We had the good fortune of connecting with Trew Love and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Trew, putting aside the decision to work for yourself, what other decisions were critical to your success?
Getting involved in activism was a life that changed me- and my art- forever. In 2016, I learned of the battle at Standing Rock over the Dakota Access Pipeline and my heart sprang alive. I was referred to Revolution LA, a small activist group that was organizing a movement to push the city to divest from Wells Fargo for funding the pipeline. We lobbied, organized and canvassed for our cause and I learned the power that a small, focused group of people has to make a big impact in the world. I was also exposed to the great disparities of our society today and it made me realize that I needed to bring awareness to these issues and I can do so through my artwork which has giving rise to a new depth and connection to what I create.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
The journey to where I am today has not been easy. There have been many moments of jumping completely in blind faith into situations or projects that I had no reason to believe they would succeed- and many of them didn’t! But I learned over time that they don’t have to. Projects don’t have to succeed in order to be valuable. The lessons I extracted became the tools that prevent me from making those same mistakes later on. They say “If following your dreams was easy, everyone would do it” and its true. The most valuable lesson I can share from my experience is to take your time and get to know who you’re getting involved with in projects. Really listen to what they say and how they act. Research that person’s experience and maybe seek to talk to people that person has worked with in the past. Some of the most challenging experiences of my career were really the result of too closely involving myself with people who, if I had slowed down, maybe I would not have chosen to work with. That being said, the lessons I learned were invaluable so I have no regrets. Overcoming challenges has definitely required some self introspection. There are always two sides to the story of course, one of those stories is mine. I’ve found the best way to truly extract the lessons from each of my interactions is to ask myself to what degree I contributed to the discord of those relationships. Once I was able to see what I was contributing, I could make conscious decisions to change my behavior in the future, thus changing the nature of my future relationships. There is always personal accountability to be found if you have the courage to look for it, and owning accountability is the key to a better life. Trew Love- me/my brand- in short, is my away of conveying deeper truths about life. My experience in activism taught me the value of being a part of something larger than myself and I hope that by making challenging topics approachable through art, I can inspire people to find their calling for contribution as well.
Any great local spots you’d like to shoutout?
Dare I say Runyon Canyon? The fruit stands on the corner. The fashion district. Driving through the Hollywood Hills with the top down. Scootering in Venice backstreets. Chilling on my rooftop. I’m pretty low key.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
As trite as it may sound, all of my friends and family. Each person in my life has brought me lessons that have contributed to my growth and inspiration. Each has been a mentor to me in some way and I’m so deeply thankful for their love and support, both in my career as an artist and a developing soul trying to figure out my place on this planet called Earth.