Born in the fall of 1990, Dakarai is a visual artist, member of Cleveland based collective Lab Cabin Cleveland and founder/designer of THISBRANDUSA.
Though Dakarai has dabbled in art his entire life, it was when he launched his previous brand Lame Brotherhood at the age of eighteen years old that started his creative whirlwind. He went from selling clothing and accessories out of his mom's house to selling product worldwide from Lab Cab's downtown Cleveland art studio.
Dakarai attended the Art Institute of Pittsburgh from 2009-2011 where he studied fashion/retail management before leaving the school and moving back to Cleveland to continue building a name for himself. Now mainly focusing on art, Akil spends his days honing his skills in paints and collage art using vintage magazines and photography.
"Cutting and slicing magazines to put together images that tell stories of the past but are reflections of the present searching for answers for the future. My collages are a means of communicating my thoughts on where we are today as a society. Each collage starts off as putting together shapes and colors that form some sort of hidden meaning that the viewer must search for themselves. In a way my collage work is a collaboration between myself and the audience. I provide the vision while the audience provides the meaning."
Having participated in several art exhibitions as well as a few of his own solo exhibitions, Dakarai has plans to continue building a larger collection of works for years to come. Dakarai is currently building towards a larger avenue of his creativity with his latest brand This Brand Was Made In The Future or THISBRANDUSA for short.
THISBRANDUSA is a lifestyle brand that focuses on putting Akil's art on as many different items as possible using the phrase This - Was Made In The Future on each item. THISBRAND is his chosen avenue for going beyond your typical canvas.