The photographer shares the backstory of how the print ended up in London’s possession.

There are many iconic images of the late Nipsey Hussle. Some of them can be found in the GQ piece that was published just weeks before his passing, titled “Nipsey Hussle and Lauren London: California Love”. London recreated one of those shots in the video for new collaboration with Puma, which was unveiled yesterday. In the “Forever Stronger” ad, she is seen standing alone on the same street where Nipsey had once been photographed, wearing an outfit similar to his. Many on social media commended her for taking this powerful image. 

Photographer, Jermaine Williams, took to Instagram yesterday to discuss the power of another image. He shared the story of when he photographed Nipsey, which resulted in three portraits. He posted the shots on Instagram, which resulted in Nipsey’s sister, Samantha Smith, getting one of them tattooed on herself. His posts also lead to him coming in contact with London, whom he decided to gift with a print of one of the portraits, in which Nipsey stares at the lens and holds his head high. Williams explains how many people had attempted to buy the photo of Nipsey, but he only felt it was right for it to go to London. His latest Instagram post shows him standing beside London – who is dressed in the same beige outfit seen in the Puma video – as she holds the print of Nipsey. “Mission completed!,” Williams wrote. 

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This year I was Blessed to work on my Birthday. Accompanied with an amazing crew of talented Individuals, and to my surprise of who we would be creating with, it was proof the universe, God, The Essence is speaking & listen to your words and unspoken conversation you have with yourself .Finding out that the person I was going to be working for ( Lauren London – The Devine – The Great ). The day I met ( Nipsey hussle ) I shot a few portraits of him, three Images in total to be exact. Each one perfect in there own way. After his Rising, I gifted two of my best friends the original printed images. The third image, a portrait of him facing my lens with his head held high. After I Displayed this image on social media, ( Nipsey sister ) found my portrait throughout the countless amount of images people have taken of him, she chose to have my portrait tattooed, His sister!! That I’ve never met ( Blessing!! ). I received hundreds of comments and Direct message from many people all asking me to sell prints of that image. I respectfully turned everyone’s attempt down from the start. I told myself the only person it will go to is Lauren London! I didn’t know how to get to her or make the connections to do so, with that being said the conversations you have with yourself resonate and the Universe / God / Nipsey spirit, is aware of your Intentions. Mission completed! full circle. THE MARATHON CONTINUES. @Laurenlondon @vegasjones @topshelfjunior @rance1500 @babyyhairz @nipseyhussle @jorgepeniche @iamking_dl @taylormade215 @themarathonclothing

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