Today we’d like to introduce you to Tenbeete Solomon better known as Trap Bob.
Hi Trap Bob, thanks for joining us today. We’d love for you to start by introducing yourself.
Growing up, I always had a love for art but never really took it seriously or considered the possibility of a career. As I was nearing graduating undergrad, where I was studying Marketing, I felt a lack of passion for anything and dreaded the idea of working for someone. I started drawing and painting to relieve stress and fell absolutely in love. At that point, I decided I would do whatever I had to live my life as an artist. I went from painting to teaching myself how to use illustrator and loving illustration, animation, and, more recently, murals. After graduating, I continued to create art and share it on my social media, showing it all over DC for parties and events, growing a following, and getting to a point where I could freelance full time. I started my company, Trap Bob World, LLC, in 2016 and haven’t looked back.
Alright, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall, and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
I don’t think anything about being an artist is smooth, but that’s the best part. I dealt with imposter syndrome, fear, and anxiety, mostly from not knowing if things would work out. Learning to let go, have faith, and embrace fear and failure was difficult but rewarding. Every challenge made me stronger, and I wouldn’t have it any other way.
Can you tell our readers more about what you do and what you think sets you apart from others?
My artistic style is bold and colorful, and I’m most known for my use of color and the characters I draw. I refer to them as my “girls,” They communicate for me and embody how I feel. Through my work, I aim to connect with and bridge the gap between my audience and my message. I want people to think differently and see themselves in my art. I’m most proud of my work in activism. I love creating protest art and murals to support the fight for racial equality and women’s rights.
Alright, before we go, can you talk to us a bit about how people can work, collaborate, or support you?
I love connecting with supporters and fellow artists – they can find and message me through my website (www.trapbob.com) and Instagram (@trapxbob). I also have an online shop where you can purchase prints and products.
- Website: www.trapbob.com
- Instagram: @trapxbob