In 2017, I went to see DL Hughley perform at the Improv. While we were in the green room talking, he noticed the painted jeans that I had on. He asked me where I bought them and he repeatedly said, “Those are dope!” My jaw kinda dropped that he was so impressed with my jeans, since I was the artist behind them. I painted them the day before he came to Pittsburgh. He was so impressed with my jeans that he was the one who inspired me to keep painting more. I even got advice from his personal stylist/designer. It truly was a surreal moment in time for me. Every time I wore them out, I would get complimented. So, here I am sharing all of the buzz with you!!
The little bee symbol is found on each one of a kind pair of jeans, with a powerful word following it...bee kind.....bee unique...bee bold etc. I started painting the jeans with women in mind. However, I will design for anyone who digs the message and are “ballzee” enough to wear some positive truth in this world!
The bee was a symbol that I learned about from my days of selling Mary Kay. I resonated with the quote below. I never looked at myself or a bee the same way again. Years later, when DL and I crossed paths and became friends, I noticed that he also had an admiration of bees, for his own reasons. He even had bee tattoos. It was pretty cool to find someone else who also resonated with the “buzz.” He also nicknamed me a “ballsy broad,” after I did a five minute set on his stage, at his sold out show of a few hundred(pic below). That is how I came up with the name of my brand “Ballzee Bee.”
DL has inspired me on so many levels and paths, the name just made perfect sense.
Just like the bee, I don’t know the hows or whys of life, but I just keep buzzing along. Some days I get stung and some days I do the stinging. It’s all good in the hive hood! If you don’t see what you need, I can custom paint any jeans for anyone or any size. I also do kids jeans, contact me!
“Aerodynamically, the bumble bee shouldn't be able to fly, but the bumble bee doesn't know it so it goes on flying anyway.”----Mary Kay Ash
“When the student is ready the teacher will appear. ― Tao Te Ching
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