We had the good fortune of connecting with Justin Jones and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Justin, why did you pursue a creative career?
As a child I was always attracted to art. I began drawing at around the age of five. That quickly developed into sketching and painting. Then I fell in love with hair and the artistry of hairstyling. Throughout middle and high school I continued taking art courses as well as styling hair for family & friends. My mom always told me “no matter what is going on, somebody is gonna want their hair done!” Even during this pandemic, I am still getting request for hair styling.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
When creating a sketch or painting I like to be able to put my all into it, so the viewer can feel every emotion. There are usually a message or a specific meaning to each piece. At times I find it easier to create when things are kind of rocky. I’ve learned to channel that negative energy and turn it into something beautiful. What excites me about creating art is having a challenge. Stepping outside of the ordinary and pushing my limits. I am still learning every time I begin a new project and growing as well. It doesn’t always have to be perfect and in the lines. Art needs to evoke emotion and make the viewer think. When I release any form of my art, be it hairstyling, painting or even making an article of clothing I want it to be seen as an expression of my journey.
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?
When friends visit I try I show them things that may not be available in their city. Piedmont Park is a definitely a must see place here in Atlanta. There is literally something for everyone to do at the park. I love to go out to eat at different restaurants that are only here as opposed to always getting fast food from a chain restaurant. Sivas is a great lounge to bring friends to for a fun night! Great music, food and hookah.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
My mom and family have always been very supportive of me and I’m very appreciative for that. I’ve been able to style hair for almost all my family members as well as do artistic projects here and there. I’ve even gotten back into sewing with so much free time during the quarantine. My mom encouraged me to create face mask to generate some extra income since things had slowed down a little with hairstyling. Shout out to my mom- my cheerleader for life!
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