This is crazy how it’s three people from my family in this prison, and only one of us can leave when they’re ready. That’s enough for me
Then I started studying fashion films. So I started filming my work that had to have a narrative to it, some type of storyline. There, the storylines took off, and the fashion became less important for me. I created this whole world around the clothing. In the midst of all of that, I was showcasing Philadelphia, meaning, I would go around to different places: Old City, South Philly, North Philly, West Philly, the suburbs, and I would have the garments in these environments, to help tell the different stories.
From there, I got into the subcultures of Philadelphia: people who were cyclists, skateboarders, dancers, hardcore. The list goes on and on. I had all these different people, with all these different professions and things that they like to do. I said, “My brand name was called Animated Man. Whatever you like to do, you can do it in my garments.” That is the nexus of what my work is right now. Everything I’m doing right now just spawned from that.
LC: What shifted for you where it started to feel more personally fulfilling?
Defenders of the Republic
This story is part of a partnership between The Philadelphia Citizen and Forman Arts Initiative to highlight creatives in every neighborhood in Philadelphia. It will run on both The Citizen and FAI’s websites.