Chris Wardlaw


“Not all those who wander are lost”


I was born in Killeen, Texas to a Black Hawk pilot and a mental health professional. I’ve travelled my entire life but call Fayetteville, NC home. Each of the places I’ve travelled has greatly influenced my ideas on art and design.

First Job

I spent the summer working in my Grandfather’s transmission shop. It’s a rite of passage for the grandchildren in the Wardlaw family.

Career Highlights

Developing the print and web marketing collateral for the 2007 Congressional Black Caucus Annual Legislative Conference. Opening a restaurant in New Orleans, LA.

Guiding Principles

“Not all those who wander are lost” – Keeps my mind open and accepting of difference of opinion, those things that are drastically unconventional and original.


My Parents, Gordon Parks, William McDonough, Shepard Fairey, Kanye West…

Giving Back

Spending time and sharing my experiences with my nephews as they grow and experience the world themselves is the most important thing I can do to give back.

Proudest Moment

Owning and operating a restaurant named “Best of…” by

Perfect Day

A warm day in July, a crawfish boil, a friendly soccer match with my nephews playing alongside me and fellowship with my loved ones.

Outside Interests

I’ve always wanted to be a DJ.

Favorite Song

Too many to name!

Favorite Band

The Roots

Favorite Sport/sports Team

Dallas Cowboys

Favorite Food

Louisiana Boiled Crawfish




University of Virginia