Get to know JP Hanney

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Who is JP Hanney?
I’m just a southern boy from Louisiana! Just joking although I am from the “boot.” I am a Houston Texan heavily involved in the arts. My focus is fashion, music and photography. When you put all three together, magic happens.

What do you like to do in your spare time?
I have been a musician pretty much most of my life, so producing tracks and spending time in the studio brings me life. Fashion is also my passion. I enjoy putting pieces together that express who I am. I believe that fashion allows us to do that. There are no rules when you’re an artist. Lastly, I enjoy spending time behind my Canon lens. I love taking shots of random people and buildings.

What type of photographer would you consider yourself to be?
I don’t have one particular style of photography. I just enjoy taking cool shots. If the subject looks fascinating, I point and shoot. Same goes for a model shoot. If the model has a stimulating style or look, my creative juices begin to flow, which makes for a great shoot.

Who is your favorite music producer?
Wow…I have several! But if I had to choose one, I would say Pharrell Williams and then Timbaland. Both are so creative.

What inspired you to become an artist?
I have always been different from everyone else. I am a very observant person. Art allows you to express yourself. It doesn’t matter if it’s via music, photography or fashion.

What do you like most about fashion?
Expressing yourself through a piece of clothing or a pair of shoes can boost your confidence. I am really big into the fabrics and the production. For example, I am an avid sneaker collector. I enjoy lacing up a pair of exclusive leather sneakers with a theme or inspiration behind them.

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Who is your favorite designer and clothing brand?
I have several! Just name a few, Tom Ford, Giorgio Armani, Pharrell Willams, etc.

Are you working on any projects or collaborations?
I am currently collaborating with a designer by the name of Yaku Ray. His brand consists of T-shirts, polos, sweatshirts and knits. Yaku Ray Clothing has been around for about 5 years. We are in the process of working on a collection geared toward the fashionistas of the world.

What is your favorite city to visit?
I love New York City. The people are always grinding, whichkeeps me motivated and inspired.

How can we follow you online?
Intsagram:
@jphanney08
@yakuray
Website:
Yakuray.com

This article is published in June Issue 71.
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