Michael Brown was a house painter, soccer coach, literacy coach, author, illustrator, Guggenheim fellow and plumber all before being asked to do his first mural more than 25 years ago. He hasn't stopped since, and the results are sprawled across the streets, alleys and businesses of his hometown Chapel Hill. He is probably the coolest person his age, although he says the most effective movements he's been a part of have come when he's "found the cool people and followed them."
Shot with Canon Rebel T3i in three separate shoots.
Lenses: 50 mm prime f/1.8
16-35 mm f/2.8
Audio recorded with Tascam DR-07 Mark II and wireless lavalier mic
From the ground up King Mez is truly rising. With lyrics that freezes time to all who listen--this is an inside to the wondrous mind of the young man with an unstoppable talent.
Mez gave me the pleasure of stepping into his life and witnessing his everlasting zeal.
“What I picture for myself in the future is being able to reach more people and make them more comfortable with themselves through my music,” he nods in reassurance, “That’s what’s more important to me than the big stage and bright lights,” Ricks said. He grins in self-satisfaction, which concludes our interview.
Follow him on twitter: @KingMez
Bill Waller, a third generational farmer living in Durham, N.C., reflects on a life of working the land.
The story of a family's fight with autism.
Paulie Andrew has been tattooing for more than a decade, and currently works at Glenn's Tattoo Service in Carrboro, N.C. He is not Glenn.
Canon Rebel T3i
Canon 16-35 mm f/2.8-3.5
Canon 50 mm f/1.8