You may recognize Aldis Hodge for his portrayer of Alec Hardison on the TNT series Leverage, MC Ren in the biopic Straight Outta Compton, Levi Jackson in the award-winning film Hidden Figures or Noah in the WGN America series Underground. Acting since the age of 3, Hodge is mostly known as an actor but the thespian’s artistic skills extend far outside of the world of film and television. The son of two U.S. Marines, Hodge is also a watch designer, painter, screenplay writer and dabbles in music.
“I’m an artist all around,” Hodge said. “Art influences every single thing we do in life.”
Hodge’s love for the arts and desire to support fellow artists is what led him to partner with the brand Bulleit Frontier Whiskey to launch The Bulleit 3D Printed Frontier – a series of private events that unite art, design, cocktails, music and cutting-edge 3D technology.
Printed from glass filled nylon using selective laser sintering, the Bulleit 3D Printed Frontier allows guests to experience 3D printed cocktails and light bites while enjoying live musical performances.
“There is nothing like this out there! We are flipping the script on how we share Bulleit with people by creating experiences inspired by the frontiers of the past, to forge new frontiers today,” said Sophie Kelly, Sr. Vice President of DIAGEO North American Whiskeys. “From reimagining what a bar could be to partnering with cutting-edge mixologists and robotics pioneers to print 3D cocktails, this experience defies convention in order to redefine tradition, taking people on a journey that explores new frontiers.”
The first stop was last week in Oakland, CA at the historic Sixteenth Street Station in Oakland. The tour will continue in Austin, TX in 2019.
Hodge hopes that his work as an artist and watchmaker helps change the perspective of people who may not typically associate black men with careers in engineering and design.
“I like to beat down the assumptions,” said Hodge. “We need art to teach people who regularly don’t associate with our culture. Art will help teach people the value of who we are.”
Hodge’s watches launch in 2019.
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