Candid Convos II: Shakir Manners

I met Shakir back in 2015 on Instagram. I think we always had an understanding of helping each other get better with our crafts by collaborating. Two years of photos to accompany the Candid Convo Shoot and Audio. I don’t wanna say too much because the images and audio tells the perfect story.  Most of the photos were shot on my Canon AE-1 with the following Film Stocks: Kodak: 400 MAX, Ectachrome 64, and 200. Ilford 100, 200, and 400. I also shot some photos on a Canon 650D 35mm.

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0:22 “I Just like to draw, some people like to do math and stuff like that. “

0:41 My mother would put us in different programs and events: dance, African dance, Hip Hop cultural events

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2:28 “I told him my name is Shakir!”

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2:40 “And then I begin to look at more graffiti in my community”

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4:58 I started doing volunteer work for galleries and the community.

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5:08 “That’s what separated me from the other artist there was only 2 or 3 people doing artistry like me. But I was the only  person doing walls! Who was doing Graffiti! and who was doing Murals. And not brushed murals, I’m talking spray-paint Murals!

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7:07 I basically pitched a couple of friends of mine, with a their own business and  non-profit business to sponsor me. To drive cross country for my own graffiti tour and just to soak up as much knowledge and graffiti as I could”

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7:47 I remember the night I put together the presentation.

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9:48 Cultivating your Connections

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11:14 “Oh My Burger”

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14:42 Their Shit was way better than mine. Their shit was dope as fuck! 

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16:43 It was hard man, it was real was life or death situations

18:45 I got rid of my car so I can enjoy the weather more

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19:56 “You gotta be adventurous bro”

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20:52 “If they give you that Opportunity…

Be Humble…

And You Go There With Your Paint…

You Put Your Music On…

You Groove Out…

YOU TRY TO KILL THAT SHIT”

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22:04 “IMA WORK HARDA THAN EVERYBODY”

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23:18 SHAK: How can you not go with theses signs?!

DOMO: When you work hard you just get blessed.

SHAK: YOU JUST GET BLESSED!

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27:12 “I’M TALKING ABOUT ROCKING THE WALL!

ROCKING THE WALL!!!”

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“Inspiring people”

Most of the photos were shot on my Canon AE-1 with the following Film Stocks: Kodak: 400 MAX, Ectachrome 64, and 200. Ilford 100, 200, and 400. I also shot some photos on a Canon 650D 35mm. Some Photos of finished Murals were provided by Shakir Manners.
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Candid Convos I: Trokon

Greetings!

So for my first photography series, I’ve decided to make a documentary style album of Black Artists, that I am close friends with. I consider these individuals beyond talented, but more importantly as great as their Art is, their stories has so much value. I believe this will allow people connect to their Art more. So welcome to Candid Convos! My first sit down is with someone that, I have a high level of respect and appreciation for, allow me to introduce to the world of Trokon , his work and his story.

I didn’t want to force you all to watch a slide-show, so the audio is on a separate player so you can scroll through the images and look at some during a certain time stamp so you know what we are referencing during this Candid Convo.

 

Trokon’s home and workspace. All paintings are gifts from other Artists who are friends of Trokon.

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13:31 Ebonique

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15: 44 “Portraits In Motion”

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17:08 “I kept Going at it”

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19:07 “When I die I want my home to become a museum”THUM000000090000000023490009

19:49 “My Collection”

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22:19 “Milan”

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23:39 “The Flower Crown”

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24:34 “I Kept The Crown”

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25:25 The Flower Crown Series and the spin off of it

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28:22 “The Respect I have for Women is Very High” THUM000000140000000023490014THUM000000130000000023490013

 

28:50 “That made me want to be different and do other shit”

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30:00 “Pin Ups Series”

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35:50 “The Many Face God”

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Thank you for listening

All Candid Photos of Trokon in Color shot with Canon AE-1 Fuji 400 35 mm Film

All Black & White shot with Ilford 400

To see Trokon’s entire photo collection visit: http://www.trokonvhill.com/