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.
#WaybackWednesday (c. 2011) Vitamin Water Uncapped Live Mural at the Schwankovsky Temple of Music in Detroit by @shadesdet #PlutoniumG . .
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When I was a kid growing up in Detroit, I didn't have a normal life like some... my dad owned his own business and it was family ran. The day would start by waking and going to school with my Dad getting me a egg mcMuffin (hated them, but ate anyways) before dropping me off. The end of school would mean heading to my families stores on Gratiot and Mack (across from the 7th precinct) and helping out with the work at my moms party store and selling balloons outside my dads store. When the wkend came, that meant we pack up the station wagon and head to the riverfront and setup during the festivals in the lot across from the city county building selling cassette tapes and posters of the popular acts in the 80s ..... that meant it was my job to sell the posters and hustle! Now .... THIS ISNT ME COMPLAINING!! On the contrary, I'm actually thankful that I grew up with the teachings of that I must be my own self and my own boss. Dad instilled that treat people right and love those who don't! I'm blessed and really lucky to have a man that loved me even when I was a homeless drunk no matter what! I miss him and this photo which was taken by the legendary Leni Sinclair reminded me of even at a young age ... I was on my grind!! Thanx Pop!! #IAmDetroit #DetroitSOwnDetroitOwned #Detroit #LeniSinclair #ShadeDet #SelfEmployedArtist
Available and Make your own personal shirt/pant/sweat/ actually anything that's in my store you can make your own personal with my art!