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Captain Shel helps keep 90’s cartoons alive with his art!

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The former Daytona Beach native rose to popularity fairly quickly since his October 2016 start. His passion for art came a lot earlier in his life though.

“I probably was like 10 years old when I truly had a passion for art. I was always doodling in class. What inspired me was when I watched nickelodeon and illustrators  demonstrated how to draw your favorite cartoons. I was so fascinated by it and really wanted to draw like them” – Captain Shel

 

 

 

Shel’s artwork on canvas soon transitioned to artwork on clothing. Having something to hang on your wall is one thing, but having it to wear around is being real awareness to the 90’s style and culture.

“I stayed with 90s because it brings really good vibes and memories to the people who loved that 90’s cartoon era. It was a way for me to bring in people’s attention.”

 

 

 

“The first piece that went viral was the Rugrats Jersey. It was very unexpected and exciting. But I always been mentally ready for it to take off, just playing the waiting game.”

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Ever since his viral video Shel has been moving non stop! Especially since every request is custom. Every thing he does is hand draw and painted from scratch which adds to the authenticity. I asked him what was the most difficult starting off and he said it was teaching himself how to get better and learning how to be more efficient from watching artist before him.

The toughest thing about doing request is that sometimes people may want art that he isn’t familiar with. One request he got was the original Mickey Mouse when it was first released. Although, I believe Captain Shel is ready to venture off into other realms of art, I feel that right now he wants to focus on the 90’s.

 

 

 

Being an artist is difficult. You have to be in the right state of mind to create art and new ideas. I asked Shel about the difficulty being an artist :

“The toughest part about being an artist is when you’re not in the right state of mind sometimes. Your brain can go blank and ideas don’t pop up. Sometimes it means you need to just take a little break, but never give up!”

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When his mind goes blank and he needs a brief break, I asked Shel what gets his mind back motivated :

“The City of Daytona really helped me out because I just want to bring success back to the city and show the youth they can do whatever you want as long as you believe. With so much going on in the city, you have to find something positive to replace the bad.” 

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All-in-all everyone has a final goal. Captain Shel said his final goal is to simply be known as an artist that can paint on clothing, canvases, and any object he puts his mind to. “Sky is the limit!”, he concludes.

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I see Shel as a very humble artist who is really just glad that he can bring the wave of the 90’s back into the public eye. Show your support! God bless

Contact :

Website: http://www.captainshel.com
Facebook: captain_shel
Instagram: captain_shel

Written by Bruce Walton

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Artist in the Spotlight; Sir

Ok Hustlers, we have a new artist we would like you to get acquainted with. Read along as we tell the story of Sir, Artist in the Spotlight.

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Sir was born Sir William Christopher Alexander in Jacksonville, Fl. He has been writing and producing music since the age of 13. Sir is a man of great drive and personal direction and works effortlessly on improving his music day by day. Sir cites that his main influences are stars such as Drake, J Cole, Kendrick Lamar, Kanye West, Nas and Notorious B. I. G. just to name a few. Sir’s lyrics are deliberate and concise, chosen for sound, rhythm and meaning in equal measures. Having performed as a headlining act for the University of Florida’s homecoming parade in front of over 70,000 fans Sir has had ample preparation for the main stage. Sir comments “My music gives people looking for a way to express how they feel about today’s society (music, media, etc) a voice to be heard, received by the masses. His newest single “Exhausted” talks about a moment where we’ve felt exhausted about a situation knowing we should leave but failed to do so.Sir is currently being managed by Shanita Brown of NTM Group. For booking email ntmanagementgroup@gmail.com.

 

2 Chainz’s Pink Trap House; Hood Monument or Local Menace?

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Someone asked, “What is it for?”, my reply was,” It’s for the culture, it is standing art”. You can call it a marketing tool for 2 Chainz’s latest album, Pretty Girls Like Trap Music, but it’s more than advertisement, it’s a movement! Located on Howell Mill Rd. in Atlanta, Ga, the house sits in the heart of a business district. The Pink Trap House which was once white, was rented to host a private listening party for 2 Chainz’s new album released on June 16. 2 Chainz’s rental property has been used as an art gallery where a paint and sip event was hosted, a nail shop and recently church service was held at the house. Also a HIV prevention bus was on sight to test and inform visitors.

Some of the local business owners complained about the bubble gum pink eye sore, saying that there is no where for visitors to park and the traffic was causing congestion. However, I found it intriguing as did it’s many visitors. Tourist and locals visited the house to take pictures and make videos. There once was a pink old school in the front yard but it was hauled away due to damages, yet the pink stove stood strong. In my opinion, if it were downtown around Edgewood it would be better accepted, but since it is on the busy industrial section of Howell Mill Rd. it is being regarded as a disturbance. I admit it brings more people to the already busy area, but these people are not causing any accidents nor are they breaking into or stealing from neighboring businesses. 2 Chainz’s lease is up as of July 7 and the house will be restored to its original color.

Before the lease ended 2 Chainz shot a music video at the pink trap house for his song, “Door Swangin”. It was said that he was thinking of renewing the lease because of the popularity of the house. I hope 2 Chainz rents another property to resurrect his vision. No drug or gang activity is associated with the pink trap house but the motivation to hustle is. For me, it resonates with the pretty hustlers, the ones that bump trap music on their way to work, the ones that get up early and stay up late, the ones who played in the streets and the ones that watched from the porch. I saw the culture in the pink trap house and I honestly thought it was an innovating business venture. I hope this inspires more artist to think abstract when it comes to their art.

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By: Keidra Ponder