Chris Brown: NO ROLE MODEL

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Grammy Award Winning pop star Chris Brown is opening up Urban to Ink Magazine. He is not just talking about his tattoos (which the magazine is known famously for), he talks in depth about his bad boy image.

 

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Chris Brown: “I would just say that I would rather be an inspiration and not a role model. Make your own decisions. You don’t have to rebel just to rebel. You don’t have to accept just to accept. If you want to get a tattoo, if you think that’s your thing, then that’s cool. I personally think that now, not having a tattoo is kind of like a statement in itself. Our generation is gonna be old, tatted, and we’re gonna look so dope. So, it’s a choice. When my fans can say, “I want to get tatted or I don’t want to get tatted.” I don’t look at them any differently.”

 

Urban Ink: Art is a really important part of your life. Can you tell us about some of your early influences?
Chris Brown: As a kid, your imagination is very fertile. So, growing up in the early ‘90s, I was influenced by everything from “The [Big Bad] Beetleborgs,” “Biker Mice from Mars,” “Street Sharks,” Animorphs books and Harry Potter books. All that had an effect on my creativity, my music, my art, even down to what I wear. For me, it’s more about just having fun and living with an adolescent vibe.
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He also talks about his new clothing line “Black Pyramid”.

You talk about how creativity influences not only your tattoos and your art, but also your fashion. You got the Black Pyramid [clothing] line going. What inspired that concept?
I was always one of those kids that equated fashion with the first day of school or Christmas or the last day of school. Looking at the Eastbay [catalog], I always wanted to be one of those kids that liked ‘90s urban hip-hop culture. Admittedly, I’ve always been a fan of that. I think, with my clothing line, I tried to grasp that kind of concept, but also give my fans and my core audience a chance to see what type of clothes I like, the type of stuff that I’m into and clothing that’s actually affordable. My price range is like H&M and Zara prices, so I’m not trying to crush my consumers. I want them to be able to build the brand with me. Slowly roll out pieces and hopefully some small collabs will come out. I’m just getting my feet wet in the fashion industry. I want them to be able to see that I’m actually authentic and genuine about it. Not just trying to do it because it looks nice.

And it’s unisex, too. Why was that an important point for you?
You never can count anybody out. I believe much of my success has been female-based. Recently I’ve started getting more male fans. I wanted to do a clothing line that everybody could wear. I tell people all the time, I’m not running for president. Just like when I do my albums, it’s a choice. So if you want it, you can have it.

 

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http://www.inkedmag.com/articles/chris-brown-fearless/

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