It’s been a short while since my last mixtape so for my latest project PETRO I pulled together some songs that I’ve been giving a lot of burn recently. Also linked with my homie Tev over at HausofSoup.com and he blessed me with cover art for your eyes. Here’s the flame for your ears:
SCRILLIARD X LAMB$ – “WHERK”
it was his voiceit was his mouthit was his lipsnotin his eyesjustin his wordsjustin his kissit wasn’t himit was his laughit was his teethit was his tonguecuz he was young…it was his speechit was his shirtit was his jeansit was his scenthe wasn’t rudehe wasn’t meanbutit wasn’t meantit wasn’t himit was just mehe wasn’t it- jhené aiko efuru chilombo
Modern artist Delano Brown Jr. hails from the DC-Maryland-Virginia area of the U.S. commonly referred to as the DMV. Baltimore to be exact. As a quick Google search of “YeahLano” will show you, this is one talented man. The 22 year-old with the gifted hands got his start as a tattooist, and found that his desire to design couldn’t be contained in just body art. No, Lano had to create. After all, he is the world’s first artrepreneur (yes, he made up a word too).
This is a guy who is inspired by life, and who wants to spread his good vibes to the world. This free spirited creator lets his life imitate his art, and vice-versa.
Exhibit A: Lano gets a dog.
Exhibit B: Lano turns said dog into art.
His crisp, refreshingly detailed work offers a peek into the mind of one of the premiere artists of our generation. Having already been featured in the New York Times, Lano is very quickly embedding himself in the zeitgeist. When you are as talented as he is, the world is your canvas; Mr. Brown has left his mark on everything from skin, to garment, furniture, cars, homes and more. This guy will work his wrist and transform an ordinary object into a masterpiece. Though his wearable pieces are in hot demand these days, he has stated his long-term focus is art, and not strictly fashion.
His work transcends industries, and his spirit is felt in every piece he lets go. Celebrities and taste makers alike have taken notice, and Lano’s pieces have been acquired by the like of Chris Brown, Kevin Durant, Fabolous, and have even been featured in hit music videos, like on Future in the “Love Me” video with Lil Wayne and Drake. And the list doesn’t end there.
But don’t fret. Lano cares about us regular people too. Though his custom jobs may be pricey, LANOFORPUBLIC was created with us in mind. LANOFORPUBLIC is a line that Lano has recently decided to make in-house; bringing you upscale urbanwear straight from the man himself. “Wearable art” as he calls it. As an artist who specializes in exclusivity, Lano sure knows how to capitalize on being accessible. As recently as three days ago, he reportedly made over $50,000 moving LANOFORPUBLIC pieces in the 7 days prior.
His Instagram page might be one of the best visual experiences you can have for free. He uses it as a virtual portfolio, and I must say I appreciate it. He turns captions into hints for his treasure hunts, and even gets inspirational sometimes. There are more than a few nuggets that one can pick up from the @yeahlano page on IG. If you’re lucky enough, you may even catch him in your area, leaving these beautiful, unique pieces for people to find. For free.
Like this guy
If you aren’t so lucky, you can head over to the newly redesigned LANOFORPUBLIC.com and shop his collections. Most of the pieces are available only for a limited time, or in limited quantities. So you might wanna move fast. Tell em the Haus sent you.
Keep scrolling for more Lano extras, and more aesthetic gems courtesy of Instagram:
(Interview w/ The Center Mag roughly two years ago.)
(#HausMix no. 6 dropped the other day…check it out here!) Modern artist Delano Brown Jr…Modern Artists Unlimited Showcase: Delano Brown (#HausMix no. 6 dropped the other day…check it out here!) Modern artist Delano Brown Jr…
- fact #1: we are NOT all lesbians.
- fact #2: no, this was not the result of a haircut gone wrong.
- fact #3: we can still wear headbands.
- fact #4: WE ARE NOT ALL LESBIANS.
- fact #5: no matter how many times you remind us it's short, we're aware our hair is fucking short.
- fact #6: we are not our hair. regardless of what's on our scalps, we're damn beautiful.
Dominique Mornyang for Elle South Africa