Sekondi Landry An American Short Story

by Datechguy | September 11th, 2018

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Sekondi Landry An American Short Story

A few days ago I talked about two women I met in Atlanta that were work­ing hard to make their dreams and/​or busi­ness’ a suc­cess I have one more such story for you.

Last Fri­day was my final full day in Atlanta and as my wife and I didn’t have time go to the Coca Cola museum on Tues­day as we had planned (CNN took much longer than we expected) Vin­nie, my wife and I found our­selves once again on MARTA on the way to Atlanta proper.

One of the great dis­ad­van­tages of the cell­phone age is that if you spend all your time look­ing down at the phone for fear of miss­ing some­thing on the net you can miss inter­est­ing peo­ple, things or events that hap­pen around you that unlike the inter­net can’t just be brought up to view later.

Like Sekondi Landry

Dur­ing our trip while Vin­nie and I were gab­bing away and DaW­ife was valiantly putting up with us a young man came onto the sub­way and stood by the front wall. He seemed no dif­fer­ent than another other such young man we had seen except for the fact he didn’t have a wire com­ing out of his ear.

For 2018 that was a sig­nif­i­cant dif­fer­ence but a few sec­onds later he demon­strated what was really unique about him­self when he reached into his bag and pro­duced two draw­ings and placed them over the cor­ner of a pair of adver­tise­ments on the train.

The first draw­ing on the right wasn’t bad at all but the draw­ing on the left I thought was really good and Vin­nie agreed even going so far as to com­pare it to a cer­tain one eared artist.

I was intrigued, and spoke to him. His name was Sec­ondi he didn’t go to art school, in fact he was get­ting his GED but had been draw­ing since 10 and decided he was sick of the var­i­ous ads he saw on the train and thought he’d put up some of his work.

I loved the idea as it con­trasted from a graf­fiti artist who has to deface what already exists with­out per­mis­sion. I pulled out my cam­era and talked to the young man and recorded a brief interview

So here was a nice lit­tle story about a young man He had a dream of being an artist, with a lit­tle of his work. a great lit­tle sub­way story to add to the site.

But the story wasn’t over

A few min­utes later he switched out his draw­ings. The new on on the right was of a foot and sneaker and didn’t impress me, the one of the left how­ever was, in my opin­ion at least as good as the first I admired and that’s when some­thing extro­d­i­nary happened.

Another fel­low came on the train, noticed the draw­ing and instantly took a lik­ing to it and asked if he was inter­ested in sell­ing it. Sekondi was and out came the video camera.

Now I don’t know if Sekondi Landry will some­day become a house­hold word, or if his art will ever be famous or even if one of the many com­pa­nies that put good graphic design­ers to use might some­day snatch up Sekondi, or even if those who read this blog might dis­agree with my high opin­ion of his work but I do know this. On Sept 7th 2018 Sekondi Landry man­aged to prove that his art­work was good enough that some­one com­ing on a sub­way pre­sum­ably with­out the inten­tion to locate or buy a draw­ing was impressed enough to pay cash for it.

That’s a real mile­stone that, no mat­ter what the future holds can never be taken away and it’s a great Amer­i­can story.

Remem­ber this sig­na­ture, some­day you might find it in a gallery near you.


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A few days ago I talked about two women I met in Atlanta that were working hard to make their dreams and/or business’ a success I have one more such story for you.

Last Friday was my final full day in Atlanta and as my wife and I didn’t have time go to the Coca Cola museum on Tuesday as we had planned (CNN took much longer than we expected) Vinnie, my wife and I found ourselves once again on MARTA on the way to Atlanta proper.

One of the great disadvantages of the cellphone age is that if you spend all your time looking down at the phone for fear of missing something on the net you can miss interesting people, things or events that happen around you that unlike the internet can’t just be brought up to view later.

Like Sekondi Landry

During our trip while Vinnie and I were gabbing away and DaWife was valiantly putting up with us a young man came onto the subway and stood by the front wall. He seemed no different than another other such young man we had seen except for the fact he didn’t have a wire coming out of his ear.

For 2018 that was a significant difference but a few seconds later he demonstrated what was really unique about himself when he reached into his bag and produced two drawings and placed them over the corner of a pair of advertisements on the train.

The first drawing on the right wasn’t bad at all but the drawing on the left I thought was really good and Vinnie agreed even going so far as to compare it to a certain one eared artist.

I was intrigued, and spoke to him. His name was Secondi he didn’t go to art school, in fact he was getting his GED but had been drawing since 10 and decided he was sick of the various ads he saw on the train and thought he’d put up some of his work.

I loved the idea as it contrasted from a graffiti artist who has to deface what already exists without permission. I pulled out my camera and talked to the young man and recorded a brief interview

So here was a nice little story about a young man He had a dream of being an artist, with a little of his work. a great little subway story to add to the site.

But the story wasn’t over

A few minutes later he switched out his drawings. The new on on the right was of a foot and sneaker and didn’t impress me, the one of the left however was, in my opinion at least as good as the first I admired and that’s when something extrodinary happened.

Another fellow came on the train, noticed the drawing and instantly took a liking to it and asked if he was interested in selling it. Sekondi was and out came the video camera.

Now I don’t know if Sekondi Landry will someday become a household word, or if his art will ever be famous or even if one of the many companies that put good graphic designers to use might someday snatch up Sekondi, or even if those who read this blog might disagree with my high opinion of his work but I do know this. On Sept 7th 2018 Sekondi Landry managed to prove that his artwork was good enough that someone coming on a subway presumably without the intention to locate or buy a drawing was impressed enough to pay cash for it.

That’s a real milestone that, no matter what the future holds can never be taken away and it’s a great American story.

Remember this signature, someday you might find it in a gallery near you.


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Either way it’s most appreciated.

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