We had the good fortune of connecting with TRUMAIN HEMPHILL and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi TRUMAIN, what role has risk played in your life or career?
Risk taking: how do you think about risk, what role has taking risks played in your life/career?
I believe risks are important. I was once invited to display my artwork at the Pink Traphouse for Pretty Girls like Trap Music listening party in Atlanta Ga. I had over 10 art pieces displayed inside but i also thought about a way to have 2 Chainz to view my art and really take a liking to it. So, I composed a separate painting that depicted the Pink Traphouse & what it meant to me. I took the artwork with me to the event which was displayed and 2 Chainz was there. As he was getting ready to leave, I stopped his road manager and asked him to give the painting to 2 Chainz. The manager told me that he would. About two weeks later 2 Chainz was in his recording studio in LA & I saw my artwork hanging in the background. About two years later 2 Chainz collaborated with LeBron James on the Rap or Go to the League project and I was contacted by Pretty Bird Productions asking for a release to display my artwork on an Apple commercial. That same artwork was also seen on GoodMorning America. Seeing my work on different platforms gives me great joy but, it also humbles me and makes me strive for greatness. This all happened because I took a risk. Never be afraid to step out on faith, always believe in yourself, make the right choices for you, and take risks as you deem necessary.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
My art is a reflection of who I am inside. What sets me apart from others has nothing to do with art itself but the love, passion, consistency would be the key to my success. I’m excited about having this artistic ability to share my talents with the world. I reached the level that I’m at now by taking risk and believe in myself. It’s never easy doing something you love because of others not understanding your craft, or not having that artistic eye. So, I overcome by not ignoring the fact that some can’t understand my art but giving them a vision of what I’ve done. The lessons I’ve learned along the way is to stay professional and stay consistent. When it comes to me and my brand, I want the world to know that “only YOU can stop YOU from being the best you can be.”
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?
“Monday night you know things change with time Magic sittin back lookin like eighty nine
All the homies on the southside up in the Ritz
Tuesday night, the Velvet Room same shit
Wednesday Strokers I don’t go no mo’
Cause they don’t know how to treat you when you come through the do’
Thursday night, was Plush but we moved the fuel
And I be up in the booth drunk actin a fool
Friday night, at Kaya they still got love
And the Sharkbar we poppin like it’s a night club
Saturday still off the heezy fo’ sheezy
You can find me up in One Tweezy
Sunday gettin me some sleep please!
I’m on my way to the deck then hittin Jazzy Tee’s, holla!”
COVID-19 has changed all of that, so I’ll be in the house telling them the hot spots over the phone.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I give all the glory to the most high. I want to thank the ones that didn’t believe in me for starters. S/o to @ironpalm_mob @ironpalmtattoos and @Tucceo (RIP to Tuc) for believing in me and pushing me to get back into art.
S/o to @chuck5550 and @life_and_time_of_smiley for supporting me, coming to art shows, and being my brothers.
S/o to my mom for being the best mom ever.
S/o to my sister for always being in my corner.
S/o to Bart for always having my back.
S/o to everyone that ever purchased my art or even seen my art. Thanks to the ones that hired me to do live paintings and ect.
I want to give a special shoutout to my beautiful wife Naomi & my family Janaiyah, Tristan & Trinity for always understanding this art life and making time.
Art is my passion.