Today we’d like to introduce you to Joe Dent.
Joe, please kick things off for us by telling us about yourself and your journey so far.
I’m also known as 3Seaven. I’m a creative artist. I’m an ATL transplant born and raised in a small town in Mississippi right near the Alabama state line. I guess this where my uniqueness starts. Growing up in the late 80s-90s in Mississippi was not the most ideal place for a creative young mind to fully flourish, but I enjoyed every minute growing up there. It taught me certain things about life and people that can’t be learned by any other way. The son of educator and minister mother and hard spirited, blue-collar father growing up in the Bible Belt, being a creative artist wasn’t something that was really a “believable” goal for kids like me. But I’ve always known that I was placed here to create for the world as I see it. Art and music have been my driving force for that. Even as a preschooler with a drumstick in my right hand and a pencil in my left, I have always been somewhat of a renaissance man. I started playing drums in church at seven along with my older sister on piano. I picked up my first drum machine at 17 and fell in love making beats. Fast forward 20 years. A bachelor of fine art degree. A loving wife and three beautiful kids, A relocation to Atlanta and a slew of wins and loses, I’m here just trying to be a remembered contributor to the rich culture that is hip hop and to help others along the way to doing greater things than me.
Can you give our readers some background on your art?
I’m into illustration and painting mostly when it comes to art. I’ve always drawn little characters and cartoons since I was a young’n. I was fascinated with animation growing up. Making flip books and homemade comics was a big part of my childhood. But as I got older, I just fell in love with the art imagery of hip hop in the early 90s. Like the Too $hort and Snoop Dogg covers are probably two pieces of artwork that I feel should be in the Louvre. Those two pieces of cover art really sum up the inspiration for my style of illustration. With that being said messaging is very important to what I do as an artist. I may not produce a lot of art (like I should), but I try and make sure what I do produce includes a message that could stand the test of time. I say all the time good art (to me) is supposed to make you feel three feelings: uncomfortable, amazed, and confused. I want people to walk away with a conversation, not just a pretty picture of them standing beside my art that they can post on Instagram. So I a lot of my illustrations focus on the African American experience past and present. Hip hop culture is also a big portion of what I like to illustrate. Both of these subject matters intertwine so well with each other and allow me to express my views and opinions on the world vividly.
Artists rarely, if ever pursue art for the money. Nonetheless, we all have bills and responsibilities, and many aspiring artists are discouraged from pursuing art due to financial reasons. Any advice or thoughts you’d like to share with prospective artists?
Man! This is the beautiful struggle that I think we never really figure out. I’m not going to front; this continues to be a challenge I face still. Freelancing and contracting in any industry can be a slippery slope. But for an artist, this can really be brutal. I just say to any artist, that does feel like you’re less of an artist because you have to take on a job for certain stints to make sure your basic needs are met. I know sometimes looking around at your peers, and other artists in the game can make you feel like you’re doing it all wrong, but one thing I’ve learned is this. Never try and dissect a book that you’ve only read the summary on. What we see on the outside is just the cliff notes of a person accomplishments. We never will know the full story of what they went through until you read their book. That taught me to focus more on the story I was writing for myself.
What’s the best way for someone to check out your work and provide support?
All of my illustrations are on my websitewww.artsnkrafts.com. But besides fine arts, I’m also a graphic designer so that work can be seen all over the city. I’m the Art/Creative Director for Atlanta MC Scotty ATL and his independent record label, Tha Cool Club. We’ve been building together for almost seven years now. I’m proud of the work we’ve done as a brand and the mark we’re leaving on the city of Atlanta. Check us out at www.thacoolclub.com.
- Website: www.artsnkrafts.com
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/3seaven/
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/3seaven
- Twitter: https://twitter.com/iamjoedent
- Other: www.thacoolclub.com
Personal Photo: Marc See (IG: @marcsee_)