“VR is here and this is an introduction to it.” - Crome VR Founder, Crishon Jerome

Crishon Jerome , Founder of Crome VR

Crishon Jerome, Founder of Crome VR

“I see Virtual Reality (VR) everywhere. Psychologists are also using VR headsets and age enhancing technology to give individuals with depression, addictions, etc. a glimpse of what the future version of them looks like on the trajectory that they’re presently on as well as a version of what they could look like if they made subtle small changes just on a daily basis. Nothing major, just small changes to create some momentum, intention, and focus. It was found that after showing these indivuals these images they became way more concerned and way more particular about their current habits.” - Crishon Jerome

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Education

“It will be widespread in schools. Imagine you’re talking about history and the entire class puts on a headset and goes to Egypt and experiences this place. Virtual reality, it’s coming, it’s not even a question.” - Crishon Jerome

Growth…

“I’ll be up front with you, one of our longterm goals for Crome is to create our own league. Our own international sports league where you are competing with individuals all over the world. Right now all the focus is on E-Sports. An E-Sports platform is something we want to build longterm, it’s going to pull people in the direction that normally would not be interested.” - Crishon Jerome


Industry Challenges…

“When I tell you I see it being everywhere that’s exactly what I mean. I can’t imagine a space where there won’t be some form of virtual application or augmented application. We’re seeing it in sports already, professional as well as collegiate. - Crishon Jerome

“At this point I think the momentum is set. I don’t know if it’s going to face many challenges other than just the amount of time it takes for content to be produced to appeal to the masses. Right now companies are clamoring in the direction of virtual reality (VR), it is a wild wild west for people that are listening and paying attention, especially for the big companies putting a lot of money behind it. They are going to see to it that they get a return on their investments. For the masses there are just going to have to be some very practical things that are introduced.” - Crishon Jerome


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“As an entrepreneur I feel like I’ve had to find out so much of it on my own through just learning the hard way.” - Cris LaNiese

Cris LaNiese, Creative Director for Artpocalypse

Photo Credit:  @marconoisey

Photo Credit: @marconoisey

“I just bet on myself. In Atlanta one thing that challenged me the most is that its so many other people out here doing what you’re doing that you have to make sure that you’re standing out.” - Cris LaNiese

Photo Credit:  @marconoisey

Photo Credit: @marconoisey

Energy…

“Our end goal is only to fuel the next big thing because if you give something else the energy you would give yourself, people appreciate it.” - Cris LaNiese

The Team, Artpocalypseatlanta… 

“Everything that we do, we constantly have to clear our intensions prior to doing it. It’s super important to make sure that you and your team are on the same page because it’s so easy to get distracted.” - Cris LaNiese

Reinvesting…

“Being an entrepreneur is so difficult, it looks cool because everyone on instagram says they’re an entrepreneur. All of the money we make from Artpocalypse literally goes to the next project. We work to fund our projects. Honestly I wouldn’t have it any other way because I’m at my happiest.” - Cris LaNiese

“You don’t want what everyone else wants. I have no real worldly needs. I don’t care about any of that. It’s like your mindset is so different that either the people around you can respect it or they think that you’re crazy." - Cris LaNiese

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J.Cross

“I have to credit it to my childhood art. That’s what really unlocked certain things, the originality, and creativity. It gave me that extra boost. ” - J. Cross 

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“I sacrifice a lot to build my skills and learn. I sacrifice my time with my family, friends, sacrificing my money to lock myself in a studio and just paint all day everyday nonstop.” - J. Cross

"I wasn’t really able to fully be me. As soon as I got back to painting that's when I was able to express myself in the best way.” - J. Cross

IG: @j.cross.art

“I’m Jamaican and Puerto Rican, I was raised in foster care by a wonderful black woman, and I was always inspired to replicate that beauty.” - JD Baez

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“I started with photography. What led me to art was that someone actually stole my camera.” - JD Baez

“Queen”

“Queen”

“There are a lot of paintings I can get done in 3 days. But the Queen painting, it took me months to work on because it was more so me trying to express a level of detail and structure.” - JD Baez

“I feel like people spend so much time looking at social media goddesses and the best social media artists. I know artists that are in galleries around the world with 3-400 followers.” - JD Baez

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“There are artists that create work for social media. That upsets me especially when another artist passes away. You’re creating these pieces just because that’s what's trending right now. I try to do everything in my power not to do that. I can appreciate the artist just like you, but I will not do it to ride a wave." - JD Baez

“A lot of my original paintings were strong women that I found beautiful. That’s what initiated the art." - JD Baez

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Peace.

Visit www.bybaez.com to see more work by JD Baes.

Shout Out Bay Area

For a long time I've wanted to take a really good look at the Bay Area, the creative scene is extremely diverse and the artists out there are dope. I was able to get some insight on how it is out west. The Bay Area consists of many different cities, some you may have even heard of such as Oakland, San Fransico, Vallejo, Richmond, San Jose, Berkley, and more. 

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“A lot of people of color are put into a box, we either are a rapper or are in sports. There are so many paths that we can take and we definitely exist in the future and we exist more than just as entertainers.”- Hella Futures

“Oakland, its just a really interesting city. We’re in the process of being gentrified so you’ll see a lot more activist art, black art. We’re being essentially kicked out of the East Bay. Right now we’re basically saying that we’re here, you can’t ignore us, and the art represents that." - Hella Futures

Instagram: @hellafutures


"I came up with that face in 9th grade. It looks good on a woman and a man. Nobody questions it because no matter who you are, we all have that inner expression. It's an emotion that we all have somewhere. And the emotion, it's not one thing, its not happy, its not sad, its not bad, it's kind of like a combination of everything. It's like the alter ego that we all have." - Ques Williams

"I wake up, put on basketball shorts, and go paint. People want to pay me to see things that I paint in their house. I get a pure joy by the fact that people wake up and look at it. A painting is forever, you got to distroy it for it to be messed up." - Ques Williams

Instagram: @irkoriginals


“I love being able to make ideas tangible for others and myself. Taking it from the mind and and the spiritual realm and making it physical. It’s a gift, a blessing, and a responsibility and I don’t take it lightly." - Zoë Boston

"The Bay Area art scene is eclectic, diverse, vibrant, alive, original, it’s just a perfect place for an artist. In the bay we stick together, we realized there is strength in numbers.” - Zoë Boston

Instagram: @zoeadiahboston


"I've been drawing since I was in elementary school, painting has always been an interest but I started about 2 years ago. I like to study different techniques of paintings and I'd like to learn more to grow as an artist. I love having the ability to create anything that I want." - Brian Calara-Jones

"All the styles of painting are different and it's all love in The Bay." - Brian Calara-Jones

Instagram: @bcjxart

 


These artists have so much passion for what they do and I'm glad I got the chance to speak to them. I know the Bay Area will continue to make noise and grow creatively. 

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Artist, Natalie Orr

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“The world can be really ugly at times but everybody will always stop and appreciate a good sunset, flowers, or views of the ocean. I try to embody that in my work. I have a 9 to 5 job, which is ass, but on my way to work every single morning I pass this airport and there’s always a huge open sky and I get to catch the sun rise.” - Natalie Orr

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“The eyes are the most important part of every single one of my paintings. I spend the most time on those trying to get every single freckle or vein in the irises." - Natalie Orr

“I’ve always struggled with low self-esteem, I used to see myself in each painting I made. Each painting I finished, made me feel more confident, I put my heart and soul into these pieces.” - Natalie Orr

IG: @natt_artt

"It’s bigger than me." - Chuck Styles

Artist: Chuck Styles   Instagram:  @chuckstyless

Artist: Chuck Styles

Instagram: @chuckstyless

Barber to Full-Time Artist…

“The transition was hard on me financially. In the barber industry I had close to 80 clients, a lot of cash everyday. It sustained my family's lifestyle but I knew in my heart that I didn’t want to retire as a barber. That was just not the end game for me so I just took a leap of faith. I told myself art was something that I always loved since a kid."  - Chuck Styles

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“After I stopped cutting hair, I didn’t know what my voice was as an artist. I was just painting cool shit. You get into this mode when you just paint cool shit and that’s not really a voice.” - Chuck Styles

“One thing that I can say helped with that transition was that I learned a lot of good business practices and a lot of self discipline practices while cutting hair that gave me the advantage in pursuing an art career."  - Chuck Styles

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“I was painting a lot of stuff that were appealing to a large audience but it really didn’t resonate with me, it really wasn’t who I was. I started doing Art Basel and I started feeding into the Art Basel buying crowd. When I’m dead, gone, and my kids and grandkids look at my artistry, what’s that going to look like? Are they going to be proud of the estate that they inherit. I really started thinking about that.” - Chuck Styles  

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Visit www.artofchuckstyles.com to see more work by DeVonté.

I am what I am

PhoenixArt

I am what I am

I am what I am

"I am what I am is basically reaffirming to myself that this is what you are meant to do and this is what you feel like you are meant to do. That’s what I’m telling myself regardless of what I may think other people are thinking about, that doesn’t matter, that doesn’t deviate the plan at all." - Phoenix Art

“Nothing is exactly what it seems as far as what society is giving us.” - Phoenix Art

“It was was important for me with this mural to free myself from my mind and to do what I know I’m meant to do.” - Phoenix Art

@phoenixaaart

“Palestine will live free”

Artist: A.K. | Instagram: @generousart

“Palestine will live free”

“Palestine will live free”

"I always wanted to dedicate a piece to Palestine regardless of who’s right or wrong in the situation. I understand how war goes, who ever wins gets the land, it’s still crazy what the people have to deal with. Eventually, I don’t know, maybe in 10 years you might not hear anyone even say they’re Palestinian. In the painting, this is someone that is carrying Palestine on his back." - A.K.

“Honestly, what I’ve been through helps me a lot. When I’m working on new art I’m always thinking about some of the things that have happened in the past.” - A.K.