When Graffiti was exploding late 70’s early 80;s becoming competitive, artists such as Mark Lawrence desired to see his name and writings on the walls of New York City. As early as 9 years old, residing in the Bronx River Projects and quite often being punished by his mother with drawing and studying the bible. Mark knew his passion would be ART. Mark is known for his tattoo and airbrushing techniques.
Mark has an Associate Degree in Business Administration and Graphic Design. Studied at Mercy College and Sullivan County Community
College. Mark has received numerous awards for his Airbrushing technique at the Funk Master Flex Custom Car and Bike Show.
“I know everyone is not an artist, I love my profession and I understand it” Now working in this field for over 30 years Mark is showcasing his love for Art through acrylic canvases. Also known to work with fashion designers such as Tommy Hilfiger, Ralph Lauren, Sylvia Heisel, Music Artist such as Olivia an American R&B singer; Rapper, 50 Cents and Five time Grammy award winner Missy Elliot.
When Mark is not painting he is tattooing. “I never wanted to be an Airbrush Artist” My love for tattooing comes first. It’s fulfilling to see the smiles at the end of my work. The enjoyment I give to my clients after they see the finish product. Words can’t explain how blessed I feel when I know I made a difference in someone’s life.’
Mark Lawrence also gives back to the community, teaching inner city kids the art of tattooing. He also mentors the youth around the community, who don’t have positive role models in their lives. “ I’ve dedicated my life to doing something that I’m passionate about, Art is my first love.”