I AM ST PETE is a Community Alliance, Social Initiative, Social Enterprise, & Apparel Brand which promotes and celebrates Unity, Diversity, Collaboration, & the People who make the community of St Pete so great.
St Pete Artist Erik Hesson (@erikhesson.abstractart) founded this new endeavor, I AM ST PETE and their new site IAMSTPETE.community, in Aug 2021; as a way to bring the community of St Pete together like never before and to combat all the divisive influences of society today. ‘Diversity and Unity is what we celebrate. Even with our differences, we collaborate.’ – Erik Hesson, 2020
…Those happen to be song lyrics of Erik’s that have now evolved into the project’s main mantra/slogan and they are from a song (and upcoming single) that he wrote this past year titled ‘I AM ST PETE’, which will be on the upcoming debut album for one of Erik’s other projects as a songwriter and music producer for his band Beach Drive (more info on that project available on IG @beach_drive_official)… Needless to say, Erik has a quite a few creative projects in the works; and he considers I AM ST PETE to be the most wide-ranging and (potentially) massively-impactful endeavor that he has ever embarked on in his life. And he believes that it has the potential to bring people together on a massive scale in St Pete, and in a way that is more profound and unifying than anything else he has ever done in his life thus far…
The overall goal and aim of I AM ST PETE is to promote and celebrate Unity, Diversity, Collaboration, and to create a Community Alliance (basically a huge Family), consisting of every single person living in and/or working in the community of St Petersburg; a true Community Alliance which embraces a sense of Connectedness and Togetherness that permeates throughout the entire area, and which cannot be separated and divided under any circumstances or by any societal influences and/or propaganda from various outside sources.
If you’re wondering how you can participate, his team has come up with multiple ways you can show your support and join the alliance to show community pride: 1. Their Clothing & Apparel Brand I AM ST PETE along with their site IAMSTPETE.community 2. They’ve created a Corporate Membership Program for local businesses to join, along with a Members line of Apparel for anyone to buy a product from to join the alliance 3. They are going to do an ‘I AM ST PETE’ profile for every business owner/entrepreneur/private citizen who becomes an Official Founding Member of the Community Alliance and then it will be posted on the IAMSTPETE.community social media pages and website 4. They are going to plan and create upcoming local events like concerts, art shows, fashion shows, and an Annual Community Festival called IAMSTPETE.community Fest 5. Their online messaging and social media pages/groups will be perpetually promoting Unity, Diversity, Collaboration, and the People who make St Pete such a great place to live and work, becoming an extensive networking group for locals…
Time will tell which way this project evolves and what new branches grow from this tree, and it is definitely starting out on a very solid foundation: noble ideals and a unifying company mission/agenda.
So, say it loud and say it proud…. I AM ST PETE. -You can let people know how you feel by showing some love to St Pete and to this new project … And hopefully everyone is inspired and encouraged to join this new Community Alliance and grab some fresh I AM ST PETE gear to show support.. You can check out their site and apparel line here at IAMSTPETE.community.
Stay tuned for developments on this monumental undertaking and we’re excited to see where it goes from here…
To learn more about Erik Hesson and his original art style, Linear Perspectivism, you can read his Artist Bio here:
You can connect with I AM ST PETE and its Founder/Ceo Erik Hesson online at the following addresses:
Instagram: @iamstpete.community , @erikhesson.abstractart , @beach_drive_official
fb: facebook.com/IAMSTPETE.community , facebook.com/erikhessonabstractart , facebook.com/beachdriveofficial