It's more than just a social media trend - it's a movement.
by Tara MonjazebIllustration by Alex Kostiw
In recent months, the “Art Hoe” has been sweeping across all social media platforms. Urban dictionary defines an art hoe as “a hoe who is mysterious and chill and like hippyish and good at art.” Although this definition isn’t particularly eloquent, it does touch on the foundational aspects of the art hoe aesthetic.
If you search the tag “art hoe” on Tumblr, Instagram, Twitter, etc., you will come across multiple photosets of cacti, Moleskine journals, Copic markers, Kanken backpacks, and lots of Art Books. It’s become a trend, a style, and people need to take a step back and understand why it was created in the first place.
The ‘Art Hoe’ movement was originally created by two tumblr users, sensitiveblackperson and 2jam4u, to try and slam the typical POC (People of Colour) stereotype. Stereotypes such as: Black people can’t be creative or delicate, Latinas are naturally sassy and feisty, the generalisation of Asians, etc. The movement was created to give people of colour, specifically, an outlet to express their creative minds.
Although these two young activists have said specifically that it's alright to have Whites join in, its important to remember the foundation of the movement. It’s creative expression. But,
unfortunately, it has started to become a concept where people have to look and act a certain way to fit in to an ‘art hoe’ criteria.
You do not have to have a Kanken, or a million Copic markers, art socks, or anything else to be an ‘art hoe’. If you do have those things, that's completely okay. If you have a passion for art and appreciate the meaning and effort put behind it, that’s all you need.
Be you, and remember that you don’t have to fit a certain criteria to classify as someone who enjoys art. All in all, The Art Hoe isn’t a style, its a movement. Spread the word.
A huge thank you to tumblr users sensitiveblackperson and 2jam4u for creating the movement. If you like, you should definitely check out their blogs. They’re both incredibly empowering people who deserve recognition and credit for their efforts.