CURRENT LOCATION: Akron, Ohio
Q: What are your style influences?
A: A few are traditional tattoos, music I listen to, and graffitti.
Q: How has your style evolved?
A: My style is always changing. I started out by creating patches that had a distinct Emo style. I decided to start using more vibrant colors, but the emo art is still present. We can call my style Wavy Emo. My vibe is very hype, but also a little dark. My artwork has a balance, half emo and half Gucci Gang; a witty, clever darkness.
Q: How did you start your clothing line Milk Money?
A: I didn’t mean for it to become an actual line. I just starting creating pieces with a milk carton that had a money sign on it, and people really liked it. Now, they call me “Young Milk Money.”
Q: How long have you been doing Milk Money branded products?
A: I would say about a year now. Before, I was making patches, but I wanted to move on to something new. I go through phases where I use certain elements over, like right now. Currently, I’m not trying to do commissions, because I have a certain way that I like to do things. However, there is merit in stepping out of your comfort zone. I want to create because I like to, not because everyone else likes what I do. Sometimes, I feel like I’m behind on current trends because of this fact.
Q: What was a trend you loved but got played out?
A: Patches. I started seeing jackets with them pre-sewn at the store.
Q: What do you want to accomplish through your art?
A: I make art to put my feelings out there. I’m always going to do me. People expect me to run my art like a business, but I’ll never be a business; I only want to be an icon. My art is more than fashion, it is a mindset. I want it to be underground, like a secret club. I would rather make something for someone for free and give it away to someone that supports than to sell for the hype.
Q: Do you ever portray love in your artwork?
“People expect me to run my art like a business, but I’ll never be a business; I only want to be an icon.”
A: At times. Heartbreak has influenced my art. Also, I show people I love them by giving them my creations.
Q: What do you believe your purpose is?
A: I like to show people they can be creative. You can pull off anything if you own it. Just be yourself.
Q: What is Never Coming Down?
A: I wanted to throw a showcase for all of the talented artists and musicians I know. So I gave all the dope people I know an opportunity for exposure through my event Never Coming Down. The goal was to bring everyone together to network, share artwork, and promote one another. I always dreamed of being in a collective like Odd Future. We held two Never Coming Down events. The first showcased art, film, and music, while the second included fashion. The meaning of Never Coming Down is that regardless of downfalls, we will stay up. We are high off life, and we are a force of positivity. It means that we can’t be stopped, and we aren’t going anywhere.
Q: Have you experienced any obstacles as an artist?
A: My biggest struggle is being taken seriously. I had to convince people to participate in my first event, and people were down for my second event but I was stuck doing everything myself. Once I experienced Never Coming Down, I knew I had to do it again, so I have no regrets. Another thing I struggle with is people feeling like they need permission to rock with something.
Q: What are some of your goals for the future?
A: I want to be birthday party famous. I want my birthday to be like a public event that everybody wants to attend.