Wednesday
Aug282013

Child Prodigy: Yung Lenox Interview

Yung Lenox stands in a category of his own as a successful child prodigy—not the creepy kind that can spell words no one ever uses, but this seven-year-old can draw his ass off. When his father Skip introduced drawing into their daily activities, it was clear from the start that his son was a natural. He quickly ran out of comic book figures to sketch and was in need of some new inspiration. When Yung Lenox asked his dad who his favorite superhero was he happily replied, "Gucci Mane," and the rest is history.

Lenox began busting out some crazy dope prints of rappers such as Dr. Dre, Cam’ron, and Max B but his favorite subject to draw became Ghostface Killah. Father and son enjoyed listening to Wu-Tang classics while perfecting his craft. Taking the time to really feel the music and fully invest his mind in what he was drawing, the fun hobby also became a lesson. Shapes, outlines, and color precision became a mental puzzle process to express his creativity.

"The payoff is inspiring and motivating getting into subcultures and it's a huge head start," Skip explained. Although Lenox is growing up in the mean streets of Seattle, his dad got into a few rebellious acts and delinquent behavior as a teen growing up in suburbia. This gives Lenox a social identity and purpose to avoid peer pressure. He's recently been featured in Juxtapoz, shown in a New York gallery (although he couldn't travel to miss school), and even got to chill with Raekwon and give him a framed piece of work. The young kid also has an upcoming show at Seattle's infamous skate shop Alive & Well this Friday, August 30th.

I got to meet up with the rising star and chat about his growing career.

So, what do you think of your art?
It's good. I wish it sold more then I'd have more monies.

How much money do you have now?
Seventy dollars!

What’s your favorite part of art?
I like coloring.

How do you choose who to draw?
My dad puts on music and we draw.

How was meeting Raekwon?
It was cool. He chastised me and told me to make my dad buy me better markers.

Do you like Wu-Tang?
Yeah… I guess.

Who is your favorite member of Wu-Tang?
Ghostface!

And why is Ghostface Killah your favorite?
Because he's Iron Man.

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