I heard from mommy photographer, Brittanie Renoj– a freelance photographer/blogger with a baby in one hand and Nikon in the other. Based in Los Angeles, her work captures LA city life through a young mother’s lens (and it’s not what you expect).
For more information on Brittanie Renoj and her photography, visit her website, and follow her on IG and Twitter.
Thanks again to Brittanie for sharing her talents.
Got a message from the dirty-dirty (do they still call it that?) from Charlotte, NC hip-hop artist, NiGE HOOD. He shares with us his latest music video, “A-Train”, featuring fellow emcee, Tim Stacks. Together they bring it back to 1996, teaming up on a slick cover to Jay Z classic, “Bring It On.” Here’s his story.
North Cackalacky, stand up!
Shot by Tyler Coxxx of Sky Box Visuals , “A-Train” journeys through Charlotte, NC’s old neighborhoods, bringing nostalgia alive in this modern classic by NiGE HOOD and Tim Stacks.
NiGE HOOD’s Art Wall
If you want to learn more about NiGE HOOD, check out his website, find him on Facebook, or follow the man on Twitter. Oh, and IG.
A message came in from Tru Fam– a hip-hop/alternative duo from New Jersey who wanted to share their latest music video with us. Well guys, you got it! The video, “Special” featuring Alecs, is trippy, but you’re not seeing double– they’re identical twins. So, here it is–their words, their story, their sound.
This music video is a dark /twist talking about some problems in relationships .
We all want to be treated equally in a relationship, so sometimes we have to remind our partner that they’re not so special.
So take a deep dive in this video and feel the words and passion.
Bio: Identical twins, Sha and Just- I from New Jersey found motivation in their chemistry as brothers, best friends and their closest critics. “It’s pretty much a given. We know what one another might want on a record without saying a word.” When they began making their own music they incorporated an Unique twist, of performing songs first and then recording. This way the music could be built with feeling. Tru Fam tunes reach beyond the normal beats and intricacies. They're all about making records that the masses wanna hear and that has always been their goal. Tru Fam looks at the bigger picture and prides themselves on not just being another group on I Tunes. It’s a complex art, but the end objective is simple: “build a really solid fan base, who simply believes in our music and our brand ULTRACULTURE.”
If you want to hear more from Tru Fam, check out their website, like them on Facebook, or follow them on Twitter. (Or all 3, ha!)
I received a surprise message from Argentine artist, Estela Cuadro, who wanted to share with us her day in the studio. So let’s talk art, music, and inspiration from Buenos Aires–her words, her story.
When I start my day in my studio, I want to listen to some music… It nourishes my imagination, it motivates me.
…I feel pleasure in that. I feel like I never want to stop doing this. It´s part of my life.
When I begin a new artwork I used to use a special cardboard that allows the pigments and water to react in a special way; giving textures, shapes, deformations and then letting my imagination act freely.
I used lots of techniques, like pencil, small coal and oil. Especially when I was young. Nowadays I like to use more than one technique at the same time, and make different results.
I use India ink with salt, and I let them act freely on the support. I use other things to generate texture, and I use oil painting, pencils and pens to realize details.
If I had to pick a style for my art, it would be quite difficult. Perhaps I associate my work with surreal art. My characters and their environment have nothing to do with reality.
The distorted reality is part of my inspiration, my contacts and my experiences. My artwork is based on the unconscious – all associated with my dreams, relationships & with life itself.
I don´t try to tell stories in my artwork. My work isn’t the realization of an illustration for a story, book or magazine (with a text behind the artwork).
There are always ideas or suggestions (of a story) but it’s not a literal sort of story. I take fun in other people’s freedom in interpretation.
I feel that it is important to feel total freedom without restriction and without much precise meaning. I like to leave the interpretation of each piece to each person, you can get carried away like I do in every piece of art.
I think each work has something special, they are part of my “games”, my pleasures.
When I talk about a “game” in relation to my work as an artist, I mean that’s the way that I have fun with the characters, animals and plants when my playfulness arise. You’re letting it flow! So you have to let go of the restrictions and really play with everything that is created, generating a new and unique artwork.
I would say that the (core) passion about art, is to feel free, to have your mind open to all the things new that can appear.
For more information on Estela Cuadro and her art, visit her Tumblr page and follow her on Facebook.