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“INSPIRE” A Photography Exhibition By Nicholas Coulter

Nicholas Coulter is a St.Louis photographer whose work has taken him high and far. Whether it’s from seeing his work all over social media doing shots with local artist and models or from seeing a NFL team use his images on their social account. Nicholas really takes his talents to the next level and will also be hosting his first ever solo event “INSPIRE” A Photography Exhibition by Nicholas Coulter.

I met Nicholas before photography took his heart. When I met him he was passionate about two things… Family & Football. Someone I noticed that passed on the passion he shared on the field, now into his lens.

Photograph taken by Trina Rager

I once read a tweet from Nicholas that stated that he promise his grandmother that he would make it to the NFL and live out his dreams. Nicholas did just that indeed but by taking a different route. I asked him, “Explain the feeling  you had when you finally accomplished the goal you promise your grandmother years ago?”

My grandmother played a key role in my life. She would always offer some form of wisdom or story telling to help alter my perspective when dealing with certain situations. Unfortunately this conversation was the last in person we shared before her passing a few days before Christmas.

I was preparing to head off to Los Angeles, CA for Football Camp so I stopped by my grandmothers to say hi & share a few good laughs and get a hug before I departed.
We stood on her porch as the sunset, discussing my goals & aspirations. I was sad because I knew she wouldn’t be able to travel all the way to Cali to see me play so I had to promise that once I made it to the NFL I’d fly her out and she’d be front row to cheer me on. I was determined to make it to the NFL, ever since I started playing football at 7.

Unfortunately Cali didn’t work out and I took a road less traveled. I came home to Saint Louis & really dug deep into my heart. I remembered everything my grandmother told me & engraved it into my heart. After seeing football not go as planned, I saved up every last dollar and purchased my first camera. Not knowing what to expect I dove right into it & began my journey. The first picture I took was of my Brother Brock Seals, he’s an musician/painter.

Fast Forward to October of 2014 and I was working with my hometown Saint Louis Rams on a collaboration project. One of my good friends Janoris Jenkins wanted Brock Seals to paint a pair of his cleats for breast cancer awareness. That was the beginning of our journey into the NFL.

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Now Brock & myself work together with Several NFL teams painting & photographing the players & their cleats.

I’ve always dreamed of times like this, it shows never to give up on your dream & enjoy the journey because it’s a beautiful struggle to the top & im all for it.

Christmas Edition- Su’a Cravens Washington Redskins

“How does it feel to know that this Saturday you’ll be hosting your first solo show? That must be a big moment in any artist’s career. All the limelight is on you. And everyone that came, came to support you. Explain how does it feel to finally be at this point to take this first big step into the future? And what are some goals you plan on achieving next?”

It’s feels amazing… I’m proud, I’m grateful & most importantly honored, especially with my first showcasing being in my Hometown of Saint Louis.

As the days to my exhibition is approaching many emotions erupt, I think back to the beginning of when I had that glimpse of inspiration towards photography which fueled mi fire. The feeling of all my loved ones coming out to celebrate & indulge into my artwork is a feeling I’ll cherish forever.

Honestly, I’m prepared for what’s ahead, I’ve been sharpening my skills & praying for times like this. Photography is what makes me genuinely happy & has created friendships and connections that I’ll be able to utilize moving forward.

My goal is to become the greatest photographer that I can be & find true happiness through it. My mission is to inspire & reach those who may be confused or discourage with the path they are traveling on now. I want them to know to enjoy the journey and believe in what they are doing 100%.

Goals that I will accomplish: 

Be featured in National Geographic. Document the Super Bowl & See my nephew grow and prosper through photography. Also put my family in a mansion by the lake, my momma always wanted that.

It’s safe to say that Nicholas, is one of a kind and his work will last a lifetime. 

All paintings by Brock Seals & photographed by Nicholas Coulter.

ANWAR

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Q & A with ANWAR…Shmay talks with the man behind the deep voice and strange tunes.

Q: How would you describe your sound?

A: I would say unorthodox? Unpredictable?

I have no clue how I am going to deliver sounds on my next beat, it’s all in the moment. I only have 8 songs on my page so far & I would say each are boldly different. I use different voices often so it’s just no telling what’ll come out. I love slow old school vibes though so sometimes shit is very slow and sometimes it’s upbeat.

Q: What do you want people to think when they hear your music?

A: I want them to think about whatever I made the song about, or feel what I was trying to portray, listen to my song Pussy Slayer and you can feel/hear all the dogs/men feigning for their next female conquer.  

Q: What’s next for your hair?

A: Eh, I’m leaving it for right now just to continue growing, I expect to make it all one color again in the far future.

Q:  Favorite artists?

I’ve had plenty favorite artists before but right now I don’t have one to be honest, my all time is Kanye though, the MBDTF album is my life goal, to be in that music heaven, I fuck with Abel’s sound as well, Trilogy changed my life for real.

Q: How does modeling compare to music?

A: Well I don’t even really model, I’ve just been taking photos with my friends for years, I still don’t take as many as I should, I just hate the norm of the same poses same fits, same way of uploading, so it looks like I take it hella serious when that’s just how I like my photos & how I’ve been doing it.

Q:  What inspires you?

A: What inspires me? Hmm, beautiful ass music and a beautiful ass female inspire me, those will get/keep me going through life.

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Q: Last song you listened to?

Last thing I listened to.   emboidered sailing jackets by rosegoldwall1e https://soundcloud.com/rosegold_wallie/emboidered-sailing-jackets

on #SoundCloud

Q: What is your dream collaboration?

A: Right now my dream collab is a song with me & Abra, I feel like my deep voice behind her sweet voice would be epic as hell.

Q: So what can we expect coming from you next?

A: “More videos, pictures & music, all I have to offer to the world”.

 I think different is an understatement when it comes to Anwar. His music reflects that unpredictability he has, he’s not just one person- each song showcases a dynamic personality and view. He has an eye for what’s dope, beautiful and abstract for sure. His music can be kinda eerie, sounds from another dimension, but the lyrics bang and it all comes together in a unique way. In between the songs, you can catch him killing the instagram game, flaming up with other EF feature Matty Wood$ or having intricate battles with Tim the cat on the snap.  

Trina Rager.. Hi-C, Highlighting Creatives

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You couldn’t tell just by looking at her, standing a sweet petite 4’10 and sporting a smile that is equal parts sunshine and quirky familiarity, but this chick packs a punch. When I met Trina, I reached out after seeing her sleek powerful pictures on my instagram timeline and we quickly made plans to shoot downtown within the week. I am a total rookie, I was nervous even just to DM her. Professional and polite and relatable are words I would use to describe my first impression of her from the internet to picking her up on the southside to us finding decent parking downtown; she made me comfortable. And just as quickly as she made me feel it, it wasn’t long until I realized I was working with a gifted individual. Any traces of hesitation and indecision were scooted off center stage to make way for a fiery passion and wicked eye for angles, architecture and color tones. She is powerful behind the camera, and made me feel like Tyra Banks’ pale niece. However, don’t be fooled, power and direction from behind the lens is not all there is to her.

 

I asked Trina what it means to her to be a “creative” and she explained how complex it really is and how it affects who she is. On a personal level, she attributes mental health and being misunderstood to drive her to reveal emotions through the camera and her models, that otherwise she couldn’t or, per usual, most people don’t take the time to listen and feel her. Her passion has spread out from herself, and by her definition being a creative is also a way to inspire others to take that leap. Trina also attributes personal growth to her journey as a creative, as her photography became a service she developed herself as a business woman and created a personal professionalism and standard of ethics which not everyone has.

 

Her advice she wishes she could tell the younger Trina or any new photographers-to-be is that “nothing is handed to you”. She has this concept down. Trina is a grab the opportunity out of the air kind of gal, but also someone willing to reach out and create networks for herself. Another thing she had to digest as a photographer is that people will always compare your work to others, and she’s learned to accept and absorb those things. A firm believer in collaborations, Trina hopes for all creatives, in St. Louis or otherwise, to start banding together instead of creating or feeding off of animosity.

 

 

On the topic of St. Louis, Trina is loud and proud and observant. 314’s time is coming, and she is going to be a part of it. Making moves, like the go-getter she is, while we talked Trina dropped the news that she’s going to New York soon. Traveling and investing in herself she has even bought a deadly cool film camera. Beyond photography, this girl is w o k e. Something super admirable about her is on her photography insta (@trinarager) is that her captions range from minimalist to full fledged, uncut rants as her fire comes out once again. She believes in fighting the wrongs of the world, learning about other cultures and snapping on those who deserve it. For all around updates, check out her website trinarager.com, you get a taste for her ability to connect with her models and her killer eye. Keep an eye out for her this summer STL and don’t sleep or hesitate to contact her for a collab. I’m so glad I met her, she’s one of a kind.

RY

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St. Louis graphic design artist Ryan Dickson aka RY. Brings his own style and creativity to his pieces of work. Earning a degree in graphic design RY has been taught by great artist and his work is very consistent.

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His artwork is reflective of his commitment and drive to perfect his craft. RY can produce stunning business cards and impressive logo designs. Also turning headshots and action photos into his own virtual reality.

Receiving appreciation posts and shout outs for the work he has done on famous artist such as Rae Sremmurd and St. Louis’s own Smino, RY can create art that is unique and special for each customer. He has displayed and sold art locally at First Friday and other artistic events. Recently invited to Chicago’s popular art show Pancakes & Booze, RY has begun filling customer’s homes, offices, and other art filled places with his customized pieces. Check out RY’s artwork here .

Dont Triad

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It’s probably safe to say you’ve seen the 3 intertwined triangles around the city of St.Louis. Mic Auston is the St.Louis native who is responsible. Mic’s clothing brand “Dont Traid” is one of the hottest local brands out  and we took a deeper look inside.

 

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We got the chance to talk to Mic a bit and asked him how far does he plan to expand his brand ” I plan to develop my brand into a worldwide staple for streetwear enthusiasts  but still keeping it much more limited than other bigger brands.”

 

 

Mic also informed us that he has a release coming out this week. ” I got releases all month and for every month for the duration of 2017. I’m putting together a very big pop-up shop soon so they can look forward to something special” Be Sure to stay on the look out for more big things to come from Dont Traid. Photography by Nicholas Coulter.

 

ZaeAhead

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Meet ZaeAhead, the Maneuver & Creator. The St.Louis native is starting to create a growing buzz lately with his intense colors and unique designs.We got the chance to sit down with Zae to get a deeper look into the creator and what we can expect in the near future.

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“My biggest inspirations as far as art and fashion have to Nigo, Basquiat, Takashi Murakami, Ye’. I really could go on but these people probably have had the biggest influence on me. They all are creatives that have their own style, ideologies, and way of doing things that’s solely them. When I’m working on anything whether it’s visuals, customizing some pants or a jacket, a canvas I try to portray vibrancy and darkness in everything. I’ve always been receptive to vibes and emotions around me. Whether it’s the music I’m listening to or pictures I’m looking at I try to channel all that inspiration into my art revealing vibrancy and darkness. That’s my aesthetic.”

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“I’ve been into art and fashion since I was young. I really started taking art serious in high school, working with acrylic and watercolor paint. I was always doing some creative shit whether it was shooting visuals, painting, or styling. I started customizing clothing about a year and a half ago. I’ve been in about 4 art shows since then, the fifth Vibes being one of the key ones where I got a chance to display my work with STL’s coldest creatives.”

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“Currently I’m just working on customizations I should be done soon. I have a pop up with new art and visuals at mizzou on the 28th. Most importantly, EXPECT MY FIRST OFFICIAL CLOTHING DROP THIS SUMMER 2 MONTHS. more details soon, I’ve been taking my time with everything but this summer I’m coming for sure. love.”