We had the good fortune of connecting with Ari Nichole and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Ari, what principle do you value most?
The principle I value most when it comes to creating is keeping integrity and sincerity in the forefront of my work. In the past few years with the growth of social media apps like Instagram, I think a lot of artists including myself have felt a different type of pressure to make trendier things that people will “like” – Especially when you’re starting out and hungry for opportunity. Honestly, it’s drained me in a completely different way than people just not liking or understanding a piece that came from a genuine place. Creating from a place of raw sincerity is the only way to truly share a piece of yourself through your art and it’s something I try to be conscious about whenever I’m painting.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
Before I started pursuing art professionally I worked in the cannabis industry and the beauty industry as a hair and makeup artist. At that time I didn’t have any emotional connection to my work but felt like I was able to climb the ladder and have success in those fields somewhat quickly. I knew it would be an opposing challenge after seeking a future as an artist. My course certainly has not been linear but it’s been interesting to see where it’s taken me. My painting style would probably be best described as illustrative pop-surrealism and I’ve been experimenting with lettering and script more the past few years. My work is mainly exploring womanhood and vulnerability through a raw, feminine, and dark lens. It’s been rewarding to continually find my voice not only as an artist but as an activist through my artwork. I executed my first few murals last year and am definitely eager for more opportunities where I can paint for a solid cause.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
Los Angeles has so many amazing gems but I have developed my favorites since moving here 7 years ago. Shopping and getting bacon-wrapped street dogs in Santee Alley is always a necessity. Hermit Falls, the Old Zoo in Griffith Park, and Hollywood Forever Cemetery are the best places to walk around and escape the chaos. My favorite places to grab a drink are by far No Vacancy and EightyTwo. Of course, no trip to LA is complete without tacos and Leo’s Tacos Truck el pastor tacos absolutely take the cake.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I dedicate my shoutout to my sisters and the other incredible women in my life who have become my bonus sisters. You motivate and inspire me on a daily basis with your brilliance, tenacity, and overall badass-ery.