines. Fell free to contact us with any questions, we look forward to see what you create.
Got to spend the Day inside the #ParadeFactory and also speak to some amazing kids about my career and my art. What a joy!!! Thanx jasmine for the invite!! #detroit #parade #bigHead #rockOn #shadesdet I HAD SO MUCH FUN!!!!
All jobs aren't murals and corporate. Sometimes you get a request from a Mom and a special Young lady for you to paint and make things pretty while corrective actions are happening. This is why I love my job! ... Stay tuned for the finished work!
Ok… Here’s what happens. I take a pic of a clue where I put this box of free paint. When u get the clue… Go and find it. When that someone finds the box… Please take a pic and hashtag #FPF #freepaintfriday #shadesdet so that everyone else knows that it’s gotten. Good luck and stay tuned for the first clue. #graffiti #detroit (at Detroit, Michigan)
Listen up! I'm in #Miami this Thurs June 19th at @loewshotels I'll be painting live in front for @fiatusa & @pandoraradio .... Special guest DJ's @MtedenOfficial ..... Should be a good time!! U can #RSVP at this link below.. http://boxoffice.stubhub.com/event/ANightwithMtEden
Had so much fun painting kicks for BucketFeet and meeting new ppl at @comlexmi in Birmingham today.... wish I could of stayed a lil longer. If u missed me and want some custom kicks ... Just head in and make that order. Thanx Doug & Brandon
Paradime: "Shades can you paint my studio/bar area?" Me: "Yea, Bet... What you want?" Paradime: "Gorilla" .... HAHAHAHA (you never know what this guy is up to or what he will ask for. But believe me you.... It's gonna be fun!!
Longboard (Flash for Cash) done and ready to be bidded on this year at @imperial_ferndale for charity. I'll have all details and times soon. I'm involved every year with this and I rounded up a group of other talented artist as well ... @dabnose @therealdwele @matteatonasnobody to name a few. This benefits a #detroit charity. #goodCause #art #graffiti #shadesdet