il·lest·raid·er - [ 'il`st r'eydur ]
1. a sick artist that strives to exel in his/her field: The illestraider of the lost arts.
2. The Super-Ego of Adetunji Deen: The creator of Onetwosev.
In a world of digital artists, the real artists - those that can draw, paint sculpture etc. - are the kings (and queens). Illestraider is a traditional artist that uses his drawing and illustration skills to express his thoughts, feelings and opinions. He is well versed in a variety of mediums and techniques, and is only limited by his imagination.
2010 Interview by Kenny Smith “I want to be the greatest, the best that ever did it,” Ade proclaims without hesitation. With art’s storied history of celebrated artist – Van Gough to Da Vinci, Picasso to Dali, Rembrandt to Warhol – this seems like a lofty goal; an impossible attainment. But hearing him speak on it as if we are the ones who are fools to not believe, shows the confidence in his ability and the belief in his craft. What is certain though, is that he has his work ahead of him. “I think I’m about five-percent there.” he said when asked about how close is he is to his goal.” Encompassed in that five-percent is years of work and dedication. A University of Harford graduate, Ade has mastered the world of art in all mediums; “I want to empower other artist. The definition of Illestraider is the artist trying to take over whatever field they’re in. Personally, T-Shirts give me power like, I like having a T-Shirt that says some crazy shit on it, that people see and say “Oh, that’s hot, where’d you get that?” I just want to give other people that feeling, other artist. By artist for artist.” As Adetunji continues to strive to acquire that 95%, the 5% is certainly there; strong persistence, extreme confidence, unique talent, broad knowledge and a limitless imagination. Adetunji is a prime example of believing in yourself and not allowing anyone or anything to tell you otherwise. If you believe that you can do it, than there’s no reason why it shouldn’t happen. He is currently working on a clothing label called Onetwosev, the purpose of which is to spread Love and kill Ego. This is not a fantasy lifestyle brand. Illestraider stands for something that is more than himself. Onetwosev is LOVE, and it is everywhere. Be I.L.L. (Infinite Love & Life)