We had the good fortune of connecting with Michael “DarkMythst” Brako and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Michael “DarkMythst”, why did you decide to pursue a creative path?
As a kid, I daydreamed all day and night to the point I couldn’t sleep. I would imagine characters, short films, animations and a variety of creative instances. I had been into drawing since I was able to write and I’d get into trouble in school for drawing instead of paying attention to my assignments. In high school, I already decided I would pursue a career path in something creative. It was about fulfillment and expressing my heart through art, since I was mostly a loner growing up. And I successfully achieved that.

Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?

I’m a visionary who thinks about the future. I love to be one step ahead. With all the ideas I had, but not enough friends or money to help execute, and with determination I’d learn anything I needed to, to get to my goal. I learned everything from music composition to graphic design to visual effects in order to be a one person production company. For example, as college student making music, I learned to record, mix, create album covers, posters and run my own performances. On the visual side, I learned multiple software in order to make videos and visual art.

It was incredibly difficult because it was quite a bit to be learning that many skills in short amount of time. Time was an essence because I wanted to be somebody, and wanted my father to be around to see me do great. So I put pressure on myself, never asking for help. The upside of it was the multiple skills I gained which would  give me an advantage in almost any job I’d seek (which interestingly, I cant recall actively searching for jobs, because with all the skills, my name would get out there and I’d be often sought after.

This hard work earned me the opportunity to work on Hollywood blockbuster films like The Avengers, Iron Man and 18 other films. It was the highlight of my career to work on movies, but actually wouldn’t be the last. After working on movies, I started afrikomade.com, testing out an idea in creating luxury afro-deco items and trying to redesign the afro comb. I sold out of the merch for months, but became distracted in cryptoart, focusing my attention to nfts.

So, the intension of my brand is to infuse quality and royalty in blackness. In my art, I create Afrofuturism to depict our existence in the forefront of the future, and in merchandise, I want to make a brand that black people will be proud of, and instill some of my Ghanaian (and other African) influences in the merch, which I hope would spark conversation and enlightment.

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.
I’m such an introvert that I’m not sure. But if necessary, I’d take them to my favorite burger joint in Glendale, CA (Eden on Brand), the beach because I just love the ocean, and when I do get out, I enjoy a nice, chill club. Something like a jazz, afrobeat or chill lounge. When it comes to excitement, I’m a kid at heart. Go-carts, bowling, and even the arcade. I think its because at a certain point in my life as a youth, I felt I missed a lot of that due to the troubles I’d get into. So there is an element of innocence and childlike fun that I missed out on, which I’d always want to experience.

Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I’d have to shoutout Cory Van Lew. We entered the cryptoart space about the same time. He was on his way to be  a superstar artist already. We connected and spoke about collaborating early on but once he started working with celebrities, that kept him busy. It took a year for this to happen, but when it happened, ever  An incredible opportunity came up to work with TIME as an artist, and of all the artists he could’ve chosen, he reached out and  asked me to do the collaboration, and this changed a lot of things for me as an artist, which I am currently experiencing.

Website: www.afrikomade.com

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/afriko.made/

Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/michaelbrako/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/Darkmythst1

Other: IMDB film credits: https://www.imdb.com/name/nm4085364/ Art Portfolio: https://www.artstation.com/artwork/6bLZbV

Image Credits
Mawu 3001 image credit (DarkMythst x Jessica James)

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