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Man decorates basement with $10 worth of Sharpie

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When Charlie Kratzer started on the basement art project in his south Lexington home, he was surrounded by walls painted a classic cream. Ten dollars of Magic Marker and Sharpie later, the place was black and cream and drawn all over. FULL STORY

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504 Responses to “Man decorates basement with $10 worth of Sharpie”
  1. Amazed says:

    Absolutely amazing.Beautiful work.

  2. Anonymous says:

    pretty sharp (ie) lol

  3. Gymbo says:

    Thats Sick.. Someones got a lot of time on there hands.

  4. chloe599 says:

    That guy is my uncle and I have seen it in person!!! It is even better in person!!! That is just the family room! I am only 9 and hope I can draw like him when I get big.

  5. Anonymous says:

    it was my uncle first!!1

  6. Anonymous says:

    I agree with Gay Hastings in “Reader’s View” on September 23; Bring back “For Better,” comics now are worse. I looked forward to getting the paper each day so that I could read about the story of the Pattersons. Now, I don’t even read the comic strips most days. Rather than the awful stip that replaced it, a better option would be to restart the comic strip from the beginning or start several years back and come forward. I already miss the Pattersons. Let’s bring them back!!!!!!

  7. Bettye says:

    Not Sick !!!!!! , Very talented with a lot of patience. Very inexpensive.

  8. Anonymous says:

    Very, Very talented. Although I think it would look better with some period furniture to match the scheme of things. But nonetheless, FANTASTIC !!!

  9. Uncle Charlie Kratzer says:

    Thanks for the sweet words Chloe. And you are even sweeter in person. I know you will draw better than me when you grow up–just don;t let your Mom tell you not to draw on the walls!

  10. C-3PO says:

    R2-D2? IT IS YOU, IT IS YOU!!

  11. Bobbi says:

    Holy cow, Batman – that’s so cool! Great work!

  12. Cbell says:

    Amazing. One of the best ideas I have seen. Now, I have to convince my wife to let me do it.

  13. JP Max says:

    Oh. My. GOD!!! This guy is really, really talented!

    I absolutely LOVE this room!! This is an AMAZING idea but it requires a good deal of talent to pull it off!!

    I think I have a new IDOL!!!

  14. Comedy Blog says:

    I decorated my name on a bathroom stall a few times as well.

  15. Obmyg says:

    On September 23rd, 2008 4:02 pm Gymbo said –
    Thats Sick.. Someones got a lot of time on there hands.

    Gymbo, buddy, didn’t you mean to write, ‘That’s sick. Someone’s got a lot of time on their hands’?

    That’s what you meant, right Gymbo?

  16. sarahhh says:

    I think the R2D2 garbage can in the hallway tells us a little something about the man behind this work…. : )
    100% nerdy awesomeness!

  17. mario antinozzi says:

    Wow , I’m impressed , Winston Churchill himself would be quite amazed .
    Good job !

  18. Iit is the photographer’s eye ,not the camera, that captures the image. In this case it is not $10 worth of markers, but was the artist’s vision, imagination and artistry that makes this so remarkable (no pun intended).

  19. Jack Frost says:

    $10 worth of sharpie and a trillion worth of creativity and ability. I have always admired the ability to create dimension on a float surface. Further, this is done totally with line–no tonal variation.

    Bravo! My highest compliments. And thank you.

  20. Paul Gaugin says:

    My six year old is working on this concept. I will not show him this post. I might add that if the artist decides he wants to paint over this work he’ll need to prime it with an oil or shellac based product to insure that the sharpie doesn’t bleed through. I hope the artist was using a respirator, or had a window open with a fan in it to avoid further brain damage from the volatile and harmful fumes.

    Keep on with the idea and post again.

  21. AwesomePossum says:

    This is great! Anyone else reminded of the bedroom in Tim Noah’s “In Search of the Wow Wow Wibble Woggle Wazzie Woodle Woo”?

  22. bolka says:

    Useless, wasted time. Get a work and grab some money instead.

  23. MagicStarER says:

    It is NEVER sick to be creative. Creativity nourishes the spirit and the mind! All should seek creative projects to find the solace of sanity in these hard times we live in! I bet if this guy is anything like me, he sees hundreds of places where he thinks it “doesn’t look right” LOL! Who sez we have to fit in??? :) I think it’s cool!

  24. AngelBug says:

    did anyone notice the R2D2 trash can? haha! Love the work, gives the place lots of character.

  25. Yes that was also my Uncle. He is pretty good at drawing.

    Please take the red pill people and lets end the terror state trying to turn US into a police state.

  26. Li says:

    He’s even got an R2D2 trash can! Way too awesome!

  27. Carin says:

    Love it, it is a work of art

  28. Mike St.Arnault says:

    I love what he did with the basement, Very cool,Thats graffitti that i like :)

  29. Sharon says:

    If the Sharpie folks don’t make a commercial using this guy as their spokesperson, that would be the single worst blunder in all of marketing history! Awesome work!

  30. Anonymous says:


  31. Anonymous says:

    Yes, Bolka. This man should “get a work.”

  32. victor says:

    this is priceless putting money into the tittle is insulting

  33. Slander says:

    Looks really tacky! Like a really bad student project!

  34. Lynn says:

    it’s one thing to imagine it, but then to carry through so well and allow all of us to See the creative images come into view and be a part of our imagination is most inspiring and appreciated. Thanks for sharing!

  35. Anonymous says:

    that is amazing.
    what compels one to create such a dedicated work of art?

  36. Crayboff says:

    Sexy R2-D2 in the kitchen.

  37. Kannon says:

    He’s got a Wii and a 360.

  38. Linds says:

    mmm… what a fine decorator…
    sharpie on the walls, and a r2d2 over in the corner…
    what fine taste.
    momma didn’t raise no foo… you don’t draw on the walls…

  39. Cheeky says:

    This guy is my dad he is amazing. After he drew this he fucked me up the butt.

  40. Anonymous says:

    really cool. I’ve never seen anything like that before. Design on a budget, and it totally works!!!

  41. randy says:

    fricking awesome!

  42. trudat says:

    my brother is an artist who also happens to work at Starbucks. He uses the sharpies that they use to write on cups at the store to decorate our apartment. Our apartment is literally covered in his art, everyone who sees it is amazed at the detail and concept, and it’s an almost never-ending palette!
    Great work here :)

  43. Ohmy says:

    This is really cool. I hope he know that sharpies bleed through paint, though. So if he ever wants to repaint, it will have to be in black.

  44. Osama says:

    This is OUT OF THIS WORLD! Wow! I wish I could draw that well!

  45. damir says:

    this guy has some huge TV..:D

  46. Elmas Pingon says:

    $10 worth of sharpies and a priceless amount of talent. If i did that, it would look like prison bars.

  47. Mihnea says:

    that’s great work. I thought once to draw a wall in my kitchen… I might do it.

  48. K.N. says:

    This kinda reminds me of the entry way in the movie Three Men and a Baby

  49. Tabin says:

    Thats was really Fabulous! Great work man!

  50. tomasz says:

    “It is NEVER sick to be creative” blah blah blah blah

    get a grip man, he obviously meant “sick” as in the slang term for great.


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