Feature: Understanding the Artist Behind Streetwear’s Most Creative Pieces
Denzel Currie, 27, is a self-proclaimed “streetwear artist” based in London. For nearly a year, his goal has been to make art for the ever-growing streetwear community. He’s maintained an active Instagram page and most recently his own website. He’s done many projects in collaboration with big-name stores, like “Size?” and “Converse.” The artist has never been afraid to engage with his audience and other online creators.
Currie believes that art should have depth. His old Etsy tagline used to read, “Art that has meaning.” Now on his Instagram in all capital letters, he proudly proclaims that he’s the “art attack for the culture.” While Currie maintains that both phrases are supposed to mean the same thing, he added that the ladder is “different” and meant to “speak to people.” It also may or may not be a subtle reference to the 90’s children’s show of the same name.
He began his plunge into the streetwear world in early 2019. He posted frequently on his Instagram and to r/streetwear on Reddit where he gained immense traction. His art is inspired by different cultures and other artists like Warren Lotas and Slummpy Kev. By far his most famous pieces are of masks from various Asian cultures, like the Tibetan mask.
Since his inception, Currie has gotten more comfortable and branched out into other inspirations and concepts. It’s fascinating to watch an artist grow over time, but in under a year, Currie has made more progress than some artists do in their entire career. While he worked as a graphic designer for some time before making his mark on the streetwear world before he became “CurrieGoat” there wasn’t much else on his Instagram.
His greatest risk so far came in November 2019 when he launched his own screen printed brand featuring his iconic designs. He went onto say that it was a “big investment” but he had a business partner to make the jump from Etsy to his own website much easier. Since then, Currie has released four pieces on his personal website and sold out each time.
However, this doesn’t mean everything has come easily for Currie. As a creator one of the greatest problems he and many others face is the constant flow of time.
“I have none,” Currie said, “but I need to keep making content.”
Over time it seems it’s become easier for him to keep track but it just goes to show that even as an already experienced graphic designer Currie had to experience the trials and tribulations many other young artists face on a regular basis.
Speaking of young artists, Currie often takes the time to give advice to his fans looking to bolster their own creative projects. He gives countless shout-outs on his Instagram and often takes questions from fans.
Something he stresses is to “work on presentation,” Currie said. “There’s a lot of great work that gets killed by poor lighting and shot composition.” This is very evident in his work online. Currie has cultivated his own unique look while still managing to exude professionalism.
As a final send-off, the floor was open for Currie to reveal any special plans he had for the new year.
“Nope, you’ll see it when you see it,” Currie said.
True to form. A magician never reveals his secrets.