Written by Tweety Elitou
Creativity cannot be stopped in a cage nor can talent be stifled behind bars! These words were inspired after social media was introduced to “Rashod Stanley”, AKA the artist “Atlanta Santana” an Atlanta-native who used his design skills to continue growing his fashion line—while being incarcerated.
Recently, (March 2019) the 25-year-old inmate went viral after a video clip surfaced of him modeling clothing from his "The Trenches Sport" line, which he made using prison uniforms and materials.
“I would like to think I was the flyest guy in high school and on the streets,” Shod, who's currently locked up on unarmed robbery charges, told The Shade Room.
At the age of 20, Rashod owned his very own store on Bankhead (a high crime, low income area) in Atlanta, Ga. before getting caught up with the wrong crowd. Now he’s on a mission to share his story, create clothing and inspire others not to go down the wrong path.
“I want people to know my story because Location Doesn't Determine Destination. I want to inspire others to make something out of nothing and reach their full potential without making excuses,” Shod said. “I want to be a positive figure and public speaker to at-risk kids that’s following down the wrong path.”
Although Shod currently sews his clothing using dental floss and a paper clip, his goal is to make his fashion line shopable for all.
“I want to make a name for myself as a fashion designer in the fashion community. I also want to start a nonprofit organization for low-income communities in Atlanta and eventually expand nationwide,” Shod said.
"The Trenches" is a versatile platform that was all about the individual lifestyle coming up in The Trenches.
The Trenches is meant to inspire people to find their own happiness without having to succumb to the norms of society. The mission isn't just to supply high quality underground clothing, but to depict overall lifestyle to the best of my ability.
To read more about Rashod Stanley click the links below:
The Shade Room
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