Hassan Rahim is an art director, artist, and designer originally from California, now working out of New York. His aesthetic deals in stark, esoteric imagery; it doesn’t recoil from darkness. Often as distinctive and boundary-troubling as he himself is, his work embodies far-flung but carefully steeped influences arranged into thrilling new harmonies. His willingness to forge new aesthetics rooted in but not tied to his own perspective has won Rahim venerable status as a thought leader, specifically among young black artists interested in nuance and subculture. As an autodidact, Rahim’s work is all the more emboldening. His example is part and parcel of a movement which is affecting art, music, fashion, and culture in profound ways.