Gritty City: Meet New York’s most underrated creatives (Vol 1)

FIVE CREATIVES HELPING SHAPE CULTURE The big apple is absolutely flooded with talent, enough for even us to feel overwhelmed at times in terms of coverage. Don't think we're not watching and taking notes though. These individuals have been making waves creatively and deserve their shine. Every other week we'll put out a quick list of creatives in NYC who...

5 questions with photographer Chris Zapata

An exclusive sit down with the up and coming NYC shooter You're never as bad as you say you are and you're never as good as you think. The statement sits in Chris Zapata's bio, serving as words to live by for the popular NYC photographer. While he may remain humble about his growing catalogue of raw portraits, we here...

Artist Profile: Jessie Vaughn

H-Town's own For today's feature, Gritty Vibes' own Travion January tracked down a Texas artist who's pop culture style artwork has him buzzing across social media. Check em out. Please introduce yourself. Where are you from? What was your upbringing like? Jesse Vaughn, Houston, TX born & raised. Growing up I had a great childhood with loving parents, as well as a...

Artist profile: Matt Clayburn

The North Carolina artist is on the rise Most artist consider a repost from an influencer such as Indya Marie a coming of age sort of feel, one that separates them from their peers and gains them much needed exposure. Matt Clayburn earned just that, as the popular model put his work on the display of her 780k followers. One...

Five questions with Raven Lee

The small town artist with the big time skills. We recently had the pleasure of interviewing Raven Lee, the Deep South artist with a unique Afrocentric style. We hit her up to get her take on life and art. Enjoy! Where are you from & what was your upbringing like? I'm from Zachary Louisiana a small town right outside Baton Rouge. I've...

Meet the artist who has the internet buzzing with his controversial work

The fearless talent behind some of the culture's most polarizing pieces When Watson Mere made his rounds throughout social media to post his latest piece of Art entitled "American thought", a civil war of words erupted in comment sections almost immediately. The art work, which features a black woman laying down with a white man as they read books quite...

Meet the woman behind some of the internet’s coolest artsy mashups

The artist is blurring lines between the culture's favorite themes Pablo Picasso once famously said "Everyone is born an artist. The problem is how to remain one once we grow up." When looking at Ashleigh Sharmaine's work though, it is clear that she is very much grown, and has managed to keep her talent and artistic spirit intact. While her...

This late blooming London artist expresses the beauty of black culture in his work

The digital artist is rising fast When looking at his body of work, it can be hard to believe that Ashley Straker was not considered a talented artist just a few years ago. Whether he's his own toughest critic, or he really did improve at an amazing rate, Straker has arrived now, and his art speaks for itself. The London...

Meet the creator of the innovative platform “Realtalk4theculture.com”

Inside the mind of the eccentric Jersey artist. The term "For the culture" gets thrown around a lot these days, often by people who, in actuality, are out for themselves. The art community in particular has evolved into a free for all, with talented people often stepping on each other to get to the next level rather than helping one...

From cubicles to murals: Meet the insanely talented Terrance Vann

The artist has came up...and he isn't finished. When Terrance Vann gazes up at the gigantic Wilmington mural that he created, he can't help but get emotional. After all, just two years ago he was confined to a cubicle with his his talent on standby in what seemed to be a dead end situation. Fast forward to present day, Vann's...
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