Name: Brandan "Bmike" Odums

Neighborhood: Central Business District

Profession: Visual artist, Bmike LLC / Studio BE

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Brandan "Bmike" Odums 

Describe what you love about what you do: I love the alchemy of art. Turning nothing into something. Changing the way we see ourselves and the way we see each other.

Why New Orleans? We regularly turn our ugly into beauty, our pain into celebration. I learned what it means to be an artist from growing up here.

Something about New Orleans that can always put you in a good mood: The sounds of competing conversations at any family gathering, mixed with the smells of the food on the menu.

Describe your work in three words: Paint where it ain't (four words, my bad).

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Brandan "Bmike" Odums

Favorite restaurant: Does a food truck count? Rolling Fatties

Favorite museum: Whitney Plantation

Favorite snowball stand: Van’s

A book are you reading now: Freedom Dreams by Robin D. G. Kelley

Song that can always put you in a great mood: Melodies from Heaven by Kirk Franklin & The Family

Favorite movie of all time: Synecdoche New York

Favorite simple indulgence: Walking around in bookstores

Favorite place to listen to music: Jazz Market, open mic night

Interviews have been edited and condensed.

This article appeared in the September 2020 Issue of Adore Magazine.