We had the good fortune of connecting with TYRIK J PATTERSON and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi TYRIK J, what led you to pursuing a creative path professionally?
My pursuit for an artistic career stems from my desire to create the world I want to live in. We are born into spaces with pre-existing rules and normalities, but it didn’t take me long to feel excluded from what was considered “normal”.
So I made a professional commitment to using my art to build room for my full self. And like how I was inspired in my adolescence by the authors of my favorite songs, films, and dance performances, I work to be an example for the next.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
My work surrounds movement, and how we can use it to language our thoughts, our speech, and our beings. I’ve recently graduated from titling my expertise as “dance art” to “movement art” as the term “movement” encompasses everything. You move when using gestures to speak. You move when strutting down the street in your favorite outfit. And needless to say, you’re moving when learning that new TikTok dance. So with this new idea, I’m excited for working to redefine what is dance for those that do, and for those that that think they don’t.
My journey as a professional has not been easy. As an artist, the hardest part of the journey is the self work it takes to create with honesty. Getting to know the good and the bad parts of myself have been bittersweet, but has created less confusion, and more room for security.
I’ve learned, and am learning, many things along the way, but the lesson in bold for me is how important it is to be true to yourself. The truth will always prevail no matter how easy or hard. And with that being said, I want the world to know that one thing I was, was true.
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?
For a week long trip, we’d start by trashing our stomachs Monday night with The Drunken Crab in North Hollywood. After waking up with seafood stomach pain Tuesday afternoon, I’d take them to Westfield Mall in Topanga to look around. And if they don’t have any pieces, we’d drive east to Studio City for guaranteed buys at Wasteland on Ventura. Knowing my friends, we only need one outing a day as it doesn’t take us long to yawn. So skipping to Wednesday, we’d continue splurging at Santee Alley with the new stimmy. By Thursday, I’m sure they’ll plead for a chill day in. So Wanda Vision it is until we get burritos from Tacos El Venado on Lankershim and Victory in NoHo for dinner. Friday will be Malibu beach day after a studio city detour for beignets at The Beignet Box. Then Saturday, those Tuesday bought outfits will be modeled in front of Wes Klain’s camera downtown. Lastly, on our good Sunday, you’ll find us at The Inspiration Point of The Mishe Mokwa Trail to Sandstone Peak.
What an IDEAL week. Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
Lately, I’ve been using the phrase “It Takes a Village” to preface my paragraphs of gratitude when releasing work, and it’s TRUE.
At the top of the list, I will always recognize, and thank my GOD for blessing me with every idea to create, pen to write it down, and energy to execute it. Secondly, my support system begins with my family whose applause is my motivation. Then, my friends who don’t have to support, but choose to, and because of that I am forever indebted to them. Lastly, I am much thankful to my schooling (The University of Texas at Austin’s Theatre and Dance Department, Dallas Dance Community, and Los Angeles Dance Community) for providing medicine for my movement and knowledge.
Wes Klain Slade Segerson, Courtni Poe, Gasp Magazine Brandon Esparza Roel “Romeo” Salazar Ivan Maric Kenneth “Kenny” Washington