Exclusive Interview with London Digital Graphics Artist: BAREFACE

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BAREFACE is a London based, vector graphic artist who is obsessed with real world pop culture. His art ranges from the fifties to the late nineties and beyond. Pulling inspiration from film, music, superheroes, fantasy and more; Bareface creates visually appealing digital masterpieces. He has always had a fascination with different aspects of pop and hip-hop culture, namely graffiti. Intrigued by graffiti but not wanting to vandalize buildings, the artist’s curiosity led him to exploring how to translate graffiti street art to digital canvas. Thus the BAREFACE brand was born.

His vibrant use of color and trademark drips pay homage to Pop and Spray Can art. His work has been featured on several blogs including the popular Michael Jackson Fan site MJWorld. His sticker designs have also received critical acclaim showcasing at the April 17th MLT SLAPS sticker Expo in Montreal.

The artist first caught our eye with his dynamic adaptation of one of pop culture’s most revered villains, Darth Vader.

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We had an opportunity to link with Bareface and find out more about the brand. Check out our exclusive interview below:

SI: Explain the premise behind the Bareface brand? What does it all stand for?

BF: The ‘Bareface’ brand refers to my belief that my appearance bares no significance to my body of work. It refers to a blank canvas and being creative as the mood takes me.

SI: Your illustrations feature a lot of cultural icons. How important is pop culture in influencing your work?

BF: I grew up in the 80s and as a child I spent a lot of my time watching TV shows, cartoons, listening to music and reading comic books. Pop culture was my education about life and helped shaped my vision of the world. I was inspired by the media of that time and I use this to bring my superheroes to life on digital canvas.

SI: A lot of times people down play the field of Art because they rest on the notion of the “starving artist,” What motivates you to continue creating your art?

BF: In the Bhagavad Gita [which is a collection of sacred texts from India] it says “You are not entitled to the fruit of your labor, only the labor itself.” I believe this means that if you rely on things like money too much, you will only be miserable.What is more satisfying than money is doing the work; that feeling of euphoria when you are in the creative zone and the joy or sadness it brings to others. Basically, what motivates me to continue creating art is my desire to grow organically with the world around me and the happiness I get from creating. Whether you are financially prosperous or not, you have to be “starving” to be successful. You have to keep on pushing yourself and have the hunger to do and be better.

SI: Where do you hope your art takes you?

BF: My mission?…”To chase the muse and see where she will take me.” I have no plan, I am just enjoying creating these pieces and sharing them with as many people as possible, whether it’s online or at a gallery exhibition, and the fact you have found me and I am talking to you means that it’s working. I’m hoping that my pieces will bring joy to people, who find and enjoy my work.

SI: What’s your Street Intell?

BF: Dare to dream, dare to believe.

 

To view more of Bareface’s work connect with him online and be sure to follow him on Instagram and Twitter.

 

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Mila Kunis and Ashton Kutcher are expecting!

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Only just a few short weeks ago the couples engagement was confirmed by ENews. Now everyone’s beloved TV couple from ‘That ‘70s Show’, (Jackie and Kelso) are going half on a baby! Congrats to the couple on both the engagement and soon to be new arrival. This will be both Kunis and Kutcher’s first child.

Kanye & Kim Cover the April Issue of Vogue Magazine

Photographed by Annie Leibovitz, Vogue, April 2014
Photographed by Annie Leibovitz, Vogue, April 2014

Just last month we highlighted fashions’ new “it girl” Kendell Jenner and we even made reference to the potential of her making the cover of Vogue magazine before her eldest sister, Kim Kardashian. Well this past Friday, Kim and her fiancé Kanye West set the record straight and appeared front and center on Vogue Magazine’s April Issue, beating Kendell to the cover.

In anticipation of their up and coming wedding, KimYe pulled together an exquisite shoot for Vogue magazine; which turned out to be a lovely family affair. They both posed in designer garments, serving up an entire plate of sensuality; all while gushing over their beautiful daughter, North West.

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Covered in Controversy:

Now you know it just simply wouldn’t be Kim and Kanye without a bit of controversy. Many people have been excited for the pairs Vogue Cover but a few “fashion connoisseurs” have been raving and ranting about this unexpected pick. Fashion crazed Vogue fans and a few celebs have found it rather odd that the couple would be chosen to cover Vogue magazine. Many have even chastised the couple via social networks claiming that “they bought their way onto the cover”. 

However you see it, they are currently the most talked about couple when it relates to being on top of the fashion game. Personally, I think this was a strategic move by Anna Wintour and well played I might add. Whether people like it or not everyone is tuned in and focused on Kim, Kanye and more importantly, Vogue Magazine.

What are your thought? Chime in below.

 

 

Credit: Vogue.com | Instagram

2 of the Best Viral Beyonce “Drunk in Love” Covers

Emmanuel Houndo is a Pennsylvania, PA High School student of West African descent, who’s violin rendition of Beyoncé’s famous track, “Drunk in Love” went viral earlier this week. His cover was so phenomenal that it even gained the attention of Mrs. Carter’s camp. As seen on her facebook fan page, his rendition was recognized and noted as “Amazing!”. Check it out below.

Fortunate is a Sydney based male singing group consisting of members Joseph Kalepo, Izayah Mariner Fuimaono, Jaye Mariner Fuimaono, and Jakiel Mariner Fuimaono. They have had global success as independent recording artist and continue to keep audience entertained by covering  popular artist tracks like John Legends- “All of Me” and the viral Beyoncé’s “Drunk in love”. Check out their soulful cover here.

@BET original series #BeingMaryJane (@itsgabrielleu) airs tonight. |#StreetIntell #PopCulture

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BET’s original series is finally here. We know Ms. Union will have lots to smile about today; as she did a phenomenal job in the original movie. Tune in and let’s chat.  Leave comments below and tell us what you think.