Dallas has always had an artistic soul. The culture and heritage of our city, like most great cities, owes a tremendous debt to the arts community. Supporting local art is something we care deeply about and we’d like to do everything we can to help the local arts community thrive. Unfortunately, too often media attention is monopolized by corporate interests and tabloid gossip – but culture doesn’t come from a focus on celebrity breakups it comes from a focus on the arts.
Below, you’ll find some incredible artists from in and around Arlington that we hope you will check out, follow and support.
I wasn’t allowed to listen to rap until I was about six or seven years old but once I heard it I was hooked. Everybody knew I wanted to be a rapper when I was younger. Somewhere along the line, I think in high school, all that energy shifted to making beats. Read more>>
I joined the Army to get off the farm, and spent my free time drawing and learning songs. After my discharge, I couldn’t decide whether to study art or play music. “You can’t chase two rabbits,” said a friend. “Go after the one that looks like a better meal.” Read more>>
Ibrahim “Lejin” Elahi
Dancing was always a dream of his but due to his surroundings and lack of opportunities, he pursued sports up until his sophomore year in college at The University of Texas at Arlington where he ran track until he suffered a broken ankle and torn hamstring that stopped him from running again. Read more>>
I’ve been told to be a very entertaining person and a great storyteller cause interesting things always happen to me. I’ve heard too often “Odion doesn’t say much, but when she does it’s hilarious.” And I’ve been looking for a way to portray that in a natural and authentic way. Read more>>
Art saved my life in a sense and I wouldn’t trade creating for anything. I can see me doing this for as long as God enables me to. I’m most at peace when I’m working on something artistic. Read more>>
When it was time to pick a major in college, my mom really wanted me to do the typical degrees and go for something like nursing – safe and reliable. But my heart wasn’t in nursing. It was in the creative field, and I was adamant that I could forgor the title of starving artist. Read more>>
Kayley Nell Walker
Music has always been a constant in my life. As a kid with an overactive imagination, I would always make up songs to entertain my elementary school friends. I loved the feeling of singing and creating stories to make people happy. Read more>>
Brandcocky is confiedence in your personal brand. Bringing awareness to how you preceive your work and how other preceive you. Taking responsiblity for ownig your space in the market place. Its brought me to an elevated place in the industry. Read more>>
Getting out the military in 2008, I tried to find my place in the civilian world. I then worked for a civil engineering firm as a drafting technician. I worked odd jobs off of Craigslist regarding art. Fed up with my list to create. I quit the engineering firm one day, and starting doing murals the next. Read more>>
After working as a guitarist in Houston I decided I wanted to take the leap and pursue my original music in Austin, Texas full time. I moved with little notice and no job. That’s when everything really began. Read more>>