Dallas Clayton

Dallas Clayton @dallasclayton

I write kids books. I like adventures.

Sharing Saturdays: thanks to everyone who happened by some of the buildings I’ve been drawing on lately and decided to stop and share a moment. Nice to see your smiling faces, and glad to know you’re here! Where should we paint next? Who has the best building in need of the most love?
Take something that’s broken and try to fix it. Don’t get overwhelmed. Start with something small like the thread of busted seam, or the knobs on an old radio. Maybe something that you’re not even sure how to fix. Open up your tool kit and give your house a once over. I’m sure you’ve got something that could be working better and if not, what’s going on down the street- A crack in the sidewalk? A hole in the fence? Have you ever mended a fence before? Give it what you can, when you can and use it as an excuse to learn more about fixing things. Once all the small things around you get patched up and put right, set your sights on learning how to fix bigger problems like an abandoned car that’s lost its will, or a relationship that doesn’t want to give back, or a community where no one seems to know each other anymore. They might not be as easy to stitch up as a busted seam but if you aren’t willing to get out there and try, who is?
Add some color where you can. Pic by @wadesphotos
The pressure that drives you might also drive you mad. Be careful out there.
Nice to see folks sharing pics from the limited edition tote bag I designed with my friends @rudysbarbershop and @baggu . They are up on the @rudysbarbershop online shop. We put this together in support of @itgetsbetter with a portion of the proceeds from each bag sold to help provide outreach for lgbtq youth. Each set comes with a sticker and copy of my tiny poetry book “think about someone you love.” Go grab one while you still can!
Get closer
When you’ve been hurt / or worked or worse / been told your truth’s a lie and cursed / it’s hard to find a light or lining shining in the dark. And so it seems those golden beams / that lift up others hopes and dreams / weren’t meant to reach or meet the needs / you keep inside your heart. Yet here you are alive aloud / and standing tall where others bowed / with broken bits you’ve braved and battled / battered tattered raged and rattled / rallied back and raised your fist / to tell the world that you exist / that no one’s going to steal your voice / or shake your faith / or take your choice / or make you feel you don’t belong / you’ve come too far / you’re way too strong / you’re made of those who came before / forged from stories long ignored / a roaring chorus / sure and grown / you’re a source of hope / let it be known / you walked through the fire / you shattered the stone / you’re the picture of power / and you’re not alone.
Sharing Sundays: just a bunch of new friends enjoying the work I’ve put into the world. Explore the tags in this gallery to learn all about each other, dogs and humans alike!
Singing songs about the sun
Big shipment of @vans arrived today. Will be sending them out to friends and family this week! This collab has been a great success. Thanks to all who’ve purchased a pair young and old all over the world. Good luck getting them dirty!
Reach out.
I love all the ways you’re weird.
Thanks to everyone who came out this week to celebrate the launch of my Washington DC mural at @unionmarketdc for the @instagram #kindcomments campaign . Lots of kind faces and loving voices. Here is a small gallery of some of my favorite moments and some glimpses of the finished piece for those of you too far away to see it in person. If you’re in DC anytime soon stop by @unionmarketdc to have a look and a feel it’s right next to the @yokoonoofficial mural. If you’re not in the area why not reach out to hello @dallasclayton.com and let’s see if we can paint a wall in your city. Big walls and full buildings preferred. I’ve tried to tag the photographers and artists in these pics. As always why not use this as an opportunity to make friends. Love abounds!
Tell your story to the sky
Back from painting the world for a moment. Going to write some stories down now. I hope you find some time today to sit in the sun and remember why it is you’re doing what you’re doing.
What a blast it was painting @unionmarketdc in Washington DC yesterday. The experience of putting up these monuments to love is becoming fully collaborative and like a dance or song it’s as much about the process as the finished piece. It’s refreshing to see little kids use colors I would never consider and it’s rewarding to watch adults who don’t regard themselves artists get to pick up a brush and leave a mark on their city. Thanks to everyone who joined in to help bring it to life and to my friends @instagram for allowing me to be a part of their #kindcomments campaign. I’ve tagged some of the photographers and artists in this gallery, I recommend exploring and making new friends. If I missed you, tag yourself below! If you’re in DC you should stop by and check it out. Pics of the finished piece and kickoff party will post soon. Jumping on a plane now. Anyone have any walls worth painting in Pittsburgh next weekend? Send a note to hello @dallasclayton.com let’s make magic!
To celebrate National Coming Out Day I partnered with @rudysbarbershop and @itgetsbetter to create this limited edition @baggu bag which comes with stickers and a copy of my tiny book of poems called “think about someone you love.” It’s up for purchase on the @rudysbarbershop store, so go pick one up and support @itgetsbetter in their efforts to provide outreach for teens in the LGBTQ community who’ve been bullied as a result of simply trying to be themselves. The world is an intense place and being maligned and put upon for who you are or who you want to love is no way to go through life. Let’s build a kinder and more accepting future for all! #ncod #nationalcomingoutday
Thanks to everyone big and small who came out today and helped paint a mural on the Union Market in Washington DC as part of the @instagram #kindcomments campaign. If you want to see it, it’ll be open this week, right next door to Yoko Ono’s mural. It was a truly collaborative experience and certainly wouldn’t have been possible without everyone jumping in and getting covered in paint. I’ll post a full gallery shortly but here is one of my favorites, me and a small yet seemingly invincible child named Gaia .
Hey Washington DC friends! Tomorrow (tues) starting around noon I’ll be painting a mural at Union Market as part of the @instagram #kindcomments campaign. If you’d like to come out and paint together I’d love to see you. Noon until the mural decides it’s finished. Bring a friend. Let’s color love and empathy and inclusion and diversity all over the nation’s capital! Also if you have fun places to see and visit and paint while I’m here, send a message! Pic by @ps_arts