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Pollen Art – Kyle Brooks


The Art of Kyle Brooks – Her socks (and sentiment) match Charm Etiquette!

It wasn’t long before the girls and I began to notice the presence of bear faces, crosses and other pieces of artwork displayed on the trees (or as signs and murals) throughout our East Atlanta neighborhood. Not until we attended a festival in East Atlanta Village last year were we able to connect the artwork with the artist: Kyle Brooks or, perhaps the more familiar, “BlackCatTips”.

We were so excited to know who was behind the creations that we’d enjoyed spotting throughout the community. The girls decided that they wanted one of his bears for their bedroom door. I purchased their favorite, and it’s taken up residence there ever since!

On our drive home one afternoon, we happened to see Kyle installing one of his recent works – The Pie Sign. It was quite whimsical and a bit humorous, as there’s no pie to be found in the direction that the arrow points. Those of us who have come to love Kyle’s neo-folk art appreciate its lightheartedness, nonetheless, and I was excited that the girls were able to see their favorite artist at work.

Having a car hood full of pollen, I rolled down my window and asked Kyle if he might draw the girls a Bear onto it. Though he thought it a funny request, he gladly obliged. Using a leftover Chick-fil-A napkin as his only tool, we soon had our very own BlackCatTips Bear artwork on our car. Briefly. Rains came no less than 30 minutes after its completion!

Pollen Art

Pollen Bear on Hood – Kyle Brooks 2013

Kyle also wrote about and filmed the experience. You can see more of his work here. Many thanks to Kyle Brooks for making pollen fun!




The Protocol of Pollen


Spring is my favorite season and the celebrations of my wedding anniversary and the girls’ birthdays occur during the months of April and May. With gardening as one of my hobbies, the array of floral planting options are one of the things that excite me most about this time of year. The downside of that assortment of beautiful flowers, blooming trees, greening grasses, and the like, is the layer of pollen they bring to our outdoor surroundings. If you’re sensitive to the yellow stuff, follow this advice for remaining polished this allergy season!

Cover your sneeze, please. Though once the norm to sneeze into your hand, it is now frowned upon. Please cover your sneeze with a handkerchief or tissue. Neither of those handy? Direct the sneeze into your upper sleeve or bend of your elbow. This simple act will greatly reduce the spread of germs and make for a more desirable handshake!

Go before you blow. There are times when a sneezing attack sneaks up on you and a quick getaway isn’t possible. If that’s the case, turn your head away from others before you sneeze. The best practice, however, is to excuse yourself from present company and take care of your sneeze, or need to blow your nose, in the restroom or an isolated space within the room. It is in very poor taste to blow your nose (no matter how softly you feel you’re doing so) at the dinner table or in shared spaces.

Keep it clean. No matter your level of curiosity, never look at the contents of your used tissue. Don’t reuse a handkerchief or tissue. Soiled handkerchiefs should be stored away until cleaned and used tissues should be discarded immediately. Always be certain to wash your hands once your allergy attack has been resolved and before rejoining your party.

I hope you fare well this allergy season. Just in case, be prepared with a small pack of tissues as you tiptoe through the tulips!