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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Shout Out Houston

The talent runs deep. Let’s take a look and focus on some of Houston’s very own.

“Storytelling to me is not just a singular point in time. I think that our stories are forever evolving.” - Dwight White

“For me the best way to learn is really paying attention to what’s going on around you. I’m continuing to learn everyday, what really pushes me is seeing what other artists are doing.” - Dwight White 

Instagram: @_dwightwhite

“You have to make sure you do things for yourself. I get into commission mode but sometimes I'll have to tap out and tell everybody that I have to do something for myself. If it’s always about money, it can make me too hypercritical. As artists we need to be able to have failures, we need to be able to have practice.” - Scott Tarbox

“I had no idea what I wanted to do as far as school, I could never make up my mind about a career choice. I tread water and worked a job that I hated and I think that led to depression which led to a time I used drugs. Art, I know it definitely had a huge impact, it started to change things about my life.” - Scott Tarbox

Instagram: @tarboxx2

“I just paint things that I like and things that I would want to see on my wall. I think people can kind of see my personality, what I like, and who I am through my art.” - Audrianna Woods 

"A lot of artists grow here. I’ve met the right people and they’ve just helped put me on the right path."  - Audrianna Woods

Instagram: @miss_audriii

“I find that what works for me is to pretty much do something else. If I can’t paint, I’ll try to teach myself something business wise. I’m always doing something, and always trying to grow as an artist and progress. If I can’t create in terms of painting and drawing then I’ll go over to the business side and create merchandise. Eventually something will super motivate me and i’ll get right back into creating again. - Dottie 

“Anything that I think is hard or difficult for me to do, or I feel like I can’t do, I'll attempt to do it.” - Dottie 

Instagram: @silhouettesnhd


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Shout Out Florida

I think it's extremely dope to see the growth of Florida's art scene. For a while I've been paying attention to some of the emerging artists from the state and I really do love the differences in styles and techniques. I had the pleasure of speaking to a few of Florida's own....


"I like to study neurology, I like to study Shamanism, and stuff like that really influences the subject matter of my art. I feel like when you have knowledge in other areas it gives you more that you can paint and it widens your perspective on art." - phoenixaaart

"It's easier for me to express myself through art than it is through words." - phoenixaaart

Instagram: @phoenixaaart


"I've been drawing all my life. I started with anime like a lot of other people, but I wanted to move away from that style. In anime there weren't a lot of black characters and that always bothered me, even in american comics there weren't many. So I do it to the fullest. I've always been into my routes and history, black empowerment. I've always been someone who studies, so then I just said I'll illustrate me, my people." - Jamaul Johnson

"I like the state that I'm in while I'm doing work. The process to me is relaxing and meditative" - Jamaul Johnson

Instagram: @creative_is_an_understatement


"South Florida is a melting pot. You have a lot of people down here from the north, south, and a lot of immigrants come here from all different countries. It’s a beautiful thing because you go to one city or a block over and you'll see a particular style, then you go to another block and you'll see another style and it’s all embraced.” - JaFLEU The Artist

Instagram: @jafleu


"I love anatomy. I realized that I was drawing muscles and shadows first. I was a nerd when it came to anatomy. I don't go into detail with eyebrows, eyelashes, and pupils, I don't do all of that. The strokes are what forms my work." - Tracy Guiteau

"When words are not there, art is there for me and its always been there for me. Art was it, that was my outlet. When I didn't have anybody to speak to, I just felt like art was it. Art was God to me, that's how I got answers." - Tracy Guiteau

Instagram: @guiteauart


This is only the beginning. I believe that Florida will continue to be the home of many more talented artists in the future. I really appreciate these artists for giving me some insight and I'm looking forward to seeing what's in store for them.

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Shout Out Baltimore

I absolutely love the creative energy in Baltimore. Baltimore has one of those creative scenes that I honestly feel is in good hands, artists arn't just creating they are also finding ways to come together and celebrate each other. Throughout the years several different platforms have been started in the DMV and Baltimore area so that artists and creatives alike gain opportunities to showcase their talents.

Please check out the work and words of these four dope Baltimore based visual artists...


"A visual representation of my internal freedom." - Seshat's Brush

"They can have us in 9 - 5 jobs and we can be in debt, slavery, student loans, or whatever they say we owe them but in the end, if you're an artist, they can try to chain your body up, but they'll never take your mind. Your mind is free." - Seshat's Brush

Instagram: @seshatsbrush

"The fact that you can take something that literally does not exist and make it exist because you said so, I just think that's so cool. To actualy create something that was not here before you thought about it, before you planned it, and then took your time with it, I just think that's probably one of the best parts about being an artist. It's really meditative." - Nikki Moon

Instagram: @heyshedraws

"For me it’s more so than about creating whatever it is that I create. It’s about the creative process. I paint because I need to, I need to express something within myself. I love to be in the moment and locked in a painting and just forgetting where I am." - Briana Lenez

Instagram: @brianalenez

 

"I love that I can express myself and that other people love how I express myself. That’s my favorite part about being an artist, seeing how people react to my work. Art allows you to be who you are." - Nai Turner

Instagram: @sidelineimages


What I admire most about Baltimore artists is the amount of passion they have. The art scene continues to grow because artists are constantly working to sharpen their skills and support one another. I love the diverse creativity and I'm looking forward to seeing more of what Baltimore has to offer. 

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Shout Out Chicago

Chicago is a city with artists that have undeniable talent. When it comes to creativity it always seems to me that every artist had his or her own style, which I think is dope. I was able to have conversations with some of the talent coming out of the city and one thing that I can honestly say about them is that they are all extremely ambitious and locked into their passion. 

"I was just thinking that there are a lot of portraits of Obama that are around, I was thinking what I could do to be different, and also highlight it’s importance. A black president, somebody that made history, somebody that has importance in our community just from setting the example. I’m a fan of marvel characters as well so I was just like, what is something that could display what would match his characteristics?" - Arrington

Instagram: @heir_porter

"Most of time I know what colors I'm going with because of the specific music artists. Anybody who knows old school Busta Rhymes knows that he was always super energetic, thats why I chose him. Then I used the red because red is a color that's kind of like fire, that's how I play off the colors." - Ieesha Naeema

"Most of the time I don't have control over a lot of things that go on in my life. I feel like art is the only thing that I can say is trully mine and I can do whatever I want with it."  - Ieesha Naeema

Instagram: @i.am.naeema

"If I'm thinking something, I can easily bring it into fruition. What ever I'm imagining for myself I can create it, I have the hands to create it, and I have the means to create it. So I think it's something that artists are tuned into, that you know that you can make something from nothing really. I like the idea of that." - Chidile

Instagram: @chidile

 

 

"Art allows me to express myself creatively. I have a lot of ideas that I would like to see come to life and a lot of concepts that I want to bring to life. Art is one string that has definitely allowed me to start doing that and learn how to do that more effectively." - Blake Pierré

Instagram: @justblake_

They allowed me to explore and understand the process of the work that they create. I was extremely excited to highlight these Chicago artists, I'm glad I can show you all.

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