BOY MEETS GIRL® (BMG) has partnered with 11 women artists including the founder of BOY MEETS GIRL® Stacy Igel making it 12. All artists range from photographers, illustrators, designers, and even an actress/voice-over artist all Women in Web 3.0. This NFT collaboration of artists meeting artists launched on BOY MEETS GIRL®’s Foundation Site → https://foundation.app/@boymeetsgirlusa.
At the heart of BOY MEETS GIRL® over the past 20+ years is collaboration, community, and giving back. To celebrate some of the incredible women artists in Web 3, BOY MEETS GIRL® wants to help amplify their work. What better way than using our iconic logo as a container for their art where they “meet” each other to create a unique 1/1 NFT and tell a story together.
I grew up in the city of Chicago and moved to NYC right after college to fulfill my dreams of working in the fashion industry. Chicago is where I was born. My roots are from the midwest. This image represents the city from the skyline to the new bean that was built while in college, to symbols of donuts and deep dish pizza along with imagery of the Bulls logo on a tattoo of a girl. The girls in this image are Chicago Girls with big dreams. Thus, when I asked Ami to collaborate with me on the GIRL image it made perfect sense as her image captures the heart of NYC. To me, the Girls in my illustration are looking from Chicago to NYC with the embodiment of strength to pursue the big city.
Inside the GIRL: Ami Image: Mind Over Manhattan
The view from the top of my building in NYC. On this particular day the sky was telling quite a story to compliment the sea of electricity surging through the streets below. A sliver of a moment that will never repeat. Above the noise, there is peace, there is perspective. A reminder of the dream and fire that brought this Chicago girl to NY many years ago. The Empire State and the Chrysler beacon from behind, as the Freedom Tower and Ellis Island points us ahead. Stacy’s illustration speaks to my story as well. Chicago gave me the blueprint to live the brightest boldest life in NYC. Always take that quiet moment above the noise to get perspective and appreciate your journey, hope lives there.
Inside the BOY: Antares Image Inspiration: Roses for Your Heart
I grew up watching my mom get roses and love roses. It was her thing. When my parents got a divorce, the roses stopped coming. It was sad. That’s when my sister and I stepped in. We decided to continue to give her roses. We now give her roses for her birthday, for Mother’s Day, when she doesn’t feel well, and just because. Roses are also beautiful as they die. They have an elegance that is unspoken. I guess you can say roses are my mother’s favorite and it was my way of trying to heal her heart back together when everything fell apart.
Inside the GIRL: Stacie Image Inspiration: Growth
This work is inspired by the symbolism of flowers. From birth, we must be nurtured, and as we grow we learn to take care of ourselves. We must take the time to care for ourselves to fully blossom and grow. And then, just like that, a flower can be plucked. Life is precious.
“Us” explores the beauty of possibility and the belief that we are all connected. Any one of us can change the world, challenge the status quo, spark new ideas, or inspire others to take action. Progress comes from doing the unconventional.
Inside the GIRL: Lori Image Inspiration: “Never Give Up”
Here's a description from that day: The story describes the inspiration I have to be tenacious in chasing these storms, no matter how small the chance of success.
July 13, 2019, 7:53 p.m. a small farm in southern Arizona.
Days go by where I pursue stormy skies and wind up with nothing. On this day every attempt to capture lightning ended as a failure. But I didn't give up. I waited to see if anything else would happen near sunset, and just like that, a small storm developed south of Eloy, Arizona. I arrived just in time to see not only lightning but a beautiful, pastel-colored sky exceeding any prior expectations I had. Never give up.
I aim to create art that will be a source of Joy and positivity using vibrant colors to bring passion, energy and life and character to my paintings. I am inspired by the contrast between the colorful and fun fashion world and the judging eye on us as creators, women, and dreamers. I created a fun but critical view of the fashion world, where creative, free and original characters coexist with judgmental and critical figures. These illustrations were first created at a time when I was disturbed by the subject of judgment, and I felt the need to address it through my art. I expressed my feelings through eyes-only dialogue characters, to which I added curly and long lashes that are hallmark of my illustrations .The illustration for BMG was inspired by the wonderful and vibrant artist I was paired with, Ann Li sketching a pink dress with blue eyes prints on it. I love exploring different types of techniques and media such as digital illustration, Watercolor, Acrylic on Canvas, Spray mixed media and Marker. I enjoy painting with my fingers as well as sketching bold fast lines and strong colors when I get into a meditative state.
Inside the GIRL: CC: Ann Li Inspiration: “Self-sacrifice”
The work questions the ritual of self-sacrifice in an age where everyone is a brand. Via the persona "CC" (@play_w_cc, ongoing, 2014 – ) — a fake “influencer” with cannibalistic tendencies; a succubus who comes to the artist in a fever dream, only to steal away with her face as she sleeps — Li uses social media performance on Instagram and the blockchain to critique the landscape of influencer culture from its own terrain. Unlike the artist, “Cc:” is ruthless: it is immune to the psychological pain of devouring itself. Calmly, it eats its own flesh in the endless cycle of self-commodification on social media, in sushi “mukbangs” made from decoupage, in the feeling of unraveling and raveling again and again, until it finally games the algorithm.
Medium: Sushi Mukbang (process image/video still, VIMEO link below). Inkjet face on printer paper, decoupage on foam to create “sushi”, decoupage on upcycled drink cans/chopsticks/table top to create set; stop motion video still, digital assemblage.
“Girl” is digitally assembled from a video still of stop motion 4D piece“Sushi Mukbang”
BOY MEETS GIRL® X Bri Ro Art X LOST GIRLS METAVERSE
Inside the BOY: Bri Ro Art Inspiration: Soothing Sounds
I grew up in a beach town. I remember the boats in the harbor floating by as the sunrise took on various colors on different evenings. I’m very inspired by Japanese art and the skyscapes often portrayed in their textiles. I wanted to add a dab of all of that to this piece, a very faint image of the boats in the water, but also tying in the beautiful muted sunset with the pink moon. The combination of a dark navy teal with a tangy muted pink/org. feels felt like the perfect soothing blend of the waves I adored crashing on the shoreline.
Inside the GIRL: LOST GIRLS METAVERSE Inspiration: Mindfulness
“She wonders how the sky makes peace with every storm and clears itself like nothing ever happened.
Much like her mind, she drifts between peace and tempest. Allowing herself to dream is her escape.
Being still. Being patient with herself. Breath by breath, shielded by the pink night skies she is safe to dream.”
BOY MEETS GIRL® X SOPHIE ELGORT X @ADRIANAILLUSTRATION
I've always been fascinated with lips, all the different shapes, and sizes. Each pair with a different story. Inspired by Adriana's illustration, I went back into my archives and found lips I've photographed over the years and cut them out into a collage.
Inside the Girl: Adriana Image “Diverse Lips”
I love the ethos of BOY MEETS GIRL® which promotes equality and, inclusivity; this is very much aligned with the vision of the NFT community and I wanted to show it through my artwork. Since I am a fashion illustrator, I decided to portray it through diverse women who represent different women and minorities, feeling empowered and beautiful by applying lipstick.
“Throughout my career and over the past 20+ years building BOY MEETS GIRL®, collaboration, community, sharing stories and giving back has meant everything to me. I started my brand when I was 23 years old and still love what I do every single day! It has never been an easy road but what makes it incredible is the artists, musicians, creators, innovators, gamers, activists, and more I get to work with every single day and give back to at the same time. I have been down the road in various forms from pre-web, web 1, web 2, and now Web 3. I have been asked to work with several companies to launch our first NFT project, but I did not want to rush into anything as I have learned that by taking things slower and learning we can get further and to a better place. As I approached my NFT journey over the past 5 months, I took time to listen, learn, contribute, collect, and create. In this process, I was lucky enough to meet the incredible artists who have joined forces with me in this collaboration through our many twitter spaces which I host with 3 of our creators on this project one of them being my best friend who also on-boarded me Ami Ankin and Stacie A Buhler and Lori Graceaz. I was also lucky to meet one of our creators Adriana IRL when she came in from Poland and sat with her in NYC speaking our creator language and seeing eye to eye. After our meeting, I had a call with Adriana about collaborating and shared with her some of my many past collaborations from work with the Human Rights Watch, NBA Bulls and Atlanta Hawks, Survivor Corps, Smiley, Just Dance, Care Bears, and more. I told Adrianna I wanted to include all of the incredible women I got to meet in Web 3 into a project and Adrianna said I got it, “how about one artist puts their work in the BOY logo and the other artists put their work in the GIRL logo.” And I said,’ HELL YES. THAT IS IT. That is WEB 3.0. It is the act of collaborating all together and helping amplify the work of others. I have always done that through my brand and beyond thrilled to do this with all these artists!” Curating these artists together was super special for me. “ _STACY IGEL
This is a 1/1 limited edition NFT project which means only one item will be available to buy. With the sale of these NFTs starting at 1 ETH the buyer of the NFT will receive 1 limited edition BOY MEETS GIRL® hoodie designed with the artwork. One claim only, not applicable to the secondary sales of the NFT. A portion of the sale of the NFT goes to each artist and 30 % of the net proceeds from BMG is being donated to the Chicago Abortion Fund.
ABOUT THE ARTISTS
STACY IGEL is the Founder & Creative Director of BOY MEETS GIRL®, a global brand, launched in 2001 and known for its iconic boy and girl silhouette logo and purposeful, edgy, contemporary athleisure wear. In addition to the brand’s cult celebrity following, including Rosario Dawson, Mindy Kaling, Nina Dobrev, and Kendall Jenner, Stacy has also been at the forefront of fashion collaborations and has had exclusive partnerships with Paris’s colette, Bergdorf Goodman, Care Bears, Smiley, NBA’s Chicago Bulls, and Atlanta Hawks, Roots Canada, Saks Fifth Avenue, Target and many more. Through Stacy’s passions for music and philanthropy, she collaborates often with artists such as—Justine Skye, Wyclef Jean, and Natasha Bedingfield, to name a few—and organizations such as the Survivor Corps, Impact Lebanon, GLAM4GOOD, Young Survival Coalition, The National School Climate BullyBust program, Planned Parenthood, Human Rights Watch, and many more. Stacy & BOY MEETS GIRL® has been featured in publications including InStyle, Elle, Teen Vogue, Allure, Seventeen, Women’s Wear Daily, and The New York Times, among many others. Above all, both Stacy and BOY MEETS GIRL® seeks to further the message that confidence and courage are trends that never go out of style. As a leader in the fashion industry, she also writes her Behind the Seams™ with Stacy Igel blog and co-created and co-hosted the podcast #MOMSGOTTHIS for mompreneurs started in May ‘18 (featured on Forbes as a “women created podcast everyone should be listening to right now”). In less than a year, the podcast was ranked top 25 on iTunes. She is a frequent lecturer and panelist on subjects like social media, philanthropy, branding, and entrepreneurship. Stacy lives in New York City with her husband Brian and their son Dylan. And Stacy’s Book will be released under Harper Collins this March 2023.
Born and raised in Chicago, Ami Ankin is an actress and producer working in theater, film, and television, splitting time between NYC and LA.
As a voice-over artist, Ami can be heard on several promos ranging from Late Night with Seth Meyers on NBC to The CW, PBS, and the WNBA. Dozens of national commercial campaigns and even Presidential ones. Ami produced the award-winning film, The Living Wake, starring Mike O’Connell, Jesse Eisenberg, Jim Gaffigan, and Ann Dowd. In the NY theater world, she has worked with John Patrick Shanley, Beau Willimon, Brooke Berman, and James Frey. Ami was on the producing team for the Tony Award-winning Broadway musical, Kinky Boots.
Being a multi-hyphenate, Ami is constantly looking for ways that allow artists the freedom and producers the ease to create. Last year when discovering NFTs and Web3, she became fascinated with the new ways technology can foster fresh opportunities. Ami is a part of many communities in the space and is further exploring how Web3 can complement her work in entertainment, all the while hoping to empower and encourage women to blaze their own trails. Several exciting things to come, stay tuned.
Antares Vargas is a passionate storyteller, a proud Mexican immigrant, and an entrepreneur. She attended USC Marshall Business School and ended up working in the entertainment industry writing, producing, and editing television content. She has produced and edited shows for many major networks and streaming platforms including Amazon, HBO, Fox, Disney, TBS, NFL, BET, Oprah etc. In 2017, she launched her production company Keep That Productions, to tell the stories of underrepresented communities and voices. Antares has extensive experience producing and editing on major award shows for Fox, MTV, and BET.
When she isn’t on set or in post-production, you can find her with a camera in hand capturing moments, people, and places. She has been taking photos since she was 14 years old and uses photography as an escape and a way to freeze moments in time. She started a project called My Roots to use her powerful images to eternalize the matriarchs in her family on the blockchain forever. Antares has minted and dropped two photography collections on Opensea. Her work is a photographic journal of her favorite images taken in the last 10 years. She is also the founder of The Tokens, the premier NFT Community Awards. A show meant to unite, highlight, and connect the NFT Community through Twitter Spaces.
She has taken the Web 3 scene by storm and is becoming a trusted voice in the community using levity and kindness to connect with others. Antares is relentless and ambitious, ready to leave her dent in the world, one image, one story, and one production at a time.
Stacie a Buhler is a fashion photographer, NFT digital illustrator, and marketing enthusiast based in Los Angeles, California.
Stacie‘s photography work has been published in over 50 publications throughout the world including Vogue Russia, NYLON magazine, PAPER magazine, and L’Officiel Austria to name a few. Her clients are throughout the world. Photo work for brands like Savage X Fenty by Rihanna, Meatless Farm X Nikki Glaser, Swimsuits For All, B&H Photo, and many more.
Buhler created the digitally illustrated NFT brand THE UGLY NFTS. This includes her sold-out collection UGLY BETTYS, and the UGLY BERTS collection. With much more on the way…
In just 5 months Stacie has built a Twitter community with over 13.5k followers. Her enthusiasm for community and marketing go hand in hand. Stacie often speaks on marketing at conferences and events nationwide.
Rachel Wilkins creates intuitive and thoughtful compositions using mixed-media iconography, acrylic paint, and digital rendering. Wilkins's Work has been featured in numerous exhibits in New York City, featured on USA Networks TV shows, Royal Pains, and is in the private collections of international art enthusiasts.
Wilkins took a decade-long hiatus from creating her work to build Conception Arts, an organization that has helped over 8,000 artists exhibit and sell their work internationally. While her artistic career took a back seat, Wilkins gained critical acclaim for her work championing other artists earning a ‘Woman of Influence’ Award from the New York Business Journal in 2016, 40 Under 40 LGBTQ Leaders in 2020, and, Out East-end LGBTQ Leader award in 2021. Wilkins also serves as a mentor for New York City’s NEW MUSEUM incubator program, NEW INC.
Lori Grace Bailey is a professional wedding/portrait photographer who also enjoys chasing extreme weather and extraordinary skies. Lori's work has appeared in major publications and television outlets including the current issue (2022, Issue 3) of Cosmopolitan Magazine as well as theMarch/June 2021 issue of Backpacker Magazine. Lori is a brand ambassador for F-Stop Gear. Whether chasing supercells and tornados in the mid-west, haboobs in the southwest, or elusive sprites when conditions are right, Lori’s passionate dedication of pursuing extreme weather allows her to consistently capture vivid and evocative imagery unique to her craft. Lori is also the director of Monsoon Con, an annual convention in Tucson, Arizona that brings together photographers and weather enthusiasts alike with an emphasis on storm chasing with success. Finally, Lori is a dedicated NFT artist whose work can be found on Foundation and OpenSea. Lori is a founding member of BFF (@myBFF) and Nvak Collective (@nvakcollective), a DEIBA Advisor for HUG @thehugxyz, and is the Community Ambassador for Habit Nest's NFT Learn to Earn project The Phoenixes (@ThePhoenixesNFT).
Lori is a Hispanic transwoman dedicating much of her time to elevating artists by hosting Rug Radio's “Elevating Women in NFT” Twitter Spaces focused on supporting and onboarding women, lgbtqI+, and other marginalized groups into the NFT space.
ABOUT Talia Zoref
Talia Zoref has become known for creating Art during Fashion Weeks worldwide and meeting and sketching celebrities such as Kendall Jenner, Celine Dion and Mariah Carrey. She has been featured in many prestigious publications including Vogue, NY Times, Forbes and more. Talia has also collaborated with iconic brands such as Chanel, Fendi, and MAC. Colors, passion and creativity perfectly describe the art Talia creates. Talia's NFT Art project Eyes of Fashion recently launched, a collection of 8,888 unique fashion illustrations that was inspired by the contrast between the colorful and fun fashion world and the judging eye in the industry. The public sale of the collection sold out in two minutes. Our mission is to bring more inclusion into the world of fashion, elevate and empower strong women artists, and educate women to participate in the joy of NFTs.
About CC: Ann Li
“I heard somewhere once that to know what someone is afraid of losing, watch what they photograph. So let me take a selfie.” Cc: Ann Li is an interdisciplinary digital media artist. Through self-portrait performance, autoethnography, installation, and stop-motion animation, her work orbits two spaces of mutual delirium: the internet, and her own psychology. She grew up Chinese American on the east coast, where she completed her BFA from Penn State. She received her MFA from California College of the Arts in 2021, where she was a recipient of the Ginny Kleker Award, the Thesis Prize, and the Barclay Simpson Award. She works as a full-time creative both on and off the blockchain.
ABOUT Bri Ro Art
Bri Romano is a 15-year Full-Time International Award Winning Photographer + Multidisciplinary Artist. Her main focus and accolades have been celebrated in Fine Art and Conceptual Photography. Bri is currently evolving her artworks and imagery into the Metaverse and Web 3 - continuing to bring her unique multi media visions to life. Bri has expressed color, shadows, lines, architecture, and poetry play a large role in bringing inspiration to her artworks.
ABOUT LOST GIRLS METAVERSE
Francesca is the artist behind LOST GIRLS METAVERSE and is a self-taught illustrator from the UK. Using
digital illustration as an escape during the global pandemic, she specializes in drawing the female form
in dreamlike skyscapes. Francesca has recently launched her NFT project LOST GIRLS METAVERSE, creating
feminine illustrative NFTs that gives access to an intimate community of women in web3.
Sophie Elgort is a photographer and director born in New York City. Her photographs have appeared in Paper Magazine, Vogue Thailand, Teen Vogue, Rolling Stone, Elle Magazine and The Financial Times among other publications. She has made images and films for brands including BOY MEETS GIRL(R)l, De Beers, Alice + Olivia, Victoria's Secret and Maybelline and worked with celebrities including Rosario Dawson, Daveed Diggs, Brooke Shields, Kylie and Kendall Jenner, Rebecca Dayan, Cuba Gooding Jr., and more. In December 2020 she began shooting The Mask Portrait Series, a visual storytelling of how we might remember this moment in time, celebrating the beauty and courage that is the New Yorker. Her fine art photography is represented by the Staley Wise Gallery.
Sophie was previously named to Forbes' 30 under 30 list in the Art and Style category and to The Daily Front Row's, 12 New Wave Creatives Moving Fashion Forward. Sophie has been featured in Vogue, The New York Times and Good Day New York among numerous other magazines, newspapers, TV shows and podcasts. Alongside her photography, she also contributes to a variety of media outlets as a photography and fashion expert and media personality both on-air and online. She is also a frequent public speaker, including at the Rubin Museum of Art, Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM), Pratt Institute, and Brown University among other places and has been a guest judge for The All American High School Film Festival and most recently the 70th Annual MissUSA Pageant.
British and Polish multi-disciplinary fashion NFT artist, Adriana (Adriana Krawcewicz) was born in Poland in the late 80’s. Adriana has worked in visual and musical mediums focusing on female empowerment through her artwork. Adriana pioneered NFTs on the fashion and art worlds is one of the fashion artist pioneers in the NFT industry, where she uses her art, creative direction, music, video and fashion to meditate on the personal and the universal journey. Adriana's recent exhibition 'Now Fashion Time' at the Warsaw Station Gallery of Art was the first physical NFT exhibition on fashion illustration in the world. Adriana has been invited to speak on numerous international NFT panels, both virtual and in person and has quickly become known as an expert in this brave new world. Also acting as an advisor for on Hewlett Packard, Valde Beauty, Middlesex University London. Aside from the SOA her work has been shown at NFT.NYC, Digital Fashion Week NYC). Adriana graduated from London College of Fashion in 2014 with BA in Fashion Illustration. After stint at Hunger Magazine, SHOWstudio and Lulu Guinness she refined her graphic skills and cultivated a unique visual style. Adriana quickly became an in-demand fashion illustrator and art director. Her clients include Oscar De La Renta, Ted Baker, Roberto Cavalli, Tod’s, Vogue and others. With the growing popularity and interest in Non-Fungible-Tokens, Adriana is excited to introduce brands and clients and individuals to creating NFTs, as the space is unlimited in its capacity to create unique artistic vision.
ABOUT THE CHICAGO ABORTION FUND
The mission of the Chicago Abortion Fund is to advance reproductive autonomy and justice for everyone by providing financial, logistical, and emotional support to people seeking abortion services and by building collective power and fostering partnerships for political and cultural change.
We envision a world where everyone has the freedom and autonomy to create lives, families, and communities that are healthy, safe, and thriving and where the full range of reproductive choices, including abortion, are accessible and affirmed.