Tarish Pipkins, a.k.a. Jeghetto, was born in a small steel mill town called Clairton, PA located south of Pittsburgh. He is a self- taught artist and has been creating art from a very young age. As a teenager, he moved to the East Side of Pittsburgh and graduated from Taylor Allderdice High School. In the late 90’s Tarish joined the BridgeSpotters Collective and became known for his live paintings and poetry. He was also a barber for over 20 years. He moved to North Carolina in 2005, where he launched his career in puppetry. There, he fine-tuned his skills by doing street performances with his puppets. In 2008 he started working with Paperhand Puppet Intervention. He has built puppets and performed in several Paperhand productions. Most recently, Jeghetto had the pleasure to work with national recording artist Missy Elliott on her music video, WTF ( Where They From), controlling the Pharell puppet and doing some puppet building. He also worked on the Amazon Echo commercial featuring Missy Elliott and Alec Baldwin as puppets. Tarish is a former teacher at Just Right Academy, a private alternative school for children with special needs. Tarish is married and a proud father of five children. Jeghetto’s passion is promoting Oneness through the magic of Puppetry. Artist statement

As of late, I have taken the path of confronting racial injustice through my puppetry. I don’t consider all of my work as a distinct lineage of African American puppetry because I collaborate with other puppeteers from different backgrounds and nationalities. The way I see it, no matter what type of puppet is built by a black puppeteer’s hands, be it an animal, monster, human, etc., that puppet is an extension of who built it. It is a physical manifestation of that puppeteer’s thoughts and ideas. So yes, if it is created by his hands, that puppet is considered an African American Puppet because it was created and built from their perspective.

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Tarish “Jeghetto” Pipkins Location
Chapel Hill, NC Date of birth
1972 Years active in puppetry
2002-present Types of puppets performed and built
Hand puppets; rod puppets; hand-and-rod puppets; shadow puppets; giant puppets; objects; marionettes; body puppets; masks Representative productions
Hungry Ghost (Tori Ralston with Paperhand Puppet Intervention, 2009); Love and Robots (Paperhand Puppet Intervention, 2010); 5P1N0K10 (the android who wants to be a real B-Boy, 2016); A Beautiful Beast (Paperhand Puppet Intervention, 2017); Just Another Lynching (2017); Jeghetto’s Workshop (2018) Website Facebook
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