Path of an artist

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Mil­lar’s fam­ily moved to metro At­lanta when he was 2 years old, but brought with them a part of Trinida­dian cul­ture that would be­come cen­tral to Mil­lar’s life and art: Mas (pro­nounced as in “mas­quer­ade”), which is as­so­ci­ated with Car­ni­val.

“My grand­mother and my mom, out of all of the fam­ily mem­bers [who moved to the U.S. from Trinidad], they were the ones that held on to the cul­ture of mas, and my sis­ter and I have been do­ing it ever since,” said Mil­lar, who be­gan cre­at­ing Car­ni­val cos­tumes when he was 6 years old, and to­day is known as Mas Man in lo­cal Caribbean cir­cles.

Mil­lar tapped into his ex­pe­ri­ence cre­at­ing the in­tri­cate and over­sized cos­tumes dur­ing his free time as a stu­dent at More­house Col­lege, when he would de­sign il­lu­sions and walk in gay balls as a mem­ber of the House of Ba­len­ci­aga. He earned the in­au­gu­ral schol­ar­ship awarded by the House of Blah­nik, and through those con­nec­tions se­cured a job at an LGBT health cen­ter in Buf­falo, N.Y.

In 2010, Mil­lar bought some sup­plies from a Buf­falo art store, be­gan toy­ing with a scrap of wood that was left­over from one of his house ball cos­tumes, and cre­ated a piece that awak­ened his ex­plo­ration of him­self as an artist.

“It’s not much – it’s re­ally just like an un­du­lat­ing line with tits,” Mil­lar joked. “But

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