The owner, graphic designer and local art dealer is an inspiration to all that set out to follow their dreams influenced by their talent(s) – but in 2014 he was first in his family to not only attend but graduate college. D’erreus sits down with emop.blog to talk about his journey from a young male being raised in a single parent household to becoming a well sought after rising designer and entrepreneur.
It was an unusually cold, rainy Friday morning in Atlanta Georgia, especially for the first week in May. A young baby-faced gentleman wearing an all black hoodie sweat suit with a black and white screen print that resembles an aircraft ascending over of a bed of roses walks up to the local Duncan Doughnuts off memorial drive in Decatur Georgia. We reach the entrance almost simultaneously.
Allow me to introduce Mr. D’erreus Johnson, a 23-year-old college graduate, millennium, graphic designer, founder and owner of Greater Level Co., and most importantly new to fatherhood. Born and raised in Atlanta, Ga., D’erreus has stayed determine to accomplish his dream and stay passionate about his art.
I sat down with D’erreus to discuss where his drive comes from, where he gets his inspiration, and how he managed to overcome adversity. We sat across from one another at a high table top adjacent to the window at Dunkin Doughnuts, as we candidly discussed the bipolar weather in Atlanta, life, his fascination with designing , giving back, the meaning of Greater Level Co. drug culture among the youth and our plans for the future.
The fact that D’erreus wears his own brand and serve as his own walking billboard, explains why he has gained success in just a short period of time. He’s his own walking affirmation. Recently he returned from SXSW (South by South West) where he was invited by another local artist, and explained how it was a great first time experience and how the atmosphere made him feel right at home due to the amount of people from Atlanta that were in attendance.
It doesn’t surprise me that Mr. Johnson is well on his way to greatness. He credits his work to the likes of TVOne, Swirl Film Group, Be100radio, 3Kingz Empire…..Loading and others. D’erreus not only found his purpose in life but his leadership by example style has also given others the courage and faith to step out and accomplish anything they put their mind to. He is not just a creator but also an inspiration to his peers and those like myself and that is why D’erreus is this months Ebony Man of Progression.
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Lee A. Prophet, Founder and Owner, Editor in Chief