We had the good fortune of connecting with Bam Berry and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Bam, why did you pursue a creative career?
Since I was a kid, I’ve always wanted to create. My father was a Musician and Illustrator and always encouraged me to tap into my artistic side. Being in the creative career allows me to express not only what I want to portray to the world, but to help others as well. I wanted to show that art is an impact on peoples lives more than we imagine. From our physical surroundings and infrastructure to the things we wear and buy, everything around us is embedded with design.

Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
The most challenging thing I had to face was patience. Learning to stay grounded and take time to build my craft. There were many times where I had to step back and start over. It was all about trail and error. I wanted to make sure my message was delivered correctly. Stink Collection has been huge factor in my life since 2014. and I am proud of what has been accomplished thus far. I view my art as nonpareil, which is why STINK stands for Style That Identifies Nonpareil (K)Clothing. Which means incomparable or unique. I have always been fascinated by the ability of certain colors and items of clothing to change moods or express emotions. Creating out the ordinary but nostalgic designs and illustrations with vibrant color schemes has always been a main focus for my brand. Stink is a unisex brand that exerts spunky but energetic vibes that adds to your style.

Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
It’s so many options in Los Angeles. I would really focus on what my friend is interested in but also could gain fun fact knowledge about the city. During the week we would go Downtown to the The Santee Alley, where we can have great street food and shop around. Also the museums in Los Angeles are amazing. I would set us to go to The BROAD, MOCA and The African American Museum. When it comes to food, Los Angeles is very diverse. I would take my friend to Koreatown, which has amazing food options such as Korean Style Corn Dog, fried chicken and amazing Ramen. Also downtown Disney would be a fun experience with food options and entertainment. And of course Hollywood Blvd, for the night life experience. Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
Her name is Betty Murray. My high school Art Teacher at Stephenson High School in Stone Mountain, GA.. She was my anchor in starting my art career. She taught me not only art lessons and techniques, but a lot of life lesson that pushed me to never give up.

Website: www.stinkonline.com
Instagram: @_stinkcollection
Youtube: www.youtube.com/bamsworld
Other: personal IG: @bam_did_it

Image Credits
Spencer Johnson/Spencer Johnson Films Christin Jones/Moonlyte Photos

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