Illsol is the collective behind some of the more prominent murals in downtown Tampa, Tampa Heights and surrounding neighborhoods (including one on the side of Café Hey, one in West Tampa and another on the Boys & Girls Club in V.M. Ybor) but the group—built around wife and husband Michelle Sawyer (pictured) and Tony Krol—might need to get creative to get any new work done.
On Wednesday night, the Illsol studio—located behind Lucky Cat Yoga and Wellness at 2740 N. Florida Ave.— was broken into, and the thieves got away with $2,500 worth of tools that Sawyer and Krol use to get shit done. The couple asked for help on social media.
“If you see anything like this on Offer UP or FB marketplace - or just around the neighborhood and the divine sources of justice might tell you it might be suspicious or something,” Illsol wrote, adding that most of the stuff has paint splatters, overspray and little things wrong with it.
“For instance the table saw has legs that are bent in on one side slightly because when it was put together RIGID had the wrong part in the box,” Illsol added, “be mindful and hit us up if you are so inclined!!”
In an email to CL, Krol said that Illsol has liability insurance, but not renters insurance, and added that nothing but the tools were taken.
“They weren’t interested in the big goat sculpture we’re painting for Project Goat apparently!,” he added.