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!
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.)
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.)
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.
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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Another point for Instagram! I came across this tee, and I had to share it:
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..
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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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
// Make sure you check out more about Patrick Eugene, his thoughts, and of course his great work on Instagram (@Ode_To_World) \\
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!
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…