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5 Questions with our Resident Artists: VELCO


WHAT IS YOUR RULE TO CREATE?


"lose focus of the outer world, get lost, explore your inner self and use the chaos and order within you to express the message you believe wants to unfold."



Photo by Ruth Alraei

WHAT IS YOUR SOURCE OF MOTIVATION FOR CREATING?


My main inspiration when drawing has been aroused by my feelings, thoughts and experiences that I find myself living at the moment as well as from the conversations that I’ve had the pleasure to share with the people I get to encounter. Everyone that has been coming to get a tattoo with me has in some way shared a glimpse of their own reality, which has influenced the way I now perceive my own life.


WHY IS DESIGN IMPORTANT TO YOU?


Design defines the way we experience the reality that we get to live in. It is when you start becoming conscious of this that you start realizing the importance of design.


IF YOU COULD SAY SOMETHING TO YOUR PAST SELF FROM A YEAR AGO, WHAT WOULD IT BE?


I would tell the one year younger version of me to continue exploring his mind as well as the outer world he finds himself in, to use his experience and surroundings to create, to be patient with himself and to try his best to be present with everything that he is doing as well as with the people he has the chance to share his time with.


IF YOU COULD SAY SOMETHING TO YOUR FUTURE SELF FROM A YEAR LATER, WHAT WOULD IT BE?


I would give my 12.25.23 self a smile and a hug and thank him for another year of adventures. I would then tell him to look back at everything that he has been able to experience since the moment he finished writing this message, and to use that introspection to write down the first thoughts that come into his mind.


WHAT IS THE BIGGEST CHALLENGE YOU FEEL YOU FACE AS AN ARTIST?


One of my biggest challenge as a human is expressing myself. Art has been slowly teaching me to use my body and mind to communicate the messages I want to share in ways I hadn’t done before.



Find more of Velco's work on Instagram.



Interview and Art Direction by Saska Akopian.