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

Hi Hilmar, how do you think about risk?
Taking Risks is overcoming your fears. Fear is like a cage that keeps you captivated and doesn’t allow you to continue progressing. With out taking risks we hold our selfs from reaching our greatest potential. Taking risks In different stages in my career has helped me reach goals and live a life I never thought possible. Sometimes those risk don’t always work out how you want them too but it gives an opportunity to learn from mistakes and help make better wiser decisions for the next risk.

Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
My art is about the feeling or connection you get from observing the artwork. Everyone interprets an art piece differently but it’s awesome when you could stare at an art piece and observe it for hours analyzing it and connecting it with so many things. As an artist I feel that my artwork is affected by my surroundings and I’m interpreting current events and ideas into shapes and lines that the person looking at the artwork is also feeling what I’m feeling when I was making the artwork. The most awesome thing about my artwork and is what pushes me to continue everyday is that it never ends and it Never’s gets boring. Theirs always something new to learn, something new to create and see where it takes me. I started to get serious with art when I was 19. My roots started with graffiti art and tattoo art. It has been a long and difficult journey but So rewarding, full of wide variety of emotions. The one main challenge in this journey has been overcoming fear to take risks. I never had a plan b in my career, the moment I started to do art I felt that this was what I wanted to focus on for the rest of my life. Everything I did or worked on was based on allowing me to have time to make art. When I started doing art a lot of people close to me would always tell me to get a degree or have a plan b in case my first plan doesn’t work out. It felt like people doubted me at first which can make you feel insecure about the decisions you take. Deep down inside I knew making art makes me happy and everyday I had to meditate on keeping that fire burning and understanding that this is what I wanted to do and willing to go through hell and back to be able to continue growing as an artist. At an early stage I learned the power of the mind and the affect it has on your outlook in life. I trained my mind to let go of fear and focus on getting better everyday and enjoy the process along the way. I took a risk on pursuing my art career when many doubted me and led me where I am today. Till this day I feel as excited and happy making art as I did when I was 19. I have many things to learn and lots of growth to do until the day I take my last breath. The main thing people should take from my story is to loose your fear of failing. keep a clear focus on who you are and where you want to be by daily reminder of what makes you happy and be grateful. Take risks to continue growing and believe in yourself. I believe theirs nothing in this world that comes our way that we can’t overcome.

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?
To me a good day off in la would be starting the day with a good hike at Griffith park or in Malibu. Than grabbing breakfast at mustard seed on hillhurst or at republique in West Hollywood. After that check the Getty museum or the Getty villa. To finish off the day grab some dinner at love organic in West Hollywood or gracias madre in West Hollywood. Desert drinks at the varnish in downtown la or at employees only In West Hollywood.

Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
My family and close friends for being there for me and supporting me.

Website: Www.hilmarramos.com

Instagram: @ hilmartattoos

Twitter: @ hilmartattoos

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