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Seattle has long been a city for art and equally a city of limited outlets for artists. The local arts community is a tight-knit group of creatives constantly seeking new outlets. Hard In The Paint has built a platform for artists from all walks of life and art to network and celebrate at live events.

The fifth installment of the traveling event series is headed to the Central Saloon on Friday, February 8th. I spoke with one of the curators of the series, itstr3nt, about what makes Hard In The Paint different from the rest of the pack. Tr3nt told me that this event was created to cater to people of all walks of life and art. In the past they’ve featured digital artists, painters, clothing designers, and musicians all in one building for one cause. When I asked why itstr3nt wanted to bring this event to life he answered, “shed light to the community that’s been diminished in Seattle. Showcasing artists that are really talented but unable to get the exposure I believe they deserve.”

Unlike most platforms that charge artists a fee to feature their art and perform, Hard In The Paint has set up a platform of hand-picked artists without charging a dime.

This time around, they’ve teamed up with local podcasts and digital platforms to expand the overall digital reach from the physical event. Alongside digital artists and painters, Hard In The Paint will also be featuring a full-on showcase of local hip-hop artists. The carefully curated performer will be:

Mr. Nice
Ralphy Davis
Mafi D
Cam The Mac & The $tsboyz
The Check Team
Wishbaby

Looking into the future, this series will be headed on the road to bring more communities together. As the Seattle music scene continues to grow, specific artists will have light shed on them and platforms like Hard In The Paint will be here for the community as a whole. “I want everyone to know we’re about love and positivity. This is about coming together, having a good time, and networking. My goal is to have people come together at this event and then go do something dope on their own. Bring people together for a movement and represent Seattle in the right way,” said tr3nt.

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