Align Magazine got the chance to sit down with Isaac aka “Zeek”, an up and coming Millennial creative out of D.C who has been perfecting his artwork since childhood. Now, he is ready to take the world by storm, one canvas or sketchpad at a time. Here is what he had to say…..
Zeek, thanks for taking the time to speak with us. Lets start with an introduction to our readers Hello, my name is Isaac Liverpool, and I am originally born in Washington D.C. and raised in Silver Spring, MD. Growing up, the DMV in the ’90s introduced me to many influences that sparked my creativity, which lead me to pursue art. My love for cartoons, hip hop, comic books, anime, and Graffiti all played a part in helping me create my world. I never had any formal art training I took several art classes in high school and college, but I was just another kid in school who was daydreaming sketching away in my notebook or on the desk. I taught myself a lot but polished my skills in these art classes. In elementary school, I was obsessed with drawing Ninja Turtles and classic Hanna-Barbera cartoons. I picked up my first Marvel/D.C. comic book’s when I was ten, drawing Spiderman and Batman sketches—eventually going crazy when I was 13, drawing Dragon Ball Z characters from watching “Toonami” on Cartoon Network. When I got to high school, I started adventuring further out into D.C., seeing the metro subways filled with insane colorful graffiti writings to witnessing the legendary Cool “Disco” Dan ” tag a wall in Northeast D.C. After seeing that, I immediately taught myself how to spray paint and tag my name on anything and everything. All these small moments lead me here to Denver pursuing my dream.
My philosophy when it comes to creating art is the same; I apply to my life, which is to “always evolve but never losing my essence” I want to show the world my growth through my artwork as I mature throughout my career. I want my supporters to come along with me as I embark on this journey of self-truth. My goal is to one day own and operate my Urban art gallery that supports local artists and to open my doors to the black youth to explore their creativity in a safe, inspiring, and loving environment.
Tell us about your organization or creative pursuits? My creative pursuits are to own an art gallery to allow other black/brown artist to display their talents as well as teach the youth to create and express themselves as individuals.
Has your journey been an easy one so far? One of the two biggest struggles was losing four of my closest college friends between 2013-2018. Miles, Christian, Big Steve, and Ben, we were all the same age attending Johnson C. Smith university together. Miles was the most artistically inclined one we had many long hours of conversations about modern art; he was also the one that pushed me to get back in it when I felt lost. Most of my friends passed due to health issues and one to drunk driving. I often take upon myself to immortalize my friends in a drawing for their funerals. I cried many nights over the loss of my friends and drawing them brought back many memories of the times we once shared. Through that process of grieving, I started thinking to myself, what Have I done? What will my legacy be? How will I be remembered? These questions were all a part of me growing up and maturing, getting my mind back on track, creating and using my imagination because I knew that through my artwork, I would live forever.
“Always evolve but never lose your essence”Isaac Liverpool
What’s one thing we should know about you or your business? I want to be known for is my tributes to African, Afro-Latino, and African American culture. I want to be able to show a strong representation of my truth and self-reflection in my work.
What sets you apart from competition (if there is any)? There is no competition only the man in the mirror!
What has been your fondest moment in your career thus far? So far the fondest moment is starting my business and relisting my first collection of artworks.
Where do you see yourself in 5-10 years from now? I see my self doing murals in different cities
Who has been the most influential person in your life? I have been blessed to come across a lot of influential people, but If I had to pick just one, it would be mother; a true leader, and hero.
How were you as a child? I was wild, creative and animated
Is D.C. a good city for your creative pursuits? I ended up getting a job opportunity to move out to Denver, Colorado, to work at the Global Western Union H.Q. here in DTC. Since moving here, it has been a massive inspiration for how this city appreciates art and the artist. I feel as if I can feel valued and appreciated for my craft. This city gave me new energy, a better sense of self-awareness to push my art to another level. I always envisioned my art being displayed in a city mural one day. I think this is the city that my dreams will come one step closer to being real.
What would you like people to remember about you when you’re gone? I want them to remember everything the good the bad and the ugly but most importantly the artwork that’s why I have to push myself to leave people a clear vision of how I have seen the world and to show them my true level of consciousness.
What is one piece of advice from your experiences thus far can you give to a budding millennial entrepreneur, creative, or influencer to help
them along their journey? Fail so that you learn from it. Then turn that failure into knowledge. Once you get in a position to help, that knowledge becomes wisdom, so pass it on to the next person.
Facebook: zuluzeek or isaac liverpool