Good day everyone, and welcome back to another episode! This is an election episode for the people of Ocean Springs, MS. Today I speak with a resident of Ocean Springs whom I went to school with. Matt Stebly is a local artist and business owner running for Alderman at large for Ocean Springs. He has deep ties to the art and culture in the city, as he is the great-grandson of Walter Anderson. Walter Anderson’s work has graced buildings, clothing, murals, and sculptures across the gulf coast.
Matt is a tattoo artist by trade. He infuses the Walter Anderson style into the living canvas of skin. Matt has a shop downtown—Twisted Anchor Tattoo. When you walk in you’ll notice less of a traditional tattoo shop and more of an art studio. Matt’s journey to have a tattoo shop in downtown Ocean Springs was no easy battle. He fought the line of thinking that can sometime plague the city. Old norms and grounded beliefs predicated on practical understanding from years past, not evolving to provide modern understanding.
Matt represents a change to that.
Matt is an amazing guy with an endless amount of talent. He’s well spoken, grounded, and carries a calming, yet encouraging, stoic demeanor. We had a great chat about all things Ocean Springs and I hope you all enjoy learning about Matt!