In the year of 2014 and beyond, ingenuity is almost as necessary as water in terms of survival…at least in the world of business. When you buy or invest in a product it can be for an assortment of reasons. One being that you can’t produce the product yourself or you simply respect the craft. We at Keedie’s Corner idolize the fearless entrepreneurs in our community, especially those whose make it a point to be trendsetters versus those who simply try to squeeze a dollar out of the up-and-up trend. Kelow struck us as some one who can be considered the definition of “Getting it from the muscle”. Don’t let us be the sole judges. Check out her work. The tattoo artist, model, and clothing spokeswoman/sales representative (Drügs) is definitely a force to pay attention to. We had an exclusive interview with the young entrepreneur, see what she had to say.
What is your name? (that you use for booking)
What are your occupational rolls?
I started out modeling at 18 but gave it a break to gain more knowledge on it (modeling). After that I started rapping for fun. One of my homeboys (DB Beats) put me on to that & I enjoyed it for a while! I was featured in a few videos & I was on the “Melting Pot 1”! It was a project put together by my homie J.Snipes out of North Carolina. That got me some recognition in the city! I fell off with rapping because I no longer had a studio. I’ve always had a passion for art & could always draw, so I got into tattooing which is my main money maker. I’m still learning & perfecting my craft but I definitely love doing it! Right now I’m just working on getting my clothing line up & running. I’ve been wanting to do it since I was in middle school so finally being presented with the opportunity feels great! I’m an all around entrepreneur just out here trying to make it!
Where were you born and what is you current residency?
I am born & raised in Florida! Fayetteville, North Carolina is like my 2nd home but I’m so Florida! I currently live in north west Florida but will be relocating to Orlando in July 2014. I’m very excited! I will be starting school there for fashion, as well as working on whatever projects I have going or coming at me!
How long have you been working in this field?
I’ve been tattooing for 2 1/2 years and I’ve been modeling for about 5 years!
What made you lean towards this career path?
I initially went with modeling because of my love for fashion growing up. I always wanted to model but once I seen all the steps it took I knew I had to take a break to learn. In the process I’ve always had the gift of art so I started exploring it. Later I got introduced to tattooing by an ex-boyfriend. He showed me how to set up my machine and everything else I learned on my own! I love tattooing so I decided it was something I would put my heart into!
What was your best achievement in this field, thus far?
I don’t think I’ve reached my greatest achievement with any of my occupations! I would like to master tattooing and to get my clothing line in every store possible. That would be a great achievement!
What is your main hardship or difficulty working in this line of work?
The toughest part about tattooing would probably be helping someone decide on what exactly they want & just dealing with a person not being able to take pain, it effects my work! Also correcting someone else’s work can be a hassle!
[ Older picture of Kelow before starting her dreads ]
What is a funny or lighthearted moment you can remember in your career?
Umm, I don’t really have one I just love when people share their ink stories with me! It’s always interesting to hear the ideas behind someone’s work or the meaning of the piece!
What advice do you have for up & coming women who plan to pursue this career path?
With any career path I would tell all women don’t follow your dreams, chase them! You can achieve anything you put your mind to as long as you focus, believe, & put God first! Trust your hustle! Everything is hard work but it pays off! Also invest in yourself! You can’t expect to be a boss if u don’t!
Are you affiliated with any company or organization?
Right now I am independent as I’ve always been, I’ve been offered deals, many different company’s have tried to work with me but I’m just being patient for the right one while in the process of building my own empire! I am affiliated with a few people but right now I’m just on the grind & being my own boss! I am open to bookings & working with people though most definitely!
[picture to the left is Kelow sporting “Drügs” apparel]
What past work or future work can we look up or expect to see?
First, you can look forward to my clothing line coming this summer məˈjestik strictly for queens 🙂 I will forever be a tattooist. I love doing that! I just linked up with the gorgeous Roxxanne Montana, owner of the clothing line Drügs “Do Right U Gain Success”. Shout out to her,she is doing her thing! I will be an official Drügs dealer once I receive my contract from her! I will have Drügs gear men & women’s for sale so that’s big! I’m just looking to make moves this summer. Like I’ve said, I’m open to work so I just tell anyone to get at me. You can always contact me via email or Instagram, I’m an Instagram junkie lol!
KELOW FB (FACEBOOK) – Kelow Wood
KELOW TWITTER – @Kelwo_inkU_Wood
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Published by Keedie’s Corner/ Written by Bruce Walton Jr & Keidra Ponder 2014