FocusOn Instagramers 1.3: User @inkme

FocusOn Instagramers 1.3: User @inkme

Each week, Instagramers.com discovers new people.

People addicted to Instagram revealing their lives, passions, tips in Instagram. Sometimes original and creative or with a glamourous and surprising life and sometimes simply normal people probably like you and definitely like me.

Here “most popular” or “number of followers” won’t be relevant at all. Just People with something in common. Their addiction to Instagram. This week, we meet…

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Inkme ,  the “colorblind” Instagramer..

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His Name is Eriel.

Like tons of latinos, Eriel´s name is Garcia. Like my mother!

He born and raised in Florida. Like thousands of Miami people, his parents came from Cuba when they were kids.

He doesn’t remember much of his childhood other than art in kindergarten.

He says, did poorly at school because he couldn´t distinguish colors.

Yes. Eriel is Colorblind. An “Iger” colorblind.

He isn´t fully colorblind but his eyes can’t differentiate certain colors. Some blues and purples just look blue. Some greens and brown look green.

What you would understand easily is a real problem for a a photographer with a so “colorful” soul.

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He would have make fun of it but he didn’t realize until late, he had that problem.

When he was 14 years old, he started running with local graffiti artists and bboys. Breakdancing and vandalizing any wall, pole, sign… The motto was “If you can see it you can bomb it”.

A few years later, he downloaded a few 3D rendering programs and Photoshop… That’s when his passion for art was simply to push himself further.

He always saw art as amazing. All kind of art sculptures, paintings, photography, graffiti and all types of music genres and artitsts. “Indescribable how one dot can turn into a work of art always remembered” he says.

Like many people, he assumes he made many mistakes in his behavior until the blessing of a daughter came. She is now a beautiful 16 months baby and made him “a better him” he thinks.

An “him” who still likes to express himself through his art.

Sometimes in his stream you’ll see random pictures of his daily life and some he works hard on.

“That’s the beauty of IG streams. It’s whatever you want it to be” says Eriel.

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Eriel is a co-founder with @refugee_p of the @acrew

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The Acrew is today a group of more than 12 artists including @bosh @clayking @dlabs @interstellar_medium @ladypoet @Madhatter10_6 @myriam40a @scienceresearch @snofoklen @suntribe (and many, many more creative people contributing…) who are always trying to get better. Always trying to raise the bar from digital editing to photography.

Check out their web or their IG @ACREW stream you won’t be disappointed!

(The pic of  @acrew here is from @refugee_p co-founder)

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Eriel kindly accepted to answer our questions.

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When did you first join IG?

I Joined around mid December 2010. IG was two months old I think.

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Why are you so addicted to IG?

I think, it´s because of the amazing artists you can see and the tight bonds you make with fellow IGers.

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Were you already found of photo before?

Always have been fan of photography and all kind of creativity.

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For you, which are the 3 best pics apps?

I think every Iger should know Filterstorm, Camera+ and Juxtapose Apps.

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How long time do you spend a day in IG? Doing what?

I spend hours everyday.. Talking “nonsense” with fellow friends. Commenting on posts. And looking for inspiration.

P.d: He has an enormous heart, a big sensitivity and a sharp sense of humor he likes to share

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How did you get so many followers in so little time?

I think it’s because some of my daughter´s pictures won peoples hearts..

Which is your favorite pic?

Tough question.. But it’s hands Dow.

My favorite.. The one where I took my shirt off and wrote I <3 IG and small under said “popular list”

I did it because i was a lil tired of how it’s a popularity contest.

PD: This funny pic was redesigned afterward on on a crazy Idea of @philgonzalez to transform it, the “Obama Way”.

The idea was to make of this pic  the “flag” of #yeswecan.

A Flag or a tag for all these pics made by users ready to do crazy anythingto be a”Pop”. Finally, @elhombretecla took in charge the idea and design it.

What have been your first reaction when you had your first Pop?

I took a screenshots. I was excited to feel that others finally got to see my work.

Now pop aren’t as important but it is important for your artwork to be seen.

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Do your “non Instagramers” friends and family are bothered by your IG addiction?

Pffft. They all say I’ve become stupid  and i should get a job with IG. Haha…

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A funny anecdote in your short Instagramer life?

Cats are always on the popular page. Why not minions…

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A trick you would recommend?

Shoot the sky at sunset and use the second IG filter. It’ll make pop.

But I would also like to say there are no tricks. No boundaries. And your photos and editing are only limited by your imagination.

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Something you would say to a new user?

Have fun! Hopefully you can meet friends as good and funny as I have.

Please remember the amount of followers doesn’t mean anything. I rather have the 100 that usually comment and like.

Than 3.000 that just scroll over your work.

And ask questions if you need help! Most people are helpful.

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Thanks very much to Eriel Garcia (user) @inkme

He is for me one of the biggest heart you may meet on IG.

@philgonzalez

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23 Comments

  1. I love it… Awesome article of one of my favorite IGers! Eriel is a big-hearted and funny person! I love his artworks and I love spending hours chatting with him, even though he often has keyboard issues and you have figure out what he wanted to write…haha

    Great work, as always, Phil!

    I’m looking forward to reading the next FocusOn!
    @myriam40a

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    • Merci ma petite Myriam. I knew you would love this article of an Iger you recommended me many weeks ago and was a a great tip! Un grand type quoi!! 😉

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  2. great article..i myself am colorblind, i just laugh cause that hasent stopped me from doing what i love to do. IG has taken over my life…haha. shout out to inkme!! one of THE coolest people i have met. god bless.

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    • Thanks Meeks! This article demonstrates nothing can stop creative souls!

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  3. Amazing article and great artist. He is a must folkow

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    • Thanks John! Hope to c u here soon!

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  4. Great article. I am part of Eriel’s @Acrew

    Just want to say thanks for letting him shine, he has put alot of effort into the formation of this crew. Especially dealing with us graffitti writters submitting work late and all. hahahah

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    • dlabs 🙂 Does graffiti people submit works late too? Normally they work till late at night,.. yes but i didnt know this from Eriel..

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  5. ….. I’m the biggest boss that. You’ve seen thus far… Lol. In all seriousness for those go commented tha ks so much…. I’m honored and blessed to have such a tight-nit group of friends. You guys rock! Thanks for the support it means more than you know. Now I can go tell my family IG does pay!!! So they can leave me alone!! Much love. Respect. And I’m humbled by this. …. Even better if ingratiate me for a month! Hahaha. – huggs!

    PS. Can’t stress enough to check @ACREW founded by @refugee_p and I the crew is only as strong as us and our members. Thanks CREW 

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    • Be careful Eriel, Now people may stop you in the street!!! U are an amazing man.

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  6. Yeah Boii! Great write up Phil, Eriel’s an amazing IGer with a very interesting style, I’ve been in the Graf game for some time now and his flow especially is off the hook. I’ve been following his art from day dot, colabs and egging him on to be the best there is. I am very proud to call him my brutha from Anutha mother, let alone partner.. Mia Familia.. No homo :p. The whole conceptual of Acrew was to basically start a league of extraordinary gentlemen and women, to open IG’s mind up of what’s possible in art photography, to once again push the envelope.. So from all of Acrew, we salute you brother! massive special fistbump for you.. Stay crafty! Ref Out!

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    • Thanks “Ref” for your comments. I appreciate it! Long life to @acrew!

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  7. Amazing article, congratulations inkme and thanks for all the inspiration you put forth 

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    • thanks very much! You have a great friend really.

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  8. Nice insightful article guys, we now know a lot more about Eriel, although it did already confirm what a lot IG’ers already knew, that Eriel is a top bloke who puts a lot of effort into his IG, whether it’s posting snippets of his life, his killer art or just taking his time out to help people who are new to IG, I for one am grateful for his help. Great piece.

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  9. Thanks to everyone for your comments. phil they can’t stop me!!

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  10. Eriel’s done a lot of hard work to bring the @ACREW together, and to make it all happen as FAST as it has… thx Phil for giving him some recognition, it’s well-deserved.

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    • Thanks very much for your words Steve!
      Great to c u here too.
      Phil

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  11. Ok ok. so I’m a little late to the party…..fashionably late. But better late than never 🙂 I have to give a big shout-out to Eriel for his dedicated and tireless devotion to the outrageous, the hilarious, the raunchy and the downright shameless!! I LOVE IT!! And what pulls me to his stream is not just his work, but his personality. He’s real. With Eriel, “what you see is what you get.” And I think that’s awesome. It’s very easy to hide behind a camera and develop a well-polished virtual personality on IG, but @inkme keeps it real. (Sometimes too real!!! Pienso: His poor mother!)) And I find his willingness to reveas himself refreshing and exciting. Real people coming together in a virtual world making real connections. That’s what IG is about, and @inkme is one of the best examples of that. Way cool! Thanks Eriel for letting us into your world 🙂

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  12. Wow. Barb. You one of the sweetest and kindest people on IG I joined with medeocre shots only about my daughter and you were always so kind and showing love. God knows the amount of respect I have for you Myriam obviously Phil toots ref. I mean I can go on and on. But people like you make this fun. Pictures and a good laugh is always what u bring. And to hear those kind words from a person like you. Really speaks volume to who you are barbosa la hermosa te quiero Como la hermana que nuncio queria 😉 Jk love u Sis !! And tha ks so much for those words. Really means a lot

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  13. Wow congrats on the article….great info about you …..peace brotha…

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    • Thanks iLegend!

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