We had the good fortune of connecting with Bam Bowers and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Bam, can you walk us through the thought-process of starting your business?
Initially, I was motivated to work my way “up the ladder” and then start my own agency once I gained enough experience. Basically, it was ingrained in our brains through Art school so I figured this was the best route to go. I quickly realized that world wasn’t for me. I had trouble connecting, simply because there weren’t enough people that looked like me or enjoyed the things I was passionate about. I’ve always been a free-spirited, urban creative and couldn’t see myself compromising that for a corporate job. Still, I found passion in marketing and branding from being in that setting. It inspired me to combine creativity and professionalism. From there I decided to create my own lane and do something different. . This is the driving force behind my business now
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I got to where I am simply by not settling. I felt in my heart there was better out there for me and for all the other creatives in Atlanta. This is what really sets me apart from the rest. I’m not doing this for clout, I’m doing this for generational wealth. Was the journey easy? Definitely not… This might sound cocky lol but my work speaks for itself. I put almost a decade into learning my craft but I took it a step further by learning the business side so that I could pass it on to people who don’t have immediate access to that knowledge. I want creatives to understand that freedom is obtainable and it takes patience to get there. One lesson I learned is to stay true to yourself and the rest will follow
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
Off rip I’m taking them to Old 4th Ward. We’ll probably start on Krog Street or the belt line somewhere. I’ll make sure to tell them to bring their camera so we can do some street photography. This is honestly the best way to explore the city in my opinion. Just strolling around shooting pics. Afterwards, we sliding to Edgewood to grab some food, possibly Slutty Vegan or Edgewood Pizza. There’s a bunch of bars and places to hang but honestly, I’m hoping the Blue House got something popping that night. And as we leaving hopefully we’ll catch some of the bikers riding through..you know catch a few more fire pics. I’m not really a club person anymore so we’ll be hanging at pop-ups mostly. Definitely got to hit the Jam session at Peters Street Station on Wednesday nights. I grew up on the Nawfside so at some point I will get them out in nature, maybe take them to Jones Bridge Park so we can chill right of the Hooch. If you don’t know..the car meets are legit up in Gwinnett! Can’t drop any locations but if you know you know lol. The food is legit too! So diverse and authentic..To cap off the weekend I’d say a nice Sunday afternoon gallery hopping followed by a chill session at Piedmont Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I’d like to shout the entire City of Ink/Peters Street Station Family. Especially Miya Bailey, he has been one of my biggest inspirations because of what he does for the community. He doesn’t care about popularity or being seen. His focus is being driven, building and inspiring others. His values radiate through everyone that is apart of the movement
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