Black Artist Collective
Story Tellers & Dreamers
Crowns For The Culture
Super Limited Release
250pcs - 500pcs Per Release
The Line Up
CHUCK STYLES is a multi-disciplinary artist based out of the Philadelphia area and born in a small suburb outside of West Philadelphia. As a young artist at the age of 6 Styles found comfort in art while surviving the dynamics of a complex blended family, 5 compelling siblings, and eroding house conditions. Styles was no stranger to poverty and struggle growing up. His family although low on funds were full of love and support for his passion for creativity. In many ways, his artwork reflects both the reality of his childhood struggle and his desire for a better financial future. He has now worked with brands lie Topps, HBO, Starz, and Cadillac.
"WHAT FIRST STARTED AS CREATING ARTWORK MY DAUGHTERS AND MY FAMILY COULD BE INSPIRED BY BECAME ARTWORK THAT WOULD INSPIRE INDIVIDUALS AROUND THE WORLD.”
Melissa A. Mitchell is self-taught artist, entrepreneur, author and motivational speaker. Born and raised in Miami, Florida, she has a love for vibrant colors, unique shapes, and bold dark lines that she attributes to her Bahamian heritage, melodic sounds and the colorful world around her.
In 2014, she founded Abeille Creations and began her journey in the world of abstract art. Since then, Melissa has gone on to create over 500 original art pieces, 40 larger than life murals and been featured in Forbes, Vogue, ESSENCE, SHEEN Magazine, Rolling Out Magazine and The Huffington Post, among others. Most notably, she is known for turning her lively artwork into textiles, specifically head wraps named after influential women in her life, seen on the likes of Lupita Nyong’o, Amara La Negra, Yandy Smith, Karen Civil, Rebecca Gross and more.
XPayne is an illustrator, painter, and designer who emphasizes color and storytelling to create what he calls "Black Pop". Using childhood influences and popular culture, Payne aims to create a graphic visual language that is understood by many while still remaining emotional and personal. His goal is to become a globally exhibiting artist covering a wide range of subjects.
Born and raised in South Florida, Nathan Delinois (Nate Dee) has numerous influences... this includes his Haitian background and the use of color in a lot of Haitian art and street art. The design quality of the Art Nouveau movement and the drama of Greek art from the Hellenistic. These elements can be seen in his work. Additionally, he takes some influences from the pop surrealists.
He has been featured in media outlets such as Delve, ABC, the NFL Network, NBC, the Miami New Times, and many others. In 2014 The New Times listed him as one of the 10 Miami Artists to follow on Instagram. In 2013 he was also given an Honorable mention by the magazine for their 2013 Miami Masterminds awards. He's been featured on multiple mural projects and has displayed his work in exhibits throughout the world.
Black Art Collective
A collaborative collection of 4 new crowns celebrating contemporary black art. Dungeon Forward Founder and Chief designer David Castro stated that "creatives move the world forward and through time, black art has honestly documented history, the culture, and pushed boundaries while also inspiring progress". Castro hand selected artist from all over the US including Chuck Styles (Philadelphia), Melissa Mitchell (Atlanta), XPayne (Nashville), and Nate Dee (Miami), to collaborate in a very hands on and personal release with Dungeon Forward. This collection also marks the launch of a new silhouette for Dungeon Forward, The Sunika Kuraun Low Top. A sleek and sporty variant of the already popular Sunika Kuraun High Top. Sunika Kuraun means sneaker crown in Japanese and is a staple product for Dungeon Forward. The crowns layering is directly inspired by the lines and material differences experienced in some of the dopest sneakers ever to drop. The 4 new crowns are both derivatives of each artists focus and an expression of very personal moments through out the piece. It was the goal to be authentic to each artist’s individual story while also creating a stands alone product that would be admired by all. These are true crowns for the Culture.
BEEN SUPER - Chuck Styles
This Crown is the decedent of the art piece: BEEN SUPER BOY. This collaboration is more endearing and personal for Chuck, which is quite different from the notoriety that comes from working with celebrities. Initially, the piece reads very abstractly. Look closely, and become hypnotized by the powerful neutral earth tones and the masterful way the vibrant blues and orange colors leap off the design. SUPER is written in a graffiti script at the top of the Crown that feels raw and unscathed, allowing us to experience the artist's vulnerability. More than just a word-SUPER- is an identifier of action. Look deeply into the child's eye and see the purpose and power that is in you. The revelation is profound- Always remember I got this shit; I'm Super, and I BEEN SUPER.
IKENNA (My Fathers Power)
This Crown is a multi-panel mixed media manifestation of executed ability-POWER. Its comprised of the perfect combination of soft pastels centrally and artistically set with a mesh overlay. The Ikenna is anchored by a satinesque brim and perforated rubber side adjusters in fuchsia and lavender, allowing the wearer to get the perfect fit. Our moniker "DUNGEON" is vertically situated front and center, symbolic of our thought process-FORWARD. The core is finished with a teal base, purple rim, and fuchsia panels inscribed with "Nothing I ask for is beyond God's ability to manifest."
AFRIKANA - XPayne
This Crown sings of heritage with sunkissed tones of gold, kelly green, and oxblood. You can immediately feel the pride as the design celebrates the male and female equally with pinpoint accuracy. The imagery placement is superb, and you can almost hear the song "Linus and Lucy," a brilliant play on youthful innocence and purity.
The spears up top are reminiscent of the protective nature we have of that which is dear to us. XPayne explains the crowns up and down design representing the hero and the underdog, to which we all can relate, perfectly juxtaposed against the abstract artistry placement. The artist signs off this Crown under the brim with the Big Dipper and the North Star honoring black people's history and heroism.
Born and raised in South Florida, Nathan Delinois (Nate Dee) has numerous influences like his Haitian background and the use of color in Haitian and street art. The design quality represents the Art Nouveau Movement and the drama of Greek art from the Hellenistic. He has been featured in Delve, ABC, the NFL Network, NBC, and the Miami New Times. In 2014, The New Times listed him as one of the 10 Miami Artists to follow on Instagram. Nate’s crown is the Haring Ibon and is adoration of a very personal friendship. Nate’s artwork is uplifting and empowering. Experience this life-changing project that will breathe life back into anyone who views it.