We had the good fortune of connecting with Brent Hollingworth and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Brent, how has your work-life balance changed over time?
Balancing work and life can definitely be a challenge! Luckily, I’m so passionate about the projects I’ve been working on lately that I’m able to pour myself into art & design without feeling like the days are melting away entirely into work. For me, it’s also vitally important to take daily breaks to be active and get outside. Lately, I try to dedicate a couple of hours a day to visit the bouldering gym for a climb, get in a surf or head out for a quick hike at Griffith Park.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
At the start of the year I found myself working at a recording studio in Hollywood, itching for a change. I’ve essentially been doing art in some capacity my entire life, drawing and painting as a kid and gradually shifting into music taking the forefront for many years as I got older. I’ve now come full circle in a sense, at least in my professional life, for the time being.
Though I still spend a good chunk of my free time making music, art & design have got the spotlight. For the last several years, I’d been selling art and specializing in creating hand painted surf boards and skateboards featuring colorful, often oceanic inspired, pop art imagery. Along the way, I dabbled with digitizing the artwork, shout out collaborator Josh Mayo (also a stellar drummer) and eventually printing on shirts. When a job popped up on LinkedIn in production with a local clothing company, I hopped on it and left life at the recording studio. Somehow, I’m still wrapping my head around this, one thing lead to another and a rad artist that had started following me on Instagram, named Adam Rodriguez, referred me to the project I’m on now. With Adam’s help, I was recruited to help design an entire clothing line for a longstanding surf apparel brand that is currently going to production for launch in Spring 2022.
Beyond that, in a couple of weeks I’ll be headed out to a renowned location in Joshua Tree to paint a mandala mural in one of their spaces and will also be doing some live painting at events in the coming months, so I’m excited for what lies ahead.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Venice Beach! No doubt. Even as a kid I thought Venice was epic long before my family and I moved to Southern California. It’s one of the most legendary places in the world, rich with history from Dogtown and Z-Boys to The Doors (not to mention a level in Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater). Venice tops the list for obvious reasons. The surf is aight, but when a good swell comes off the jetty it can be awesome.
I also love Echo Park – def one of the best vibes in LA. My favorite drink, as of a couple years ago, is a good Michelada. The first Michelada I ever had was at Bar Flores in Silverlake/Echo Park area. Now, an ideal Saturday def includes a post-surf Michelada or 3 and with Covid restrictions starting to lighten up I’m excited to get back to seeing live music.
When I have guests in town, I try to bring them to Black Rabbit Rose to see some incredible live music, often featuring friends of mine in the bands – Can’t wait to catch some jazz nights.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
First off, I have to give a shout out to the incredible artist, Chad Carothers aka Chad Cantcolor! We met through instagram initially and he’s been a huge inspiration and has offered me some epic guidance. Checking out his home studio and picking his brain has been really helpful for my own personal process and journey. There’s something magical about getting to meet someone we look up to that has accomplished the things we wish to do in our own lives. It opens up the realm of possibilities in our minds and makes our goals more tangible. Thanks for all of the encouragement Chad, hope to kick it soon!
Next up, the legend himself, Drew Brophy, has been a huge inspiration to me. I popped by his studio in San Clemente one grey, winter day a couple of years ago thinking maybe I’d just peak in the window to get some inspiration, but he turned out to be there working and took the time to invite me in. We had a pretty mind-blowing and motivating conversation. Since then, he’s helped me expand my approach to art with some of the Zoom calls and classes he hosts and I recently dropped by the studio to hang with him and another amazing artist and big influence of mine, Chris Dyer, for the release of a collaborative painted surfboard they were working on at the time. You guys are epic! Drew, thanks for all you do for the community!
I’m also a music producer, songwriter and guitar player and last year I released an EP, titled, “Colorvision, Vol. 1.” This EP would not have turned out with the sonic depth it has were it not for Peter Mokran. Peter is an incredible engineer/producer, massively respected in the music industry and has worked with so many of my favorite musical artists to bring their visions to life. It was an honor to have the final mixes done by Peter. Peter, I can’t thank you enough, man.
Lastly, a guiding light in my life throughout my time in LA has been Tony Flores, owner of Kalliope Audio. I can’t say enough good things about this guy. Anyone who knows or works with Tony would tell you the same thing: A great dude, honest business owner, family man and great husband and father to his family. Thanks for helping me along the way, Tony!