I met Ernesto Reina, a Charlotte artist and Parkour enthusiast, about a year ago. At the time I didn't realize he was an artist, an amazing one at that, but what sparked our initial conversation was the fact that we both get told we look like rappers. Ernesto, a dead ringer for Drake, and myself, a carbon copy of 50 Cent (I know, I don't see it either). Anyway, after a mutual following on Instagram, we both noticed our individual talents.

Fast forward to July of 2016, we had our first initial meeting to discuss working together. Ernesto, who also goes by E, showed me some of his sketches and drawings, of which I was very drawn to and impressed by, partially because they were unique, but more so because of how passionate he is about his art. Ernesto explained to me that he was in the beginning stages of having his art printed onto different pieces of apparel--t-shirts, backpacks--that would soon be available to the general public and he wanted me to be his photographer, in hopes of promoting the brand via social media. With his talent and thirst for life, this was a no brainer for me. 

And here we are, ready to unveil the magic that we created together, with the assistance of a couple friends and Downtown/Uptown Charlotte as our backdrop! Take a look!

Brandon Grate