GIF the Portrait

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For this assignment I chose a tattoo artist from LA who’s known by the name of Tana. I chose him because his work motivates me. I think of the him as the male version of myself. Someday I would like to become a liscensed tattoo artist, move to LA and even have my own clothing. He also is involved a lot with fashion aside from being a tattoo artist. His work as a tattoo artist is pretty dope and pushes me to improve my drawings. The portrait to the left is an image of the artist himself that i started with as a base for this project. The portrait on the right is the finished product. I basically used different portraits of him and cut them up, repositioned them and put them back together to create a new image of Tana.

Here’s a Vine post that I created in the process. Here’s the link.

https://vine.co/u/943890240807043072

To continue about this project I also posted the image on Instagram and tagged tana so that my followers could know who was in the actual picture. I honestly didn’t think he would even notice it because you know how hectic social networking can be for famous people. And he didn’t only see my post but he also REPOSTED it! This was very exciting because I really look up to this guy.

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Ming's Word 2014-10-27 17:49:38

      http://www.sistersouljah.com/biography.html Let me introduce you to Sister Souljah. Her real birth name is Lisa Williamson, but her mainstream name is what people typically know her by. Sister Souljah is an author, a activist, film producer, and a recording artist. What can I say, she’s talented and has a powerful voice that have Read More →

Sister Souljah picture     

http://www.sistersouljah.com/biography.html

Let me introduce you to Sister Souljah. Her real birth name is Lisa Williamson, but her mainstream name is what people typically know her by. Sister Souljah is an author, a activist, film producer, and a recording artist. What can I say, she’s talented and has a powerful voice that have landed her in hot water once when she spoke out on Bill Clinton and race during his campaign  in 1992. She is a woman who isnt afraid to speak her mind and support her people. SS is an inspirational figure to me because of the powerful mind she has and her ability to understand Black people worldwide and the problems within our communities such as drugs, violence, STDs, ignorance, poverty, and the systematic destruction that has been built to destroy us as a people. Souljah was born and raised in the projects of Bronx, NY , so she has an understanding of the political, economical, and social issues that were produced from the gruesome history of white supremacy, our own flaws and the struggle we have been through and are still facing today. She is educated and have studied African-American history, graudated top universities like Rutgers and Cornell Advanced Placement Studies, and also studied abroad in Europe at Salamanca. She has traveled the world, met different people and learned different cultures. Her saga series books Midnight and The coldest winter ever are national best-selling books. She has supreme writing skills in her way of story telling the street life of young black men and women living in the ghetto. Her voice represents a lot of the younger generation and adresses  the problems that are destroying the communities and many young lives. I respect her effort and her stride that she takes to help others that need a hand. She have done alot for young black youths like raise money for homeless families and children, build medical centers in Africa, and created academic programs for college students at Columbia. No one can say Sister Souljah hasnt try to help make an effort for her people. Instead of just speaking on the politics of social issues in America for Black youth, Souljah is a living example of trying to resolve the problems that has haunted generation after generation. Speaking my mind and standing  behind what I belive in is what I share in common with SS. I also read and write on matters of politics and culture of Black people to get a better understanding on why things are the way they are today. I enjoy learning valuable knowledge and sharing it with other people so we can understand and respect and care for on another regardless of race and culture. SS is a woman who do all these things of speaking, educating, understanding, writing, advising, and connecting with people. We share a lot of similarities because those are the same things I do and wish to do more often with people in my life. I am also a writer and admire her work and creativity. This protrait is important to me because I believe the TRUE history of Black people can save the lives and communities of this generation by sharing knowledge on the soical issues that are taking us down hill. My motto is if you know better, do better. And I dont think people dont know any better or maybe they have forgotton. But either way, it is never to late to change.

 

My Documentary

http://youtu.be/tmllLW98gF0

This is about a time I watched a Godzilla movie where he was the antagonist but I perceived him as a protagonist thus confusing and angering me. I had a lot of fun using Godzilla clips in juxtaposition with what I’m saying. There are spoilers in this clip so if you haven’t watched the 2014 Godzilla movie and you want to without being spoiled, you should avoid this video. At one point there is a sound the editing program made and I just could not find a way to fix it without destroying the entire project. The same applies to two clips without transitions toward the end. Overall, I’m a fan of the project.