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Crisco BL

My name is Sabelo Crisco Dlamini better known as Crisco BL. I’m an illustrator based in Durban. I’ve been illustrating for about a year & unlike other digital illustrators, I use my phone instead of a laptop to create my paintings.
My art is based on Depression, Anxiety & Anti Self Harm. The reason as to why I base my illustrations around these things is because I don’t think they are spoken of as much as they should be nor are they taken seriously. My illustrations or a form of self-reflection, things that I’ve gone through myself. I feel that in doing this, people can relate to my art as much as I do. 
A lot of teenagers these days go through the above mentioned and don’t have the platform to talk about it or express it. I want to make art that makes people feel like they’re not alone and that there are ways to deal with their pain.
You’ve probably noticed that I use a lot of yellow as a background in all my art. Yellow is a colour that is associated with happiness. I use the c…

Tevin Andrews

under the moonlight. soft.
all the feels. solved.

A Brown Boy

Here I am. With a Zulu middle name that can be directly translated into: ‘You are extra’ or ‘expansive’ in the English language. With my bucketful of dreams in tow. With sass from Monday to Sunday (and spreading it like confetti). Unashamedly hailing all the way from a small coal mining town named Dundee in Northern Kwazulu-Natal turning the world into my stage. Some have described me as a fighter, ‘everything’, daring, eccentric, loud, a ‘flame’… They certainly aren’t mistaken in their varying descriptions but some of the words I often use to describe myself are: Unorthodox. Believer. Dreamer. Wordsmith. Visionary.

Being

It wasn’t very long ago when someone I can now consider a stranger asked what a boy like myself knew about the passions I had proclaimed and the many interests I have that lie outside of my concurrent Marketing studies. What did a small town Zulu boy from some obscure town somewhere near the Midlands know about sharing the Elizabeth Sneddon theatre stage at the age of 17 with world renowned names like Joshua Bennett and Oswald Mtshali? What words were these? What did an insignificant brown boy like myself know about being a regional finalist in the Cape Town leg of the MTV Base VJ Search? What did a meek and mere brown skinned boy like myself know about activating and giving voice to the marginalised and the unheard people that look like me and the many others that don’t?

In simpler terms this stranger was asking why I had the nerve to dream or to even regard myself as anything important or special to the world. I had many questions too following that very brief moment. Like- What was in the life-altering moment that had me fall in love with a rainbow coloured sandal that was to be the beginning of my fashion story at the age of 4? Who taught me that my dreams were valid in spite of all of these strangers? At this point I have more answers than I do questions. I have come to learn and appreciate the open secret that in each of us lies a magic waiting to be unearthed. It is ourselves. This one lifetime is our opportunity and chance to make a difference. Whether you were born in a shack with a leaking roof, or a under bridge next to gravel road or even if you were born in a tree… Your dreams are valid.

To you reading this. 
To the world:

Believe.

Pave your own way, go at it at your own pace while always staying true to yourself and your dreams.

here, I am.

becoming…

Twitter: @TevinAndrews
Instagram: @brownboychronicles

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