Its 6pm in DC, and i’m running late to a Push the City event where i’ll be a featured artist. Dc traffic is forever unforgiving and even my elusive driving wasn’t enough to get us there in time. With that being said, we arrived when we arrived and I’m happy with the spot I ended up with. You may be curious as to what’s “Live First Friday,” well to sum it up, it’s a collaborative event incepted by young professionals that focuses on providing space and exposure for aspiring musicians, vendors, and artists, of the DMV area. It’s a space of creativity, culture, and networking. Back to the story— so we arrive (after going to the wrong address and I have my Crew of NEK team helping out with my materials and art.Let’s just say I bought A LOT OF STUFF (Shown below) and they saved my life and stress lol
late set-up | order in chaos
Alongside my set-up, there were 5 other creatives that showcased their unique work and a handful of musical artists that embellished a low-lit, eclectic, italian restaurant in a laid back DC area. This was the mood and I was all for it. The night went by and 3 hours turned to 30 minutes as we interacted, networked, vibed, and immersed ourselves in the ever inviting space. I rarely go to events with the intention to make $$$ but I was fortunate enough to find a home to 3 of my pieces: “Pot Heads”, “Let’s Eat,” and “Shiny Poke-ball.”(Left to Right).
Im never pressed to sell work and tbh that moment of someone yearning to take your work home, is one of the most fulfilling aspects of being an artist, and this feeling will always supersede compensation. It’s the same feeling I have when someone gets my work tattooed on them (Real TEARZZZ).
But fr it was a very important event for me. Not only did it allow my to gain some in-person and online exposure, but it allowed me to find reaffirmation in my passion and ability which I needed cause i’ve been on a creative reclusion lately, which is ok, because life needs balance and so does creation—although, It’s something i’ve come to embrace. I also found reaffirmation that my family is my biggest group of supporters and I wouldn’t be half the artist that I am today, if it wasn’t for them.
To wrap it all up, this event really nourished me— mentally, creatively, and professionally. I’m so content with how my set-up turned out, the people I shared stories with, and the general people that added substance to the space. I also found growth in my first ever live painting opportunity.
Thank you to Addison and Mike for involving me with Push the City and thank you to everyone that took the time to expand your mind just a tad and indulge and invest time and energy into the artists of today and tomorrow. You are truly appreciated. Look out for the next Push events, coming very very soon. Peace and Love.
I've been doing art since I was a child with my older brother, Jordan Moore (AKA YED.SLIME). When I was younger my graffiti tag name was 'NEK' (first three letters of my name backwards). Since then, it's somewhat stuck.