Miami New Times' Mastermind Awards honors the city's most inspiring creatives. This year, we received more than 150 submissions, which our staff narrowed to an elite group of 30. We'll be profiling our honorable mentions, and eventually the finalists, in the weeks to come. This year's three Mastermind Award winners will be announced March 8 at Artopia, our annual soiree celebrating Miami culture. For tickets and more information, visit the website.
Eddy "Earthtone" Vegas
Let's put it this way: This guy's Mastermind award application began with the line, "Greetings from the 11th dimension!" His name is Eddy, but he goes by Earthtone. Do we have your attention now?
Vegas' idea of art is something straight out of an underground rave party -- one of the really great ones that you usually can't remember the next morning. (What rave party? Exactly.) He coined the term Psychevision to describe the psychedelic nature of his photography, art, and overall way of thinking.
Vegas considers himself a "multi-dimensional artist, which is an artist who, due to Scattered Hyper-sonic Mind Waves, has found it extremely difficult to focus on only one type of art form." How's that for the line under your name on a business card? In his early years, Vegas saw this crazy artsy outlook as a personality flaw. But when he later learned to embrace it, he began to experiment "fusion arts."
Having found his wacky, trippy niche in the wacky, trippy city that is Miami, Earthone Vegas' Psychevision Productions now brings music and arts events to the Miami art scene.
Check out part of his message in an email to us:
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"Here at Psychevision Laboratories, scientists work 'round the clock, tweaking energy fields and opening portals... when a stable frequency is channeled, it is sent to the control room, where it can be maintained, warped, marinated, and ready to be inhabited by 3-dimensional beings like ourselves... The frequencies within the portals attract the creators; the creators are then lured into the portal... on the other side awaits an oasis of inspiration for the mind... together we create the necessary pulses to keep these Psychevision Portals afloat."
We'll have what he's having.