Ele Nichols was born in Pine Bluff, AR, but has spent most of his life living in Los Angeles, CA. Ele is an Artist, Writer, Fashion Enthusiast & Part-Time Damsel. [read more below]
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I have been a working graphic artist/designer since I was 15 years old. A love for pop culture icons inspired me to illustrate various characters and start my own fan sites dedicated to my interests.
Through the years, I have professionally designed and coded websites, produced independent television programs and worked with a variety of different artists and creatives on various projects.
After 10 years of working as a contractor for hire, I decided to start pursuing my own creative interests once again and created my own style of digital art. After 3 years, I work on my personal projects full-time and have been fortunate enough to connect with my audience through my artwork.
My goal for the future is to keep creating as long as I’m breathing…and then some.
As a child, writing afforded me the ability to escape my reality and create a more appealing one. In time, I would discover a freedom in doing so and use the worlds I created to help me deal with real life problems.
Today, I still write to either create new works of fiction or simply to blog about my life experiences. I no longer use it as a means to escape reality, but rather a way to connect more into it.
Currently, I am working on a story that I’ve been writing for the past year called “Cohorts” and I am looking forward to finishing it up later this year (2013).
In 2010, I decided to come out of the closet…wearing a dress. I am a transgendered person whose personality is part masculine and part feminine.
I have been crossdressing since I was 2 years old. It’s been a difficult struggle in my life, dealing with family, social and religious pressures, but I have managed to muster up enough courage to be who I am.
Today, I am completely open about this aspect of my life. I am a heterosexual man, who likes to express my outward self in a feminine way from time to time…or most of the time, actually.
My hope is that being open about this part of my life will help others, who are currently dealing with these similar issues, find the ability and courage to be themselves and love who they are.
Fashion for me is not solely about seeking admiration from the outside world, but feeling good about the way you represent yourself. When you can get both, it’s definitely a plus.
I grew up in a home where how you represented yourself in the world was important. It wasn’t about approval, but it was about having the outside be a reflection of the inside.
I never really attached to designers or name brands, but I always looked for the styles and things that connected with me. Years of experimenting with different looks and observing all different types of styles helped me develop my eye for fashion.
I love retro/vintage looks from the 50s and 60s. I don’t really follow trends, but I look for things that I feel reflect my own tastes and style. Whether it be my horn-rimmed glasses, a soft sweater or a swing dress, if it has that vintage character I love, then I must have it.
South By Southeast
These Eyes See Lies
Jacquelyn Spade AKA ‘BlackJacq’
Every Girl Needs A Hobby
“Cohorts: The Wicked Ways” Cover
“Join Us” by Ele Nichols
“Fear Us” by Ele Nichols
“Please Stand By” by Ele Nichols
Have You Seen The Doctor? [L.I.N.D.A.]
Pieces Of A Whole Pt3
Pieces Of A Whole Pt2
Pieces Of A Whole Pt1
Cohorts: Hard Lines Pt.1
Cohorts: Timing is Everything
Half the Equation
Eliza ‘Dimes’ Dixon
Bailey Barker AKA The Bowler
Penelope McQuillen (The Secretary)
Crystal Renn / Mad Love
That Creeping Feeling
Ring Of Open-Fire
The Hang Up