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Photo by Paul D Best Photograpghy

LETTER FROM THE EDIT OR You’re probably thinking: OH GREAT, another underground magazine. Well, that’s not the case. The inspiration for this magazine comes from being silenced at a young age, when adults said “It’s grown folk business” or “Go in the other room while the adults talk.” Millennials have been silenced, repeatedly. Our opinions and inputs are not taken into consideration. A voice for this generation is needed and UPRISE magazine provides the platform for our contributors and readers to speak their minds. Let’s keep it REAL, RAW, FRESH and UNCUT. UPRISE is not just about making a statement, but also showcasing our creative spirit. Our generation is full of innovators in music, photography, painting, and design. UPRISE magazine focuses on fashion’s influence on the artistic movement. This publication will highlight many talents, while still disputing many topics that can be seen as controversial or argumentative. From highlighting upcoming artists building their own brand, to the impact of sexuality on the runway. Stay tune for our online version, it features testimonies from our interviewees and different fashion films. Let’s get back to saying what we want, when we want!

Courtney S.Wilkins Stay in touch with the Editor: Instagram: courtforshortttt Tumblr: courtwilkins.tumblr.com

Colored Girl by Austin Miles

KANYE WEST Thank God this collection wasn’t as questionable as last time. I know, I’m not the only one that was worried what Kanye West was going to showcase. Especially since his earlier collections were severely criticized and ridiculed on social media and by the New York Times and others. His ‘designs’ are derivative and egotistic, was the general social media comment. Like the Kardashians, West has millions many millions of followers. But, that means a lot of people find him compelling, no doubt. Although, it does not make the fashion valid or original or even a statement. Yes, Kanye we get it; you’re an artist and think differently than everyone else. There was no grand stage used this time to present the Yeezy Spring 2016 Ready to Wear Collection. Of course, ears were buzzing once they found out the infamous “YESUS” will be showcasing another collection. West presented the second season collaboration with Adidas through a performance with Vanessa Beecroft.

Photo: Courtesy of Yeezy/ VOGUE


Surprising fashion media with a last minute showing, West unveiled another lineup of monochromatic hues. Imitating the outspoken artist’s own wardrobe. West confirmed the show the same day as his invitations went out. The same military metaphor was used the presentation, using drill sergeants to call our formations. Blondes started the runway show, all lined up to march

down the runway to pose for pictures. Yeezy’s models were grouped in small units by skin tone, all matching in monochromatic clothing. The clothes varied between neutral colors: beige, taupe, brown, and black. It was compelling to watch as the shade of the model, clothing and hair all got darker until the last item of clothing came out.. Although there were few models, the clothing was still

there. Each look consisted of multiple pieces, such as: baggy sweatpants, dyed shorts, nude bodysuits, parkas, hoodies, leggings, and bras. All given the over- dyed and broken in fabrics. The style was very sporty, and a bit worn made of soft cotton and canvas. There was a clear influence by the Japanese workwear stated in the silhouette. Styled to feature the main look, which consists of just a sweatshirt. The Yeezy brand is consistent with unisex sweatshirts, leggings, outerwear, and boots as the backbone of the collection. West has an aesthetic and he’s sticking to it. All the model return to the stage to West’s new song about love being fate, while one of the models chain- smoked cigarettes. Each model aligned from front to back or you might say white to black. Duh, Kanye has an underlying meaning behind his collection. It would be unlike him, to not have one. Racial injustice has been headlining all media, in just the past year. It’s clear that West is a designer in the fashion life, that is not going anywhere soon. He is an influential designer, no one counting page views or sneaker sales can complain. West’s “Star Power” is strong within the community, and its evident.

rosie's high dive Photo: Courtesy veronikaheilbrunner /VOGUE

New York - born Rosie Assoulin has had one of the most rapid career to take off in the fashion industry. The designer has a very likeable energy, unique fashion, celebrity endorsements and affiliation with the CFDA (Council of Fashion Designers of America). Assoulin knows exactly what her clientele looks for in garments. Many individuals falling in love with her use of cottons, vivid colors and modern volumes.

Assoulins focus was on the reconstruction of casual wear bikinis, underwear and pajamas.

This season Assoulin’s 2016 Spring/ Summer 2016 collection was a tribute to summer classics. Assoulin’s Spring 2016 Inspiration is the nineties and seventies mash up. Her spring lineup channeled the playfulness, complete with mermaid mesh, rainbow colored separates perfect for a presentation hosted in an emptied pool.

Water conservation is at all times high. Taking advantage of the movement, Rosie Assoulin presented her Spring/ Summer 2016 collection in a vacant swimming pool in the West Village. Just don’t expect any swimsuits! For upcoming season Rosie Assoulin hidden under the collection was the inspiration of bathing suits. Each garment featured characteristics or elements of a bathing suit.

Assoulin this season traded in her dramatic oversized gowns to instead focus on casual wear. The underwear were boxers that had been sewn into the twill straight- legged pants. The swimsuit style offered Assoulin an opportunity to use the triangular tops as daywear. The candy- colored bikini kept the pool theme vibrant in the collection. Assoulin took the vibrant colors of pool toys and translated them into bright colors.

A triangle top paired with a button- down shirt, were clearly inspired by the bikini. It’s evident Assoulin was impressed by the more delicate elements, such as the snaps, and Swarovski crystals. Snaps used on the one shoulder pink frock turned it into a shape shift; a must have for city dwellers. It’s back to the versatility of fabrics and the creative use of sewing machines that speak through this collection.

Assoulin’s included structured gowns, and formal tops paired with long skirts, and wide legged pants. Varied from overalls to dramatic gowns with hints of swimwear. Fun triangular shapes were used in the bodice of the garments. As well as, bikini bottom ties used as an embellishment in cocktail dresses, and trousers.


SELF PORTRAIT Photographs: Courtesy of Self-Portrait/ VOGUE

The Self Portrait girl is not scared to stand out. Thus, being said this collection speaks truth to those words. A designer, Han Chong, finally understands the new evolution of young women coming forth.

Even for fashion veterans at NYFW showing at NYFW can be nerve wrecking, but for Chong it can be a make it or break it.


New designer Han Chong showed his first collection, Self- Portrait, at New York Fashion Week RTW Spring 2016. It was not only his first collection, but his first time showing at NYFW. Although his models didn’t strut down the runway, he found a creative way to showcase his collection. Chong introduced an intimate setting by staging his models in different places amongst the bleached white interior decoration. Chong

introduced his line in a presentation setting, essentially his own take on a fashion editorial. Each model strategically posing throughout the abandoned mansion. If you look closely up you will notice props such as: books, statues, chairs, tables and even a baby carriage. There were a total of 120 pieces used in the backdrop, all painted white to look as a 3-D puzzle.

Bare legs with chunky sandals.


Chong found inspiration from the city itself. His collection promoted the edgy, and directional fashion forward designs, that can be found in New York. Chong’s collection read edgy, sporty chic, with a bit of Victorian mixed in. An abundance of ruffles, emphasized shoulders revived the Victorian era in the designs. Chong focused on simple, clean and modern. Detailing his collection with brocade, contrasting vibrant colors and in house fabrics. The rawness from the installation, showcased the variety of

color used in the collection. With clashing colors and textures,made for a very loud statement spring collection. Dresses are a signature look for Chong, designed with lace, sheer fabrics, and waist- pinching silhouettes. Its simplicity showed in the slip dresses paired with lace. The vibrant colors used for the slips, would echo through the lace giving his designs dimension. Chong kept his fashion line clean and modern. Self- Portrait was new to NYFW, and they left one hell of a lasting expression.

Chong made sure to keep his vision clear. each model wore a signature hair style of: a long asymmetrical bang with slick back hair.


Finally, a new designer who is provoking us to think outside the box! We barely see new designers showcasing during New York Fashion week. With it being their first showcase, a lot is on stake. It can either be a hit or a miss, really. All you can do is cross your fingers and hope that all your hard work, time, and money is worth it in the end. It is very rare to see new designers, especially because it can be challenging for them to get their foot in the door during

NYFW. As its appear at NYFW along with the industry veterans, they hope the reckinition will all be worth it in the end. Han Chong introduced his audience to his style and he will be back! Chong showed that newcomers do have a chance. That even in a sea of big name fashion designers, you come across a brand new talent that blows your mind.

Young boy from the Naptown, nah he ain’t slept in days. On my Rambo word to tiller I been killin since my pen touched the paper Seen the dark side like Vader wanted to drop my major for fader. Another Intro by SHANK

Treasure Island

Photographer: Danielle Rueda Model: Jamie at Exalt Models Stylists: (floral suit) Bibiana Pina, (tulle vest) LilyK etabi (denim dress)

Sophia charles

Makeup and hair styling: Hedy Lavinsky

Horror Vaccui by Mia Felder

Photograph by Paul Soloman/ PBS

INTERNSHIPS: A Waste of Time by:

Courtney Wilkins

The legit internships, are the ones you find through people you know. The shitty internships, are online...


Jonathan Wideman

Are there advantages for applying for internships? Are they a waste of time? Why do we need these on our resumes? It seems as though we have fallen victim to impressing companies, but sometimes we forget our own personal goals. Many students hover over their computers, applying to twenty-plus internships in hopes that a company will reply. “I spent [approximately] 80 percent of my time applying for jobs and the other 20 percent on graduate school applications. It was more likely I would get accepted into graduate school before getting a job�,says Kevin Williams, now a graduate student at Florida A&M University.

It has become routine: Wake up, apply for internships, and hope for responses. We, as students, look to companies to hire us as interns so we can gain skills to begin our careers. I had the opportunity to sit down with several students from different artistic backgrounds and discuss their internship experiences. Though internships can help us in the long run, what exactly are we learning? Students are finding themselves making errand runs and handling paperwork during internships. We, as entry level candidates, are seeking education and guidance. It seems artistic internships are no longer beneficial as they once were.

“[With] unpaid internships, you’re basically a slave. They take advantage of you. They wanted me to work, even on my vacation”,

Jonathan Wideman

“We see internships as valuable, but we want to get paid for it as well”,says Williams. “This is my seventh internship, I did three unpaid and four paid. I did so many to enhance my resume”,says Jonathan Wideman, an Advertising major at Academy of Art . Ordinarily, internships are requirements of a university program. Other internships are based on the individual’s own desire. Artists are more likely to do this to build their portfolio and skill set. Out of these internships, only some are paid, and often in the form of stipends or living

expenses. There are internships that are totally volunteer, without compensation of stipends, or scholarships. Internships also vary on the number of hours committed, as well as the duration of the internship. According to HRMorning.com, paid interns get paid an average of $15,000 more on their first job than unpaid interns. Most controversy comes from full time internships, and the exploitation of interns. Wideman thinks the exploitation is more in extensive internships, generally unpaid or college credit.

I think unpaid internships are unfair, simple as that. Interns work just as hard, if not harder. not all organizations abuse their interns but they easily could if they wanted to. If someone is putting in the work, then they should be paid.

Amiah Mims

All internships are not equal. But, employers can be held accountable for how interns are treated onsite. Businesses can take advantage of the younger labor force with unpaid internships. The growth in unpaid internships means a reduction in entry- level positions. Millennials have paid their dues, they have the degree and debt to prove it. “With unpaid internships, employers are essentially saying to millennials, “Times are tough and you are desperate, so we can and will exploit you for profit” (The Great Intern Debate)”.

In the past, people have worked for free to get their foot in the door. But, where is the line drawn when a student is having to pick up coffee or walk their boss’ dog as an internship? Wideman speaks about his graphic design internship in New York City. On his vacation, he found himself working on logos and brands at a very fast turnover rate.

Im just a glorified volunteer! The company had me teaching the other volunteers. My boss relied on me to take care of everything, and to get things done.

Kevin Williams

“I was working every night, and it sucked ‘cause I was in Disneyland with my family. It would be nine o’clock at night and they would call me. They didn’t care about my vacation plans - they needed it done,” says Wideman. Even after completing all the logos and brands, he wasn’t paid for his service. A service like this would cost a company roughly $15, 000 dollars. Williams speaks of his internship with a non-profit Zoo, that was only staffed with three employees. Williams was in charge of the entire aquatic area, his boss relied on him to work the lab and train the volunteers. The line between volunteers and interns is slowly fading away. Isn’t it ironic that companies, especially in fashion, are more prone to hire interns when there is an upcoming event? It makes you wonder: Are we here to just help or actually have an

experience? The only difference between interns and volunteers, is that the volunteers don’t have to work at a specific time. “My work time fluctuated. In the beginning I worked 9am until 4pm. The closer we got to the event, I found myself working from 9am until 11:00pm at night”, Amiah Mims, Graphic Design major from Kent State University. Interns normally work a set schedule. Universities require a certain amount of hours to be completed to receive school credit. Hours can range anywhere from 50 to 300 hours. From a student perspective, we view internships to as a temporary/ seasonal opportunity. We, as interns, expect to be treated like a real employee. Students are drawn to cities where the best opportunities in their field are located, such

as: Washington D.C for business and New York for fashion. Students, who can’t afford to go out of state without compensation, miss out on career opportunities and wind up working a minimum wage job. “To move there, live there, and not get paid: that’s really hard”, says Williams. Williams spoke of potential internship opportunities located in Washington, D.C that would be perfect for his major, Environmental Science. But, Washington D.C is one of the most expensive places you can live. Unpaid internships come at a price. Some universities require students to intern for college credit, which requires payment in tuition. In case of the fashion industry, one must have experience before applying, and the only way to get the experience is to work for nothing. What’s the purpose of internships?

Especially, if at the end of the day we still find ourselves applying to retail establishments and fast food chains just to get a paycheck. Obtaining paid opportunities that are related to our studies puts us in a better position once graduation comes. “It’s a game. We rely on internships for that experience, so when we apply for the job they can see that experience. Why spend all this money and go to college? Interns need the title and experience, so when applying for jobs they can see the experience on their resume, and have a letter of recommendation”, Kevin Williams. Internships are supposed to be enlightening and educational. Students look to internships to help better themselves and their future. You have to set up the nature of what you want out of an internship out the gate to get what you truly want.

Interns need to start setting their definition for internships. You should get paid for your thoughts, your services, your technique, and your experience to the company.

Kevin Williams


first and last episode


Miche Smith

The documentary, White People, aims to start a dialogue about race and perception of racism by placing white Americans in communities where they are the minority. It asks them and its viewing audience to consider what it really means to be Caucasian in a country where the average person’s friends are more than 91% white. While many supported the program, others expressed a discomfort - or vehement denial - of the claims and depictions of white people and racism shown as #WhitePeople trended on the social network.

Travelling to predominately white areas, including rustic areas in Washington, South Dakota, North Carolina and Arizona, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and filmmaker Jose Antonio Vargas spoke to young white people about race. Vargas has said that the only thing he fears is “not having these conversations” as opposed to public response. The journalist identifies himself as an undocumented immigrant from the Philippines, inviting frank discussion about the issue by saying to a young group “let’s get uncomfortable” before starting debates.

MTV’s controversial documentary on white privilege was only broadcasted earlier this summer but it has already accomplished the director’s aim of making people “uncomfortable”

Throughout the documentary, Vargas speaks with an audience full of young people about race, with white people bravely saying what we already know — “I can walk to a convenience store and back without getting hassled by the police” or “I’ve never experienced systemic oppression.” It’s clear the white people in attendance are trying their best to be honest and open, and even to learn more about their own privilege, but Vargas doesn’t spend enough time with them to make these conversations seem any deeper than just casual acknowledgements. Feeling uncomfortable is an inadequate and frustrating reason to ignore racial injustice and in such deep contrast to the lived understandings for so many people of color, particularly Black and brown folks, who face a unpredictable amount of violence at the hands of the state. Criticism

of the film has ranged from noting that it didn’t get uncomfortable enough, to saying it was too simplistic and heavily edited to really delve into whiteness and racism in America, to acknowledging that even if this documentary felt like “White People 101” it is necessary because large populations of white Americans really just don’t think about what it means to be white. Racial justice in America can’t stop with the plain acknowledgement of whiteness, or even of white privilege. If we’re going to talk about this, let’s not walk on eggshells. The conversation needs to move the idea of “white supremacists” away from outlying groups with white hoods and to look at how white supremacist policies and legislation pervade our daily lives.

Everyone Gets Bullied, Suck It Up

Photograph by Lisa Thompson

In our culture of 24/7 news cycles and social media connectedness, we have a better opportunity than ever before to bring attention to important issues. In the last few years, the world has collectively paid attention to the issue of bullying like never before; millions of school children have been given a voice, all 50 states in the U.S. have passed anti-bullying legislation, and thousands of adults have been trained in important strategies to keep kids both physically and emotionally safe in their classrooms and schools. These are significant achievements.


Miche Smith


At the same time, however, gratuitous references to bullying have already begun to create a bit of a “little boy who cried wolf � occurrences. When kids and parents improperly classify impoliteness and cruel behavior as bullying, we all run the risk of becoming so sick and tired of hearing the word that this critical safety issue among young people loses its perseverance as quickly as it rose to importance.

Adolescents are often under fire for bullying because of their appearance, sexual orientation or loner status. But not all bullying victims fit that profile. Research suggests that as students become more popular and climb the social standings of middle and high school, they are at increased risk for gossip, pestering and even physical attacks from enemies competing for prestige.


A clear definition of bullying and a policy that prohibits it and lays out the consequences is one means to arm a school or school district against this problem. For one thing, when bullying is clearly well-defined, then it can be more easily acknowledged and separated from constructive criticism, discipline, and motivation, all of which are neighboring areas. It is significant that the policy be clear and research-based in order to not be so comprehensive that students and teachers are fearful of being alleged as bullies at every turn when what they say is not praise. And it is different, though still hypothetically painful, if a child is picked last for games because he or she

has an objectively poor skill set as opposed to being picked last due to an unambiguous campaign to exclude him or her. Policies to prevent bullying may openly mention major types of bullying, including verbal, social, physical, pack and cyberbullying, and racist, religious, homoph obic bullying, along with bullying of people with disabilities. But it is important that policies should be phrased so as not to exclude the bullying of typical victims, nor victims who are teachers, staff, administrators, or school board members, rather than students.

Headphone Boy, 2015

S H A N K I know who I am but at the same time you have many artists that have identities. It’s a gift and a curse because I don’t want to be categorized.

Photograph by Phoenix Films

Photograph by Phoenix Films





Who knew a simple campaign “SUPPORT DA ROOKIE” would take Khyran Shank this far. Shank is breaking into the music industry on his terms. Only two years in the business , and Shank has released mixtape after mixtape, while building his brand, SDR. Shank built a team that supports him in everything he does. His right hand, Phoenix, handles all recording. Collaborating with other artists, such as graphic designers, designers, and photographers, has helped him to prosper in this industry. Sometimes, utilizing other’s talents in your creative work allows for a bigger dream to be obtained. Shank wrote his first song, Welcome to the Intro, in 2013. By 2014 he had his very first single, Small Talk sold on Itunes. The popularity of the song begged for a music video. Within months, Shank gave his fans and audience just that. A series of his songs, called Random, can be found on his SoundCloud profile. Random is a segment of mixed beats all combined in one track, more so to give his listeners a new twist to Hip Hop. His vibrant and blunt personality makes him stand out and catches the attention of many radio hosts, eager to interview him.





Luckily, I was able to snag a quick interview instead of standing in line like the rest. Shank reminisces times as a child growing up in Indiana, listening to music with his parents. Countless of hours of listening to “the greats” with his dad, Lewis Shank. It’s those tiny moments in life that can influence and shape our character, personality, and interests. His father was the first to introduce him to influential artists, such as Notorious B.I.G., Big Daddy Kane. Ghetto Boyz, Tupac, and Kool and the Gang. Shank, has studied the greats... not literally like a test. But, more so as what their message is, and how they impact society. The way Shank stumbled upon the music industry is unlike any other. It was a typical night, hanging with the friends talking and joking around in his friend’s parents’ basement. One of his friends was playing around with some music, and they all were throwing out quick little verses. When Shank decided to jump in, it really was an “Oh Shit” moment, no one was expecting that from him. His friends encouraged him to get in the studio and to speak his poetry and story.

His top five artists are Jay-Z, Notorious B.I.G, Wu Tang Clan, J. Cole, and Kendrick Lamar. Shank never thought this was the route he was going to take, especially with his first love being track and field. Although Shank is an upcoming artist, he is still your typical 23 year old student athlete trying to graduate on time. The life of a student athlete is a hard one, and trying to balance it as an artist can be challenging.

Waking up with a 6am practice followed by classes afterwards is already a long day. But, to add interviews, videos, and studio time on top of a busy schedule that causes long nights and early mornings. Shank shows how much support can really help you on your path.

My goal is to stay true to the art form no matter what. To stay independent and allow my art and w ords to be heard w orldw ide.


Photograph by Phoenix Films

What led you to the music industry? The creative process of it all, it can get frustrating and fun at the same time. But when it comes together it’s always a good feeling.

How would you describe your style? I would describe my style as erratic- a Midwest feel something you wouldn’t normally hear from an artist.

How often do you write? As often as I can between school and track. Any free time I get i’ll take it! I’m writing or listening to music to find more inspiration.

Is there more to music, than simply writing? Absolutely, if you care about it deeply enough there’s always something more to it. Other aspects like performing, recording, thinking of new ideas all more to music than just writing.

What do you think of people that are just in it for the money? People have their own reasons to be in this industry i don’t judge people’s reason. I look at it like this, why do people get jobs? They do it for the money to feed their families their personal reasons in some ways music is a 9-5 but in its own special way.

Photograph by MECAP

What keeps you going/ motivated? My family and my future wife. What my parents did for me, I want to do it better for mine.

What makes you different, among other artists? I’m just being myself to be honest, which is why I said it’s a gift and a curse. I can’t necessarily say what type of identity I have, which leaves fans wondering.

What’s your point of view of the use of drugs in business? There’s a lot of drug use in every industry. I mean... I drink, so I don’t really have a point of view. As artists we aspire to inspire. However, people often forget we are still human, but we take on the responsibility to be role models. But when you have that type of power comes microscopic scrutiny.

Have you faced people trying to use you in this industry? Yes, and it’s a little difficult to see sometimes. Sometimes, it’s like damn do you have a motive.

Is the music industry everything you thought it was gonna be? I’m still new to this industry, so I don’t know yet to be honest. Right now my main focus is getting the music out to the people.

Photograph by MECAP

A U S T I N Everything you touch is art. Everything you know, has been created. How are there no jobs in a field that creates everything? If you think that art is not a real area to study, then open your mind; and try living without all of art’s benefits that you reap.


Colored Girl, 2013






Individuals who trace or outline work that is already done, do you take their work seriously? Honestly...No, because it’s not their work. It is not fair to the original artist. Doing this doesn’t speak to who they are as an artist. If they were to take outlines or tracings, and use them to create something new; now that is a different story and deserves a bit more respect.

What is your creative process? It all begins with an idea. I love the human figure, so majority of my ideas come from movement, emotion, experiences, etc. of the human body. Once I have my idea and I sketch it out a few times, i do research; aka GOOGLE. lol. I love google. I try to find images that have some type of relationship to what I am trying represent in my piece. Once I have done my research I tend to refine my idea, and the rest is history.





Where do you find your inspiration for your work? What motivates you? My inspiration is in the world around me. I get inspired by people that look interesting; as weird as that might sound. I get inspired by beauty itself and the creation of it. Now what motivates me is a bit different. I am motivated by all the people around me who have also decided that what they know is not enough. What they have seen is not it; and where they have been, does not have to be all they know. Also, I am motivated by God. He has blessed me with gifts, and I pray every day for the motivation and ability to reach my full potential.

What makes an artist? I think an artist is somebody that creates. If you have an idea, and you can turn that idea into something. Anything. Then you are an artist. However, the creation has to come out of you. Singers, photographers, designers, painters, writers, dances; these are all artist that create something by their talent leaving their body somehow.

For an artist, s it more beneficial to attend an Art school or regular university? Artist tend to think a bit more organically, less black and white, than non artist. A lot of regular universities do not take their art programs seriously. However, when you attend an art university,

everyone understands your way of thinking. Which is very refreshing. I attend VCUarts (Virgina Commonwealth University School of the Arts), and a majority of VCU students do not even know the extent of the program. So when in class, I am accepted, and outside of class i am weird. lol

What’s the weirdest thing that has inspired you? Well, I got inspired by the literal physical HIV virus. I do not have HIV, but the way the way the virus looks is very‌.interesting. lol I am currently working on a way to paint the way the virus looks without it being super clear that that is what it is. You would have to know what it microscopically looks like, for you to identify it. lol

If I were Basquiat, 2013

What’s do you like about being an artist? I like having something to show. It is very satisfying, having worked so hard, then having an object that literally shows how hard you worked. Also, I like being able to pull emotion out of people.

Do artists perceive the world differently than “non-artists”? Yes definitely!!!!!!! To a non-artist, a empty cardboard box is trash.To an artist, its more than trash. It’s collage elements in their new painting, a huge pencil sharpener made out of cardboard and glue. It could be flattened and used to protect the floor from Jackson Pollack. Or we can just throw all of our SHIT in it. LOL. Lets just say, an empty box wouldn’t be empty in my house, I can always use box.

Are artists “born with” the talent, or is it learned? I personally think that you are born with talent, but you can learn skills. Anyone can learn how to draw. But it is what you do with drawing and the connection between eye and hand that can be a talent.

Do you find working in the art world hard? Yes and no. Yes because there is competition. That fear that somebody is better, never goes away for me. But working in the art world can be difficult if you are into sales, rather than providing a service. The world is full of people who want something specially made.

Textured Figure, 2015

Peaceful Grey, 2015

Green Nick, 2015Miles

Photograph by Austin Willis




“The seven rules to live your life, what you put out you get. What you put out into the universe, you have to put yourself in that mindset of positivity. You reap what you sew. and don’t care about what people think so much.”






What should we understand about photographers? Photographers aren’t capturing reality, we are capturing our own version of that. We are capturing a moment.. We all capture this moment in a different way that is relevant in to your life. It’s about sharing your intake of the world.

As an artist, it is more important to enjoy your art or achieve success in your field? When you enjoy your art, that’s when you achieve success in your field. The people that get the success are the people that aren’t trying to get it.

What’s your take on sexual/ nude photographs, a form of photography? Definitely, it’s own form. There’s a wide ray of nude photography, it depends on that particular photographer’s eye. Being naked is super vulnerable, for anybody. There’s more to it behind the photograph, than just the nudity. Like example, Instagram!!!!! The nude or sexual pictures that we find on instagram, that’s tacky! To manipulate light and the shadows, there’s a mood.We see it as “oh she’s naked and trying to sell something”.





Selfies, is there a sense of art behind this? The idea of a self portrait, and the integration with all the technology we have; tha is an expression of yourself. Don’t get me wrong, we all take selfies. But, selfies aren’t the normal everyday image.

Favorite kind of photography and why. Fine art, and because it has no strict rules. With fine art you aren’t dealing with what other people like, you do it for self expression or self exploration.

In your free time, what do you like to do? TURNNNNNN UPPPPP!!! I’m just kidding. I like to make collages, go to thrift stores, and watch movies. Mostly, I love to listen to instrumental music, I like to listen to music without words. Music with words, especially popular music it’s kind of mental pollution. you’re subconsciously taking all that stuff in and it’s affecting the way you think.

Do you practice any other arts? I don’t think photography is the last of me, i want to get into short film and music, and sculpture.

Photograph by Mia Felder

Growing up different ! No one can tell you what’s wrong with your art, you can’t be graded on that.

“The Art of Solitude”

“Horror Vaccui”

Light it like Weezy and beat it up like I’m Breezy take it down so much feel her butt now she look like Nikki Random Volume 5 by SHANK

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