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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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630 Responses to “Man decorates basement with $10 worth of Sharpie”
  1. bit-head says:

    I like the R2-D2 garbage can – nice touch!

  2. Anonymous says:

    Isn’t this incredibly toxic?

  3. wow says:

    absolutely hideous

  4. Dianne says:

    Well, that’s a cheap yet amazing way to get your creative juices coming!!

    Good job!

  5. tom says:

    how long did it smell like marker ?

  6. This must have taken a long time to complete, but what an amazing and original idea!

  7. Jamesy says:

    That’s great!
    It added so much depth to the room.

  8. Ysemaj says:

    Obmyg on September 30th, 2008 4:10 pm wrote:
    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?
    This is what Jamesy wrote.

    Maybe he was addressing Hans, but misspelled it resulting in:
    “Thats[sic] Sick..[sic] Someones[sic] got a lot of time on there hands[sic].”

    Maybe he meant meant to write, “Thats Sick..[sic] Someones got a lot of time ‘on there’, Hans.” By ‘on there’ he obviously meant ‘on the wall’, where the art on the wall can be expressed as time.

    Or even, “That’s Sick… Someone’s got a lot of time ‘on there’, Hans.”
    Perhaps even, ” That is sick (references to illness may be considered endearing by some)… Someone has got (got is unnecessary for this sentence to work) a lot of time ‘on there’, Hans.”

    Ok, so all the kids are saying ’sick’ and ‘wicked’, we understand ‘got’, contractions are acceptable, and he probably did mean ‘on their hands’, because the name of the artist probably wasn’t Hans. There remains the issue of the ellipsis.

    As we all know, ellipsis points should never be used before or after a full sentence, and only when quoting; joining partial yet related sentences.
    As Gymbo (I won’t comment on the name) isn’t quoting anyone (certainly not his mother) he shouldn’t have used an ellipsis. Even if he was, he made two complete sentences. Bad juju.

    Maybe he just hit the period button twice; it wasn’t even a correct ellipsis.

    When I really think about this, I think he probably meant to write:
    “That is highly impressive. Someone has a lot of time on their hands.”
    Indicating that someone with less time wouldn’t bother with basement illustrations.

    Perhaps Gymbo was even trying to express the idea that his time is more valuable than other people’s time, and that he is far more productive.

    Heck, who knows what Gymbo meant, right Obmyg?

  9. KK says:

    Innovative mufuca

  10. Lizzy says:

    I find it quite amazing.
    What I also find amazing is that whenever you find an amazing picture someone always has to say shopped.

    Im disappointed in some people….


  11. Joao says:


  12. Eljay says:

    I am inspired! Gonna try one wall in a spare bedroom. I think dry erase board would be more my style. My walls have an orange peel texture. Too lumpy! I’d like to know how long this labor of love took to complete. Thanks for the inspiration! I love it!

  13. willy bumfird says:

    i think it’s genius but i tell you one thing for sure. That took a hell of a lot more than $10 worth of sharpies!

  14. B. Hussein Obama says:

    Drawing is pretty good, but otherwise FAIL for the article. This is clearly NOT a basement being as you can open a door and walk outside without going up any steps. Misleading, factually incorrect, and a waste of time — much like my political campaign. Have a great day. Vote in ‘08! – BHO

  15. Alekx says:

    Great Job!

    I am jealous!

    I’ve wanted to do something like this, but my mum wouldn’t let me!

    I am definitely decorating my home how I want when I get my own place though.

    This guy looks like he’s really good at coming up with interesting
    ideas without being so repetitive.

  16. To "Obama" says:

    Ever heard of walk-out basements?

  17. ay says:


  18. garfield says:

    wow, am I the only person who thinks it looks like crap?

  19. sherlock007 says:

    It’s the creativeness to just do this what makes it artistic. It looked like crap before with the boring classic cream.

    Now it looks exciting!

  20. Jazzy says:

    This is absolutely amazing.

  21. Horseapple says:

    Well i like the idea, but he should have had someone who at least passed 3rd grade art class do the drawing.

  22. yourbadbestfriend says:

    Wow. Just wow.

  23. kadek says:

    amazing – beautiful – and a little crazy, too ;)

  24. kewlbreeze says:

    I wish I was as artisticly talented as this man is! I also wish my “walk out” basement looked as nice and as original as this one does! This man should be very proud of his outstanding work!

    To all the NEGATIVE bloggers: Can you create something as nice as this? I doubt it. Why be haters? Didn’t you ever learn, if you have nothing nice to say, SAY NOTHING? Now…shush!

    Good luck to you on your future art projects! Get them out there and get them seen! Did you send this to the Sharpie company? They might use it in a commercial! You NEVER know! Good luck in your success!

  25. Nicole says:

    I love his R2D2 trash can.

  26. Tommy says:

    thats real nice and all…

    but jokes on him… sharpie isnt light fast… shoulda’ used prismas

  27. Eva says:

    Why did you do that? I wish I would have empty walls… :(

  28. Shinzou says:

    That TV’s huge!

    Hello R2 :p


  29. Jones says:

    As cool as it may look, in three months it’ll be all green, because Sharpie’s aren’t archival. Also, they just turn green after a while, it’s just a fact.

  30. BigMamaK22 says:

    i am amazed at the very least.
    this is insane. good shxt!

  31. slikk says:

    how did you take a 360 picture without a stitch? amazing.

  32. Shirley says:

    IS that the same guy who did those drawings on Totally Modern Art?
    The uRL is
    It looks like the same drawing to me

  33. Mik says:

    That is amazing, I like the basement anyway, but the decoration on the walls just makes it sweet.

  34. Sarah says:

    I think the RD-D2 trash can really adds to the decor.

    Seriously though, this is awesome. I want to defy my landlord now by decking my walls out in sharpie marker beauty.

  35. MilkFactory says:

    Bravo !!! Wonderful work.

  36. Holy smokes! This guy’s a nerd! (in a good way!) Did anybody else notice the R2D2 trashcan? Thats awesome! Oh, and nice artwork btw. :)

  37. scizl dizl says:

    thats the sickest sh#% ive ever seen! nice basement….peep the xbox

  38. Eric Xiang says:

    what a great art, i love to see this.

  39. me says:

    If this was done in the basement why is the view outside the window of trees and shrubs growing at ground level? its obviously not a real proper basement othewise the view would be of walls holding back earth or a view of pavement level feet.
    Oh, nice artwork on the walls by the way.

  40. Anonymous says:

    Yo yo yo niggaz, what is Churchill doing standing behind freud? i ddnt know they were mates.

  41. anonymous says:

    @me: It’s called a walk-out basement. House built on a slope. Notice no windows anywhere else????

  42. Lauren says:


  43. Anonymous says:

    Wow… so nice!!! i always hope that if i can ever have basement wall for me to paint too….

  44. I’m inspired, kinda at a loss for words right now,but inspired!

  45. tia long says:

    Gymbo said something that drives me crazy. People do not have “too much time on their hands”, you pay for it with your life. Obviously, talented people are not
    always admired by thick headed mud brains with no appreciation of what
    another human can do to make the world a better place.

  46. Anonymous says:

    (I am) Ridiculously envious – (you are) simply sweet

  47. Jerry says:

    That’s awesome! Just hope he never plans on moving… I did a wall mural with Sharpie in an apartment I rented – when I moved out it took five coats of paint and you could still see the mural!


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