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Mike Floss Shares Travel Tips, Why The Last Song He Recorded May Never Come Out & His Motto Of The Moment

If you've noticed, EYEPISSGLITTER is becoming the ultimate domaine for all things travel that you can actual relate to. Now I do recommend an adventure to Rio de Janeiro with your favorite cousins, but if you want to start a little at a time, visit your local art gallery, or a new tea shop for a new surrounding. 
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But let's get jiggy, that had little to do with this latest feature. I always wonder about the travel side when it comes to recording artists. What are they seeing, what are they eating, and if they're not in the city for too long what makes it different from others. Check out this very interesting Q&A with Nashville Native (pun intended because he's on the May 2016 cover) about his travels, must have essentials and the most important thing you should know RIGHT NOW.

What is your favorite place to create?

Musically, I like creating in the studio without preparation. I want to hear the music for the first time in that environment and get right on it.

What are you starting to realize as you navigate your way through the industry?

The devil comes in all shapes and sizes.

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What is your favorite place to eat while traveling?

Anywhere local, ideally with flavored wings.  The key is to avoid any place you can get in Nashville.

What's the most fascinating thing about your hometown?

Jimi Hendrix learned to play guitar here.

What's the most interesting place you've been and why?

Boulder, CO because the land literally looks fake. like a movie set. It's a crazy place to see.

What song have you created on the road? What place inspired a song you wrote?

I'm constantly writing so it's really hard to remember which songs were written where. I know I wrote Dopeboy Dreaming in Atlanta, and that was inspired by Nashville.

What are your must have travel essentials?

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 MacBook, phone charger, Bred 1s, Adidas Slides, headphones

What was the last book you read?

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Last book I read was probably the lyrics to Lupe Fiasco's The Coolest. I don't read books often, but it felt like I did, reading that.

What was the last song you recorded?

Last song I recorded iscalled Scratch Offs. It may never come out because I don't know how I feel about it yet. It might be amazing though.

How did your latest with Nesby Phips, BANG BANG, come about?

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Me and Nesby did two tracks that night. I was in Atlanta playing a Street Execs show and the homie Karol connected us since we were both there. He pulled up to DTP where we were making all the music at that time and DJ Fu was playing beats. We did another song I can't really remember before we did Bang Bang and I think I just flexed on it, nothing too crazy. Then I remember Fu playing the guitar lick from Bang Bang. I think maybe half the beat was done and the melody came to me pretty quick. The crazy thing is this was done a year before it came out, the police brutality issue in America has only gotten worse since then.

Vinyl vs. Streaming; the evolution of music. What are your views on it?

Streaming is fye. I like vinyl mainly for the large covers and just having like a cool vibe you can set in the crib if you play vinyl. but streaming just makes the most sense. aux chords are better than scratched CDs on long drives. The 2 downsides to streaming is that most streaming platforms pay hundredths of a penny for a stream so it takes a ton of streams for an artist to make any money. The other thing is when a platform gets an exclusive release. Like if Frank Ocean or Beyonce drops exclusively on a streaming platform I have to wait a couple weeks to get the music if I use a different service. But streaming just makes the most sense because we're all addicted to our phones. Might as well have endless music on them.

What's the most important thing you want everyone to know at this very moment?

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Man, drink water and stop eating McDonald's. Be patient and stay healthy.

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EYEPISSGLITTER Studio + Kayvan of GOODMUSICALLDAY & Some of the Dopest Travel Photos You've Ever Seen.

Continuing with the Travel Essential Series, I had to ask Director A&R of Good Music All Day his thoughts on travel. After seeing so many great embarkments on his IG, I knew he had the scoop on great places to create, what to bring and just an open mind to traveling. 

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What is your favorite place to create and plan events?

Nashville has been my favorite so far, I've been overwhelmed by the response I've gotten from the city and specifically the Hip Hop/R&B communities here. As far as venues go, I'm definitely enjoying Mercy Lounge both for the atmosphere and location. They've been great to work with on events due to the professionalism, flexibility and quality of their staff (shout out to Adrienne for being the best.)

What are your must have travel essentials?

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My Girlfriend, laptop, cellphone, too many pairs of shoes, headphones/headphone splitter, business cards, phone charging cases, and chargers for everything else.

Out of all of the music and arts festivals, which one would you love to curate and why?

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I'd love to curate Pemberton Music Festival in Pemberton, British Columbia. Having attended for the first time this year, I was blown away by the scenery (the whole festival grounds are surrounded by snowcapped mountains, it's about 30 minutes from Whistler, BC) the cleanliness, and the weather. The crowds were all amazing and everyone was having such a fun time. It's also the biggest music festival in the PNW so that would be cool too. 

What made this past #NextFriday show special for you?

This one is special for me because of the support I've received from everyone in the city. I'm proud of the lineup which is curated as more of a playlist than the traditional headliner/opener structure. This is only my 3rd show in the city and we almost hit capacity (500 people) on the 2nd which left me completely speechless. I also just turned 24 on Sep 2nd, so that's something else that makes it even more special. 

What's the most interesting place you've been so far?

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To preface my answer, my dad was born and raised in Iran and my mom is originally from Hong Kong. I've been lucky enough to travel to both of those places and honestly it's too difficult to choose which is more interesting. Iran is fascinating because the culture, history (Persian empire), art, food, and music are all so vastly different from the UK (where I grew up) and the US. The people are amazing and I feel so welcome every time I travel there. Hong Kong is just an incredible city with such a huge variety of things to do and see. Plus the food is bomb AF.

What is the recipe for a great adventure?

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An open mind, the willingness to try new things, and a great travel companion(s)

Why is traveling so important to you?

Traveling is important to me because it allows you to experience new cultures and customs. It can open your eyes to new ways of thinking, and is absolutely a necessity in todays vastly "smaller" world. 

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EYEPISSGLITTER Studio + Conversations of Travel & Performing w/Burman

What is your favorite place to create?

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BurmanI create at the lake more than anywhere. Usually just go post up by the water with a few blunts and let nature inspire me.

What are your must have travel essentials?

Burman: Always gotta have good company. Goodmusic for the trip there and your adventures. Of course some good herb. And a camera.

Why is traveling so important to you?

Burman: Sometimes you can get caught up in the same culture of scene and not get to see what other have to offer. Nothing is worse than a closed mind, that's why traveling is important to me.

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Why is this particular show important to you?

Burman: Being the new comer to the scene. I've sat at shows in all the Nashville venues and said to myself that I'm gonna perform there one day. Mercy lounge is a big deal to me. I've always wanted to perform there. I get to scratch that off my list. Also Kiya Lacey is someone I've grown closer to and a year ago I told her we'd have a show together one day. And yeah that's happening also.

What song are you looking forward to performing the most at #NextFriday?

Burman: All of them. I love performing my whole set. I'm big on crowd participation so each song has call and response or heavy interaction with the crowd.

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EYEPISSGLITTER Studio + On The Road w/Pradda & Kiya Lacey

What is your favorite place to create?

Pradda: Back home, in my hometown with my best friends in any room with everyone writing and creating all in one space. My hometown is so boring and small that there is nothing else to do no distractions, no other options but to make music.

What are your must have travel essentials?

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Pradda: My ads with my Pokemon games for long rides to escape time. Snacks, a ridiculous amount of snacks, and chapstick. I can't go anywhere without chapstick.

You've performed plenty of places now, definitely stepping your live performance cookies up, but what was the most interesting place you've performed?

Kiya: Cumberland Park, it was a dream place to perform and I did it a year after I spoke it into existence. It literally brought tears to my eyes. 

What are your must have travel essentials?

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Kiya: 1. Baby hair toothbrush, baby hair products (Gorilla Snot, Aloe Vera gel, edge control & silk scarf), AUX cord, Trail Mix (indulge from Walmart is pretty fye) and Notebook (love writing in the car and brainstorming ideas.

1. baby hair tooth brush 2.baby hair products (gorilla snot, aloe vera gel, edge control, and silk scarf), 3. AUX CHORD gotta have great music 4. Trail mix (indulge from walmart is pretty fye), 5. notebook (love writing in the car and brainstorming ideas).

What makes this #NEXTFRIDAY show special for you?

PraddaMy friends. Kayvan is one of the first people in this city that i met as a kid still in highschool before I decided to take music seriously. Now he is so involved in molding a new music scene years later and thought to include me. That really means alot to me. Also the other acts being a few artists that are friends as well. I'm really excited to connect with more people and wild out to new music

Kiya: I'm headlining! Ive been on the music scene for about 7 years now, and always was considered the young kid and most thought i was making music as a cute hobby. This is my life. I am truly honored.

Check them out alive this Friday, September 9 in Nashville.  

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Can EYE KICK It | Converse Rain Coat Chucks

Yes, rain coat chucks. As soon as I saw them I was excited because I didn't cop the water resistant ones that came out a few years ago. You remember the solid color yellow, red and blue. They basically looked like kindergarten sneakers.

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Fast forward to future and my favorite colorways olive green and dark green make their debut on my favorite style of sneakers on the water resistant material. They're perfect for traveling in, especially if you find yourself waking up in the wee hours this Fall for those flights and want to throw some kicks on and don't want to worry about a cute baby randomly putting ketchup on your shoe because you know you can easily just wipe them off.

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It's even more LIT because they come out today in a few other colors. They range from $55-$95 and include a cool variety of rain coats to match. Converse.com

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#eyeADVENTURE Photo Contest Challenge 1 | Share a place that inspires you

Inspiration comes from all over. Whether you're at your favorite coffee or tea shop, working out at spin class or across the globe in a hammock watching the clouds; you may find yourself saying eureka (I've actually said this once) or it's LIT because that certain placed sparked an idea.

Well now share it with us. Where is it and why there? Winner will be announced Sunday. And don't forget, I will repost the best and winner gets an exclusive EYEPISSGLITTER goodie.

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#eyeADVENTURE Share Your Travels Photo Contest

So I'm sure after you kept seeing the word #eyeADVENTURE, you thought, what is it exactly? It's finally the day I get to tell you! I've noticed from photos and stories, that 2016 has been a great year for travel! The year isn't over but I've come across so many great stories from friends and it made me think back to my adventures this year as well. From Rio De Janeiro to New Orleans, to Las Vegas to Los Angeles to Phoenix and all away back to New York to Tennessee; it's been a wild ride. 

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But enough about my stories I want to know your favorite places. Where are you finding inspiration? What are you eating? What's your favorite restaurant? Let me know and the best photo gets a sample of my next collection before it comes out.Now don't think, I didn't go out of the country, I didn't leave the state," there are plenty of cool places in your city. Introduce us. Get Ready for Week 1!

NOTE: This contest is via TWITTER. FACEBOOK. INSTAGRAM. Just hashtag #eyeADVENTURE

*How To Play*

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  • Read the challenge

  • Scroll through your thousands of pictures in your phone, choose one.

  • Upload to your Instagram, Facebook or Twitter

  • Hashtag using #eyeADVENTURE

  • Each Sunday, a winner will be announced and photo posted on the EYEPISSGLITTER Instagram

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DESIGN | A Visit To The Pop Art Side of The Nevada Desert

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The MooMoo Girls Minus One. 

The MooMoo Girls Minus One. 

As soon as I saw The Seven Magic Mountains via Instagram I added it to my list of must-sees. I was immediately intrigued and besides being excited to see them, I wondered why they were built in the first place. After doing my research I found out artist Ugo Rondinone was the creator and this was the big version of some of his most famous works. The Swiss born artist doesn't have one specific medium that he uses. But my favorite besides the Seven Magic Mountains is the Spirited, Blue Mountains. I like them because they remind me of Stonehenge.

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Check out some of Ugo Rondinone's work. If you've never heard of him, here's a great start with the Seven Magic Mountains. The exhibit is seven, 30 to 35 feet dayglow totems comprised of painted, locally-sourced boulders. The exhibit is a two year exhibit and it's outside of the Las Vegas desert. Check it out next time you're in Nevada, take a picture and tag it #eyeADVENTURE.

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DESIGN | EYEPISSGLITTER Studio + KianaGirl

Ever so often we'll take you into the studios of various creatives. First our first installment we visit EYEPISSGLITTER Studio with visual artist, KianaGirl. We find out what inspires KianaGirl, why she prefers, Rihanna's Umbrella over Juvenile's U Understand and what gives her a Godlike feeling.

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When did you know that art, specifically visual art was your calling?

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Art has been a hobby of mine for about 11 years, but i didn't start taking myself seriously until here recently. In August of 2015, I found myself single mother of one, living out of my car, with a very low paying job;

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I hence turned to painting to make a little extra cash and completly feel in love with it!

Describe your process i.e. getting ready, are you listening to music, if so what?

Usually it takes me many hours or even days of mental preparation to even come up with my message or visiom for a piece. After sketching out what I want to create, I just listen to music and paint.

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I'm usually listening to Drake, Roy Woods, Alina Baraz, Wilx, Alocodaman or Tate. I've got a pretty open mind when it comes to my music lol.

Most annoying thing you've encountered while creating?

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Time..and never having enough of it. I have a full time job as a teacher, I'm a single mom, and an artist. When I'm painting it's usually at 3 am on a weeknight and I have to clock in at work a couple hours later.

It's frustrating to have so much motivation and no time to use it!


What's your favorite part about painting?

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Wow, can I say everything?? Okay my actual favorite part of painting would have to be mixing colors, which is an art in itself.

Taking different pigments and infusing them together to create new ones is an absolute God-like feeling.

Is there a place you go for inspiration?

Whenever I get a chance to travel I absolutely love visiting botanical gardens, I get so much inspiration in natural beauty that surrounds us.

Rihanna's Umbrella vs. Juvenile's U Understand, which is your most favorite and why?

Definitely Rihanna's Umbrella. I'm such a hopeless romantic lol, I love anything that has to do with love and romance. It's a beautiful thing. 

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DESIGN | How To Hang Your Art Work After You Copped At #ArtHaus

So now you have your first piece of artwork  or maybe your fifth; and like any new additions you have to make space  for it. Luckily, there was a range of pieces to choose from at #ARTHAUS this past Thursday in Nashville.

Exquisite pieces from TrapArtTerry, FluGameQ, RichTheArtist, C3FD, KennyWayneArts, DopeArtDealer, MegPie and CreativeSuppli.

The pop-up shop included finds from Sneakersxspeakers, The Outer Circle and of course new pieces from EYEPISSGLITTER.

I. Be Patient

No, really it's a process but a fun one at that. Don't expect to fill your wall at one time. Start with a focal point and make it the star and put place it on the center of your wall.

II. Get Jiggy

It's your spot, make it reflect your personality. You've already selected your favorite pieces so now it's time to place them where you want. You can tilt your art too (think T.I.'s hat cocked to the side but on your wall).

III. Consistency Is Key

Have fun with it, but don't get too matchy. Use the same colors and mix the prints of the same colors, this show a flow but a difference.

IV. Plan 

One of the best things I have found useful is post it notes. You can put these all over the wall and figure out anything from your life goals to where you want to hang your new art.

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DESIGN | Project Make My Chair Match My Curtains

BEFORE.

BEFORE.

There's nothing like adding your own touch to your home, I mean it is YOUR personal space right? One of my favorite new vices is the touch of mixing the old with the new. In this case, it's re-upholstery. The crafting of it is simply relaxing with hardcore (no Lil' Kim) work. Seeing the end result is a definite WOW factor.

AFTER.

AFTER.

My first upholstery client in Nashville really set the bar. She wanted to turn a dining room chair into a piece that was welcoming and had the fun factor that matched her curtains. I was into the project immediately. Most of the work was taking it apart and the most fun. Next it was measuring and making sure I had every part of the chair tight but not too tight.

Seeing it come together was magical. The end result, a happy client and a designer that wanted to keep the chair. 

It's almost my turn, on the hunt for a cool chair and a fun fabric to complement the cribnasium.

Question of the Day

What dream fabric would you add to a chair?

Comment below.


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DESIGN | Can You Overuse Something You Love | Gucci Mane Enters The Kitchen

So I decided to go from a wallpaper to a pillow to a lamp to travel pouch to now...a placemat for my Gam. I chose a traditional kitchen table set, but of course I'm going to add my own twist influenced by none other than Anna Lee Johnson. I kept telling myself I want something bright but not too crazy and of course I had to make my fam, The Prblms a part of my home yet again. 

This time I opted for a EYE catching piece that was both functional and a conversational piece. So here is to you Gam...keep it clean woman.

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DESIGN | When Music Matches Your Vibes | DJ Mike Nasty x Untitled 001

Ever so often something magical happens, well ehh, I take that back it happens a lot. But catching the good vibes of music that go along with your day can heavily influence the way you carry on with it. Upbeat and catchy can always change a blah day to a great day.

In this case, DJ Mike Nasty did just that. Evolving from a DJ to producer seems easy when playing his latest Untitled: 001.

The mix features three tracks that are easily something you can sew to (in my case), clean to or just vibe out and talk over but realize you're listening to something with replay value. Take a listen here and tell me what track you'll be listening to in your cribnasium.

Mike Nasty | Untitled: 001

 

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DESIGN | It's LIT In Your Cribnasium: How to Go To Coachella W/O Actually Going

One of the best things (besides my birthday) about April is the weather and also, you guessed it, Coachella Music and Arts festival. But let's say you went online January 6, 2016 and you missed out, tickets sold out immediately.

Then you hopped on Stubhub and thought, "Maybe I don't really want to go and if anything I'll wait until it gets closer to April."

Well, you're still in luck and another gem of the actual festival is the stay. I'm talking about hotels, Airbnbs, the resorts, the restaurants and just the overall settings. Most of the time people stay in Indio, Joshua Tree and my favorite place, Palm Springs.

The style in Palm Springs is like no other, bright colors, mid-century mixed with a relaxed feel! Above is a photo of just how to add a little Coachella Festival into your home.

  1. Incorporate Life | Add a plant into the room, especially a cactus.

  2. Get Mixie | In a good way, you can mix and match prints; try it with a blanket and pillow.

  3. Show Your Art | Don't feel like buying a painting, DIY it and head over to Michael's for a blank canvas and paint what you feel.

  4. Accessorize Your Thug | Working with an all white room, let your accessories do the talking; candles, vases even board games can make a difference.

Have you tried these? Let me know and send your photos to Tatiana@eyepissglitter.co.uk

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DESIGN | How to Mix Vintage Love & Modern Edge For Your Cribnasium

As we get ready to dive into the new year, we usually look to throw a lot of the old things away; with the exception of photos (unless it was a bad break-up). One of my favorite things to use in any space, especially the CRIBNASIUM (your home) are photos. And not just any photos, family. I feel blessed that my Mama kept a lot of photos of my Gam and Grandpa as well as my Great-Aunts, Uncles, cousins and more. I realize there is so much history in these pictures and one thing that they all have are so much LIFE!

And what is a home without LIFE! With the photos being black and white they are already lively but since I'm going for a Palm Springs kind of feel, I wanted to add color without editing the photos. 

Luckily, I made a trip to Homegoods with my cousin Jessica in Huntsville, Alabama. The tripped turned to be great exciting and I left with these goodies. 

I love the tile design, it reminds me of Palm Springs, Cabo and a vibrant feel. I believe it adds an edge to the photos and still keeps the warm feel of love and admiration. 

How will you add a new edge to your home?

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DESIGN | Surprising Facts I Found About Vinyl Record Sales. Kind of.

My love of vinyl is more than just the music on them, but the feeling inside and the vibe creates for my home or where ever they are played. It makes you automatically listen to an entire album. But it looks like I'm not the only one. Check out a few facts I found about vinyl record sales that may surprise you too.

Candy x Foxy Brown via EYEPISSGLITTER Studio.

Candy x Foxy Brown via EYEPISSGLITTER Studio.

Vinyl Record Revenues Have Surpassed Free Streaming Services Like Spotify.

This was very surprising to me. As much as I buy records, finding out people are buying these and spending more than they spend on Spotify (my other favorite spot) was very interesting but also very encouraging. Stay tuned and see what other surprises I found about vinyl via Wow247.

Read more here.

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DESIGN | Dreams Are Rea: I Did An Art Exhibit With Xavier Payne & It's LITesha Campbell

I had a dream I was who I am becoming. Or maybe not a dream but it wasn't too long ago that I told my Mama (Dance In Heaven) that when I grow up I want to be an artist, correction, "The first African-American artist," I think I was trying to say I wanted to be me African-American and a unique artist as far as my work. Later it became, archaeologist, Egyptologist, fashion designer, ballerina, ninja, talk show host, magazine editor and yeah, these were my career dream lists in fourth grade.

Fast forward to now a great exhibit at Blend Studios (79 Arcade Building, Nashville, TN) put on by the great Xavier Payne, one of my favorite artists of all time featuring the dope sounds of DJ i75 and a few pieces from myself. I was extremely honored, humbled and grateful. I got to step in to Xavier's world and mix my own with it. 

We worked together previously on the Liberty Barber Boutique project (#FreeEnergi| Good Karma In Effect) and with the best event going on in Nashville, THE SET, by Protect The Culture a subsidiary of 2LsOnAcloud. Get ready for the December edition for that too!

In conclusion, it's not too late. Check out our exhibit from now until November 30.