Since I was a child, I have always been the “eccentric, creative one.” According to my recollection, my little sister has always been the “smart one”. Probably because she learned from my stupid mistakes, but I digress. Anywho, I’ve always naturally gravitated towards the arts. Dancing, drawing, painting, singing, writing, anything you can think of in the term of arts, I’ve probably done it. What I admire about fellow artists who pursue artistry full-time is their will to debunk the naysayers and their perception of an ideal career. So many times, creatives are told “Soooo you can’t really do anything with that. You need to pick a ‘practical’ job”. I love how artists tend to create their own variation of practical in society. As a great man once said ” This is my canvas. I’ma paint it how I want it baby, oh I.” Practicality is all a matter of perspective. Artist manipulate the common perspective into a beautiful version of their own that everyone can still tend to relate to. They’re narrative creators.
In my last installment of “Greeks Who Run IG“, I featured three awesome health advocates who are taking over Instagram in a unique, dynamic and inspiring way. As stated in the last blog, if an Instagram account doesn’t build me up mentally, spiritually or emotionally, then I don’t need it in my life ( Philippians 4:8 ). Seeing as how art seems to move me in all three ways, I’m sure you’ll see why these three individuals will surely move you the same. With that being said, I’d like to introduce you to my second round of crazy talented people. Welcome to my virtual DPTaughtMe Gallery.
_Nameless: Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity Inc.
Nameless has been sketching and drawing since he was a lil OG. But now he’s a big G, and he’s capitalizing off of his God-given gifts. Since 2005, he decided to take a chance and use art as his platform to build his career. Even looking through his Instagram page, I can progressively see how his sketching, digitally and hand-drawn, have matured with time. The way he plays with geometry, shading, color and the lively strokes of the pencil lines helps create a nice balance between an animated cartoon and a realistic rendering of an actual portrait. Outside of his dope drawings, Namless is also a graphic designer and music producer. Nameless has been beatmaking for over 11 years and made his way to the SXSW stage as a featured artist. And it wouldn’t be right if he didn’t design Divine Nine Nalia too? Well, he does. Cop these joints when you can! He’s also a hip hop head. Check out this interview he did at the nation’s biggest Hip Hop Festival, A3C Festival in Atlanta.
Blue The Great , Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity Inc.
Quick story on this guy! So, went to school with Blue at UNT. We ran into each other a few times on campus and eventually developed a cool acquaintanceship. While in school, he and a few peers created the underground lifestyle brand UnKommon Kolor. Let me tell you. I watched his team like Aaliyah’s hawk in the sky. His artistry, branding and message behind his brand was so captivating I actually did a class project on him. My professor asked us to shadow someone in the fashion industry that we admired and could possibly see ourselves being in the future. When I told her I was doing my report on Blue, her hesitancy filled the atmosphere. She then suggested I pick someone more professional, but I stuck to my guns. After interviewing Blue and learning more about his background, his vision and his passion for art, I’m glad I did.
With all his illuminating talent, work ethic and humility (literally, he’s the chillest dude around), Blue has gone to gain the attention of persons such as Curren$y, and Kendrick Lamar. He and his work has been featured on Blavity, Bevel Code’s ShopTalk, The Hundreds, The Ellen Show, Complex Magazine and the BET Awards (the decorated car in K.Dot’s performance). I think I told him this once before, but he’s always been one of my distant mentors. I’m so proud of his tenacity and courage to pursue art full-time. He’s a shining example of Achievement in its purest form. Salute to you Bryan.
Olivia Bé Nguyen, Fiyabomb: Zeta Phi Beta Sorority Inc.
Olivia is someone I’ve been watching from a distance since the beginning of this year. I ran across her page randomly and delightfully found out she was a soror of mine. Just off the strength of the letters alone, there was an instant kinship. (P.S. Olivia, if you’re reading this, HEY SAW-RAHH!)
Olivia’s vivid colors and bold images are equivalent to her personality and her drive. Kinda reminds me of Solange, but that’s neither here nor there. She started off as a nail technician at a nail shop after college. After numerous doodle breaks and unorthodox but serendipitous accident in the salon (a toe nail hit her in the head…fa real, fa real), Olivia decided that day she was going to pursue art full-time. With a handful of mustard seed faith and the other hand full of talent, she set off on her artistic journey. In order to make ends meet, Olivia forced herself to create art every-single-day and made her artistic abilities known to whoever needed a helping hand. Thanks to Baby Jesus, a resilient persistence, savvy social media skills and devote followers, Olivia began to land clients like Big Sean, 50 Cent, Rick Ross, and Hill Harper. She’s had four major galleries in the tri-state area so far and she’s currently taking her talents to ATL!!! Yall are so blessed to have her, by the way. Aside from her evident talent, her spirit is contagious. In this video, she shares her top 5 must haves to make it as an artist. Don’t pass up this link bruh!
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Stay tuned for our next installment of Greeks Who Run IG! You won’t want to miss it! Bye yall!