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Young Bae

A native of Seoul, South Korea, Young Bae’s childhood reads like a painful chapter of Oliver Twist. Using her innate talent – art – to overcome years of poverty, homelessness and abuse, Young managed to escape.

Young’s mom, an artist herself, was consistently unable to provide and care for her children and members of their community refused to volunteer assistance. Young recalls the cultural reaction to her family’s suffering with clarity,

“Korea is a materialistic country,” confides Young, now proprietor of the marquee Diamond Tattoos shop in New York City’s Times Square. “No matter how hard you work, it is hard to break away from poverty – nobody gives you an opportunity. If you’re poor, you’re poor for life. They treat the less fortunate like shit, hence I couldn’t talk to anybody about how I was living – not even my best friend. So I kept it all a secret, as best I could.”

Young did her best to mix in with other more privileged kids, even as she and her family moved around in church basements, abandoned houses and even a shipping container throughout her teenage years. “I may have been homeless with no money, but I was always fresh and fashionable,” says the self-taught tattoo queen has come a long way to now ink high-profile clientele and eager fans of the drama-filled show, “Black Ink.” “When my family didn’t have access to a shower I would clean up at public restrooms every morning. I’d also get hand-me-down-clothes from church and create my own fashions, or at least I tried to. My teachers suspected I was poor because there were things I couldn’t pay for, but for the most part I think I flew under the radar.”

She didn’t fly under the radar though when it came to her talent, her teachers and classmates acknowledged her ability to sketch, draw as well as paint. Young began receiving accolades for her fabrications, using the sales to buy basic necessities.

Young was able to land a partial academic scholarship to a college where she continued to hone her craft until she was ready to leave Korea.

“New York is an artist’s city,” says the Chugye University graduate, “so it just made sense.”

They say if you can make it in New York, you can make it anywhere and the bonafide hustler Young took the motto to heart. In 2007, the 22-year-old made a beeline for Koreatown in Manhattan, touching down with just $80 and a student visa to study English, she landed a job at a local nail salon.

Despite a language barrier, she wouldn’t stop there. Young continued job hunting, getting jobs at restaurants, jewelry shops, even illegally hawking her art in New York’s famed Union Square. All this to make her share of the rent for a small place with roommates in New Jersey.

On the way to the tattoo shop in NYC, the neon lights of New York City brightly shined on the other side of the Lincoln Tunnel.

Tattooing was illegal in South Korea so Young had no experience. “I walked in, took a look around at the tattoo sketches on the wall, and thought, hey, I could do this. So I offered the shop owners a barter: in exchange for giving me a shot I would clean their shop for free. They agreed.” With that, her apprenticeship commenced.

In no time, Young became confident in her skills and moved to another shop where she could demand a tattoo artist’s wages. Quickly becoming the most requested artist in the shop, Young decided look into owning and operating her own business.

“I rented this little ratty spot on 46th Street in Times Square. It was literally a storage room in the back of an eyebrow threading shop. I got licensed, worked like three additional jobs to afford the $1000/month overhead and scoured the area to find shelves, paint and other stuff to decorate. I upholstered my first tattoo chairs with fake leather I found on the street. Then every day I’d go hold up this human-sized sign advertising my shop, and miraculously people showed up. Eventually so many showed up, I quickly outgrew the space!”

With Young’s growing credibility and reputation among fellow artists throughout the tri-state area, it was no wonder that reality TV show producers eventually came calling.

“My shop might not have been the fanciest, but my work was good and news about me began to spread quickly. It kept getting bigger and busier every year,” she says.

Young was delighted to join VH1’s popular show “Black Ink Crew: New York” during its fifth season. Heading into its seventh season, Young Bae is a fascinating and loveable character to watch.

Through it all, Young gives God the credit for not just where she is today but where’s she’s headed, “I had faith that poverty, homelessness and abuse wouldn’t be the end of my story. I went through all of what I did so I could come out on top on the other end and eventually go on to help others who are vulnerable like I was. There is greatness waiting for us all and I’m determined to live and share my best life now.”

Currently, Young Bae is working on an athleisure line 2one2 and a book sharing her life experiences.

Additional information can be found on her wikipedia.

New Release by Tyga

Tyga – Girls Have Fun (Official Video) ft. Rich The Kid, G-Eazy

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Tyga has decided to continue riding his wave of momentum with yet another bawdy banger. This time, T-Raww has tapped a few likeminded rapscallions, namely Rich The Kid, G-Eazy, and DJ Snake for the endeavor.

The rapper took to Instagram to announce the video, “Girls Have Fun,” set to drop tonight, complete with suggestive, on-brand artwork.” –HotNewHipHop.com

In the midst of all the buzz Tyga has been receiving, Tyga will be dropped newest video, “Girls Have Fun” Today (2/8).

The up-beat party song features Rich The Kid & G-Eazy, and was produced by DJ Snake. Video, which will be released Grammy Weekend, will be directed by Arrad and Tyga.

Hook: “Stick out ya tongue girls wanna have fun, stick out ya tongue can a n-gga have some.”

It’s true – Tyga is having the biggest comeback year – and he is just getting started. Stay tuned for a huge 2019 for mister T-Rawww.

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TYREN REDD

LA-based Photographer/Creative Director Tyren Redd has made it a goal to change the world for the better with one image at a time. He’s become notorious for producing beauty and fashion images with a new age digital flare.

He is noted for discovering supermodels Riley Montana (Givenchy, Tom Ford, Vogue) and Broderick Hunter (Essence Magazine, HBO’s Insecure). Furthermore, he has worked with some of the biggest names in entertainment and fashion and his work has been deemed exceptional by Fashion Photographer Cliff Watts and Lions Gate Film Director Bille Woodruff. He is the man behind the image of some of today’s viable stars including Kendrick Sampson (Vampire Diaries, How to Get Away with Murder) and singer/songwriter Kesington Kross (Epic Records). As of late, he shot Brandy Norwood, Chloe X Halle (for Ivy Park), Angela Simmons, Lil Mama, Boris Kodjoe, Ronni Hawk, Sean Kingston and the All-American Rejects. His work has been published in major magazines like Vogue and 360.

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AJAY HOLBROOK

Ajay Holbrook, formally known as Ambreia Janee Holbrook, is a 21yro from Houston whom has been medically transitioning from female to male over the last 4 years.

Three years ago, he began bodybuilding. Since he’s recognized his newfound passion and love for this sport, he is dead bent on tackling one of the biggest titles,

“‘Mr. Olympia’ … this is especially a challenge because of who I am but I’m not letting anything stop me from reaching my goals. I insanely train and keep my body in top condition at all times. Recently, I packed up everything I owned to move to Los Angeles to pursue my careers in bodybuilding, dancing, modeling and music production. It has been one of the toughest decisions I’ve ever had to make but also becoming one of the most rewarding.”

Dozens of challenges are constantly thrown Ajay’s way and he’s always having to overcome them. Many of which tie into his identity. “I don’t let them entertain me back… I’ve gone viral due to a Men’s Health and Generation Iron publication… And, [I] had so much support, but also a lot of backlash from the bodybuilding community in particular,” asserts Ajay.

Eager to prove naysayers wrong, Ajay has been eating healthy, training and is ready to tread on that stage very soon. “They may have thought they witnessed the last of me, but this is ONLY the beginning!!!”

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FRANK PENA

Story by Vaughn Lowery
Photos by Stephanie Van Burk 


Frank Pena was born and raised in New York City. As both a professional dancer and fashion model, he consistently stays involved within the entertainment industry. 

In 2016, he decided to move from the Bronx to Los Angeles. As of late, he appeared as a cast member on E Network’s new reality series, What Happens at The Abbey (the most prestigious alternative lifestyle bar in the world). 

Recently, he was tapped by 360 MAGAZINE as a red carpet correspondent.