PREMIERE: Tuki Carter “Make A Way”
Trailblazing tattoo artist Tuki Carter has inked up many of your favorite MCs, and he co-founded the legendary City of Ink, a crucial nexus of Atlanta’s hip hop and art scenes. Of course Carter’s not only a visual artist but a Taylor-Gang-affiliated recording artist as well. His debut album Flowers and Planes—which unites his passions for music, marijuana, and visuals—drops April 28th with features from Wiz Khalifa, Juicy J, Emilio Rojas, Project Pat, and more.
Today MASS APPEAL premieres his track “Make A Way” produced by SAP. Departing from the turn-up anthem approach, this song offers an introspective look into the mind of a single father reflecting on how he overcame the obstacles in his path. Peep the tunes below, and then proceed to our interview with the artist.
How did your work at City of Ink influence your approach to the music game?
Music is played all day at City of Ink, album after album from all music playback outlets. It stimulates that side of the brain you need to create. Tattooing has led me to many musicians all over the world from rappers to jazz players and everything in between. So I would say a lot of my inspiration comes from my shop
How did you first meet Wiz, and exactly how did you get down with Taylor Gang from there?
I first met Wiz at my tattoo shop when Rick Ross brought him and Curren$y to shoot the “Super High” remix video here. I tattooed him and we chopped it up about a wide range of things from music to even finding out that we were both born on the same Air Force base in North Dakota. I was in a group at the time and he later had us out on the southeast leg of the Waken Baken tour. It’s been Taylor Gang every since.
What was Hollyweerd all about?
Hollyweerd was a group me and my homeboy Dreamer made up and we buzzed like shit but couldn’t close the deal . ou know how that goes.
What was the mindset that led to the creation of your mixtape “Atlantafornication”?
The mindset of my first project Atlantafornication was me reconstructing my lifestyle in everything I do and merging them all together, I’m from Carson, California and I came to Atlanta and soaked up a whole life’s worth of things here. That is as major a part of my life as Carson is. I was hungry to be heard and I got the honor to put it out under the TGOD umbrella.
Tell us about the new project you will be premiering.
This new project I’m premiering is called Flowers and Planes, which is a lifestyle that includes music, tattooing, art, and just being great at what you do no matter the obstacles set in the way. It’s my first studio album and I’m a lil’ nervous, but the other part of the flowers and planes movement, which is weed, helps me with it all. Get it? Flowers [weed] and planes [paper]. I’m ready for the world to see what’s been in my head for the past few years and some change—including art and other things I’m about lifestyle-wise. Hella positivity.
What is the best advice Wiz ever gave you about the rap game?
The best advise Wiz gave me about the rap game is work, work, and more work. Without that what business you in?