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Fashion & Ink with Kelow Wood

 

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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.

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What is your name? (that you use for booking)
 Kelow Wood
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!
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[ 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! 
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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

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Local woman uses her talent to paint local artist

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Princess, a Daytona native, captures local artist in rare form. She’s gaining notoriety for her portraits, while supporting fellow artist. A woman of many talents and gifts, and nail art just happens to be one. This lady is painting the city red with her designs and 386 is her canvas. Read along as Keedie’s Corner illustrates her story;

When you were younger did you have an interest in art or were you leaning towards cosmetology more? When did you notice this?

◆ I’ve always been passionate about art & creativity. My mother knew what my favorite color was as a baby because I would get excited about seeing colors, especially Red. Cosmetology came later when I turned 22 and realized I wasn’t good at hair after enrolling. My mother suggested doing nails & nail art,  since I was good at drawing. I’ve been drawing since the age of 3. I enrolled at Daytona State College in 1992 and got my nail license. I’m glad I took my mother’s advice because I love what I do! Eventually I went back to school in 2009 to become an Aesthetician. This means I added skin care, waxing & makeup artistry to my list of skills, on top of nail design. I became licensed for that in 2010.

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What gave you the idea to paint pictures on press on nails?

◆ I’ve always did nail art on nails. My first nail art likeness was of a poodle I painted for a former client, who adored her dog. That first nail art painting took me 3 hours! When Tupac and Biggie passed, I did likenesses of them both and it got A LOT of major local attention in 1997. After that, my clientele tripled, most of them were BCU students. Since then, I have painted Aaliyah, Left Eye & my most recent was Michael Jackson, who I’m a huge fan of. Those designs were tributes to artists who passed away. Unfortunately, my earlier nail art images were stolen by a former salon owner but I managed to keep the Tupac Shakur portait. 

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Did it take a while for you to get good at transferring pictures to nails?

◆ I’ve always drawn images of people since I was a child. It takes time & patience because you’re painting on such a small, narrow canvas.My clients appreciate the effort, they tell me all the time they don’t see how I do it. Patience & passion, I have both, and thats how I do it. 

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What encourages you to paint local artist on your works?

◆ The idea came to me about a month ago because the local urban music scene is growing.My producer, KLC, and I were on the phone one day, and he said to me, “You know, it’s a good thing you live in Daytona because you’re my eyes and ears as to who’s doing WHAT in your town because I don’t know a SOUL there.” I would send him fellow artists’ music, he always gave feedback and said there’s alot of talent here. He had a second studio in Tampa but now he’s thinking of relocating to this side of the state. For those not familiar with KLC, he was the lead producer for Beats By The Pound and he was in-house production for No-Limit Records. 

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How do you think this venture helps local artist? Does this also help you? 

◆ I network as a means to make music industry people aware that there’s talent here in Daytona. In fact a Columbia Records A&R told me, “My wife goes to Embry Riddle there and I wouldn’t have EVER guessed there was dope talent here!” He was originally from Philadelphia. So it helps to make people aware of the fact that there’s talent here in my city.

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How do you feel about the music scene in Daytona Beach?  If you could give advice to up and comimg artist,  what would it be?

◆  I love what’s going on with the local music scene. Local artists realize that’s it’s more to it than just rapping and dropping a CD.They’re beginning to strengthen their brands with apparel, media advertising and street promo. I would tell anybody you gotta get out there and grind! Hell,I sold CD’s out the back of my trunk before I got my first major deal! But the artists are doing their thing, salute to them. 

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So you do music also, is that a passion or a hobby for you?

◆ Yes, I do music too, I am Red Sonya. As of now my album Code Red is almost conplete. It’s executive-produced by KLC, I have a few features on there from KLC and other artist also. But my music is my passion as well as my art. I started singing at age 7, and rapping around 11 years old. My father was in a band and played Tenor Sax, so it’s in my blood to do music.

What are your ultimate goals? Career wise and in life?

◆ My ultimate goal? It’s to be successful in all that I do. I want to do it all! I’m shopping for a shoe line I’ve designed and I’m finishing a movie script. I have some industry people in Miami waiting on it. I’m also working on developing some beauty products. I want to be a mogul….PERIOD

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DO YOU NEED YOUR STORY TOLD?

Keedie’s Corner Online Magazine specializes in media production and can satisfy your promotional needs; We produce Visual Interviews, Written Interviews, Articles, Ads, and Radio Interviews (H.ME. radio out of Las Vegas, NV & Ear Kandi Radio out Fort Lauderdale, FL). We also provide EPK’s , Written Bios, Song Writing, Personal Publicist and more.

Published by: Keedie’s Corner
Written by: Keidra Ponder, Bruce Walton Jr & Princess Patterson, 2014

Insider : Paris Dion (Model)

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Follow us as we look inside the life of model Paris Dion (formally known as Lillian Graves) 19 year old native of Daytona Beach, FL.

Born and raised in Daytona Beach, FL, Paris is the youngest of five siblings, so maturing quickly seemed almost inevitable.  Things began to change a lot when Paris reached high school. During her freshman year at Mainland High School her mother was diagnosed with bipolar disorder. This was hard for the young Paris to understand. She began to grown self esteem issues dealing with the negative rants that came from her mother. She described it as making her feel “ugly”. It wasn’t always bad, it was just difficult for her to understand the disorder at the time.

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One day ,while Paris was walking through her college campus, a man stopped her to admire her appearance. It seemed as it he was giving her the typical pick up lines “You’re so beautiful! Are you a model?”. The guy gave her a business card. She tossed it in her purse and quickly forgot about it. She decided to clean her purse out, some odd months later, and discovered the ruffled business card. Turns out the guy was a photographer. Instantly she felt a sense of belief knowing that someone believed in her beauty enough to display it on their platform. She gave the number a call. The man remembered her and set up a photo shoot. Needless to say Paris set the shoot on fire leaving the rest was history.

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Paris says that she feels a lot of people don’t consider modeling an art. She says one has to realize their inner beauty and know how to channel and express it properly.  Paris explained the feeling to the body giving off a glowing radiation from the skin that shines in any room.

“Modeling is taking direction & ideas/concepts to another level by expressing them through posses. Expressions and body language tell a story. Also, fashion, to me, is something like having an outfit that doesn’t necessarily match in color but it still just feels right in your soul. Fashion is something that should be embedded in you for life

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After a couple years she realized modeling & fashion was a fairly tough business, especially in the small town that she was in.  She completely uprooted her life in the small city to move to hot & flashy beaches of Miami, FL. In Miami she witnessed a greater potential of where high fashion could really grow to if concentrated on completly.  After a few months she decided to travel up north to New York City where she currently resides.  New York was deemed the fashion capital of the world  this year by Global Language Monitor, tipping out London and Paris.

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“One word that best describes me is ambitious. I’m so driven by my passion and goals in life. I’m going to make something of myself in this world if I don’t do anything else. I have the drive, motivation, passion, and work ethic. My mind is always focused on my next major moves. Among the many photo shoots and videos, along with the launch of my fashion boutique “Summers in Paris” in the near future, I will be working in close relations with Fire Boy Records; Florida Montana, and Fire Boy Mike’s Energy Drinks as their first and only “Fly Girl”. This article will make my second magazine feature. I’m excited about my future because at one point in time some one told me I would never make it. I am Paris Dion. I am an established model. I am here!!!

To book Paris Dion contact her email Lillian_graves@yahoo.com or Lorde.Paris@yahoo.com

Facebook : Paris Amor Dion / IG : Lorde_Dion

DO YOU NEED YOUR STORY TOLD?

Keedie’s Corner Online specializes in media production and can satisfy your promotional needs; Visual Interviews, Written Interviews, Articles, Ads, Personal Publicist, Radio Interviews (H.ME. radio out of Las Vegas, NV & Ear Candy Radio out Fort Lauderdale, FL). We also provide EPK’s , Written Bios, and Song Writing.

Published by Keedie’s Corner/ Written by Bruce Walton Jr 2014