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Daily Inspiration: Meet Ramiro Perez

Today we’d like to introduce you to Ramiro Perez.

Hi Ramiro, so excited to have you with us today. What can you tell us about your story?
My story begins at the age of 17. I was living in Ontario, CA me and my friends would go out on Fridays to a club to hang out. We never had any money but we felt like we owned the club; we would walk in like it was free. I can remember that at one point I wanted to have some money so I made some side bags out of some material that I found and went to the open air market to try to sell them as I was there I saw a man who was making bracelets with your name on them so I stopped and stared to look at how he was making them. He was nice; he shared where to get the material to make them so I got some material and started to try. I even made my own version of what I saw them do. The following week I placed a sheet on the floor in front of the club just to hang out in front. I don’t expect that the owner of the club had a space in swap meet and that I was going to school with their kids. It was cool she started to buy my stuff and would share free passes to enter the club. I did that a couple of times and one day, my friend invited me to Venice Beach. I was overtaking by what I saw; there was all types of art that was being made by people on the spot. I found my school and didn’t even know that yet.

When summer was in play, I left to Venice and did not come home. I would live on the beach and share my stuff in the morning on the border walk. My mom would come to take me home and I would be home just for a bit then I would go back. I did that for years. I made my accessories line come to life on Venice Beach. I would also walk around the city looking for where people would be. And I would place my sheet on the floor and set my work on it and chill out and say hello to anyone who would stop in front of me. One of the most important things that I learned on the floor is that there is people who can look down at you or be down with you to have someone sitting on the floor with you shares a lot of who you in front of. Now that I have tables, I don’t forget about the floor am looking for people to sit with me. It all happens with time; now I have my own shop to work out of and showrooms to share my art. Hard work does pay off happy to be able to share my experience and to had to grow the hard way there is so much more that is coming my way; I don’t know what it is but time allows things to happen.

Can you talk to us a bit about the challenges and lessons you’ve learned along the way. Looking back would you say it’s been easy or smooth in retrospect?
Struggle is the best teacher one can have. I’ve learned not to give up being the floor it shows a lesson that money can’t buy and a school can’t share. The ups and downs are real. All we have is our self and the people that are down to sit on the floor with you.

Appreciate you sharing that. What else should we know about what you do?
As in arts, I’ve learned to recognize that you are a part of the person you work with. If I was to specialize in something, it would be in repurposing what is not being used and give it a new life. I would say that I’m known for repurposing material that is not being used. The way of the hand is what makes me proud it’s been a journey that is still moving forward. As what sets me apart from others, I would have to leave that for the eyes of the beholder.

Can you talk to us about how you think about risk?
Risk taking has been most of my experience. Being on the floor knowing people look down on people that are on the floor. Working with trash when we don’t use the term reprocess. Being open to share what you know maybe a risk but if you don’t let go of what you know, you don’t give room to grow. I’m always risking a move or two. For its the risk-takers that find themselves in new worlds that most well never find.

Contact Info:

  • Email: Thewayofthehand@yahoo.com
  • Instagram: Thewayofthehand


Image Credits:

My phone and to Joey courteau

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