“Hey everyone” said with my subtle spider-man voice lol who knows what I’m talking about?
Thanks for stopping by, my name is Devante Harris and I’m the creator as well as the owner of "The Artist Arcade". The name “Artist Arcade” comes from a fun setting of inspiration and energy, nothing but good times and twisting that with creativity. When you stepped into an arcade you never knew what was really going to happen but it was full of things everyone could relate to, our company is that. A company that is not only creative but so engaging you want nothing more than to be a part of our crazy artistic community. Playful yet full of glorious madness. Our main outlet will be the art being that this company is based on the artwork. I want to create the artistic environment and build from my creations, starting with clothing.
I was born with the ability to draw well and blessed with a practical mindset at a young age. I’ve been creating since I was 5 years old and I knew at a young age it was what I wanted to do forever... "and I can’t stress it enough how many times it literally saved my life on more than one occasion. I always believed my artwork was more than just graphite or ink on blank pieces of paper, it was more like raw pent up emotions that bled on the papers when I created. My grandmother once told me, “if your going to do what you love passionately make sure you get paid for it” and that stuck with me... it’s funny because she didn’t believe I was a good artist at the time. She'd call me a tracer, but more in importantly what she said stuck with me. Not only did I sell my artwork, but it had become my main source of income all throughout my high school years.
So I thought, if this ability allows me to take care of myself what else can I do with it?Over the years, beginning so far back as to when I was in high school, I’ve created multiple businesses. They've all ranged from food blogs to various clothing brands, as well as from entertainment companies and more. They've all fallen short partly due to the fact that I was young and naive, but more importantly it was also because my heart wasn't 100% in it. Whether or not it was because many people didn't believe in me or the brand enough I knew deep down that the main reason it didn't work was because it was NOT CREATIVE ENOUGH!
Everything I’ve been though, dealing with manic episodes of depression, anxiety and my own personal solitude led me to where I am today.
How did that happen?
I fought through all the bullshit that was thrown at me, from literally being abused at both home and school to wanting to take my own life, dealing with my personal demons mentally. I was able to manifest all my pain into my artwork and it kept me going. To adults I’m known as an entrepreneur, to malenials I’m known as a influencer But in reality I'm just someone who's striving towards being happy, being different and being myself. This led me to working with an investor who not only is a solid business partner but as well as someone who definitely a huge inspirational figure to me and we developed a business plan and we put everything in motion.
With that being said I'm a firm believer in sharing the extensive knowledge that I have to help others overcome their own obstacles because I’ve dealt with so much negativity in my life time and I’m only 25 years old. One thing that I've learned is that you can’t get anywhere in this world without help.
With my brand I get to expel so much creativity, expressing myself like never before showing the world what I’m capable of and with the upmost confidence I’ve ever had before I will be able to help others along the way.