We had the good fortune of connecting with Coko Buchanan and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Coko, why did you decide to pursue a creative path?
The reason I chose to pursue an artistic and creative career as a hairstylist and clothing designer is because it’s a reflection of who I am. I found my purpose within what I do. It allows me to express myself in the most purest forms. I love helping people and making them feel and look good! It gives me a chance to connect with like minded people. It helps me to be more open minded to their feedbacks and opinions. It helped me to be more understanding of others along with myself. What I do is apart of my ministry because I am able to have real conversations with my clients and speak life into them. I show them the upmost respect and it is reciprocated. I allow them to be themselves without judgement. The same way they come to me will not be the same way they left. As a matter of fact they leave with positive vibes and different perspectives on life itself. I love what I do. It’s a great feeling to actually put genuine smiles on people’s faces. I also educate my clients while I service them. So they all leave with so much coming from me. I’ve always manifested that the world would know who I am before I leave this realm of life. Because to be successful is the positive impacts you’ve left on people. Fame has never been my goal. Just success. And so far I’ve been very successful. As I grow my business grows. And I am so grateful to have the chance to express that through my artistic and creative careers!

Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
Not only am I a hairstylist and upcoming barber. But I model, do music, and create custom clothing by painting graffiti on them. I’ve gotten here by always being myself and being creative. These very things has always been my therapy. They allow me to express myself without saying them. These are my true passions. It was definitely a journey and still a journey trying to get there professionally. I’ve been taken advantage of and has given away ideas that backfired on me because I never got any props for them. So now I just keep my dopest ideas to myself! What I want the world to know is to be on the look out for the girl who’s been designing and drawing on her clothes since elementary! Who’s creativity began as a little girl! I’m coming with the most dopest and trillest ideas and creativity ever! Ms. Coko B aka Trill Cokaine! I’ll be dropping apparel, music, and relaunching my hair line as well!

Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
The first place I would take them is to Little Five Points! That’s my spot! Simply because I love art! And Little Five Points is very artsy! Hit up Rag-O-Rama and some smoke shops. Then I would take them to Edgewood! Hit up a few bars then just walk the strip or parking lot pimp as I call it. Lol Go on Peter St and grab some food and drinks at Escobar! Leave there and go to Blue Ivory then Blue Flame! I would also take them to the Trap Museum! Places I’d take them to eat at would be Sleepy Potato on Cleveland Ave, American Deli, Jason’s Deli, & The Seafood Market on Washington Rd.

Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I want to give recognition/a shout out to my baby sister Cali Buchanan because she has always been there to help guide me into my success. She was my very first client. She has always challenged me when it came to my hairstyling skills. She has also inspired me as far as fashion. Along with celebrities like Teyana Taylor, Erykah Badu, & Trinidad James.

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