The 2017 Scorpio Bash was held at The Sandbar in Albuquerque and was brought to you by Morgan Production+Design . This year dozens of amazing individuals came together to produce an amazing show full of music, art, performances, art installations, Beer pong, T-shirts and more!
Celebrate the NMJACL’s annual fall festival Aki Matsuri on Sunday, September 17th featuring Japanese cultural exhibits, vendor fair, musical demonstrations, Japanese art, Japanese food, Beer and Sake tastings and more!
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The New Mexico Japanese-American Citizens League (NMJACL) has been hosting Aki Matsuri (trans.: fall festival) for over twenty years. The festival is the main annual event for NMJACL and serves as a venue to share Japanese and Japanese-American (JA) culture with all of New Mexico.
The festival attracts guests and performers from around the state and beyond, showcasing traditional Japanese, dance, song, and musical performances, martial arts, arts and crafts, Japanese food, and more.
Free admission. Entertainment and Refreshments (Japanese Beer and Sake tasting). The night features Studio Ghibli movie poster art along with book signings, live music, conversation and entertainment.
Our staff Art correspondent Cameron Krow reached out to local artist Jodie Herrera to sit down and talk about her art, life and inspiration. The New Mexican born artist from the Taos/ Cuba area offers us a unique look inside her art, which is entirely dedicated to creating homage to the female through personal stories of strength and hardships.
Cameron: How long has art been a part of your life?
Jodie: It’s always been a part of my life. My first memories are of creating art. I assume my last memories will be creating art as well. Some of my earliest memories are of me sitting on my mothers lap with my chubby little brown baby fingers wrapped around a crayon drawing a portrait of my father. His body was a large rectangle with a bunch of little dots. My parents never knew what the little dots were until I told them recently while recalling the memory. They were the sun bumps on his neck; I used to lay my head there while my dad held me. I remember knowing that was an important detail for me to render. I was always known as the artist growing up. It was really the only thing that gave me confidence as a young pup.
I was always picked last in gym and was painfully awful in school. Grade school provided me with a ton of doodling hours that proved to be of more value then arithmetic over the years.
C: Speaking of your mom…She’s a jeweler and ceramicist, right? How much of a role has she played in your passion to create?
J: Everything, she is an incredible role model. She has made a living creating art and has given me the confidence and support to do so myself. She is a strong and loving woman and has taught me to be free with my expression. Not to mention she is the one that taught me how to hold a crayon and how to draw; she introduced me to my life’s path.
C: What a babe. You’re lucky. When did you know you wanted to be an artist as a profession?
J: I’ve always known. There’s never been another option. I need it, or more we need each other (cheesy but shits real). It was clear at an early age to my family that art was my life’s work.
C: And you wear it well. So growing up between Taos and Cuba, with deep family roots in New Mexico, what do these places mean to you and how have they shaped you as a person?
J: New Mexico is my world, my family, and my culture. I think the only other identity that I would label myself other than an artist is a New Mexican. My family has been here for over 500 years and I know it will be my final resting place, leaving behind generations to come hopefully. My upbringing in both places, were polar opposite. Cuba, where my dad’s from, is pure New Mexican, more conservative and traditional and Taos, where I grew up with my mother, was the wild stomping grounds of the eccentrics and artistic. Cuba grounded me and Taos taught me how to fly. My years as a youth were an interesting dichotomy, but necessary to my character and art showing me the value in being open.
C: Not now. Time to cut to the chase. Let’s talk art. Most people know you as a painter. Has that always been your medium of choice? Do you have any interest in producing work through other mediums in the future?
J: Actually drawing was my first vice and main one up until recently. I was pretty much terrified of painting my whole life, I actually took Painting 101 three times and dropped it during my college career. It wasn’t until 2011 that I took it for the fourth time and had a teacher that was open to letting her students paint what inspired them, instead a bunch of boring still life’s. I got over my fear and fell hard for oils; we’re happily married now. Well, that’s not completely true. I actually love to draw still and love learning new mediums. My bread and butter is actually my light boxes, which I construct out of old vintage suitcases, so in all honesty, I’m a mixed media artist as well, I suppose.
C: That’s what’s up. You’re such a rebel. So it’s easy to notice that you like to portray the female form. Why? Where did that come from?
J: My interest in portraying the human form started as early as I can remember. I became primarily focused on rendering the female form in as early as three. No joke, and it actually could’ve been earlier, but just saying that to be safe. And I think honestly it all started with the Japanese version of the little mermaid. I just remember being captivated by the beauty of the female form. Something after all these years never ceases to inspire me. I, as a matter a fact, learned to perfect the human anatomy from comic books and Low-rider magazines. I utilized any resource that was available to me growing up. The female is most relevant and relatable to me for obvious reasons but also, there is the undeniable sacred presence that woman have, something magical yet heavy that I strive to represent in my art. There is a mystery to our abilities, yes we can create life and we are natural nurturers along with other amiable attributes but there is a mysterious presence unlike anything I’ve felt before that we carry. I can only help others and myself to understand it more through painting, or more so connect and feel it.
C: Don’t worry, I will. So, what other kinds of themes or ideas do you like to convey in your art?
J: My whole painting career has been dedicated to creating homage to the female. I do this by telling the personal stories of hardship and strength of each of my models. I want to show the resilience in women and reveal that their dark side or dark experiences add to their beauty. Often the female nude is portrayed as a pure angelic figure of prudence or a dehumanized sex symbol in order to be accepted or be appreciated. Both are flat, devoid of the dimensions that real human experience provides. I hope to humanize my models by creating a personal interaction between the image and the viewer through the models story. I do this by allowing the female to unabashedly expose her beauty with strength. I paint monochromatically in a self made “black” using the technique chiaroscuro (dramatic shadows and light) this conveys how a woman’s depth is only fully portrayed with her darkest shadows present. I illustrate her story by subtle using symbolism throughout the painting. I also use the wood as a way as of exposing her beauty with strength and pride.
C: That’s really beautiful, Jodie. I love that element of revealing narratives in your work. Is there anything else about your process you’re willing to share?
J: It all starts with inspiration. Either the model becomes inspired by the project and they want to be apart of it or I become inspired by a particular person and asking them to be a part of the project. There is a story to be told and a relationship that starts. I spend time with these women with hopes of understanding they’re who they are so I can better render their person. We meet and talk about their past, culture, strengths and weaknesses—most importantly a story of hardship they want to primarily portray in the painting. They courageously open up to me and the project, in turn they share themselves to the world. Most models state that the project becomes a part of their healing process, this is the best outcome I could possibly I ask for.
C: How do you feel about the Albuquerque art scene?
J: It’s great! We have a ton of talent here as well as great grassroots initiatives that are geared to push our artists forward. Albuquerque is definitely growing into itself and I’m extremely invested in seeing this city thrive as an art center. That’s why we started doing the Pop-Up Collective.
C: I feel the same way. We’ve got something really genuine going on here. So it was a few years ago that you and some other Albuquerque artists formed the Pop-Up Collective, right? Can you tell me more about that project?
J: The Pop-Up Collective curates one-night only art events. We like to switch up our venues for almost every show, which keeps things interesting. These locations are some of Burque’s most unique spaces and we feel incredibly fortunate to work with the people we do in order to use them. We also, feel incredibly grateful to work with our artists. Our city is filled with incredible artists and performers! Our mission is to reveal the mass talent that New Mexico has to offer, while giving both our artists and the patrons an engaging one night only experience that exceeds all expectations. Guests have proclaimed that our events made them feel good about our city. We want people to feel proud of this place, proud of our arts community! We try to cover all grounds when it comes benefiting our greater community through art. We provide exposure for local emerging artists, we try to only work with venues that can benefit from the promotion that we provide, and we always have a benefit art auction to raise money for local causes. Our focus is to create an exceptional grassroots exhibit while pushing our city forward.
C: Whoa. There couldn’t possibly be enough people like you. So tell us what are you currently working on. When is the next time you’ll be showing work?
J: I’m currently working the same project but with different women of course. Their stories are remarkable, and I’m quite excited to show these new works. I will show my newest pieces at the next Pop-Up show, and all the models from the exhibiting paintings will be there to meet in person!
I have a few shows coming up. I have one running for the month of December at Red Door Brewery. The opening will be Friday, December 4th. Then my co-curator from the Pop-Up collective, Angie Rehnberg and I are brewing up another Pop-Up show. It’s called Manifold. It will be located at SCA Contemporary Art, 524 Haines Ave. NW, Saturday December 12th, from 6-11pm. It’s gonna blow your mind! We have incredible artists, free libations donated by Tractor Brewery, munchies, Birdman spinning records, a performance by our cities first poet laureate, Hakim Bellamy, a secret group performance… you name it! We pour our hearts into these shows, it will be super rad and you don’t want to miss it. Then I will be showing at farina pizzeria of Central Ave. for the month of January. Lastly, come April I will be having an exhibition at The Small Engine Gallery the date is undecided yet, but keep your ear to the ground.
C: I’ll never remember all of that. Good thing it’s going to print. Where do you envision your career as an artist going from here, both in the short and long term?
J: I just hope to continue to learn and grow as an artist and person.
Someday, I hope to travel the world and share the social and cultural differences / similarities of women from a diverse range of backgrounds. It would be awesome to some day represent New Mexico through my art internationally. Long, long term, I want to die a happy viejita, still painting, surrounded by my loved ones in northern New Mexico.
C: That’ll be adorable. I have one last question for you: what is your advice for young people interested in pursuing their passion for art?
A second pair of eyes will help you develop your skills exponentially, it’s important that you trust that person to tell you the truth. You are confident that they have a good eye and will tell you if something is off with your work when you cannot “see” anymore (working too long on piece will do that). Also, draw… and eat your gah dam broccoli!
Usually we sit down for a nice Netflix date with just ourselves and a pizza or maybe some wine, but this month Netflix is releasing the one and only Bob Ross: Beauty is Everywhere. Which means that you too can get off that couch and paint some happy little mountains, and make some happy little paintings, instead of just binge watching Orange is the New Black (which is also coming back this month). There are tons of new releases for June, from Jurassic Park to The Giver, so make sure to gather your snacks (and art supplies) and hop on Netflix to catch up.
7 Chinese Brothers
72 Cutest Animals: Season 1
72 Dangerous Places: Season 1
A Walk to Remember
Big Stone Gap
Bob Ross: Beauty is Everywhere
Breaking the Magician’s Code: Magic’s Biggest Secrets Finally Revealed: Seasons 1-2
Cold in July
Conspiracy Theory: Did We Land On The Moon?
Cuba: The Forgotten Revolution
(Dis)Honesty: The Truth About Lies
El Libro de Piedra
Elizabeth: The Golden Age
The Fear of 13
Gabo: The Creation of Gabriel Garcia Márquez
Gentlemen and Gangsters: Season 1
The Good Witch: Season 1
The Great Alone
Janis: Little Girl Blue
Jurassic Park III
The Lost World: Jurassic Park
The Odd Couple II
Off Camera: Season 1
Pokémon the Movie: Hoopa and the Clash of Ages
Pokémon: XY: Kalos Quest: Season 2
Portrait of a Serial Monogamist
The Resurrection of Jake the Snake
Rock the Kasbah
Sam Klemke’s Time Machine
Tab Hunter Confidential
UFOs: The Best Evidence Ever (Caught on Tape)
What Our Fathers Did: A Nazi Legacy
Beauty & the Beast: Season 3
Pretty Little Liars: Season 6
Bo Burnham: Make Happy
Every Thing Will Be Fine
Jarhead 3: The Siege
LEGO Friends: The Power of Friendship: Season 2
Voltron: Legendary Defender: Season 1
Me Him Her
Scandal: Season 5
Already Tomorrow in Hong Kong
The League: Season 7
After The Spill
Boom Bust Boom
In the Shadow of the Moon
Naz & Maalik
Being Mary Jane: Season 3
Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. : Season 3
All Hail King Julien: Season 3
Orange is the New Black: Season 4
Cedar Cove: Season 3
Grey’s Anatomy: Season 12
Bunk’d: Season 1
I Am Thor
Life Stories: Season 1
The Making of Life Story
Best Friends Whenever: Season 1
Sin City: A Dame to Kill For
Dragons: Race to the Edge: Season 3
The Fundamentals of Caring
Justin Time GO!
A Very Secret Service: Season 1
Valentine’s day is known for cliches, but luckily Albuquerque isn’t. If you want to take your significant other, or yourself, out for a good time this Valentine’s weekend, check out this list of local events for lovebirds and loners alike! From balloon rallies and bike rides to aquarium tours and the single loving ABQ Pedaler, there’s something for everyone. Explora even offers Parent’s Night Out, so you can drop the kids off for an evening of fun while you go out and enjoy your Valentine’s weekend. Oh, and did I mention that many of these events are free? Who doesn’t love a free event? Take a look at the links and info below, and find your perfect match!
1. Friends and Lovers Balloon Rally
February 13, 2016 – February 14, 2016
Time: 7am launch both days
Recurrence: Recurring daily
Location: Balloon Fiesta Park – Multi-Use Sport Facility
5000 Balloon Fiesta Pkwy., Albuquerque, NM 87113
2. EXHIBITION: VALENTINE SHOW FEATURING DAVID ZAINTZ AND MARK BALDWIN
Through February 27, 2016
Time: Monday-Friday 10am-6pm, Saturday 10am-5pm, Sunday 12-4pm
Recurrence: Recurring daily
Location: Sumner & Dene Creations in Art
517 Central Ave. N.W., Albuquerque, NM 87102
3. Love at the Lobo Theater
February 12, 2016
Location: Lobo Theater
3013 Central Ave NE, Albuquerque, NM 87106
4. Seasons of Love Cabaret
Through February 14, 2016
Time: Friday 7:30pm, Saturday 2pm & 7:30pm, Sunday 4pm
Recurrence: Every Sunday, Friday, Saturday
Admission: General admission $25, VIP tables for 2-$70
Location:Musical Theatre Southwest
6320-B Domingo Rd. N.E., Albuquerque, NM 87108
5. Velo-Tine’s Bike Tour
February 12, 2016 – February 14, 2016
Recurrence: Every Sunday, Friday, Saturday
Admission: $65 pp with bike rental / $60 pp BYOBike
Routes Bicycle Tours & Rentals, Inc.
404 San Felipe St. N.W., Albuquerque, NM 87104
6. AHCC LA NOCHE ENCANTADA: HAVANA
February 13, 2016
Location: Albuquerque Convention Center
401 Second St. N.W., Albuquerque, NM 87102
7. Parent’s Night Out
February 13, 2016
1701 Mountain Rd. N.W., Albuquerque, NM 87104
8. Albucreepy is for Lovers
February 13, 2016
Location:Albuquerque Tourism & Sightseeing Factory (AT&SF)
219 Central Ave. N.W. Ste 102, Albuquerque, NM 87102
9. LOVE BUGS ADULTS-ONLY VALENTINE’S EVENT
February 13, 2016
Location: Botanic Garden – ABQ BioPark
2601 Central Ave. N.W., Albuquerque, NM 87104
10. NIGHT AT THE MUSEUM: LICENSE TO SPY-A NIGHT OF EXQUISITE ESPIONAGE
February 13, 2016
Location:New Mexico Museum of Natural History & Science
1801 Mountain Rd. N.W., Albuquerque, NM 87104
11. DUKE CITY PEDALER: SINGLE & LOVING IT!
February 14, 2016
Admission: $25 General Admission, ages 21+
Location: Albuquerque Tourism & Sightseeing Factory (AT&SF)
219 Central Ave. N.W., Albuquerque, NM 87102
12. THAT’S A MORAY! ADULTS-ONLY VALENTINE’S DAY TOUR
February 14, 2016
Location: Aquarium – ABQ BioPark
2601 Central Ave. N.W., Albuquerque, NM 87104
Local artist, Rudy Lopez, is on the rise and ABQ-Live got the chance to sit down and find out what makes him tick. Recently featured in Tattoo Magazine, he let us explore the life of an artist from Gallup, New Mexico.
How long have you been tattooing?
This past February just made it nine years. Professionally, I have been doing this three years out of those nine.
What inspired you to become a tattoo artist? Was there a specific moment in your life where you knew this was what you were going to do?
I’m from the generation of tattoo artists spawned from tattoo shows on TV. I knew I wanted to do something with art for a living. I just didn’t know what. I didn’t know how to paint, but I did know how to draw. To make it as an artist, it takes a lot of patience, discipline and professionalism that needs to be taken seriously. So, it took me a few years to come to grips with that.
What steps did you take to become a tattoo artist?
The steps I took were not the best, but it was the only path I could take at the time. I had no idea how to tattoo at that point and went to a local smoke shop for equipment, it was the only place that sold the stuff. I did both house calls and people came over to my house off and on for about 3-4 years. I started out known as a “scratcher”, someone just tattooing in their house, the lowest you can be in the tattoo industry. I took it very seriously and did the best I could. Eventually, I got into a shop, I was in and out of there for about another year or so. Working at a shop called Max’s Tattoo Zone I started doing tattoos that were solid and healed well. My work was getting better than anything I had done in the past. It wasn’t until I reached Tinta Cantina, that things became more serious. I felt like I still had a lot to prove, but I belonged in the shop.
How many shops have you worked at throughout your career and how have those experiences influenced the way you work?
I’ve worked at a total of 10 tattoo shops, including when I did guest spots. It’s always very exciting and different. Nowadays, when I go to a shop, it’s always very intimidating, but also very inspiring. I get to see work from different artists and how each individual artist is unique. I try to learn new techniques to improve my skill set and apply what I’ve learned into what works for me.
Is there a specific type of art that you are influenced by when doing your work?
There are two aspects that I like. Anything that’s believable and appears realistic is always a pleasure to look at. Other things that are less realistic and imaginative are also appealing to me. When I have the opportunity to combine them both, I have fun with it.
What do you do to keep that inspiration going?
I look towards my peers to always keep me in check. I constantly have paint nights with my friends Gabe and Jerret to stay sharp. Right now, these two guys keep me on my toes and are constantly critiquing me. It’s the best way to help me improve my art and my work. Just meeting other artists, hard workers especially, throughout the tattoo industry has also helped me.
What’s happening in your career now as opposed to say five years ago?
I’m doing a lot more work that I want to do. My work itself is just so far ahead of where I was when I first got to Tinta Cantina. I’m working smarter, rather than working harder as opposed to when I first started out. I had the mentality that you had to work hard all the time no matter what was going on, but after a few years of doing that I found out firsthand that you can easily burn yourself out. Work sometimes has to be put aside and play has to come in. There has to be a balance between work and family time.
Where do you see yourself ten years from now?
It’s hard to say really. All I can do is have faith that I’ll be doing the work that I’ve been wanting to do- finding my own style and owning it! I do plan on owning my own tattoo shop and I am preparing for it. Even though it’s going to be a long while before that is possible to do, I have faith that the shop I plan on opening will be a successful and a dream come true.
What was the most challenging tattoo you’ve had to work on?
Almost every tattoo that I do nowadays is more challenging than the last one I did the day before. At least I try to make it like that. I look at it kind of like going up the stairs. Each step you take gets you one step closer to your destination. If you’re not taking the time to take one step closer to your goal, even though it’s just one step, you’re staying in one spot, or even worse, heading back down the stairway.
What other mediums do you enjoy working with?
As for the moment, I work a lot with just regular pencil sketching. One of the other things I do when I can is oil painting. I love how all the paint allows me to blend it as I go. The fact that it doesn’t dry so quickly and allows me to move with it the way I want too. I love it because it keeps me calm and keeps me relaxed more than anything.
If you could give advice to kids or people that are interested in becoming artists, what would you say to them?
School is key. Going to school would probably be the best suggestion I can give. Not that I have ever gone, but I do plan to go one day when life is a little less chaotic. I’ve seen my friend Val go to school for art and how it has improved her work tremendously. I’m in awe everytime I see something new she painted. However, if you don’t go to school, try to get books and always draw for the fun of it. I have never seen art as a job. You should never do it for the image that others have of it, do it for the love. Art is work, it’s not your average 9-5 job, it’s a love that you have to work at every day. Art is everything. You really have to find what you’re passionate about in order to find your own art.
Interview by Joshua Lara, Photography by Kori Kobayashi and Joshua Lara
Want to see more work done by Rudy Lopez? Check him out on Facebook at facebook.com/RudyLopezTattoos. You can also find him on Instagram by searching for @rudy_lopez_nm.
ABQ Live got the opportunity to catch up with local artist, Truett. Join as as we dig into his creative mind and find out what it is to be an artist.
How old are you and where are you from?
Truett: I’m 24 year and was born in ABQ, but I was raised all around NM.
Great teachers are almost always the mark of great artists. Who are a couple of important teachers in your life and what are a couple important lessons they taught you in regards to your art/ life.
Truett: The greatest teachers I’ve ever had are my parents. My dad is the one best artist I’ve known personally and he’s created an insane amount of work throughout his career. So he’s been a big inspiration to me. My mom is the one who kept me level headed and grounded. She reminds me there’s more to life than just art and having fun.
Which artists inspire you and why? Do you have a favorite artist and why?
Truett: I have a billion favorites. I’m always finding new artists that I get into. That’s the beauty of the Internet. Some of my favorite digital artists would be Ryan Johnson and Android Jones. When I first saw him paint live digitally on a huge projected canvas at Sonic Bloom, a music festival in Colorado, it just blew my mind to see someone painting live on such a massive scale. I love graffiti art and ABQ has some of the best I know personally; they also inspire me.
Figures and characters seem to be very prevalent in your body of work. What is it about these characters that inspire you? Do they have a meaning to you?
Truett: I’ve always been into cartoon art, and love odd characters, dark art, comic book art, anime and the music scene. My style and what inspires me has continued to evolve, along with my interests as I grew up.
What sort of advice do you have for young emerging artists coming into the art world?
Truett: Best advice I have for emerging artists is to show your art to as many people as you possibly can. Make a lot of art work and do it around people and for people. The main thing is to never give up.
What’s the biggest lesson/ piece of advice you’ve been given in regards to your artistic career?
Truett: Keep everything as legit as possible and on a good copacetic level with everyone. Do it for the greater good.
What is the biggest challenge you’ve come across and how did you overcome it?
Truett: The determination to keep doing it when it seems like it wasn’t worth doing all the time. When you try and pay all your bills painting, it becomes a little more taxing mentally because it turns into more of a stress factor. When you have to become creative on a more material level to where it has to yield some sort of result that’s been the hardest part. It has become more natural and my work flow has increased and my perseverance to keep going has helped me get to where I am now.
What’s next, professionally, artistically? Where would you like to see your art and yourself in 5 years?
Truett: I have a whole lot of interesting creations that are coming to fruition in this New Year. Tattoo work has been my main ‘bread and butter’ so definitely focusing on that and honing my skills. In my spare time, I’m working on a couple different series of paintings and a couple clothing options that are gonna be going off. Really I just wanna get my work out into the world so more people can see it and I can influence them with my weird little ideas.
At what age did you first discover painting and what was it about the medium that intrigued you?
Truett: I watched my dad paint from a before I knew what I was looking at. So I grew up around it. It’s been apart of me. My dad and sister are both amazing artists. It’s been apart of my entire families life so really that was the seed that initially intrigued me about art in general.
What is it about live painting that you are attracted to?
Truett: Going to some really cool festivals and watching these boss-mode individuals live paint and do it the right way. That was what initially attracted me to it as an artist. I was 18 when I started doing a lot of live painting at shows. Whenever there was a chance I was live painting. I recently got booked to paint at a festival called Lucidity in Santa Inez, California. I’ll definitely never stop doing it, it’s brought me so many clients, friends, contacts and buzz on my artwork.
I’ve heard you say your main focus with your work is to break out of the confines of the reality we are all living in. Explain this. How do you do this with your art? Is this about you breaking a way from the confines of reality or your art? How so?
Truett: I’ve never really thought the reality that was fed to everyone was necessarily the most healthy or right choice for everyone. I’m talking about the conformity of reality that we find ourselves living in on a day to day basis, you know the 9-5 job, and your taxes and whatever political stance you have on the world. I feel like we all got forced into this system and we were just learning to function in something that was created for us; I don’t feel like it’s natural. So it’s more about breaking away from the reality that’s been constructed for me through my art and my life as an artist.
I’ve heard you say that we as people and artists have the power to create the world in the way we would like to see it. Briefly describe how would you like to see it?
Truett: As visual artists, we all have the ability to speak to people without talking to them. So even if your concepts are weird or kind of out there if it takes you out of that specific moment you may be in, and you see this thing that stops you, that little tiny influence can have a big impact. So even if your influence is small it may have large impact that you don’t even realize just yet.
Do you participate in Art shows? If so, what are your experiences with them? Positive or Negative?
Truett: I’ve had a couple good shows, but nothing that’s been super huge. I usually make a piece and end up selling it right after. However lately I’ve been able to build up a larger portfolio of work that I’m looking forward to showing off soon.
What’s the largest piece you’ve done or collaborated on? Tell me about it.
Truett: I’ve worked on a few bigger pieces. Although the biggest piece I’ve done is hanging in a friend’s living room right now. It’s an acrylic painting about 9.5ft tall x 5ft wide. I really would love to do some massive wall paintings but it takes finding a wall and the money for all the paint.
Where can we see your work in town?
Truett: Right now I have some work hanging at Gold and Anchor tattoo and over at Adieux this bar / lounge next to Effex Nightclub.
How does it feel to have community of friends and supporters to be behind you on what you’re doing?
Truett: It’s kind of been my saving grace on this entire thing. Because without any of them nothing would have happened, you know as far as it becoming something bigger than me just drawing in my room. Because of my friends and family, it’s really turned into my life thanks to all of them, it continues to be.
Interview by: Kori Kobayashi