From looking sweet on people’s feet to working tall on someone’s wall – there’s a good chance you’ve encountered the vibrant artwork of Camo Customz.
Meet Camerin Nesbit
Artist Camerin “Camo” Nesbit got his start painting sneakers, but nowadays, he’s working on much larger canvases.
Nesbit was instrumental in the revisioning of the Black Lives Matter mural downtown this past June, spearheading the effort to organize (and pay) 25 Black artists to make the finished piece more inclusive. He also managed this year’s mural project at Spirit in Lawrenceville, choosing local artists to create a unified piece that utilized all of their personal styles in a cohesive image. In this episode we ask him about his experiences as a Black artist in Pittsburgh and what changes he would like to see. He shouts out some of his mural locations so you can take a socially distant mural tour and check them out, and he talks about his new project — the Homewood Experience Artwalk.
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Soo ummm ahhhhh… I’ve been at such a loss for words these past couple days. Such an unexpected wave of production. Honestly I’d just like to say Thank you for ALL artists that were involved and took place in this project. We truly did something special! HISTORY IF WE MUST SAY! From donations of paint from @ashleyhodderart @jeremymraymer and @boom_concepts To the incredibly talented @_conor_clarke , Joshua Krajnak, Don, and @goodboygems . ✊🏿 To the brave determined artists who showed up to beautify the project @jy.originals @jouirnoe @artofnatiq @hhb_paintsinatra @richardthethird @paint_no_stress and many more!! To the best eyes in the city to capture the moment @en_jay_me !! To everyone else whom painted, donated, prayed, loved, shared, and/or fought for this, THANK YOU! This projects proves how important and how POWERFUL art truly is! Creating UNITY through a paint brush, no matter the hue of paint. This is the first of many project like this! I promise to keep fighting for our black arts community here in Pittsburgh! I’m not going anywhere 🤷🏿♂️ 📸: @emmai_alaquiva 🙌🏿🙌🏿
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This episode was hosted by Stephanie Brea, recorded remotely, engineered and edited by Epicast Studios.
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Header photo: Emmai Alaquiva