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May 10, 2012

The Blend: RAW Natural Born Artist [EVENT]

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Written by: Jeff Toliver


If you’re a fan of the arts in any way, shape or form then you need to be here at The Blend brought to you by RAW natural born artist.

For those whom are unfamiliar, RAW Natural Born Artists is an independent arts organization for artists – by artists. Their mission is to provide independent artists within the first 10 years of their career with the tools, resources and exposure needed to inspire and cultivate creativity. RAW currently operates in 32 cities across the United States and counting. They welcome all genres of art including independent film, fashion, music, visual art, performing art, hairstylists, makeup artists and more. If you don’t know, NOW YOU KNOW!

We were fortunate to catch up with Lamar The Artist, one of the artist that will be displaying their talents at The Blend. Of course we had to chop it up with him for a sec just to get the scoop on his artistic ways and tonight’s art showcase.

TS: When did you first learn about your artistic ways?

LTA: I first learned about my ability to draw when I was about 5 yrs old watching my older brother draw. He helped me by telling me to close my eyes and draw what I saw in my mind ever since then I let my mind run wild.

TS: Tell us the story of your life being an artist from when you started, to your current endeavors.

LTA: growing up I’ve never pictured making art a career I wanted to be a chef and own a restaurant. At one point in my life I completely stop drawing for about to 2years. but I have never lost a step taking that break I soon notice my artwork became 10 times better…I have been making a living from my art since high school making handmade tee shirt art to working as a graphic designer in the marine corps and now a tattoo artist and freelance artist.

TS: What new doors have opened for you to explore?

LTA: With art I meet a lot of people that find interest in my creation. I have networked with a lot of them as well as of right now I am attending The Art Institute of Washington where I have meet individuals that share a common love and interest with art like myself. We now have a group that goes by the name NERDnation (Notion to Embrace the Range of Design) we are on twitter @1nerdnation

TS: Seeing how this will be your first public art show, what is the 1 thing you hope to take from it?

LTA: with this art show being my first major show I plan to show the public everything anything I am capable of doing with my creativity. I hope to gain much experience and positive feedback that I could use to make a better show next time around.

What can we look forward to seeing from you in “The Blend”?

LTA: in the RAW artist show you can expect to see many different forms of art from digital painting photography and tattoos I would say the only thing that I missed out on is sculpting maybe next time. I go by my own saying when creating my art “A creative imagination will see more than the eye can picture”




When: May 10th, 2012


1720 I Street NW

Washington, DC

Details:  21+ Event – Fashionable Attire

Tickets are $10 presale but will be $15 at the door

Check out this video of the last event:


About the Author

Jeff Toliver
Jeff Toliver



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One Comment

  1. Lisa Lee

    This show was a lot of fun and I’m excited to see the organization expand into Washington DC!

    Find out more at

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