We’re Watching You

Friends, enemies and members of the press… We’re watching you. We’ve been doing it for years but now we’re ready to shake things up a bit.  How are we going to do this in 2018? The easy way, with money. We’re gonna make it rain on some damn good artists because we’re bored and great art entertains us. Especially when it’s art tailored to our unique and exquisite tastes.

Artist Soul Entertainment has undergone some severe re-branding since it’s launch and as a part of the renewed Artist Soul experience we’re focused less on producing in house and letting some other talent take the wheel. Remember how we keep telling you guys to ‘Keep us entertained’? Well now let poppa Apple educate you on how to keep us entertained.

Enrich, Enlighten, Entertain. You must, at minimum, do any one of these three things for us with your content and we will support it. That’s no guarantee of our support but if you can do one of these three things then you’re guaranteed to get our attention. Yes, that’s right folks, we’re looking to fund some projects in any way we can. We want to throw it up for some of the sickest artists we can find!

I’m out here looking and meeting some dope artists who aren’t exactly in need of representation but I do want to show them some love. In an effort to fulfill this goal we’re going to do our best to showcase commissioned artwork from talented artists/entertainers of multiple disciplines.

We don’t really have a standard for deciding who we want to support other than asking ourselves ‘Does it entertain us?’ . So don’t get offended if we don’t want to put our backing behind your friend who draws My Little Pony: Friendship is magic porn. The point of keeping us entertained is that it entertains us and that is the only standard we will follow for giving our support to anyone.

So in order to avoid confusion, for now you can consult my deviantart saved favorites for a fairly accurate idea of what I personally look for in the art I enjoy. I can’t speak for Cronus, Lionel or Solstice but they’ll be around with their shopping lists soon enough.

If you find you don’t like our tastes then obviously you’re running with the wrong crowd here at A-Soul but the rest of you are more than welcome to stay and let them know…Keep us entertained!

Far from dead, just sleeping

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So we have a new logo! Along with it we have merchandise! Check out some of the awesome gear we’re going to be putting out for you, our favorite 10 people in the world.
http://artistsoul.bigcartel.com/

Along with the new logo we would like to share with you all some of our campaign of the last 12 months.

We’ve been busy and in order to avoid the long winded speech that follows this I’m going to give you guys the tl;dr version.

We need money to pay some artists to help us animate our passion project. We’re not assholes so we’re not looking for volunteers to promise royalties to. We’re doing everything we can to get this project off the ground financially.  You can support us in one of four ways.  Thanks ahead of time!

1) Shop here, buy lots.  A link to our BigCartel store.

2) Like, share, subscribe to all of our channels/pages.

3) Donate directly to us here– The more exorbitant the donation the better we can make it.

4) Click this link for porn– This is real, we’re not lying to you. In order to make sure that our project is always in the black, Poison decided to sell his body on the internet. You can watch him do all kinds of filth or not, we just need you to click the link so that we can collect the royalties. Thanks Pornhub for being an indirect sponsor!

Otherwise, the tl;dr version is below this for those who want to read it all but the point is that even if we don’t get very much funding we’re still going to do this. Once there is enough money to keep the lights on and put a roof over the head of our only full time in-house artist then the show will go on.

Thanks for reading, keep us entertained!

Das Manifesto

How to start an Art Career or become a drug dealer…

‘I want to be a professional artist. Where do I start?’

It’s a question that I come across frequently and I hear it from people at all levels of skill. I’m going to attempt to answer all your questions and help some of you navigate through the pitfalls of the career that will come up. In order to make this more of an exciting read, I’m going to show you how being an artist is very similar to being a drug dealer.

Step 1- Acquire some kind of art skill aka acquiring the product

How does this relate to drugs? your art is your product, like crack/cocaine.  Much like crack/cocaine the quality of your product usually determines what kind of clients you will get. Crack, or for the more street smart audience, ‘Hard’ can be sold for cheap, produced in mass and regardless of quality it can be sold to someone cheap. Mind you, if it’s shit quality then it’ll take a damn long time to sell much like shitty crack. So prints, fan art and cheap reproductions of originals, that’s what I know as ‘crack’ in the art world.
It doesn’t take much training to learn how to cook crack and you can make a tonne of money selling crack-art but it takes a damn long time to do it.
Training allows you to take your raw-product, the cocaine, and refine it. A more refined and pure product can be sold for a higher price. These would be the big commissions, the $1000+ dollar paintings you see selling at shows, these are examples of cocaine pieces. Mind you, much like cocaine, finding buyers for large amounts can be difficult and it takes time to build a clientele thats willing to pay for your primo product.
So, for the art student fresh out and bursting with skills- you have pure Colombian cocaine right now. Refine your cocaine and then figure out how you can take that and turn it into really good crack to sell to the masses.

Step 2- Business Skills aka selling and pushing the product

Once you have your product you need to figure out how to sell it.  You’re new on the block so nobody knows you even have product to sell. Unlike selling crack, you wont be shot for selling your art on the wrong block but you should be careful when you choose where to show off your product. Example, putting nudes on your Facebook page when you know it’s against community guidelines is kind of like selling in front of the police station… Know your audience, find someone who does the kind of stuff you like and start reaching out to their fans. Yeah, some people might not like the fact you do that but fuck em, if people like your stuff more than the other guy then that guy needs to try harder or find other people to push on. It’s dog eat dog out there and even the most skilled of us can end up starving when some kid selling crack shows up while all you have to offer is expensive cocaine. Some artists cry about undervaluing our work when skilled people sell for cheap but lets be real, we all gotta eat and if your prices are hurting others then tell them to feed/clothe/shelter/entertain you and see how they feel about your prices.

In order to succeed you need to think like a dealer, ‘where can I push this product to get the most repeat customers, where can I find or create new addicts?’
You dont want to have just customers, you want FUCKING ADDICTS LINING UP AT YOUR DOOR. You want them to not just want it, but NEED IT. Find a way to create a need.

Anything you can do to make the experience between you and your clients memorable and unique is a good thing. Like a crack dealer, you want your clients just begging you for another bump when you show up and light the fuck up smiling when you walk in the room.

Step 3- Finding a steady job aka finding a crew

Much like drug dealing, there is no steady job, just steady customers. Some days it can be dry and on other days you can’t get the phone to stop ringing. Be prepared to have periods where absolutely nothing is happening.

Working alone can make you lots of money but its also a shit load of work. Some people have the drive to do it and will hustle selling $20 prints all day to make a solid payment. Others, like myself, occasionally sell coke-art and get large payouts at once… Unfortunately, that only happens every now and then.

Finding a studio or patrons is the next logical step. This is like finding a gang to have your back when you’re out on streets. You work for the studio and produce and push product for them in exchange for the safety and security of the crew.

A good crew will work with you, help you promote your shit and hustle while pushing the whole crew brand. Much like many famous people who started out as drug-dealers (Insert long list of hip-hop artists) you can also put together you own group of dealers/artists and hold down a corner of your own.

Another advantage of having a studio or crew is that all you need is one heavy hitter in the crew and everyone benefits. Yes, everyone in the crew should be of similar level but there is always bound to be someone who really is up in the game compared to everyone else. This guy is the MVP, the Lebron James/Michael Jordan of the team. That doesn’t mean that everyone else can slack off but having an MVP on the team will help everyone get work because of the rep that comes with having been a part of a good team. Even if the crew falls apart, a good rep will make sure that everyone is able to move on well.

On a personal note, you are only as strong as your weakest link so if you do plan to start your own studio then make sure you train everyone to do everything at a basic level. If you have someone in the crew that’s just a little too weak, people are going to punk them and shit on your whole crew for letting a punk ride with you. Basically, make sure everyone can and will hold their own.

Conclusion

So with those three simple steps you should have the basic knowledge needed to become a professional artist. It literally does not get any simpler than this. You need to get some skills, sell your product to whoever will buy and repeat that process until you’re successful. If you’re lucky you get picked up by a studio/crew or you start your own. How long it takes to be successful all depends on your work ethic and how hard you’re willing to push your stuff. Art is everywhere, and that means that every single person you meet is a potential client. You just need to find out what they need and get them to buy it.

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Socially Aware Asshole

Of late people have become more socially aware. This is wonderful. People all around me are becoming aware of some of the injustices that we allow to carry on within our society on a daily basis. In our art, entertainment, politics and culture in general we’ve begun to audit ourselves in order to make sure that these injustices dont carry on. Too bad its also led to us becoming horribly afraid to go out and create art for the sake of self expression.

Now, I know im going to offend some people today but it was this post that made me just need to go off on some mother fuckers. I would like to direct your attention to the picture below.

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Booze, Pancakes and the Return of A-Soul

Aww yeah bitches! We’re back and it’s for good this time.

So what have we been up to for the past year and change? We have photographic evidence of our escapades for those of you who are interested 🙂 Nothing NSFW sadly but these pics are pretty hot nonetheless.
Otherwise, we’re growing up now and moving on to bigger better things. Hell, we’re on our way to becoming a legitimate business and soon enough you all will get to see it. Still, thanks for all the support y’all have given us and we’re looking forward to keeping you entertained for a very long time to come. Now onto the article! Continue reading