ART OF THE SELFIE
Ah, the selfie. A modern, yet age old, phenomenon made rampant by the everflowing increases in technology and photo-snapping smartphone devices. While some argue that selfies border on a mental condition—Selfitis—driven by a constant hunger for attention and lack of personal intimacy, others say it’s simply a form of expression, one practiced by all inquisitive walks of life for centuries. Painters used them as documentation, early muses used them as reference— read the interview from tapestry artist Erin Riley via the link below.
The Art of the Hustle Conference
Thursday, June 2nd, 2016 --
On June 2nd, 2016 BL_NK WORLD once again invaded the creative landscape of the D.C. community, gathering the movers & shakers, creatives, and most importantly the "hustlers" for a conference of the new leaders: "The Art of the Hustle."
Located in LAB 1270, BL_NK WORLD collaborated with No Kings Collective to bring together a select few highly accomplished, self-made creatives across multiple industries in front of a small audience to provide personal stories & share their insight into reaching their current accomplishments.
Our featured speakers for the evening spanned across the fields of entertainment, photography, fashion, and lifestyle:
David Gentry and Unkle Scooty of the celebrated fashion staple Premium Co. regaled audience with the dedication required to grow from being a local brand to a national powerhouse, with out compromising quality to sell quantity.
Darryl Perkins and Marcus Allen of the acclaimed Broccoli City Festival shared their struggles of identifying & forming brand with a cause, to eventually growing it to become a destination festival with partnerships ranging from corporations to government.
Martika Ragan allowed the audience to explore her past as a struggling artist to her current state as a respected female powerhouse in the fashion & music community with no end in sight.
Street Meet DC Founder Pierre Funes & Community Leader Franklin Prudencio discussed the journey they have navigated from forming an idea among peers to transforming into a current staple among creatives & enthusiasts that desire to build upon their interests, and not rest on any laurels.
Through out the evening members were immersed with anecdotes of failures, struggles, motivations, achievements, mentality, and the risks associated with success from our speakers to provide real stories that they may be able to identify with to further realize that "The Art of the Hustle" is not a set guide to success; it is a lifestyle that is undertaken by many individuals of different backgrounds that crave success on their own terms.
Attendees walked away armed with the knowledge that there is always someone who may be going through the tribulations they currently experience on their path to success, but they can make it with hard work & dedication. They just need to remember:
Don't Stop The Hustle.
Refreshments provided by: Illy Illisimo & Honest Tea
Snacks provided by: Curate Bars