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Eric - Shabazz Larkin

Art Director

New York, NY, USA
Exploration is the thing I appreciate about old Grandfather Creativity. He has no real rules. He re-defines the definitions. His wisdom is free. His inheritance, is in his unending plea. "Astonish me." he cries - over and over again.
New York, NY, USA
The Creative School of Thought is a production company, geared to create content and experiences that re-affirm positive identity, spirituality and relationships. The work focuses on film, music and design.
New York, NY, USA
Oct 2010
Smirnoff, Macy's, Bayer, Berocca, Bing
Seattle, WA, USA
Oct 2008
The Gates Notes, NUUN, Bill Gates, Sierra Mist, Pepsi, Pacifico, Seattle's Best Coffee, Hotmail, Microsoft, Bing
Portland, OR, USA
May 2008
Nike, Coca-Cola, Heineken
London, United Kingdom
May 2007Aug 2007
Creative Intern
Frank, Boots, Andy Awards, Fox's Biscuits
Richmond, VA, USA
Video Editor & Designer
Nascar, FedEx, Sprint, Switch Soda, Longwood University, Virginia Union University
Richmond, VA, USA
Aug 20062008
Masters - Advertising
Richmond, VA, USA
Bachelors - Communications
Norfolk, VA, USA
Art Instruction Schools
Associates - Fine Art
From Virginia, to Portland, to Seattle, Eric Larkin now works as an Associate Creative Director at JWT in New York City. And a Producer at the Creative School of Thought. But his creative journey began long before he decided to pursue advertising. After an eye opening missions trip to Kenya, he was inspired to start a series of paintings and installations called “The BeautyFro Collection.” The collection takes a new perspective on the beauty of black people and culture. See the collection at This fuels Eric’s approach to advertising - be an artist first, make ads later.
Eric believes his greatest work in the ad industry is not advertising at all. Pointing to his founding role in facilitating the design and creation of content for Bill Gates’ personal website, The Gates Notes, which serves as a media hub and educational platform for Gates’ philanthropic work and ideals. He is also the Creative Director at the Creative School of Thought, a group of content creators that produce music and film for personal expression, public art and commission.