ALIM SMITH'S ART OF THE MEMES
This is a classic case of art imitating memes imitating life. Ok, there's nothing regular or classic about this. Alim Smith is a fucking genius. Where most people see the meme of the year, Smith aka @YesterdayNite on Instagram sees inspiration for his canvas. With little over 20k followers on Instagram, Alim's unique black refixing of past and recent history is delightfully refreshing. See for yourself.
ALIM ON HIS CREATIVE PROCESS AND ADVISE TO OTHER BUDDING CREATORS
When did you start creating art?
I was always creating or scribbling something but the first time I really remember enjoying art was in kindergarten. We had to color in a fire. My brother and mom saw that I was just using red and they told me to use orange,yellow and blue because fire isn’t just one color. I remember really enjoying that.
What’s your process like?
My process is different depending on what I’m creating. But I usually start off by turning on a long ass podcast or an album I don’t mind not listening to all the way through. Then I just get to work. I just need some kind of continuous sound in the background. I can’t create in silence.
Did you go to art school or were you self taught?
I went to an art school for high school and middle school. But I still feel self taught because they didn’t teach us how to draw. They just told us what to draw so the people who couldn’t draw still aren’t that good. And the ones that could are just a little better.
Do you have any advice for artists and creators?
My only advice would be don’t stop creating and dont worry to much about people’s opinions of your work.