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SheeRo

In a world where men are consistently idolized, Id like to use my platform not to idolize woman

but to appreciate their everyday

fight to do something more than what the norm expects of them.

They say its a mans world

But it would be nothing without a WOMAN’s touch.

To put Woman on a pedestal highly, back where they belong

Is for nations to never suffer again!

Today my SheeRo is

Ty Black, also known as Queen Blizzy age 27 from East New York, Brooklyn,

known for her Hip Hop, activism, and community work.

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Here are a few questions i asked to help get to know her better.

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How do you use what you do to create social justice awareness to your people?

QB

By placing social topics in my music, activism, and community work. Spreading awareness, knowledge,

and solutions for social justice in all avenues I embark on.

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BWB

What does culture mean to you ?

QB

Culture means a way a life. A bond with communities and race.

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BWB

How do you feel about the current white washing of black and brown communities? And what

message/advice do you have for white people moving in?

QB

I feel, just like damn near everything else in America, gentrification is a way to keep black and brown people

oppressed. I also feel that after years of this, we should be tired of the cycle, and fighting harder

then ever against it. I don’t have any advice for white people moving in. I do have advice for the

black and brown people being pushed out. Unite and build.

Understand that all this oppression is coming from the same source. The people united can never be defeated.

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BWB

What are some of the projects you a are currently working on?

QB

June 17th makes 11 months since the murder of Eric Garner. Im assisting Jewel, the mother of

Eric’s 1 year old daughter with an action. This action is powerful and creative. People will be organizing

together to spell out Eric Garner on the ground with  their bodies. This is something I encourage everyone to partake in.

For more info like the page facebook.com/LegacyGarner.

Another program I’m working on is “Warrior Queen Wednesdays”. Stay updated on facebook.com/TyBlizzyBlack

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BWB

As powerful as your voice is, is their anything you fear?

QB

What I ultimately fear is staying still. Not growing and progressing. Life is constant and about evolution.

If you aren’t growing, your dead.

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BWB

What does black and brown success mean to you ? How does it look ?

QB

Black and brown success is black and brown people being Creatively great and powerful. No oppression, and no

boundaries of fear. Peace and unity among one another.

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Brooklyn Queen Reppin

Leaders Look Like This

Stylin on Them

 

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Hands Up, But They Still Shoot

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It is said that the NYC police department will be issuing a budget to get body cameras in which police officers will be required to record when interacting with civilians. We live in a country where the Eric Garner murder was recorded, the coroner declared it a homicide, and still No Justice. Mike Brown had his hands up and Darren Wilson still shot the innocent teenager and Trayvon Martin yelled for his life as Zimmerman gunned him down. Along with many other black and brown lives taken inhumanely. Yet America has labeled us the animals.
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To say there is a problem within our policing system would be an understatement. It is corrupt from the bottom up and has always been rooted by a white supremacist system. Black and brown people have a civil right to be treated with equality. People of color should not feel threatened by police presence as opposed to feeling safe. Mothers shouldn’t have to verbally train their sons how to be, act, speak, and react around law enforcement. We are living in an era where you have to teach your children if ever stopped to not resist, to keep their hands where cops can see them at all times. Things that white mothers and fathers are not subjected to as black and brown communities are. The truth in white privilege.
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One of the things that seems to come up a lot during these conversations is “Let’s not play the race card.” I think what people don’t understand is that that’s exactly what people are doing. Playing the hand that was dealt. And if people are tired of hearing about it, imagine how hard it is to live it every single day of your life. Our black and brown communities need to love each other, protect each other, build from the roots up. We have to learn our culture in order to find the truth within ourselves. We have to teach our youth. They are the target and it is our responsibility to give them safe spaces where they can be creative and learn to use their voices.
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Growing up, we learned that history had a way of repeating itself. I think I always knew I’d be a part of something life-changing and altering. My first protest was for the Mike Brown verdict. I remember feeling like it was my obligation, my social responsibility to be there, to be an extra body and voice. A couple of close friends and I walked to the train and for the whole ride I felt pretty numb. My friend asked if I was ok. I told him I was. He went on to explain that i must remain level-headed at all times, and that I can’t let my emotions control my actions. I smiled and recall saying, “I’m good.” He said, “you don’t understand, this is something new to you and very powerful.” I just nodded. Our stop finally came, we got off and approached to street level. Outside you could see a lot of people with signs. Some looked confused, didn’t know which way to go, while others led the way. Three blocks into walking, I heard them. All in unity, “BLACK LIVES MATTER.” It was one of the most beautiful things I have ever heard in my life. It was so powerful and so unified that it brought tears to my eyes. At that moment I felt connected. The more we walked and the bigger we got I started to feel like I had done this before. I have a friend who always talks to me about blood memory. I get so passionate about things and feel so connected to my culture that it makes me feel as if I have been here before. As if I have fought this battle before – and we have. It’s in our blood. We are fighting a systemic form of oppression that has been going on for way too long. Everywhere we turn we have to fight the system in some way, shape, or form. Our families deserve better than that. Our children aren’t animals.
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The system shouldn’t hold the power to decide which of our people live or die!
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In the fight for justice, we hope that the families of the lost ones find some type of peace and, although it may hurt, they are never alone. As a woman of indigenous ethnicity raising a son, I also live in fear of a system run by oppression and white supremacy. We as the people must join forces and learn to value each other as brothers and sisters.

I hope for peace and justice, especially for our youth .
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Yes, all lives matter!
BUT
IT’S APPARENT THAT OUR JUDICIAL SYSTEM DOES NOT VALUE THE LIVES OF BLACKS!

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 Written By : Jazo Brooklyn 

Edited By: Madeline Kennedy

THINGS TO CHECK OUT THIS WEEKEND

SATURDAY DECEMBER 27 2014

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Frostbites & Fleas RSVP HERE

If you haven’t been introduced, meet RestlessLeg

Catch the rest of the flock on Instagram (@restlessleg), Etsy (RestlessLeg) and www.becsloane.com .

But then again why don’t you just scoop up the folks around you and bring ’em on down to the marketplace.

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The candy land fashion show will be built around inner city kids ranging from the age of 3 to 17 years old.

All of our sponsors are fashion designers magazines and radio personalities. Together we will bring youth talent to the next

level.Safe Horizon is an organization that helps victims of interpersonal crime and abuse. Our two programs together will

focus on individuals affected by domestic violence, child abuse, rape and sexual assault, crime, human trafficking, and

stalking, as well as homeless youth and families of homicide victims.

JOIN EVENT HERE 

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FREE ICE CREAM AND BEER!

SUNDAY DECEMBER 28TH 2014

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Come out to another Invasion Of The Stickers curated event to raise money for

Educated Little Monsters Youth Group 

Hip Hop

Graffiti

All info on flyer

RSVP Here 

EVENTS TO CHECK OUT THIS WEEKEND

FRIDAY DECEMBER 19TH

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AMG MUSIC GROUP AND LABEL WILL BE DOING SOMETHING SPECIAL FOR 3 KIDS IN THEIR COMMUNITIES 

A BIT ABOUT THEIR PROJECT 

We understand that a lot of good children are growing up in negative and poverty-stricken neighborhoods, and for this reason we will like to lend a helping hand to the family that want to give their child whatever their heart desires but can not do so because of their financial situation. Avenue Music Group (AMG) would like to be some what of an aid to the parents by offering their child a “dream day” which consist of various exciting activities throughout the day, followed by a trip to Toy-R-Us where the child can choose a toy of their choice.

DONATE HERE 

SATURDAY DECEMBER 20TH 

Holiday-Market

Every month Silent Barn hosts a big Open House (OH!) party to celebrate all of our
Stewdios (http://silentbarn.org/stewdios/working),
Artworks (http://silentbarn.org/about/gallery), and
Residents (http://silentbarn.org/stewdios/living).
This is a great opportunity to meet all of these members of the Silent Barn community, and stock up on some sweet gifts for your friends and family!
Records from Deep Cuts!
Local and Underground Music labels!
Synthesizers from Casper Electronics!
Guitar Pedals from Lo Rez!
Band T-shirts from Merch & Destory!
Jewelry from Wax the Duck!
Art, Clothing, Jewelry from Rebel Designs!
Martha Moszczynski designs + installation in Big Law Country Club!
G Lucas Crane as Santa Claus!
Party Lab Workshop (sign up to be a certified Lab Technician)!
Visit the Silent Membership corner to join Silent Barn! JOIN EVENT CLICK HERE

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Join this candlelight tree lighting and mural unveiling in observance of the lives of the members of the community recently lost to acts of police brutality. There will be performances by spoken word collective swag. There will also be a healing march around the East NY community making stops at Boulevard & Pink Houses.

RSVP HERE

SUNDAY DECEMBER 21, 2014

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JOIN FACEBOOK EVENT HERE

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FA LA LA LA LUZ HOLIDAY+ VEGGIE POT LUCK & MUSIC JAM

Now!
Its that time of year!!!
For some Fa La La La Holiday Cheer
To laugh so hard, you shed a tear.
To feel inspired, for the new year!

La Luz 135 Thames StreeT Brooklyn, NY 11237

Directions: L to Jefferson or Morgan!
“La Luz is a gathering place for performers, artists, and healers. It’s intention is to bring forth sustainable growth and understanding in the world.” ~La Luz

Bushwick Events This Weekend

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#BLACKLIVESMATTER

This march is going to be massive and is organized in a very short time, we can use all the support we can get. So we would like to reach out to all of you who are able to step up and fill support roles.

TODAY 6-9 PM

RSVP HERE

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For those art lovers. Come on out and support a dope underground Graffiti Movement by Brooklyn Artist

All art will be for sale.

1 718 Collective will be donating 25% to Educated Little Monsters Youth Group

All info on Flyer

*Music

*Drinks

Join The EVent on Facebook

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No one should spend the Holidays Alone

Swerve Church a local ministry will be putting a community potluck together

Saturday December 13th at Express Yourself Cafe 

82 Central Ave, Brooklyn New York

Join their Facebook Event Page

Click Here 

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#FeministsOnTheMove Contingent at Millions March NYC

Led by AF3IRM NYC and the Sister Circle Collective.

The meetup location is at Washington Sq North and 5th Avenue at 1pm. Wear as much purple as you can!

All signs, chants etc should be in honor of the women, girls and LGBTQ, gender non-conforming folks who have lost their lives to state and police violence. In particular, we will honor Black women, girls and LGBTQ folks such as Aiyana Jones, Kayla Moore, Nizah Moore, Rekia Boyd, Shantel Davis and more.

RSVP HERE

Things To do This Weekend

Saturday October 18 2014 

Bushwick Vendors Market

Come check out some amazing vendors for the Bushwick Vendors Market happening this Weekend at The Silent Barn venue.

603 Bushwick Ave Brooklyn NY

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Here are some of the vendors you can expect to see at the market. Support this community driven market that aims to build and create opportunities within the community.

From Vintage, to designers, artist, crafters, jewelry, and more.

Click on pictures to see websites!

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Come out this weekend and have some fun with the booth pics

$6 A STRIP

ANY POSE GOES

ANY POSE GOES

Fancy Unicorns

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JcorpTm

JcorpTm Brooklyn Based Illustrational Artist

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JcorpTm Bushwick Based artist

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Good Fly NYC

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SIlk Worm Studios

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Silk Worm Studio

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High Style Bold Fashion

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This is only sneak peak make sure to come out and check out some amazing creators.

Email BushwickVendorsMarket@gmail.com

Sunday October 19 2014

1st ANNUAL KIDS’S STUFF SWAP

CLICK ON FLYER TO RSVP

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1ST ANNUAL KID’S STUFF SWAP

Behind the Scenes of Bushwick’s Most Inspiring New Mural

by Sarah Quinter

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This summer, “Guided Gateways,” a 22’ by 109’ mural designed to spark dialogue about reproductive health in was unveiled on Wyckoff Avenue and Putnam Street. The mural was a project of lead artist Crystal Clarity in partnership with teen participants in Groundswell’s Voices Her’d Visionaries leadership development program.

I visited the mural site several times and spoke with the young women working on the mural. They told me that they started in the spring by discussing issues of teen pregnancy and women’s empowerment. They came up with five issues they wanted to address through the piece: consent, the restriction of access to reproductive care, the shaming of teen pregnancy, accessing knowledge around women’s well-being, and communication between generations of women. They then did word association sketches to generate images for the mural. Crystal then helped the young women unify their ideas into a single composition, and the team got to work. They told me that the feedback they got from passers-by was mostly positive, though some males questioned why there were no males on the team or depicted in the mural. This sparked dialog about how women’s perspectives were rarely given center stage, and the importance of providing venues for those perspectives. The teen artists spoke to me about how the project not only helped them strengthen their skills, but gain confidence in their voice and community. After the unveiling ceremony on August 28th, I interviewed Crystal via email about her work as an artist and educator and her connection to the neighborhood:

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What’s your connection to Bushwick? What are your feelings about this neighborhood?

I started teaching at the El Puente Bushwick Center around 2002. It was my first art teaching gig and I found there a community I had been looking for for a long time. I taught there for about five years and watched a lot of young people grow up there. I grew up there too! My first apartment as an adult was in Bushwick on Jefferson Street – it is a very special neighborhood to me. It’s full of families and people like my parents who are here in the US trying to raise their babies the best they can. Working class mostly Latino peoples – my peoples. I feel very much at home here.
The first large-scale community mural I ever painted is here in Bushwick – “Time Flies: A Brief History of Bushwick” on Knickerbocker Avenue and Woodbine Street. I was part of a huge crew of amazing community-minded artists working with El Puente. My mentor Joe Matunis, a serious muralist, gave me the centerpiece to rock and it was everything! I became a muralist here.  I became a teaching artist here – this was the foundation for the rest of my life’s work. Now I feel I have come full circle with this mural I have led and given other young artists space to rock – it is my/our best work to date.  I will always have tremendous love and respect for Bushwick.

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Please describe your current project. What has been the process for the mural, and what do you hope to communicate?

This project is a Groundswell Program called Voices Her’d . It was started by Katie Yamasaki and is designed to give voice and stage to critical issues that young women are dealing with. It is led by women artists with a theme chosen by youth. This year’s theme was teen pregnancy and female empowerment. We started by looking at how this conversation is being held in public space. We looked at the recent PSA’s of crying babies with shaming narratives blaming young mothers for the ills of society. We talked about how this conversation is held at home and in schools if at all and concluded the base of all these conversations was coming from a place of shame, fear and judgment. We decided to construct our narrative addressing that and also expanding the narrative socially, personally and politically. The politics of men making decisions for women’s bodies is addressed — advocacy for reproductive justice is encouraged. Access to sex ed, contraception and abortion should be issues where women have full autonomy. Shaming is present in the mural because it’s a reality, but it’s dwarfed by images depicting the kind of positive and powerful relationships young women need to have with older women to initiate safely into womanhood. Conversations with partners and consent and mindfulness is encouraged. A young woman is shown balancing a child with her school books and talents while standing on an alarm clock, and conversations with families about sex is encouraged.

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In fairness – art has a way of meaning different things depending on the viewer. I’ve noticed people on the street pointing and talking to each other – they talk to us and tell us what it means to them. Some get precisely to the letter what we are saying, some misinterpret, some are offended (mostly homophobic men petrified of being excluded in a woman’s vision of power). Or just afraid of women’s power.
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What themes have you explored in your work over the years? Who are your audiences and what kinds of messages have you aimed to convey?

My work primarily serves and celebrates women of color – women of the Afro-Caribbean and indigenous diaspora. I aim to decolonize the image of black and brown bodies and return us to the throne of our original power and dignity. I want to create images that counter the spiritually and mentally damaging visual culture that surrounds us and programs us everyday.
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You’ve worked with young people for a long time as an artist and an educator. What values and skills do you try to impart to them? What principles or values inform how you interact with youth?

It is important to me when working with young people – especially youth of color – to first create a safe space and a place of mutual respect and appreciation. Non-judgment and gratitude and respect are foundation.  But best practice in anything is emphasized. They need to be prepared to work hard and I don’t give a lot of space for lame excuses that we are programmed with from birth to tame our limitless potential. They have to show up and they have to try and they have to be honest, not for me or for a program, but for themselves. I lead with them as leaders beside me. I value their ideas and objections and respect their concerns and fears, as long as they are not excuses to stop looking for a solution. My major principles are reciprocity and each one teach one and I let them know at any given moment that I have something to learn from them and that I’m not the only one with valuable knowledge and experience.
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Do you have a memorable story to tell about being an educator?

I always tell this story about the first big mural I worked on, the one in Bushwick on Knickerbocker with the two spiraling birds on the corner. I was so intimidated by the scale, it was the biggest thing I had ever been responsible for designing. I was about to start working on the gigantic feathers with one other youth. I looked at him – we looked at each other and he says,” It’s so big, I’m scared to paint this, I’m scared to mess up.” I said, “Me too, all day, but let’s do it anyway.” We just started rocking out and overcame that together. I think it’s important to show kids that it’s ok to be scared or vulnerable and make mistakes. But it’s not ok to let it stop you from pushing forward.
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What artistic and cultural influences have shaped your style and aesthetic?

I’m a NYC baby – an 80s baby – a child of hip hop and of the inner city. I’m a Boricua – all of these modalities shape my expressions, visual and lyrical/ poetic, etc.
What media have you worked with and what have made them important to you? (murals, printmaking, etc)
Drawing is fundamental, but I regrettably don’t do it nearly enough. Murals have been a huge part of my creative practice over the past ten years and sometimes I feel the need to expand inward from the community to my individual voice. I’m working on giving myself permission to do that. I always feel such a harsh sense of responsibility and obligation to the greater voice and vision of people in struggle. Murals are important to me as a people’s art – a democratic art form.
Printmaking is my second love for similar reasons, but I love its ability to still be a people’s art and tool for disseminating information but while retaining a space for the individual artist to flex. I love printmaking and murals – I could do it till I’m done!
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Where do you hope to take your work as an artist and educator in the future? What’s on the horizon for you?

I really want to create for myself the kind of artist residencies that take what I love doing and help really amazing people and organizations with their visual presence. I want to work more on my printmaking and teach silkscreen 😉

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Is there anything else you’d like to add? Some advice to aspiring artists?

Do what you love and love what you do. Make purpose primary and everything else will line up. Don’t chase money – it’s not real. What you do and leave behind is the wealth you seek. Everything leads to the next thing.  Be generous with your talents and heart but don’t let people exploit you. Be disciplined but live your life! Have fun. Dig deep. Integrity is everything. Say yes a lot but learn when to say no. Hydrate. Exercise. Love abundantly, create constantly.

Love ,
Clarity

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Bushwick Vendors Market

Come out tomorrow September 14th to The Bushwick Vendors Market happening at the Silent Barn. 603 Bushwick Ave From 12-7pm.
BVM is a new community  oriented market hoping to attract people from all walks of life. While creating opportunities within the neighborhood.
Here are a few photos of some of the vendors you will see tomorrow.

        Scented Candles

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               Jewelry

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            Home Decor

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        Stuffed Animals

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DRTY SMMR, BUSHWICK NIGHTS

by Jaz Colon

Ok, so we know that there are a bunch of boutiques, galleries, and cafes popping up in Bushwick. With four coffee shops on one block, it’s all becoming over-rated. Some people have even said that it’s no longer feeling like a community. Why is there a huge disconnect between the new community that is being built and the pre-existing one that has been around for thirty-plus years? It’s not the new businesses that are creating this feeling. It’s the people who run them. However, this is not the story with every new venture in Bushwick. There are a lot of genuine people doing amazing things through all forms of art, from music, dancing, fashion, and more.

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Alfredo Leijia (29, born and raised in Texas) and Shock Vintage (29, born and raised in Atlanta, GA) are among the many talented. They run a collaborative boutique called DRTY SMMR (DS), which lies on 1198 Myrtle Ave. Being under the loud and constantly running M train gives their storefront a chic, yet edgy look. From the outside you can see at least two racks filled with treasures: evening gowns, vintage findings, and punky, avant-garde styles. Inside are enough beautiful accessories to leave you with a completely new outfit.

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Beautiful murals, along with paintings, dress their walls. DS has it all, but the thing that struck me the most was the vibe I got the minute I walked into the space. It felt inviting. Alfredo and Shock were very warm and vibrant and filled with genuine personality. You could sense their joy in having you there. Their whole essence and how they carry themselves represent community. They really have a passion to build bonds with every one who walks in and out of their shop. Alfredo and Shock are very connected to the local youth group, Educated Little Monsters. Shock came and spent a day with them talking about fashion and design. Alfredo created the costume for their first dance showcase. He took care of them. Knowing that this little shop not only offers unique fashion, but also helps the community is a win for any town. Make sure you come out and give them a visit.

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Here’s a little info about the designers:

Bushwick Bridge (BWB): How long have you lived in Bushwick and what made you choose Bushwick?

Alfredo Leijia (AL): Actually, my first apartment was in Bed-Stuy, in 2010. I left there at the time, because I felt like it wasn’t coming up fast enough. You know, that young creative life. The Bushwick art scene was a lot stronger than it was in Bed-Stuy at the time.

Shock Vintage (SV): I’ve been in Bushwick, on and off, for four years. I chose Bushwick for the prices and distance to the city.

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BWB: How long have you been designing?

AL: Wow, I was about fifteen. I designed four girls’ dresses and my suit for our high school prom. I was sketching at seven years old. I always knew that I wanted to make things with my hands and at fifteen I knew it was my passion. I still have the sketch of an off-the-shoulder jacket I made in red.

SV: I’ve been designing ever since I was about 12-years-old.

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BWB: How would you describe your designs?

AL: They are edgy and elegant. I always feel like I’m dressing up a vampire from the 1920s. I wish I grew up in the 1920s and the 1940s. I love [those eras]. [They] inspire my style.

SV: My designer style is a mixture between urban-wear and athletic-wear. And [it’s] slightly couture, due to the authenticity.

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BWB: How has your experience been overall in Bushwick?

AL: I really like it a lot. It’s one of the best communities I’ve been to. So many mixtures of people. I love the diversity. We get a lot of good feedback from people who come by our shop. We had this one lady–who happened to be a native–who told us, “Thank you for bringing some beauty to our community.” It felt amazing to hear her say that. It’s also an overwhelming feeling to see how happy a new client is when they get something custom-made specifically for them. It always feels like my first piece.

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BWB: Do you think Bushwick fits your style?

SV: Bushwick, like most areas, don’t necessarily fit my style, because I’m extremely unique within my style. It’s never planned. It’s inspired by culture and art and fashion.

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BWB: What do you love most about designing clothes?

SV: Designing clothes is very therapeutic. It’s also exclusive, because you are the only person who creates that design. There is nothing like originality.

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