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The CultureHype Collective: Meet Jen Kanne
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What is your favorite perk of being in the graphic design business?

I get paid to do something that I’m so passionate about which is super rare.

If you had to choose three words to describe yourself, what would they be?

Driven. Passionate. Pop-Cultured.

What is your random special talent?

I’ve just recently realized that I’m quite good at hearing the first note of a song or just the instrumental & knowing the name of the song & the artist. I play a game with my husband where he plays the New Music Friday playlist & I guess who the artist is based on the music & voice.

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If you had to pick one album to listen to for the rest of your life, what would it be?

I have like three that are my go-to: "Lady Wood" by Tove Lo, "X" by Ed Sheeran & "When It’s Dark Outside" by G-Eazy

Who is your celebrity crush?

Probably Andrew Garfield because I think he looks like my husband & he’s British.

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Welcome to a little something called The CultureHype Collective. What is that? One could call it a dream team, our crew of preferred vendors who are killing it in the Big D & beyond. Meet The Collective.

Meet Jen Kanne, she's a badass Art Director at the Marketing Arm. On the Lays account currently, this graphic savvy designer has experience working with household names like JetBlue, Indeed, Hyatt & i360. For us, she's our go-to for professional, yet creative album art for local artists like BJ Stricker. She also happens to be the new bride of Michael Kanne of local pop group Northern National.

When you find yourself in a creative rut, where do you seek inspiration?

I’m constantly finding inspiration in fashion, music & architecture. If I ever feel like I can’t figure something out, I put in my headphones and go for a walk.

What is your biggest goal/dream for your career?

The dream would be to do something in sports advertising or to work with Marshawn Lynch doing ANYTHING, I adore that man.

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What is your go-to karaoke song?

I’m terrified of karaoke! Singing in front of people is not my thing! But when I’m in the car pretty much anything Sam Smith or Astrid S.

What is your favorite piece of clothing in your closet?

My black leather jacket.

How did you come about being involved in the business you’re in? When did you know that’s what you wanted to do?

I started out as fashion merchandising & quickly realized I didn't want to work retail hours. I kind of stumbled upon advertising/graphic design in college & became instantly addicted.

Tattoos?

Five & counting...don’t tell my mom

The CultureHype Collective: Meet Julie McCullough
THE CULTUREHYPE COLLECTIVE: MEET JULIE MCCULLOUGH

EVERY FRIDAY we'll be rolling out a little something called The CultureHype Collective. What is that? One could call it a dream team, our crew of preferred vendors who are killing it in the Big D & beyond. Meet The Collective.

Julie McCullough, founder of The Pin Show, is a fashion connoisseur & entrepreneur woman about Dallas. McCullough is not only the fashion designer behind Folksie but she is also the founder of the Make + Made Studio in downtown Elmwood. The Michigan native studied Marketing & PR at Columbia College in Chicago before heading to Texas in hope to experience something new & different. If you need a creative, out-of-the-box event, she's your gal! Read more about her story here.

What is your favorite perk of being in the fashion business?

"I always say that because I make my own clothes, I get to invest all my money in shoes."

When you find yourself in a creative rut, where do you seek inspiration?

"When I first started working for myself I found pride in the endless work hours spent grinding away at the creative process.  I am much older & wiser now & have discovered how important rejuvenation is for my creative output.  For the past 6 years, I have built frequent travel into my life & it has made all the difference in my workflow."

THE CULTUREHYPE COLLECTIVE: MEET JULIE MCCULLOUGH

How did you come about being involved in the business you’re in?

"I didn’t know at all this is what I wanted to do, it really just happened.  In 2005 I opened Make, a modern sewing studio, mostly for classes.  I guess I started creating clothing because of a natural progression & then creating clothing that mattered & spoke to women & our bodies.  I still don’t know what I want to do, but right now, I am loving this!"

Who is your fashion icon?

"My fashion icons are all the slow fashion pioneers that are changing the way we view our makers & our supply chains and who are a part of the solution of mass consumer waste, by creating a product that lasts."

What is unique to you about living/working in Dallas?

"Dallas has really changed over the past 10 years. I moved here 16 years ago from Chicago on a whim & really fell in love with this city when I moved to Oak Cliff.  When I first started The Pin Show in 2007, designers (& models) felt they had to move to New York or Los Angeles to continue their career in fashion, but now, you see them planting their roots here, opening beautiful studios, creating jobs & still selling nationwide.  Dallas has really begun to open up to its creatives, & it’s pretty affordable to start a business & live here as well (which means more travel!)."

Eclectic & homey, Julie’s design aesthetic mixes elements of modern industrial with bohemian.
— DFW Style Daily
THE CULTUREHYPE COLLECTIVE: MEET JULIE MCCULLOUGH

What is your biggest goal/dream for your career?

"To connect people with their clothes, help them feel absolutely incredible every time they get dressed & to have this work have a positive impact on every member of our team. Ok, & to run away to Tulum & sell dresses on the beach."

If you had to pick one album to listen to for the rest of your life, what would it be?  

"Fleetwood Mac - 'Rumors'"

Who is your celebrity crush?

"I don’t really have celebrity crushes, but I sure do have a strong group of female friends (Marisa Dukowitz, Whitney Barlow, XXX ) that boss their lives & are total celebrities in my life. I crush on them pretty hard!"

What is your go-to karaoke song?

"'SOLD' by John Michael Montgomery...best sang with Erica Felicella at Barbara's Pavillion."

THE CULTUREHYPE COLLECTIVE: MEET JULIE MCCULLOUGH

Photos courtesy of the Dallas Observer and Folksie. 

The CultureHype Collective: Hand Drawn Pressing
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EVERY FRIDAY we'll be rolling out a little something called The CultureHype Collective. What is that? One could call it a dream team, our crew of preferred vendors who are killing it in the Big D & beyond. Meet The Collective.

If you didn't notice vinyl was back, you might be living under a rock. After a HUGE resurgence in the market, good ol' vinyl record sales are at an all-time high & we're lucky enough to work with the most high-tech vinyl pressing plant in the world - plus,  it's right here in North Texas. Say hello to Hand Drawn Pressing, the manufacturing arm of Hand Drawn Records, focused exclusively on vinyl record pressing. Get to know label co-founder/CCO Dustin Blocker below!

What is your favorite perk of being in the music business?

Finding NEW music, at the very heart of it, I'm a huge music fan, so a lot of fun to find new acts daily!

What is your biggest goal/dream for your career?

To continue to grow this business into something my kids can one day run for me. I'm ready to retire & go on vacation!

If you had to pick one album to listen to for the rest of your life, what would it be?

No way. Unanswerable.

What is your favorite piece of clothing in your closet?

Black t-shirt.

How did you come about being involved in the business you’re in?

I've never not been in it, singing since I was a kid, and my love of singing has driven me into places no one could have predicted!

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The CultureHype Collective: Meet Jayson LaFrance
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If you had to choose three words to describe yourself, what would they be?

Creative. Technical. Analytical.

When you find yourself in a creative rut, where do you seek inspiration?

Travel really clears the mind & opens up opportunities for creative thinking.

Who is your fashion icon?

Benedict Cumberbatch. Scarves are the best male fashion accessory.

Tattoos?

None yet.

What is unique to you about Dallas?

I feel like there is still a lot of opportunity for growth & collaboration in the creative community here.

EVERY FRIDAY we'll be rolling out a little something called The CultureHype Collective. What is that? One could call it a dream team, our crew of preferred vendors who are killing it in the Big D & beyond. Meet The Collective.

Jayson is more than just a web & design specialist, he sees the big picture. His forte is creating unique & strikingly functional experiences for clients & kick-ass branding initiatives. Analytical & creative, Jayson is also the man behind the brand new Longhorn Ballroom, CultureHype & BJ Stricker websites - & a part of the LaFrance family, the owners who've renovated the historic space.

If you had to pick one album to listen to for the rest of your life, what would it be?

Magic Sword's "Legend" EP

What is your go-to karaoke song?

Anything from N'SYNC or Backstreet Boys.

What is your favorite piece of clothing in your closet?

Probably my 'Space Cat' T-shirt

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What is your biggest goal/dream for your career? Being able to work completely remote so I can travel for extended periods

How did you come about being involved in the business you’re in?// When did you know that’s what you wanted to do? Building websites require a mixture of both creative and technical skills that I love.

 

The CultureHype Collective: Meet Said Abusaud
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Said Abusaud is an Arab-American photographer focusing on conceptual portraiture & fashion. The mastermind behind Afterglow Gallery, Abusaud is a visual artist, creative conceptualist, storyteller & published fashion photographer in Dallas.

What is your favorite perk of being in the photography business? 

The people. It’ll always be the people that I’ve been blessed to meet since this started back in 2013. I went to a show in Fort Worth at the end of 2014 to see the Burning Hotels perform, & by chance, Taylor Rea AKA ZHORA, was opening for them. At the end of the night, all my friends were talking about the Hotels and here I was still mesmerized by the performance of ZHORA I will always credit her beautiful soul for giving me a chance to collaborate with her, connecting me with incredible musicians/likeminded folks such as LEV, Ronnie Heart, Sudie, NITE& many more.

Tattoos?

Surprisingly, no. I’ve always wanted some and if I do ever get some, it would definitely be in Arabic text.

What is your random special talent? 

When I was younger, all I ever wanted to be was an actor. The feeling knowing you can get up there on stage & put on a performance to move people brought so much excitement in my life. It was when I watched Mrs. Doubtfire for the first time that I realized I could mimic people. 

What is unique to you about living/working in Dallas? 

I was born & raised in Dallas. Seeing its growth over the years, especially in the art scene, has definitely been moving. 

If you had to choose three words to describe yourself, what would they be? 

Intelligent. Controversial. Raw

When you find yourself in a creative rut, where do you seek inspiration? 

David Bowie, The Smiths, Prince & Lenny Kravitz are the biggest inspirations in my life. The visual presentation & reinvention of these musicians, that has spanned over five decades, gives me plenty of material to get inspiration from. 

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How did you know you wanted to be a photographer?

I had just finished a long stint in the acting world. I had no idea what life my direction was going in. I knew I had the talent, I just didn’t know what I wanted to do. I remember seeing an ad from Best Buy offering a camera kit for $500. I had no idea how to use a camera but thought it would be cool to try it out. After practicing and studying, I decided to offer my services to people and an old friend from my past, Ashlee Gonzalez, reached out to me to work on a conceptual shoot. She’s been my art wife & makeup gal since day one. Amy Bellinger, my assistant tech has also been there as well from day one to help create the scenes & visuals. My pride & joy are my members-only team of the most talented artists in DFW including: Gezebel AliceaAmanda ArcheyMegan Visitacion, Ekaterina KouznetsovaZach BushCarine Rice, Kenneth Smith, Logan Neumann, Jacqueline Prieto & more. This is how Afterglow Gallery was created & without them, it would have never existed.

What is your biggest goal/dream for your career?

To constantly always be learning & leave people with questions. I always get people ask me “What does your work mean to you? What are you trying to say?” Art, to me, is a question. It should never have an answer. I also want to do work for Harper’s Bazaar for a little bit, travel the Middle East with my cameras to show the United States the beauty of the Middle Eastern culture (specifically that not all Arabs are terrorists) & for my team (Afterglow Gallery) to achieve their dreams.

If you had to pick one album to listen to for the rest of your life, what would it be? 

David Bowie’s 2013 release “The Next Day” The whole album is a stunning, resonant piece of expression. I listen to it daily.

Who is your fashion icon? 

Audrey Hepburn. For those that know my work, she's everything to me. 

Culture Hype Collective Said Abusaud
Introducing The CultureHype Collective: Meet Jeremy Biggers & Sam Lao
Photo credit: Glass Optical

Photo credit: Glass Optical

Starting today & EVERY FRIDAY we'll be rolling out a little something called The CultureHype Collective. What is that? One could call it a dream team, our crew of preferred vendors who are killing it in the Big D & beyond. Meet The Collective.

Jeremy Biggers & Sam Lao: Visionary and hip-hop lyricist. AKA two creative geniuses, the dynamic duo who is the epitome of #couplegoals! Together, they create beyond amazing music, videos, visual art, graphic design & more. What Sam brings to Jeremy's unreal visuals for music videos is an artistic direction behind the scenes, storyboarding and creative vision like nothing we've ever seen. 

When their powers combine, the sheer creative talent that gets put on display is borderline obnoxious.
— Central Track

What is your favorite perk of being in the music business? 

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Photo credit: Jeremy Biggers

Sam: "Seeing people identify with my music & fall just as in love with it as I am. Also, the look of elation on my parents faces every time I bring them a newspaper or magazine with my name in it."

If you had to choose three words to describe yourself, what would they be?

Jeremy: "Passionate. Driven. Funny."

What is your random special talent?

Sam: "I make a killer cheesecake. Like, so good fights have broken out over it."

When you find yourself in a creative rut, where do you seek inspiration?

Jeremy: "I try not to let myself get to a point of being in a rut, but when I am, I just do a lot more research & try and learn something new in hopes it sparks something."

What is your biggest goal/dream for your career?

Sam: "Ideally I would like to take my music career as far and as high as I can go. Maybe even do a few movies."

Photo credit: Jeremy Biggers (video still)

Photo credit: Jeremy Biggers (video still)

How did you come about being involved in the business you’re in?When did you know that’s what you wanted to do?

Sam: "Depression led me to music. It started as a healing project & became something that just clicked & felt right. When I realized making music was something I couldn't go without doing or being a part of I knew it was something I was going to stick with."

What do you love most about Dallas?

Jeremy: "Dallas is an awesome place with lots of world-class talent. The cost of living makes it more manageable to live here versus East or West Coast."

Tattoos?

Sam: "I have the symbol for Mercury on my wrist. Mercury is the ruling planet of Gemini & a symbol for communication & creativity."

If you had to pick one album to listen to for the rest of your life, what would it be?

Jeremy: "Music is such a huge part of what I do on every level. I pick music based on my mood so it's really tough to say. If I had to pick though... I would probably say... Lupe Fiasco's 'Food and Liquor.'"

What is your favorite piece of clothing in your closet?

Sam: "A leather jacket with some of my lyrics hand painted on it." 

What do you bring to the DFW creative scene? Why are you proud of it?

Jeremy: "I bring a unique voice to the DFW creative scene & prove that you can do a number of things at a high level. I love that Dallas is finally embracing its creatives. We have A LONG way to go... but at least the process has begun."

What is your go-to karaoke song?

Sam: "'Something Like That' by Tim McGraw! I like singing country at karaoke not just because I enjoy it but because the look on peoples faces is priceless."

Click to watch "Grenade" by Sam Lao (directed by Jeremy Biggers).