Today we’d like to introduce you to The Last Chapterr.
The Last Chapterr, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
It all started when I was 16. One late night, an old man fell asleep on the wheel as I was walking and unfortunately hit me with his car. After that, I wasn’t able to walk and/or go outside. Basically, wasn’t able to do anything for a year! Being indoors and laying in bed for a year led to really bad health issues.
But, the good thing that came with this experience was finding my ability to create art in many different ways. It helped me find the passion I was lacking in life. It helped me find… me. Before the whole incident with the car, I was mainly just out doing graffiti and yes, I understand that that is art but, that just wasn’t for me. While doing that, the only fun part about it to me was meeting people and seeing the difference in creativity between almost everyone. Also, marking down my street name everywhere. Back to being indoors, I started to paint a lot more as time passed. I also designed prints on T-shirts to help me get out there while I was at what some people call home. As I started to walk again, I stopped making art due to the curiosity within me of wanting to see the world for what it truly is and what feels to me, what I missed for the year that I lost from my life. That’s when I got into photography. I wanted to capture everything from houses burning to cholos outside ready to steal your latest iPod. It was tough growing up in the hood.
From getting shot at to getting jumped for a bike. In my point of view, living in this type of environment, Who wouldn’t want to take pictures of realistically insane moments with action and expression that aren’t easy to duplicate. When I turned 21, I thought to myself, years are going by I’m getting older and smarter. Immediately, I get kicked out of my house because although I was still making money, I didn’t have a job. From then on, I ended up sleeping on rooftops. Cold out of my mind. Freezing! So cold, I wouldn’t wish it upon anyone. Those nights made me realize and appreciate so much.
One night I saw three shooting stars and it might be cheesy to see but, it made me feel a lot better. I tried my best and got my shit together. I started working and started investing that money into my art. It helped me buy the materials I needed for example canvases, paint and stuff to make clothing. As an artistic perfectionist, I love making myself look good because, in my eyes, fashion, an outlook and aesthetics are important. I do hate when I see anybody with the same shirt or outfit as me or anyone else at that matter. The world is big! Each human being in this world has at least one different idea and it’s all about being unique. I started getting into fashion from seeing how I can make a plain shirt look better overall or even a pair of plain white Nike’s. My pain and struggle made me who I am today. Doing photography, designing custom fashion apparel for music artists and many more talents that I’m still trying to bring out from and for myself.
Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
Although I appreciate my past path, it wasn’t easy. There were many challenges and obstacles I had to face. But, the one challenge that affected me most was being stuck on a wheelchair for a year. Being on a wheelchair isn’t so bad. The reason I hated it so much is because I had no help from family or friends. From having to go downstairs with no help, having to throw my wheelchair downstairs and then gradually moving my body step by step. Then having to go upstairs and many other struggles to do with that like, being homeless and having nowhere to go.
Fleur De Luna – what should we know? What do you do best? What sets you apart from the competition?
All of my work is a piece of art to me.
I am known for my photography, paintings and custom fashion apparel. In my photography, I try to capture the difference in realistic lifestyles from the hood to the upper class. How they struggle as much as each other, how similar situations can be yet completely different and in completely different surroundings. From the hustle to just a Saturday night.
What is “success” or “successful” for you?
Always stay humble! Determinism, heart and being one of a kind are essential to succeeding. Willing to do anything for your art and/or career yet, still being true to oneself is the way to success. All I want is for my art to be discovered by people and them knowing and appreciating my ability to create. Getting paid for what I love to do.
- PHOTOGRAPHY – $100 AN HOUR
- PAINTINGS – 24×36 $350
- DESIGNER WORK – $400
- FILMING – $500
- Phone: 8189188529
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Instagram: The.last.chapterr
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