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Art & Life with Arianna May

Today we’d like to introduce you to Arianna May.

Arianna, please kick things off for us by telling us about yourself and your journey so far.
I grew up in West LA and was constantly surrounded by all mediums of art. My mother is an artist, so I instantly grew interested. I started drawing and painting when I was younger. I instantly ditched that for Photography and Collage work since that is what I feel most attached to. Los Angeles has always given me such inspiration. It’s filled with such amazing places and settings I position into my art. My style is more retro and nostalgic; it fluctuates depending on my feelings and what kind of styles I am surrounded by. Horst P. Horst, Eugene Pinkowski, Diane Arbus, Helmut Newton, Mick Rock, etc. all draw inspiration to me.

Can you give our readers some background on your art?
I mainly work for small publishers and local bands, alongside running my own little magazine named Pinstriped Zine. I have always loved music and visual art, so I figured nothing could be better than blending the two together. I do editorial work as well as live concert photography – which both have their perks. I love meeting new people and feeling that ecstatic energy from being at a concert (especially when I capture it), yet I love editorial work because I’m able to make visions and ideas in my head become a reality. I’m an emotional individual, and my goal is to evoke thoughts and feelings through my art.

What would you recommend to an artist new to the city, or to art, in terms of meeting and connecting with other artists and creatives?
Make plans to meet up with local artists or even artists you’re in contact with that you see coming to your town. It all starts with a simple “hello,” you may even have other artist friends that they may know themselves. Instagram is also a great way to go. Finn Mulford, a good friend of mine, is one of my closest buddies. We work on the same photoshoots and talk about future projects we can create together. It’s important to meet someone you can share your thoughts and feelings with artistically. I think that is something everyone can benefit from even if you aren’t an artist.

What’s the best way for someone to check out your work and provide support?
I have my portfolio website and post most of my work on
I use Instagram as my main social media platform @filthywitch.

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Image Credit:
Personal: A self-portrait
Photo’s include: Audrey Rhode, Sick Transit (Band) at Not-So Bummer Summer, Chill Trigger (Band) at Not-So Bummer Summer, Jurors (Band)

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