Originally from Michigan, with a penchant for vibrant color, slick definition, and compelling design, Akil (Akay) has been creating graffiti since he was old enough to buy paint and appreciate the California sun.
Although preferring the creative freedom of working as an individual, Akil Daniel ventured into being part of a few graffiti groups as a pre teen. SOA (Sinisters of Art), a group they started in the sixth grade, existed before he knew what style wars meant. Later, they created BH (Bad Habits), which evolved and merged into KBH (Kan’t Be Hustled). His last crew, NASA (No Art Survives After), evolved during his senior year while his peers worried about who they were taking to prom.
Akil is a true, self-taught artist and graphic art designer who develops his craft by challenging himself to work with various mediums. His unique style has appeared on t-shirts, logos, race cars, freight trains, album covers, and websites before and since working at Lucas Films. This excellent opportunity helped to further develop his innate skills and master digital art. Armed with a pencil, ink pens, blunts, and a black book, Akil breathes life into these creations via programs such as Illustrator, Photoshop, HTML code, and CSS.
Always pushing boundaries, Akil left Lucas to work with various clientele. He has worked for Clear Channel, Fast and Furious, and spent six years making porn sites. In addition, his client list includes Jennifer Lopez (“I Luh Ya Papi”), Shaq, 50 Cent, Nicole “Hoopz” Alexander, Cappadonna, Edley Shine, Ava DuVernay, Street King Energy Drink, and Drift Monkey, just to name a few. He has also been featured in a collection of magazines: Marijuana Hillbilly (a few covers and an artist interview), Cloud 9 (artist interview), Daaam Magazine (official magazine of Comic Con), BBR Magazine (8 issue comic strip), and, of course, Cannibus Culture. Xbox, Xbox One, PS3, and PS4 games feature his work as well. From Norway (Drift Monkey and Fantasy Factory), to Sweden (J Spec), to America (as graffiti set designer for an episode of American Idol), and in the digital world, Akil’s art cannot be contained.
Currently, Akil is up at night crafting his labor of love: The Chronic Avengers comic books, pin ups and illustrations, which have been featured in a variety of medical marijuana books. Yet, always inspired, he is also involved in the creation of an animation pilot and collectible toy series. His art is scheduled to be on display in February, at a gallery show in Sydney, Australia, where he will be featured on the “Hello My Name Is” show with Kalis. In addition, Akil will be displaying his work at the Orange Crushed at the GCS Gallery, in Santa Ana, and The 420 Art Gallery in Orlando Florida in October. However, no matter what accomplishments, AKay cherishes his deep roots as a “graffiti kid”. And, perhaps due to his meditative spirituality, Akil’s humility is most charming; he is more likely to pass a blunt than touting his achievements. Check Akil out and be sure to give him a follow to keep up with the rest of his journey. Thank you for your constant support Akil!