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CREATIVE: The Art Of Patience (Lekien)

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These are the two images I saw on Tumblr that stopped me in my tracks. When I discovered the other works executed by Patience Lekien, I knew I had to find out what made him tick. (His background stories about his pieces alone made me want to know more!) He’s become one of my favorite artists that I’ve (happily) stumbled upon, and hopefully he’ll become one of yours, too!

THE JUNQUI: Can you remember when you first started sketching/drawing? How/when did you figure out it was something you wanted to develop?
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“Interracial Identities”
PATIENCE LEKIEN: I started drawing around 4. I remember I didn’t have many toys growing up, only a few that were dear to me. But it seemed I had an endless supply of paper and so I would just draw what I saw or what came to mind. My parents fueled my creativity by giving me supplies growing up. I didn’t make a conscious decision to develop my drawing skills. They kind of just manifested as I grew up because it was something I loved to do and it helped me escape from reality and create a world of my own, with characters, stories, and so on. I didn’t start taking art seriously until about two and a half years ago.
THE JUNQUI: I got so excited when I saw your “Grown Up Proud Family” work. Please tell me that you are involved in a future project! 
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PATIENCE LEKIEN: Yeah, I plan on creating more Proud Family pieces in the future. I’ve been working on part 2 of the graduation scene as well as other character scnes but it’s all been halted due to my internship and the time it takes. I’ll hopefully be back at it in a month or so. I don’t know where the project will take me, but I’m just glad people have taken a liking to it.
 
TJ: What pieces would you say get the most comments/questions/inquiries from other people?
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PL: Definitely the Proud Family pieces. Mainly because the Proud Family itself is very known and is dear to many people’s hearts. We grew up with it, you know? One of the few black cartoons I had growing up.
(BACKGROUND: After Penny and friends graduated from high school, they celebrated by getting piercings together. Penny, Dijonay, and LaCienega all got stud nose rings. Zoey decided to finally break out of her shell and make a bold statement by getting a septum nose ring. Sticky wasn’t about that life, so he just got his ears pierced. Four years after graduation we catch up with Penny and friends once again.

Zoey graduated from a four year college and received a double major in Psychology and Women Studies. She now travels around the world working for a large nonprofit organization helping underprivileged children and women around the world. She is extremely free spirited and loves what she does.

Penny graduated from a four year college studying Communications with a minor in Race Studies, and graduated Magna Cum Laude of her class. She is now working towards her Masters in Education at Columbia. She also stopped relaxing her hair and went all natural, embracing her naps.

Sticky decided not to go to college and instead pursued his love of music. He is now a full-time producer and DJ and couldn’t be happier. He finally had his growth spurt and can finally fit into his pants. He now prefers to wear clothes that fit him. He has a newborn son whom he loves more than anything: Sticky Jr.

Dijonay went to a two year college to study nursing only to find out she hated it. She decided to drop out of the program. She took her side job of doing hair and made a career out of it, opening up her own salon. She is well known at what she does and it has brought her much fame. Upon dropping out, she also gave birth to her son, Sticky Jr. Her dream finally came true.

LaCienega attended a four year college for two years as undeclared, just because she had the money and the means. During the beginning of her junior year, she was told she had to choose a major. Indecisive, she decided to drop out and do something worth her time. She went into the modeling business and was extremely successful. She is currently working on dropping her first single.)

TJ: What are YOUR favorite pieces and why?
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“One Blood”
 
PL: My number one favorite piece is probably “One Blood”. It’s just very powerful, both visually and emotionally. It focuses on unity within the black race. Every aspect of it was very personal to me while making it.
(BACKGROUND: This piece stemmed from a moment when I was on twitter and saw “#teamlightskin” and “#teamredbone” and for some reasons thoughts just came into my head and it all lead into this.
In this illustration there is a slave mother, holding her dead child. The child was born half white, half black, but because he had black features and very few white features, the father wanted nothing to do with him. The father often took out his anger on the child, and one day, he went too far. The mother is holding the child tight in her arms praying her son can be brought back to life. The blood symbolizes the unity between the two. They share the same blood.

The meaning behind this is to stop all the bullshit with blacks taking sides with skin color. We’re the same people, having gone, and going through the same struggle and we have to hold each other close and keep each other alive.)

 
TJ: I saw multiple pieces on LEVIATHAN, & I fell in love…I want to read that story! Is that a comic/Manga that you are developing and turning into a physical book?
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PL: Yeah, I’ve been working on the first graphic novel here and there for the past two years. Unfortunately, it probably won’t be out anytime soon. But there will be a website launch that will have a basic overview of the story and the characters. It’s probably the project I’m most excited about because it focuses on many different types of struggles people face and these struggles are told through the many diverse characters in the story.
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…also, LEVIATHAN becomes part of a larger universe (something like Marvel Universe or DC, but less tights and body suits, lol) with many different characters by different artists, and the joint project is called NOIR. But in the meantime, I’ll still be creating art to accompany the story!
 
TJ: What’s the story behind Hop Hop League Of Heroes, because I thought that was too dope!
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(BACKGROUND: From L to R: 2CHAINZ: weapon of choice, his two large gold chains, are used to grab far away opponents or objects. The chains are coated with an aura that can turn into intense fire, burning and disintegrating anything it touches in seconds; NICKI MINAJ: able to take the form of other human beings by shapeshifting, by simply touching them. She is also a master of disguise; J COLE: can freeze anything he touches and he can manipulate ice and lower surrounding temperatures at will; WIZ KHALIFA: Holds the ability to set little things on fire. He can also make his opponents hallucinate by affecting their psychological being.)
PL: That started as a fun piece. At first, I didn’t plan on going far with it, but it’s been liked a lot, so that’s changed. I actually restarted the whole project and restructured it, so I can have more freedom in the designs of the music artists I choose. As for the story behind it, you’ll have to wait and see. I’m releasing the new and improved designs pretty soon… 🙂
TJ: Do you need to get into a certain element before you start a piece? (Certain kind of music, environment, food, tons of coffee? Lol) 
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“Hey! Arnold: What If?”
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PL: Nah. All I need is pencil, paper, and an idea, and I’m good to go. Most of my ideas begin on paper, until I execute it in Photoshop, Illustrator, or what have you. The hardest part is getting the idea, or motivation. Once I have that, the wheels just start turning.
TJ: What do you ultimately want others to feel when they view your work? 
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“Black In America”
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“Mukar Athfu”
PL: It honestly depends on the piece. One of the strongest and most reoccurring themes in my art is empowerment. As a black male, I recognize my oppression based on my race, but I also recognize my privilege based on my gender. These often come into play in my art. I like to focus on themes such as black empowerment, female empowerment, social inequalities, and so on. I guess ultimately, I want people to be able to see that through my work. 
Check out more work from PATIENCE LEKIEN and follow him for new updates:
INSTAGRAM: PLekien
DEVIANT ART: PayLe

CREATIVE: ADIDAS WANTS YOUR IG PICS ON THEIR KICKS

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Sneakerheads who pride themselves on wearing only the most exclusive. Self-proclaimed hypebeasts who jump on the latest trend, no matter what. Someone who doesn’t necessarily follow fads, but wants to preserve a treasured moment in an unconventional way. Thanks to Adidas’ latest groundbreaking news, everyone’s wishes will be granted.

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Starting in August, Adidas will launch their photoprint app for their popular ZX Flux sneaker on iPhone and Android. This will allow you to take your Instagram photos and express yourself to the world in an innovative way. So forget simple “colorways” as the only means of kicks customization. That sloppy burger at that out-of-state diner you loved so much that you just HAD to take a picture of? That unbelievable sunset you captured before you slipped on a hill? The priceless snapshot of you tossing your cap in the air at your graduation? Yes, even your multiple selfies can all be showcased on your feet for the REAL world to see. This might actually take care of that “they’re wearing the same exact sneakers as me” annoying fashion faux-pas. It might also make you a Sherlock Holmes… don’t be surprised if you look down at someone’s feet and discover that you finally found your Instagram stalker!

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Check out the latest from ADIDAS:

SITE // ADIDAS.COM

INSTAGRAM // ADIDAS  ADIDAS ORIGINALS

FACEBOOK // ADIDAS  ADIDAS ORIGINALS 

TWITTER // ADIDAS ADIDAS ORIGINALS

TUMBLR // ADIDAS ORIGINALS


STYLE: Margiela-inspired MALCOLM x MARTIN x MANDELA tee isn’t JUST for Black History Month

Another point for Instagram! I came across this tee, and I had to share it:

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“I DESIGNED THIS NOT CAUSE IT BLACK HISTORY MONTH BUT BECAUSE THIS TEE IS BLACK HISTORY…WE ARE HISTORY 365 days of the year…Not just one month…” – Corey Williams

Creator Corey Williams (@Corey_DeMon /@Stolickidd ) revealed how it all happened:

I was watching “A Different World” (lol throwback!) and saw a black history shirt with different leaders on it.. So I started thinking, ‘how I can make one that’s not so gift shop-looking and real clean that’s related to fashion.. immediately Maison Martin Margiela popped in my head!! MALCOLM X and MANDELA fit perfectly with Martin already in place.. then I used the month of February as the calendar with the circle around 28 for ONLY 28 days.. The rest is history.. 

Support this + make sure you check him out:

INSTAGRAM: @Corey_DeMon / @Stolickidd

TWITTER:  @Corey_DeMon / @Stolickidd 


FASHION: Marc Jacobs Stash in exchange for a tweet?

No money? no problem!

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Designer Marc Jacobs is set to reveal a pop-up shop where only “social currency” is exchanged; so a hashtag mention on twitter, instagram or facebook gets you major doses of MJ.  The “Daisy Marc Jacobs Tweet Shop” will be up and running February 7-9, during New York Fashion Week. The event will of course include contests and giveaways…and the best daily instagram pic can win a Marc Jacobs bag.

It just got real.

…but try to make sure your phone doesn’t go below 5% during your #MJDaisyChain hashtag frenzy!

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WHO: Marc Jacobs

WHAT: Daisy Pop Up Shop

WHERE: 462 West Broadway

WHEN: February 7-9


ART: The Works of Patrick Eugene

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While checking out my Instagram feed recently, I found myself drawn to a piece of art that someone reblogged. Being the curious person that I am, I had to investigate. I soon discovered that the picture was linked to Brooklyn-born artist Patrick Eugene. His genuine love for abstract shapes, shades, and women is evident in his work, and I got a chance to pick his creative mind:

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THE JUNQUI: When/how did you get into drawing and painting?

PATRICK EUGENE: I started painting maybe 9 months ago. I was working full time as a banker and found myself taking the stress of work home with me. I decided I needed a hobby that would take my mind off of work and have been painting ever since. I never thought I would be called an “artist”,  because I never really drew anything or painted before. That word still kinda freaks me out!  (laughs) I truly believe that we all have hidden talents. With a just little Faith in ourselves, and trust that God is in control, all things are possible.

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TJ: What are some of your influences?

PE: Contemporary art and abstracts are awesome, so I tend to stay within that genre…but my influences are really the women in my life. It’s no secret that I have a fascination with women’s faces . I think it stems from being an average man in his 20’s who really just appreciates the beauty of a woman…but I also have two beautiful sisters, a mother, and two grandmothers who I am very close to. I try to capture the various emotions I’ve seen them go through by focusing on eyes and lips to do so. 

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TJ: Where do you travel to draw inspiration?

PE: I am of Haitian decent and have been to Haiti twice since the Earthquake . I think it’s had a major influence on the pieces but also my outlook on life. Although going through extremely rough times, the people of Haiti are so vibrant and pleasant. The art is amazing out there and the use of colors is insane. I think my second trip this summer played a major role in some of emotions displayed in my recent pieces. 

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TJ: What do you want people who view your work to take away from it?

PE: I really just want to spark thought and conversation over the pieces. I want people to feel the various emotions, but more than the actual pieces themselves, I want people to know that all things are possible and sometimes all it takes is a leap of Faith. Just my testimony.

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// Make sure you check out more about Patrick Eugene, his thoughts, and of course his great work on Instagram (@Ode_To_World) \\


Why Can’t This Be REAL?: Cher Horowitz x Instagram

Clueless has to be one of the most quoted movies out of the 80s Baby/90s Kid era. (Probably runner-up to Coming To America, of course.) I was highly influenced by everything from Cher, Dionne, Tai and Amber —  from the plaid skirts and knee-high stockings down to the fluffy feather pens. (That was one pen I NEVER let anyone borrow in grammar school.) So imagine my delight when I saw this awesome-ness via BuzzFeed that should honestly be made into reality…but seriously? Cher totally having less than 100 Likes? As-if!

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LIFESTYLE: The Funniest Vines

My sister and friends make fun of me for being addicted to Vine, but Vine is so funny! Instagram thought they got rid of Vine by adding videos —but the popularity of Vine continues to swell. Celebrities, athletes, teens, and rappers, among others, have all joined with the hope to capture the perfect six seconds.  And even though the app debuted in January, a trend has quickly emerged: parody Vines. Here are some of my favorite vines for you to enjoy!


JUNQUI SNAPSHOT: Pinked Out

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Had to share this gorgeous shot from Fashion Indie’s IG! Its all pink errthang for the Narciso Rodriquez party tonight… If anyone needs a “plus 1” filler, I’m available…no seriously…