We had the good fortune of connecting with OG and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi OG, we’d love to hear more about how you thought about starting your own business?
I wanted to create something where not only I saw myself, but others could see themselves as well. I wanted to show Black women as the focal point of my art, no distractions, no gimmicks, just us. I thought long and hard about how I wanted to show the images I saw in my head to the world.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
My art is inspired by the beauty, the strength and the overall dopeness of Black women. OG art stands out because it’s bold, it’s colorful. it’s happy, and it shows us in every form. We are the blueprint, the innovators, the inspiration, the OG’s. It took a lot for my brand to get where it is today. I have changed my brand, my name, my concept, everything until I got to this sweet spot I am in now. It hasn’t been easy but the support and love I’ve received has made it all worth it. One thing about me is I don’t give up easily. A little hard work isn’t discouraging to me, this is bigger than art for me. It’s about breaking generational curses, creating wealth and living a happy, healthy life with those I love. This means everything to me. I want the world to know that celebrating Black women and Black culture is something I’ll always scream from the top of the mountains. I love us and I hope my art reflects the pride.
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?
I love food, so first we would hit up Slutty Vegan, another black owned establishment, we would head to the Edgewood location since that’s the only one I haven’t been to yet. Then I would take her to my other favorite hangout spot, Atlantic Station and maybe catch a movie (let’s pretend this is pre-covid), and then get ice cream and chocolate covered strawberries from Kilwins. Then we would hang out the rest of the week at places like Andretti’s, Fellini’s, Hattie B’s and definitely slide through and take pics in front of all of the dope murals at Krog Street Tunnel.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
My husband in particular deserves a good amount of thanks and recognition when it comes to my success. From listening to me change my mind 300 times about product releases, to stressing about sales to talking his ear off about new business ideas every five minutes, he’s never complained. Supportive seems too small of a word to describe what he’s been to me.
Sherye Bradley @sherye.bradley