We had the good fortune of connecting with Kristina Sison and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Kristina, what do you want your legacy to be?
I want people to remember me as someone who cared about making an impact. Whether that be on the planet by making conscious decisions to leave it better than I found it, my artistic expressions of creating something special for each person that commissions a piece, or by just being someone who genuinely cares for others. I hope that I’m remembered as someone who celebrated culture, within my own and others, as someone who championed the underdog, and those that needed their voice heard. Having heart means something and using what little platform I have is very important to me.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I think what sets me apart from others is how I try to connect to the people commissioning my work. Naturally I am a people person, so talking to people isn’t a hard thing for me, but I love hearing their stories and sources of inspiration and having that trust to make them something one of a kind is something I love about the whole process.
I’ve learned to also say no to work that is out of my talents. As much as I want to continue to bring these ideas to life, knowing when to say no is totally okay!
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?
Everyone knows I love a good dive bar! I love taking people to different places, and have been known to take LA locals to places that have always been right under their noses!
I love a good Friday night in, and a lot of times I use Friday as a night to decompress from a busy workweek.
Saturday would be a fun day out at the beach, soaking up the sun, at a local brewery – this girl loves her craft beer. At night we would grab food and pack up my car and head to the Paramount Drive In. I go all out, pillows and twinkling lights, the whole she-bang! If I’m in a very social mood instead of the drive in, we’d go out for dinner and drinks. I love living in Culver City, their downtown area is amazing! I do love a good burger from Hinano, highly recommend throwing a hotlink in that bad boy.
Sunday is usually when I like to go for a hike or get a skate session in. Empty parking lots are the best for falling when nobody is around!! It’s only happened once, thank God!
I have a whole list of places I like to visit, I could go on and on…
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I’d love to credit my success to my friends and family, because they have been my cheerleaders this whole time… And to those breaking barriers in the skate industry, you are making history! To the little girls and boys who don’t know what to do with their talents, or haven’t tapped into them yet, your time is coming so find ways to be a good human, and inspire those all around you. To the next little brown kid who will one day pick up a paintbrush, I hope you SOAR! And to everyone who has commissioned a piece from me, thank you for your endless support!
Kristina Sison, Kulani Kinis