Cool Kids by Temi Coker

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Growing up as a black boy in Nigeria, the impact of colonialism could be felt in the community I was in. I was aware of bleaching cream at a young age and even noticed how it seemed that lighter complexion was “better”. This made me question the skin I was in, as a chocolate complexioned young boy.

Years later, my family moved to America, and in this new context I still found myself trying to scrape the “dirt” off my skin.
In my junior year of high-school, the community of bold black people around me made me appreciate the uniqueness of being black. It was then I began to slowly see that my skin black skin was and is beautiful.

These pieces of art are a representation of the beauty that my inner child would grow to love. I know many of us have gone through a journey of challenging societies perceptions of what is beautiful. I can stand here today confident in who I am as a black man. We’ve always been the cool kids on the block. Don’t let anyone tell you otherwise. Not even yourself.

Man: Ehimare (means God's Choice)
Woman: Esosa (means God's gift)

Chose those names because they represent moments in my life where I realized how valuable I was and being confident in my skin and who God made me to be.

This artwork is part of a Limited Edition of 60 prints. Only 60 prints available of this image ever. Once all 60 of the prints in this edition have sold, it will never be printed again. This image is available as a 20”x24” print. Each print is printed on an archival fine art matte paper with archival pure pigment inks. If stored properly, these prints will last up to 200 years.

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