iamthenublack: Theodore Taylor

introduce yourself


My name is Theodore Taylor. I am an illustrator/designer and casual photographer/beatmaker/blogger living in Washington, DC. I grew up in Roanoke, Virginia and studied illustration at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Virginia.


fav lyric from a song


“…As he utters the calm flow

Don’t talk about my moms, yo

Sometimes he rhyme quick,

sometimes he rhyme slow…”

– Madvillain, All Caps




who and what inspires you?


My family, friends, fellow artists. Music like Flying Lotus, The Mahavishnu Orchestra and Milton Nascimento. Movies like The City of God, Princess Mononoke and Dark Days. East Asian art that I often stare at in the Freer & Sackler Smithsonian Galleries. Old album covers, video games, comic books, cartoons, posters… Life in general.




icons past & present


My parents. My teachers. Music artists like Miles Davis, Herbie Hancock, John McLaughlin, Madlib, J Dilla, Daedelus and Prefuse 73. Visual artists like Jeff Jank, Brian Cross, John K., Reid Miles, Francis Wolff, Gustav Klimt and Hayao Miyazaki.



the nublack philosophy/mantra according to Theodore Taylor


“Share what you love.” I recently heard that quote in an interview with Miguel Atwood-Ferguson and it stuck with me. 



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