We had the good fortune of connecting with Alyssa Davey and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Alyssa, why did you pursue a creative career?
I pursued a career in art and creativity because it was really all I’ve had to anchor me my whole life and given me the most happiness I’ve ever felt. Creating and playing music is literally like a high for me and that is a huge part of what makes me continue on. It’ seriously is the only thing that keeps me sane and gives me a sense of joy and purpose. It’s saved my life and that’s why I continue it. Music has always been my main passion and career path, but drawing and creating has also been a huge love of mine and I wanted to create pieces that brought out my darker side and appreciation for tattoo style art. My goal is to inspire people to pursue their passions and take the leap even if it’s hard and feels impossible.

Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
Well I think my art reflects my love for tattoos and for music and it allows me to explore this other side of me that wants to go against the grain, be weird, and step outside of social norms. I really love to draw dark themed pieces, but make them feel delicate and pretty at the same time. It’s taken a lot of time and hard work to get to where I am now. But, I am not even anywhere near where I want to be yet, but i think having the support from my friends and family has been my biggest reason for pushing on. Having a support system is key to helping achieve your goals. Of course doubts and pressures attack my brain wondering if I should’ve just gotten that degree in marketing, but then my friends and family are there to help remind me that this is the path I’m supposed to take and exactly where I am supposed to be. I myself am still figuring out what I want from my own art and where I want it to go I think that’s totally okay. Art is about changing, growing, and learning, and I’m still evolving my pieces and I want my art to be an imprint of who I am during that period in my life and continue to move forward as a I grow as a person. Sounds cheesy, but I think that would be pretty rad to achieve.

Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
Definitely gonna take my friends to sooo many coffee shops. It sounds so hipster, but when I first moved to LA, coffee shops were where I started drawing and learning my own style of drawings. Groundwork Coffee, Shaky Alibi, Bourgeois Pig, Rise n Grind. The list is endless. I think a walk on Hollywood Blvd would be a must. Not because of the tourist attractions, but because it’s where I first moved to LA and those gross grungy bars and restaurants have such a nostalgic quality to them I would have to share. Sanam Luang is by far the best Thai place in town. Authentic, cheap, hole in the wall and an Asian market right next door. Can’t go wrong.

Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I’d like to give a huge shout out to my dad, Paul Davey. His wild stories and experiences are a massive inspiration for me. He has always given me so much love and support for my decisions to pursue a creative career and encouraged me to push myself and make life happen! Also my band mate and friend Spencer Petersen. Thank you for showing me that I can always work harder, be stronger, be better, and become by best everyday and taking a chance on me.

Instagram: @brobi1kanobi @artbyderv

Image Credits
Marcello Ambriz, Mory Productions

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