PORTRAITS IN STYLE AND CULTURE
Meet Bones the Machine, Dancer
What does work mean to you?
The true definition of work is always building yourself up from within. It’s the time you take to learn or build a skill to improve your life. Some people do it for money. Some people work to kill time, but for me I work to become my greatest self.
What Makes something a classic?
Something classic might get old over time but it still feels nostalgic. Like magic, it brings you back to a time in your life where you can feel that moment again. You can have an emotional connection to this thing and remember who you were at that moment in time but can also share it with others who feel the same way. For me that’s what make it even more classic.
What does a pair of boots say about a person's style?
Boots always feel like protection to me. Ready for combat. I don’t know what it says about a person’s style but if I’m wearing boots it's because I’m ready to work hard!
“I am an artist. I live through art, sell art and perform art. This type of work comes from my passion for building my soul.”
—Bones the Machine, Dancer
“MY LIFE’S WORK IS MAKING PAIN LOOK BEAUTIFUL AND COLORS SHINE IN THE DARK.”
—Bones the Machine, Dancer
Tell us about who are you and what you do.
I am a recording artist, creative director, sculptor, tattoo artist, and bone breaker. Tattoos are quite painful, but people are still willing to go through the pain for my art. That means a lot to me. With the bone breaking, I know that sounds extreme but it’s a dance style with mostly hip-hop blended with the contorting of arms.leader in my community for all my efforts.
What do you find inspiring about your life’s work?
I’m always giving myself the opportunity to try new things. I get to inspire others and open their minds to new perspectives. I give them a taste of my art and my way of life.
How does your sense of pride inform what you do?
I try to be an example to people who are trying to figure out what they want to do with their life and art; inspiring others who may be afraid to take that leap for themselves. Sometimes it’s less scary if you see someone else do it.
What do you want your legacy to be?
Connecting everyone I am working with now to create something different and revolutionary. I want to build something that we can all pass down to our children.
What’s your take on classic style?
I love something that can leave a mark in time. Something classic that feels nostalgic. It will make you remember who you were at a point in your life. I mean you can feel your body go back to a place where your emotions switch up. Those experiences are timeless.