Art is a subjective and experiential sort of affair, an unspoken social contract entered into by the artist and the viewer. Moss Point artist Qin Mobley remains acutely aware of this agreement, and it shows through his work — from his outright references to popular culture
to the more nuanced aspects like his religious use of flat colors.

Qin is no stranger to the artistic game. He’s been creating art and drawing since the second grade. But it wasn’t until third grade when art took over his life.

Most artists seem to be wired in one of two ways. Either they are quiet and brooding, using their form of art as a direct expression of how they feel inside, or they are bubbly and outgoing, with their art mimicking that persona and allowing

[gallery ids="5117,5118,5119,5120,5121,5122,5123,5124"] In the sturdy, old Rebel town of Oxford lives one of the most animated people I have ever met. She’s a nerd of legendary proportions, an idealist like no other and an absolute true believer if I’ve ever met one. She’s way into cosplay

With his quiet demeanor, laid back temperament and boyish features, it’s easy to imagine contemporary artist Ricardo Moody as a child, arms and elbows atop a table, engrossed in his drawings. The artist could easily go unnoticed in a crowded room, except that his personal style speaks volumes.

When I arrive at Ricardo’s home, he is wearing a Hurley x Tim Hendricks tee, red vintage Nike low tops, a Milkcrate Athletics 5-panel hat and hipster approved denim. I didn’t know God made teachers like this. He is way cooler (and cuter) than the schoolmarmish educators who walked my high school’s halls.

Photography by Blackbird Creative

It’s said often that we live in a “materialistic” culture, but that implies that we actually value material things. Our culture is less materialistic than it is disposable — instead of investing in material goods built to last, we buy cheap things and toss them when they inevitably break down.

Businesses like J. Parker Reclaimed Furniture are a counterstrike against disposability. Owner Jacqueline Parker’s beautiful, clean-lined creations are made from 100% reclaimed wood, and their durability and aesthetic appeal set them apart from big-box plywood desks and tables.