We had the good fortune of connecting with Kelvin Andres Funes and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Kelvin Andres, can you talk to us a bit about the social impact of your business?
This topic is essential, because if your business does not serve a purpose in further developing the community or the world then there is no passion, and passion is the real fruit of life. At MVMNT ARTISTRY, our business model revolves around the many Movements that are formed throughout our community. Get it? It’s in the name. We help illustrate and create for other businesses, organizations, sport teams, and even family gatherings: The tow truck company, your school club, clothing lines, law firms etc…. they all come to us for different services. We have a passion in helping them create websites, design & print uniforms, and capture stunning pictures and videos for marketing among many other services.
Ultimately, we also have a goal to spread our outreach and impact across the globe. More specifically, to provide charitable and discounted services to impacted business in under-developed countries, while documenting the process. Look forward to developments on our side to make these goals come to fruition,
Can you give our readers an introduction to your business? Maybe you can share a bit about what you do and what sets you apart from others?
I founded MVMNT ARTISTRY about 5 years ago. It was the culmination of a couple clothing line projects I had printed and designed while working a 9 to 5. I quit my job before I finished the last two years of my B.A. at CSULA, so essentially my first two years of business put me through university. Because of this we have a special connection with local startups and educational institutions. We’ve been fortunate to form long lasting partnerships with many small business owners and community leaders due to the quality and passion we put into every project.
Our business is unique in the fact that we provide a wide range of useful creative services:
Custom Apparel, Websites, Graphic Design, Studio Photography, Videography, Animations, and more. This means one doesn’t have to go through different companies to get all these things done. In fact, it’s beneficial for a customer to print apparel, get their product photography and create their website all with us, because we can provide packaging options that will be cost effective, productive, and professional.
In the long run, as I mentioned, what makes a business interesting is passion and the influence it has on its community and world around us. Through creative measures, we hope to make a positive impact in the individual stories and movements of the various subcultures and communities throughout our region, and hopefully soon the globe. This is just getting started.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
If I wanted to show someone visiting Los Angeles the best time ever, I’d take them to a number of places. The majority would be nature related, because that’s the last thing visitors think of when they think of LA. In fact, nature is underrated in this city by tourists. For some reason most flock to the walks down Hollywood and Venice Beach for example, two areas that are a lot less enjoyable than they once were. But, you’ve got to see the gritty too.
On a week long trip, I’d start by taking my guest down Topanga Canyon where the scenic drive makes you feel 500 miles away. We’d stop at Hidden Treasures, a cool little vintage shop where you can find all sorts of historic local artifacts and accessories. And, since we’re in the neighborhood I would drive down to Malibu and do some hiking at Leo Carillo, before watching the sun fall into the ocean at El Matador State Beach. There would be a lot of photography and some drone flying along the way.
The following day we’ll explore our part of town, DTLA. Ive been based out the Arts District for 3 years and in my opinion, its still one of the most exciting neighborhoods to explore. Of course all the hipsters come chill here, but the artists really stay here (from all professions). From the Pupusa Stand across from Angel City Brewery all the way to Maru Coffee on Santa Fe, the vibes from all the street art and TV sitcom architecture in between the various galleries, eateries, breweries, is enough to get you lost for a whole day. However, there’s more to see and eat in Little Tokyo, especially at night where we can get closer to some rooftop views.
Lastly, but not really, we’d be off to my old stomping grounds in the South Bay. Little quick tour of the abandoned military bunkers by the Korean Bell in San Pedro, before stopping at Sunken City, where a landslide brought some cliff-houses down to ruins by the shore in 1929. Next stop, we’re flying drones at White Point Park AKA Royal Palms Beach, before continuing West along the Palos Verdes coast. Maybe we’ll walk the Sunrise trail, most likely it would be Abalone Cove. However, before the sun takes another swim we’ll have to make it to the other side of PV to actually see it dip! Anywhere from Malaga Cove and up works! The tide pools at Flat Rock near Bluff Cove Trail is probably my favorite place ever to watch the sunset. And again, the nightlife and drinks continues just a mile or so away by RAT beach in the Riviera Village, another underrated gem of a community with tons of interesting people !
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I want to give a special shoutout to solid public education, because LA’s public schools are incredibly underfunded and under threat. Luckily I attended some of the better funded schools of LAUSD pre-2010 and was able to take advantages of the creative elective classes that gave me the foundation skills I went on to develop at SCROC (Occupational Center; an awesome vocational school that makes their classes free to high schoolers. That’s where I met my screen printing mentor, David Lee Trout of Ventura, CA. who I lost contact with around 2013. I can’t find him anywhere.
My family gets a shoutout every single day, because we’re love like that. However, a special word of recognition goes out to any past challenges and negative experiences, including people, along the way for the much needed motivation to stay persistent. My last and most special shout out goes out to every single business owner, and leader that believed and put their creative work in my hands, you are not taken for granted and every time we work together we become a part of your movement. Our partners, know this.
Instagram: @mvmntartistry / @kelv.andre