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

Hi Bumblebee, how has your work-life balance changed over time?
Currently, my life currently consists of 3 categories. My life (mental health), my wife and my family (also friends). In the beginning, I’d say for about 7 years it was just me and working on my art more than full time, trying to find a voice in this art world can be tough, you know. Trying night and day to figure out how to make it work. The struggle, as they say, is real. Eventually, if you don’t figure out how to pay rent, without working 24hrs a day, you will get burnt out. I’ve been there, it sucks. I started to realize that if I don’t figure this work/life balance out soon, I won’t be able to have a normal life and start a family, which for me is sort of a goal I’ve always had. Also, I realized that I had forgotten about what I liked besides art, for example I love to surf and I love to go on trips so for about 7 years I really didn’t get any personal time to myself because I was always trying to keep up with what was going in the art world and trying to create exhibitions and keep up with deadlines.

So now, I have really made it a goal of mine to make sure that me, my wife and my family come first and work/art sort of comes second. But in a way art is always first because it is who I am and I trust in my work so much that now I can kinda let it go and trust that I can continue to create without solely focusing on it, if that makes sense? And also I strongly believe, and it’s a scientific fact, that in order to create you need to do things that are non creative so that you can come back to a project with fresh eyes. So that’s what I’ve been up to lately.

Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I guess simply, my art focuses on feelings through images of what it was like to be a kid. For example, we all made paper airplanes as a kid, that feeling of creating something and throwing it out into the world wondering how far it could go, taking a chance, being free without worrying about the consequences. That’s what my work is all about. Trying to remember those feelings and creating them on a big scale like a mural on a 5 story building is what makes me super proud about my work. Just the chance that someone will give you the opportunity to express yourself on their wall in the their own home or building is such an accomplishment but then add the fact that they will actually pay you to paint on their walls is something else entirely. It’s really like, I would imagine, giving birth to new life, kinda.

Professionally, it wasn’t easy to get here, but it was a lot of fun, no doubt. I really have to thank my friends who helped me in the beginning, painting in the middle of the night to finish a mural or helping me roll up giant canvases for exhibitions, just showing up and being there for me showing support. It really means the world and back then I didn’t appreciate it but I do now and I hope they know that.

A big challenge in the art world believe it or not is getting paid fairly. I’ve always said and continue to say that I just want to do good work for a fair price. That’s a big challenge though when you’ve sort of made up your own job, how do you price yourself? I think I got that down for now thankfully but in the beginning I think we all just sort of worked for free or close to it. But that is part of life I guess, you have to show people you can do the work first before they can trust you. And thankfully now, I’ve shown that I can successfully complete a design from concept to completion.

I would like the world to know that my brand is me. Positivity with a little bittersweetness. Always trying to remember what it was like when we were kids growing up and trying to keep that childhood spirit alive in today’s world.

If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Awesome, I would take them first to the beach. I think that’s one of the best things we have in CA. It’s sort of what we’re paying such high prices for lmao. The next day we’d go to one of my favorite restaurants in the city called Petit Trois, and pray to god they like escargots haha. Most likely they’d forget their airpods on the plane so I’d have to recommend we go visit the new apple store at The Grove, probably walk around and chill. Next day we’d go see some local art shows probably check out LACMA. It’s honestly been a while since I’ve gone out at night so this question is a little hard to answer. But mostly likely this week I’d be working on a mural and they’d have to help me do some fill in’s haha. If they’re lucky for the last day I’ll get the bikes out and we’ll spend an afternoon riding around Hollywood Lake, I do love it over there.

Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
Honestly, if it wasn’t for the collectors and fans (Bumblebeelovesyou Community) I had in the beginning when I first started, there’s no way I’d be where I’m at today. I really have them to thank for my whole life. I’ve had collectors and fans all the way back since 2006 when I wasn’t even doing Bumblebee stuff, it’s really crazy to think about the connections I’ve made throughout the years with people I’ve just met on the street when I was making illegal street art to now all-legal street art.

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