Random individual: “Bruh is the truth with these titles man.”
Another random individual: “…….tru.”
Thank you, thank you. Man, I was sitting here at my desk, and just thinking, “Last summer I was in the most fucked up of situations in all ways imaginable.” It’s true, last summer I was scrambling for ideas of what to do next. I was considering attending Art Institute of Atlanta — $87k for a 4 year illustration bachelor’s — just to get people off my back about attending college. Plus I was also thinking about if my girl at the time was going to stay being my girl, on top of having to find a job. What if I wasn’t good enough or didn’t have the money to attend art school? What other occupation would I even take up? My brothers are going to college, I guess that means I have to go… the only thing that calmed me down was pencils, micron pens and paper. The thrill of drawing things helped me in most situations; it was even better when people would like them on Instagram. It’s crazy man, a friend of mine told me I should check out this tattooist named Melvin, and for some reason the moment I came across his work, I made it a priority to tag him in every single thing I did from that day forth. (Note from Mel: “He really fucking did. I should hate him but I don’t… always.”)
I’ll admit, at first I was thinking, “Nah, this guy’s hella famous. There’s no way he’ll notice,” but amazingly enough he actually liked a few of my pictures and followed me. Needless to say ya boy went absolutely insane like I had a fucking block party in my room. I hadn’t felt that excited in a while. Even if it was something so little, it meant a lot to me (gonna throw in this pause just in case). Anyways, so from that point I made it an extra priority to prove that I could do something (I sucked a lot more than I do now by the way, so you can imagine). I attended the City of Ink Edgewood opening to meet him. Needless to say, it was a cool ass day. In my head I’m like, “Dude’s hella cool, the car is goals too” (pause). Fast forward a month or so, and I got an email from Tatiana (Loveless Society Manager of Operations) saying that Cory and I were chosen to be his interns and asking if I was interested. In reality, I read the words “you” and “chosen” and another block party happened instantly.
I can honestly say since that day, my life, in all aspects, has gotten so much better. Having someone give you an opportunity to be great — better yet, having someone KNOW that we will all be great — is an amazing thing to treasure and to keep you motivated. I can honestly say that there hasn’t been a single event that’s made me have a second thought on what I wanted to be, which is to be one of the greatest artists ever! You can’t beat the thought out of me, lol. As I type this, I look back to last year, when I first meet everyone. Tati, Cory, Mel, Jos, Terry, Billy, Pat, hell the entire loveless crew, like *In my most ratchet of voices* I will BEAT the fuck out of anyone who fucks with my fam, real talk.
Ahem *clears throat* anyways yeah. From the vigorous painting of the studio to the long learning session nights drawing Winnie the Pooh as an exercise until we literally started to hate the stupid little shit, it’s all worth it. Seeing our work improve as we progress is the best feeling ever. I’m pretty sure if Mel didn’t pick me up back in August, there’s absolutely no telling what I’d be doing. I would probably be paying some bad tattooist $500 to be their apprentice and working out of my kitchen until I’m 27 (this was almost a true story). I’m not sure how many times I’ve said this, but fuck it I’ll say it again: it’s amazing. Seeing people on my Instagram tell me I inspire them and that I’m talented is crazy, when I know it’s their inspiration that keeps me going. I have so much more to learn, and I’ll never stop trying to improve. *One slow dramatic tear*
But I can’t even express the thanks man. I’d be typing for days and… yeah fuck that. I’ll be back soon…. but I just wanted to say thank you all for believing in me. I won’t waste this opportunity. Follow my journey, and I will do my best to live up to the hype that I’ve prepared for my whole life.
In the meantime, I’ll keep you entertained with my progress and tell you my journey (such as the possibility of this chick from New York fucking the soul out of me this weekend) c: Bai!