Tampa artist Cam Parker slathers devotion to Lady Gaga on the side of Hall on Franklin

Gaga plays a sold out show at Amalie Arena on Dec. 1.

In September, readers voted Cam Parker the Best Local Artist CL Doesn’t Cover.

Well, the 34-year-old Scorpio and general beam of positive energy has covered a wall at Hall On Franklin with a mural of Lady Gaga, so we’re definitely paying attention.

Lady Gaga world tour headed to Tampa's Amalie Arena on December 1

Gaga is scheduled to play a sold-out show in Tampa on December 1, but fans can check out the art just 1.3 miles away from Amalie Arena. The piece — which should be complete by Wednesday evening — took Parker over 100 hours, not because of difficulty or confusion about the piece, but because it had to be perfect.

“I don’t want to give the viewer a half-ass piece on the wall because it was hot or because I got sleepy. I have to invest as much time as the piece tells me it needs, or I can’t sleep at night and my skin breaks out,” Parker told CL. “Basically if I don’t scream ‘YASSSSSSSSSSS’ upon completion it’s not done right!”

Parker’s love affair with Gaga started after the pop music icon’s 2009 VMA extravagant performance of "Paparazzi,” which Parker saw as a spectacle of pure art. Everything Gaga puts out is “like oxygen” to Parker who says that Gaga’s message of inclusion no matter what is important to him as well.

“The things Gaga preaches are the things that you teach your child growing up. Be good to other people, you are no better and no less than anyone else, be as good of a person as you can daily,” Parker said. “She daily empowers people regardless of gender, orientation, ethnicity.  It’s such a beautiful situation.”

Parker isn’t hoping to get Instagram (or locally) famous with the piece either. He just wants Gaga to be able to know that there are artists everywhere pouring their hearts out for her. He wants to give that fearless, trust-your-gut feeling to others in the hopes that they too rage against the standards or what’s expected of them.

He isn’t against the idea of Gaga taking notice and maybe reaching out though.

"Ideally I would like for her to come and take a selfie with it, and send me a DM saying, ‘Hey what’s up CAM, let’s grab a PBR before I leave Tampa!,” he joked. “But mostly I just want her to see it and feel love, and maybe make her cry a little bit.”

Check out some video of the piece below, and get more information on Lady Gaga’s Tampa show via local.cltampa.com.

Gaga, if you’re reading this, you can reach Cam via Instagram, Twitter, Facebook and email.


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Ray Roa

Read his 2016 intro letter and disclosures from 2022 and 2021. Ray Roa started freelancing for Creative Loafing Tampa in January 2011 and was hired as music editor in August 2016. He became Editor-In-Chief in August 2019. Past work can be seen at Suburban Apologist, Tampa Bay Times, Consequence of Sound and The...
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