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

Hi Ari, what habits do you feel play an important role in your life?
The habits that I felt help me succeed are staying true to myself, being willing to take advice/criticism and grow from that. Also believing in myself.

Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
Well my art is my mind. I am huge adidas fan and enjoy creating mock adidas concepts. All those concepts simply come from me brainstorming, sometimes I will see a flower and come up with concept right there. I strive in creating these concepts. Most of the time my goal is to tell a story or when someone see my art/post they go “wow I would have never thought of that”. I like being inspired and different, I don’t want my work to be typical or something just anyone does. I think that’s what makes me different because these concepts solely come from my mind and my creativity.

I personally think I have always been like this, now that I’m older I just found an easier way to express myself. I don’t necessarily think it was easy but more of learning more about myself. For me to get to this creative space that I am at, I needed to understand who I was and where I want to go. I am still learning about myself and figuring out all that but that what helps me grow as a person and creative.

What do I want the world to know about me? To be honest with you I don’t know, what I do know is I can only become better and I hope people can see a preview of my mind through my art.

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?
I know this sounds typical but new york city is where I would take them. The city is known for being noisy and there is always something going on but nyc to me is calming and a place free expression. There is also so much to learn and see, plus the different types of foods are endless.

The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
Of course, I say this all the time but my best friend Rafael and my family push me to be the best I can be. A lot of my ideas and concepts I have are only possible because of Rafael. I come up with these crazy ideas and he is the only one who just agrees with it and helps it come to life. All my visions, he’s right there helping me execute them. We are like a team and he is extremely talented, one of the most talented people I know. My family also help give me different inputs and support my craft. Having that supports helps me a lot and I know they believe in me.

Website: www.re9alco.com

Instagram: codename_ari

Youtube: Ari’s Originals

Image Credits
Marques Ruiz Rafael Fernandez Re9al Clothing Company

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