It’s a new season of Express Yo Thoughts with Mocha Monroe and she’s back this time with all new guest, new stories, and more random questions. In this episode we have artist/graphic designer Cali Red as the special guest.
Ty Jack is a Special FX Artist, Esthetician, Makeup Artist, Social Media Influencer, and CEO/Head Stylist of Haus Salon and Spa. She has been a featured artist for New Orleans’s edition of RAW: Natural Born Artists as well as the Baton Rouge Natural Hair Expo. Meeting Ty Jack once will ensure that her impression stays on you for a lifetime. With her bubbly smile, unicorn aesthetic, and message of self-acceptance and love for all things macabre, how can you not be impressed and want to tune in for the greatness that lies ahead?
Q: What a journey you have been on thus far! Let’s reflect back for a second though. When did your love for art start?
A: My love for art started when I was about 12yrs old. I would always sit and redraw my favorite cartoons.
Q: Growing up as an alternative unicorn was most likely not the easiest thing, although it sounds awesome nonetheless. What advice would you give to youth that may be at a crossroads of being themselves?
A: Be you authentically and unapologetically. People will laugh and talk regardless. Do what makes you happy now so you won’t miss out on happiness later.
Q: You’ve dabbled in many art forms; so, your arsenal of art media has got to be vast! What has been your favorite art medium to work with?
A: My favorite medium to is liquid latex. You can mold it and create whatever you need with it. Also, with liquid latex, applying prosthetics are so simple.
Q: Now, I know before branching out, you had years of experience creating spine-chilling monsters for the well-known RISE Haunted House. How long were you a special fx artist for RISE?
A: I worked for RISE for 4yrs before I started my own business.
Q: Do you still take special effects appts.? If so, how often and where can people book?
A: Due to Covid, I haven’t been taking FX or regular makeup appointments. Hopefully, the pandemic eases up soon though because I really miss working my magic on other canvases besides my own.
Q: Yes, being an artist during a global pandemic has been quite the journey! How do you keep going?
A: Honestly, it’s super hard to find motivation, but my social media platform and supporters keep me going. They hype me like no other and I look forward to sharing new projects with them.
Q: You’re amazing at channeling your artistic abilities into your other businesses, especially the ever-growing Haus Salon & Spa. Since you’ve been featured at showcases like RAW, do you see yourself participating in hair shows for your work with Haus as well?
A: I would love to do a hair show one day! I’d love to showcase fun styles on models while they’re also wearing a makeup look as well! That would be iconic!
Q: Let’s discuss another budding part of your artistry and connection to the beautiful humans of this world: becoming a social media influencer. How has it helped grow your art forms?
A: Becoming an influencer has helped grow my art by helping me get discovered so I can share more in the first place! Tagging brands and posting merchandise, along with a beautiful look, has caught the attention of come amazing companies, including Voogueme in China and Makeup A Murder!
Q: What moments have been your favorite in your art career thus far?
A: My favorite moments have actually come from being an influencer! I’ve gotten so many opportunities and met so many people worldwide that I don’t think I would have had the confidence to talk to in person. My platform allows me to speak volumes without me having to verbally speak, and I love it!
Q: What should those interested in following your journey and art look forward to?
A: Well, YouTube may be soon, which will include vlogging as well. A huge collaboration with a big social media personality is in the works too.
Q: Sounds good! Where should people keep up with all things Ty Jack?
A: People can follow me on Instagram at www.Instagram.com/_tyjack and www.TyJack.com.
Br.adio Hosts Its 2nd Annual Br.unch Giving a Moment to Reset and Relax for Local Creatives By: Christie “Caleico” Patrick
Baton Rouge’s creatives got a much-needed reset before 2021 at BR.adio’s BR.unch 2.0 located at The Parlor yesterday, Sun., Dec. 27. Music mixed by Bandeaux Pat and a welcoming ambience created by Vic set the scene. A Jenga table and video game area complete with Mortal Kombat also entertained guests while Chef Genesis Bobo served traditional southern brunch dishes, encouraging an atmosphere much like a family gathering, which was the goal of BR.adio creator Jireh. Jireh started this annual tradition last year as a safe space for artists to gather with likeminded, but diverse, individuals without pressure, although the opportunity to do business is always there. The spirit of growth was ever present, not just within those that attended, but the organization as well, which started on Instagram live but officially blossomed into an incorporated nonprofit this year.
Vic, the kind host with a radiant smile and self-proclaimed “girl with the gifts”, fit the vibe of the event as this was her first time bringing her gift of hosting to the forefront after years as an artist focused on poetry, sewing, and acting. Local businesses Zi’Guay, Red House of Socks, and Sunny Side Clothing made their mark, and some sales, by attending as vendors. Some of Baton Rouge’s best musical talent were also in attendance, including local group Freethinkerz, specifically creator Jay Ones, labelmates Si. and MyNameDwayne, and newest member Robert Grant Jr. When reflecting on the significance of having safe spaces like the BR.unch, Jay Ones sited the camaraderie and networking aspects as key when saying, “It’s cool. I like it, having a space to come kick it with fellow creatives from the Baton Rouge area and others.”
Thinking of attending the next Br.unch? Then, mark the last Sunday of next year as taken because that’s the date of this event’s next installment. However, you can keep up with this organizations’ growth and other events on Instagram @br.adio. You can also keep up with host Vic (@__thatgirlwiththehair) to see what events she will be hosting next and Bandeaux Pat (@bandeauxpat) to see what events he will be spinning at or putting on as well. The vendors are located at @everythingziguay, @redhouseofsocks, and @sunnyside225. Jay Ones (@jayones) will be dropping the Red Wine EP soon; so, keep an eye out for that. However, you can stay tuned for all projects of the Freethinkerz including Si. (@iseeyousi), MyNameDwayne (@mynamedwayne), and Robert Grant Jr (@mrgrantjr) at @freethinkerzinc.
JDavis Brand is a globally recognized clothing line that has taken the industry by storm. It’s a movement. As a brand rooted in fashion, authenticity, sexiness, inspiration, and motivation our mission is simple. We want to encourage people to conquer their dreams, no matter how big or small, and to look amazingly fashionable in the process.
Meet The Owner – JDavis
Jemmel Davis, a New Orleans native, is the Founder and CEO of JDavis Brand. JDavis is a tenacious leader and passionate innovator with a “don’t quit, get it done” mentality. His commitment and strong work ethic is what helped birth the Addicted To Results™️ movement, which was launched in March of 2019.
As a “think out of the box” visionary, his creativity has quickly transcended the JDavis Brand’s footprint domestically and internationally.
JDavis believes it’s about the process, it’s about the journey, it’s about the sacrifice and it’s about having the victory over a war that is still being fought. It’s a mindset. It’s a bold declaration that in the end, YOU WILL WIN! It’s about the RESULTS!!!
Check out this VLOG when Tubbi pulls up to Solemates located in Gonzales, Louisiana where she goes in and catch up with owner Brelle Ford, do a few interviews, and browse the store for some of the hottest clothing brands on the market.