Defining Skin from Drew Ndengabaganizi on Vimeo. Last week I was lucky enough to sit down with Mike, Mat and Mary Ann from Defining Skin tattoo shop here in Columbus Ohio and we sat and talked about their journey as creative entrepreneurs in the Greater Columbus area.
Author: Drew Ndengabaganizi
There is a bubbling here in Lansing, I can feel it. I light rumble beneath my feet filled with creativity and innovation. Under the rusty foundation of a once great General Motors I can feel Lansing coming alive. For the past few years I have been noticing the growing creative class of entrepreneurs who wish […]
In today’s world the American economy is in a transitional phase that will shape not only the face of the country but also the dynamics of the world economy.
Acknowledgments I would like to give a special thank you to all the subjects that I interviewed while undertaking this project. I would not have been able to gain the massive wealth of information I obtained about the Greater Lansing area as well as about how communities function, without there help.
It hit me today how much the modern day toolbelt for an artist like myself has changed in such a short amount of time. From my mothers age of charcoal and acrylic to in just a short amount of time Adobe creative suite.
The greater Lansing area is a place that is caught between two identities. On one side it has a strong and entrenched blue collar culture. A town that is striving to have its residents live the American dream reminiscent of the 1950’s and 60’s. Driving through the green landscape you can see the iconic Quality Diary shops every few miles, constantly pulling our minds back to Lansing’s local small town roots. Signs of former manufacturing and industrial success can be seen across the landscape. Empty factories ounce formerly filled with Lansing residence hard at work on the next General Motors creation, are now emptied by the changing economic climate.
The separation between the Lansing and East Lansing residents that ounce worked to give traditional families and the student populations there own space, has caused a divide that has destroyed any connection young college students have with the area as a whole.
The two cultures of Lansing has caused a cultural clash between the traditional industrial minds of the past and the creative minds of now. Lansing has every tool to become a creative thriving city that can move into the future but first it must figure out how to form a new identity that does not exclude certain groups of the population. While taking advantage of all the young educated minds that fill the area.