We had the good fortune of connecting with John Mack and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi John, is there something that you feel is most responsible for your success?
I’m originally from a small town that’s in a very rural part of Massachusetts and was always surrounded by creative people. Now I’m a Junior at Georgia State University, where I’m majoring in Studio Art with a concentration in digital art. I also run my own streetwear brand, Syrup.WorldWide, which I was 17 when I started. I feel that motivation and determination are two of the most important factors behind my success so far. My freshman year of college, I was at the University of Vermont. I met four dudes that really motivated me to pursue Syrup.WorldWide. I spent a good chunk of my time at UVM developing the brand. After my freshman year of college, I transferred to GSU to take my creativity and art practices more seriously. If I never came to Atlanta, I would’ve never been fully motivated to continue doing art and Syrup.WorldWide. I would say the third biggest factor behind my success are the people in my life that believe in me and believe in Syrup.WorldWide. I moved to one of the most creative cities and wouldn’t be here if it weren’t for my friends and family.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
My good childhood friend passed away when we were 15 and ever since then I’ve used art as an outlet. I started experimenting with photography, fine art, and Photoshop in high school. My teachers taught me practically everything I know about Adobe programs, cameras, and art that has helped shape the artist I am. During my senior year of high school, one of my pieces got into a local show. That’s when I realized other people actually appreciate what I make. I think what makes my style stand out is its abstraction. The most successful pieces I’ve made are the ones that make the viewer experience emotions that they aren’t comfortable with. I feel that my art shows that there can always be beauty in hard times. A valuable lesson I have learned along the way is that patience and timing are everything.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Start at the airport and then head to Hapeville to go to the Dwarf House Chick-fil-A (alone those two things speak for themselves). I would make sure we hit every museum in the A. I also would plan a trip to Piedmont Park, Centennial Olympic Park, and Jackson St. bridge so they can see the downtown/midtown skyline from different perspectives. For food, I would take them to Woody’s, Zesto, Antico, Fellini’s, Hattie B’s, Ton Ton then my homie gets a little bit of everything.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I work at a boutique here in Atlanta called Threadz Atlanta. It’s one of the best streetwear stores in ATL. If you haven’t been in yet, definitely stop by.
Other: Syrup.WorldWide instagram: https://www.instagram.com/syrup.worldwide/
Models pictured: Charles Parker, Bakari Grady-Willis, Stef Daniel, Maria Roman, Paisley Cass, Chris Edwards.