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Dear People Who Created The Prisma App, You’re The Real MVP.

Panama Jackson

 

You may not know this about me, but in my soul, I’m an artist. At my core, I’m a musician, a photographer, a painter, a writer, a poet, etc. I’m all of the arts. Ain’t no art that I ain’t attempted to art. A thug even tried to scrapbook once until I realized that thugs don’t do scraps because gangsters don’t dance, they boogie.

Here’s the problem, I’m pretty good at some arts (music, writing, poetry when I give a fuck) and pretty terrible at others, like, painting. Several of my paintings are hanging in my house, more because it’s my party and I can cry if I want to than because they’re pieces that the world needs to see. Not for nothing, five of my pieces are hanging in one bathroom. You read that right. Painting ain’t exactly my forte.

IMG_6024One area I’ve always loved ‘pacifically is photography. A few of my own pictures that I particularly liked are hanging up in my house, having been put on canvas. While I’m no professional, I do think that I have a pretty decent eye for pictures, but moreso, turning a regular picture into art. Here’s the problem – and always has been the problem – I can’t figure out how to execute my ambition. I’m also too artsy for my own good at times.

Fooooor instance, I suck at making flyers. Which is a bit of a handicap for a person like me who is a party promoter for whom flyers are pretty much a necessity. But I can never just convey the image in the most commercial, accessible way possible. I have to art every flyer up. Ninety-five percent of my flyers have been shot down by the people I’m working with because I have no chill. We have a picture of hot women from the last party to put on the flyer? Cool, let me turn them into art, bruh. I suck at that job.

I have over 12,000 pictures on my phone. I’ve tried to filter and re-filter and art up at least 40 percent of them. I’m that dude who will use the Instagram filters to make a picture look good, screen shot that picture, re-up it in IG with a different filter to get a different effect, then open it up in my Photoshop Lite app and attempt to do more to it. And we’re talking about a picture of grass. I want the blades of grass to be crispy. I do too much is the main bullet point here. Which is made worse by the fact that I can never quite get to what I’m looking for, artistically speaking.

And then it happened. I discovered the Prisma App. Angels sang. Pimps chaliced. Police stopped treating Black people like shooting practice test dummies. (That did not happen.) Prisma is an app for people like me who are artists at heart and want to hang their own works throughout their homes but don’t have the skill or wherewithall to create these works from scratch. Prisma, in effect is an app that makes artists out of aspirants. I’m better because it exists. And you can be too.

But before I tell you how hip-hop and Prisma saved my life, let me tell you a quick story about how I discovered this app even existed. I have several friends who have achieved various levels of fame. Some are newspaper famous. Others are everybody-reading-this-right-now-knows-who-they-are famous. Some are social media famous. Well one of those famous folks posted a picture on Facebook that had me feeling way up. I mean, I felt blessed. And I was like, man, how did she do that? I thought perhaps, because famous, somebody she knows, some artist, made the picture for her and she posted it. I also didn’t want to ask because I didn’t want to be that guy who was late to the party I wanted to actually go to. Like, I don’t mind being late to a party I don’t care about. That’s the SnapChat party for me. But this party? Man, I like to be early or on-time for these joints.

And then I saw how another person’s FB profile picture looked, not a famous person, and was like, hey SOMEBODY ELSE DID IT. I had no idea where to look or how to look for what I didn’t know what was. On Tuesday morning, though, as Facebook attempted to tell me to become friends with several people I hope to never speak to in real life ever again, I noticed another persoIMG_6016n had a similar effect, but this time, the tag was on the picture in the bottom right corner. And it said PRISMA. So me being the real nword that I am, went straight to the app store, punched in Prisma and then the pimps chaliced. I spent, easily, the next hour, arting the shit out of several  pictures of family and objects and lions, and tigers, and bears. Oh, my. I was so gone. Like it was a challenge.

Look, I’m not saying that I’m a great artist. But with Prisma, I’m motherfucking Basquiat out here. This app has me turning my children into the proper works of art that they are. I can now outfit my entire house with my own creations and people will ask me, “damn, how or where did you get that done?” And I can say, without missing a beat, “I did that, b. I’m an artist.” I want to be an artist. I’m glad I can be one now.

The filters are amazing. They bring so much richness and color to the table, its like a Lil Wayne outfit in my phone all day, ainday, anyday, every damn day. For somebody like me who likes to art everything, I’ve found the ying to my yang. The up to my down. The left to my right. The mountain that’s not too high to the valley that isn’t too low. Art filters and photo effects at the same damn time.

This app is the second most life altering app in my life behind Shazam. To the people at Prisma Labs, Inc. you are the real MVP because you enabled me to be the artist in real life that I’ve been in my head and heart for years.

I’m better today because of Prisma.

Thanks, Obama.

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Panama Jackson

Panama Jackson is pretty fly (and gorgeous) for a light guy. He used to ship his frito to Tito in the District, but shipping prices increased so he moved there to save money. He refuses to eat cocaine chicken. When he's not saving humanity with his words or making music with his mouth, you can find him at your mama's mama's house drinking her fine liquors. Most importantly, he believes the children are our future. You can hit him on his hitter at panamadjackson@gmail.com.

  • Other_guy13

    I still have my IPhone 4 and refuse to upgrade…I have nothing to contribute.

    • Val

      I can top that. I don’t even have a cell phone. So there.

      • Other_guy13

        So how do you…I mean…good for you homie

      • HoobaStankyLeg

        You mythical creature you. I wouldn’t have one but not for my mother. She watches all those murder crime story shows and is convinced somebody is going to break in my house, kidnap me and torture me with paper cuts to various places on my body. Otherwise, I could truly live without it.

        • Val

          I realized how much money I was spending despite hating to actually talk on the phone and cut the cord. I don’t even miss it.

          • HoobaStankyLeg

            Lmao. Sis, I’ve cut sooooooooooo many things out of my life for this exact reason. Talking on the phone is a chore.

      • LadyJay?

        Val! God! Urrrrgh!! Which village do you hail from? The one Okonkwo in Things Fall Apart came from?

      • PDL – Cape Girl Shero

        Whaaaaaaat??? What about emergencies? You don’t worry about that? I say kudos. I can’t imagine being without one.

        • Val

          What about emergencies?

          • PDL – Cape Girl Shero

            Flat tire or running late? You have no way of calling for help, right?

            • Val

              Pay phone or just ask someone to use their phone since everyone else seems to have one. Lol But since I got rid of it I’ve never needed a phone for any emergencies. (knock on wood).

              • PDL – Cape Girl Shero

                Gotcha. I wish I was disciplined enough to be without one. I don’t have real emergencies either but the minute I got rid of it I’m sure something would happens. Plus, there aren’t any pay phones here anymore. I think that’s great.

              • I’m buying you a jitterbug for emergencies.

                • Val

                  Lol

              • BatShatt

                i havent seen a working pay phone in years!

              • Kae

                I’m doubly baffled by the fact you can find a pay phone….like….anywhere.

                If I do see one nowadays, it is usually very clearly out of order.

                • Val

                  @ Kae and batShatt

                  Where do you all live that they don’t have pay phones? Lol I see them all the time. They are literally everywhere.

                  • Glo

                    I don’t think I’ve seen a payphone in the last five years. O_o

                    • Val

                      Lol really? The other day I was getting off the bus and realized I needed to call work and bam, there was a payphone like 10 feet from the bus stop. Like I said, I see them everywhere. Maybe it’s a regional thing?

                    • Glo

                      Maybe? I live in SF, and I would be shocked if I saw one here.

                    • Val

                      Lol I live in the Bay area too. Maybe you just aren’t looking for them? They are all over BART stations and along Market street.

                    • Glo

                      Girl, I’m gonna keep an eye out for them from now on, lol.

                  • Kae

                    I mean now that you ask, it IS wierd that I don’t see them that often. It’s not like they collected them as cell phones became more common.

                    • Val

                      Maybe it’s heightened unawareness? Is that the opposite of heightened awareness? So, you think they aren’t around so you just don’t notice them?

                    • Blueberry01

                      Wouldn’t the be like acknowledged ignorance?

                  • Yay Radley

                    Nah. I hate the phone, too, and have tried to give it up many times. But except in a few random parts of the city, there are no pay phones to be had. Finally compromised and bought a burner I keep in the car for emergencies. Other than that? I fly free.

              • *record scratch* pay phone? Where do you see such apparitions?

              • Marion Dooley

                Where are these “payphones” you speak of?

      • DM.

        Whoaaa. Hold up. This might sound very 20something of me, but…
        How do you survive?

        • Val

          I survive by putting that money I was spending on a cell phone in my savings account. Lol Same with that Comcast money I used to spend.

          Although I will admit I have Sling now. And Netflix. Lol

          • TeeChantel

            How is Sling working out for you?

            • Val

              Great. I love it. No problems at all. I wish they had TVOne but other than that I’m very happy with it.

              • miss t-lee

                I just wish they had OWN. :(

                • Val

                  I’m not really familiar with what comes on OWN. But I want to see Roland Martin’s show and Unsung on TVOne.

                  • miss t-lee

                    There’s a few original dramas on there I want to see.

                  • MsMogul

                    You can go to projectfreetv.so for those shows.

              • TeeChantel

                Good! I’m glad to hear it, Val.

                • Val

                  I’m thinking about dropping Netflix and getting Hulu though. It’s becoming so hard to find good stuff to watch on Netflix.

          • Megashare.su you can watch whatever you want for free… I just watched “Sausage Party”

            • Val

              Lol Sausage Party? Okay, but am I going to get in trouble using that link?

              • Define trouble?…it’s you watching a movie..you don’t download.

                • Val

                  Lol @ define trouble

                  Okay, I’ll give it a look!

            • MsMogul

              You are the real MVP!

              • Did you see all those movies and shows, girl???

                We gotta spread the love!! Enjoy!

                • MsMogul

                  You can do projectfreetv.so as well. Great on all the new shows!

            • Nik White

              Word? Sausage Party already?

            • Emmie

              This is one of those sites that I didn’t know I needed in my life until someone gives me the gift of knowledge. this is seriously going to up my procrastination game! I thought I was the bootleg queen but I was slacking. A humble thank you!

            • Yay Radley

              Did you enjoy it?

              • I thought it was hilarious… Seth and James do a lot of homoeroticism sometimes though.

      • YeaSoh

        Fascinating. That’s awesome, Val. Sometimes I wish I didn’t have a cell phone.

      • Wait, you’re on a desk top?

        • Val

          Yep. I’m assuming since most people comment from work I’m not the only one.

          • Nik White

            Or my tablet.

    • HoobaStankyLeg

      If it still suits your needs, what’s the point in upgrading? I never upgrade unless I absolutely have to.

      • Other_guy13

        Exactly

    • TeeChantel

      Boy I still have a Samsung Galaxy 4. If I had a choice, I’d still have my Blackberry.
      Not trying to upgrade. At all.

      • miss t-lee

        I still have my HTC One M7.
        They just brought out the M10.
        Only reason I’m thinking about upgrading is that they’ll no longer be doing updates on my phone.

        • TeeChantel

          My phone is starting to freeze and stall and I keep telling myself, “Oh, it can last for a few more months.” Long as those updates keep coming, I’m good.

          • miss t-lee

            Yeah…mine has been lagging and freezing. I think this is the slow long goodbye. I’m gonna have to changeover soon.

        • Brooklyn_Bruin

          This should be illegal.

          • miss t-lee

            what should be illegal?

            • Brooklyn_Bruin

              Having to upgrade your phone. Apple bricked my iPhone with an update, never again

              • miss t-lee

                Ahhhh. Yeah.
                Only way to guarantee sales, I guess.

                • Brooklyn_Bruin

                  I need to be making something indispensable and force people to keep paying in. These red black and green Versace kufis ain’t cutting it.

      • Tambra

        S3 mini..that has been dropped 3 million times

      • Marion Dooley

        You’ll need to upgrade one day.

      • Nik White

        Tee me too! My sweetie constantly says that the Smithsonia wants it back. I’m only considering an upgrade because my car won’t recognize it to sync it and I’m really trying to do hands free (big, heavy sigh).

      • Other_guy13

        #teamnoupgrade

    • Glo

      I live in the city, and my phone regularly gets stolen/broken once every other year, so I am forced to upgrade.

      That being said, I’m pretty sure the iPhone is designed to fall apart after a couple of years. The mic on my iPhone 5c stopped working and the battery would have to be charged like 4 times a day. Props to you for managing to have an iPhone 4 that still works.

      • You get robbed yearly sis?

        • Mika

          So mad you asked, but I need to also know why this happens so frequently? :(

        • Glo

          Every couple of years it’s broken or stolen. My phone has been stolen 3 times. First time was in Vegas for a bachelorette party (half of our phones were stolen that trip. It was a hot mess). Second time, it was a pickpocket at a bar (where phones are apparently stolen on the regular). And the third time was at a super crowded music festival. :(

          • So you are definitely not the person to be asked to watch people’s stuff when they go to the bathroom.

            • Glo

              I just have bad luck in super tight crowds. I’m either being groped, so someone is trying to steal my shiiiiit. I’ve definitely stopped a pickpocket more times than I’ve had phones stolen from me, though, so there’s that.

      • Val

        I’m pretty sure ipods are designed to fail after a certain amount of time. I had two go bad on me at once. How does that happen?

        • It’s actually an industry wide practice among smartphones to break down after a max of like 3 years. They are specifically built that way so people have to constantly keep buying and buying new phones. There’s a specific term for this practice that I can’t remember.

          • Val

            Planned obsolescence.

          • Other_guy13

            It’s true….worked at Verizon…this is a real thing which is why I protest and don’t upgrade.

      • Other_guy13

        It’s a trooper….I love it but it gives me a headache at times. It’s a love hate relationship.

    • Marion Dooley

      Your phone will soon be a brick lol

      • Other_guy13

        It’s functional though….works for me…until I have to post stuff…I’m not big on social media so there’s that as well.

    • LMNOP

      That was me 2 months ago, until it dropped for the 10,000th time, but finally cracked into like a hundred pieces.

      My newer phone seems exactly the same, but I kind of miss being a Luddite.

      • Other_guy13

        I have resisted for years…Verizon better pay VSB cuz this post make me want to change my life.

    • Emmie

      But doesn’t it get frustrating? I feel like upgrades are inevitable…

      • Other_guy13

        It does but I have no scratches or cracks. I can dial out and even text of all things….but y’all making me rethink my entire life. I’m bout to be like you….say f school and work and live this art life.

  • Val

    Cool pics!

    • panamajackson

      Why thank you.

  • LadyJay?

    So that is what Prism do?! Make ya’ll think you are VISIONARY artistes, and all that you can do is see? Lmao. Still laughing at that line.

    • panamajackson

      I think that’s exactly right. Basically, now I’m Frank Ocean.

      • miss t-lee

        *cackling*

        • panamajackson

          I mean…in the realest sense, this app EFFECTIVELY made me as deep as folks paint Frank Ocean to be. Took some regular thing, filtered it and arted it up a bit, and now its real art and worthy of discussion. I’m frank ocean.

      • LadyJay?

        You made my day with that Frank Ocean nonsense. Thanks.

  • About a week ago a facebook friend shared a Prisma’d pic. I was like “ohhh that looks cool” and…I meant to download the app…but I’m a scatter-brain.

    So thanks for the reminder!

  • Reemo

    I hope these folks cut you a check cause I smooth just went straight to Google Play and downloaded it. Waiting til I get a fresh cut to spam the world with photos from it.

  • Hey, I want to try this. Since photography is my only art vice that doesn’t have to do with lots of loving or anything not nice, I’ll be an addict in about 25 minutes.

    Oh, and if you got in touch with me for Fantasy Football, CHECK YOUR EMAIL! And if you want to get in, email me at iluminati14@gmail.com! :)

    • LadyJay?

      What do you mean that does not have to do with lots of loving?

      • Email him to find out.

    • cakes_and_pies

      “doesn’t have to do with lots of loving”

      You must mean in person or you’re doing tumblr wrong.

      • I do mean in person. And I’m disappointed in no one catching the Electric Relaxation reference.

        • cakes_and_pies

          Right over my head.

  • QueenRaven23

    Lol, my walls are covered with my own artwork. I refuse to give any away, except for the one I gave my momma.

    And yep, I’m downloading the app now!

  • StillSuga

    Prisma is life! I am trying to resist the urge to add it to every picture I take but the ones I have, instant upgrade and I few I plan to put in frames

  • Vanity in Peril

    Just downloaded it. Suck a dique, art school!

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  • PDL – Cape Girl Shero

    I have yet again to crawl from under a rock. Never even heard of this

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