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Meet Lindsay Batiste of White Hot Fire in Arcadia

Today we’d like to introduce you to Lindsay Batiste.

Lindsay, let’s start with your story. We’d love to hear how you got started and how the journey has been so far.
I’m an LA transplant by way of Seattle where I grew up and went to college. I attended graduate school in London and upon returning to Washington, I realized I wasn’t quite ready to settle back into such a gray routine. So I decided to take up a friend’s offer on an open room in a warehouse and headed down to LA. That was almost ten years ago. Wow. Time sure does fly when you are old, the sun never goes away, and you sometimes are having fun.

Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
Ya know, it has and it hasn’t. Mirrors are my main medium so you get a lot of moments of weird introspection when carving and staring at them for hours a day. I struggle with feelings of inadequacy and imposter syndrome all the time. That I’m not deserving enough to make art for a living or that I shouldn’t even call my pieces art. Or that this job isn’t ‘good’/’real’ enough. But then I think about how fortunate I am. Aside from my business, I occasionally freelance in art department production ranging from set decorating to scenic painting so in one way or another I get to work in the business of making stuff. I grew up around a lot of drug use, alcoholism, domestic violence, and housing instability and I don’t think those memories ever really go away so I try and remind myself daily how lucky I am that I get to do what I love for a living and will never be in those dark places ever again.

Alright – so let’s talk business. Tell us about White Hot Fire – what should we know?
I make custom decorative etched mirrors. I do lots of band logos, branding, and ornamental, stylized ones (my personal favorite). I love the medium of putting art and personal images on mirrors and making unique statement pieces tailored for an individual. I started it from nothing, simply making a mirror for myself that I wanted. At the time, there was nothing like what I was making on the market and I’ve tried to create a wide range of products that anyone from punks to yuppies can enjoy. Now it’s my full-time job and I get the opportunity to give back to community organizations with proceeds from certain mirrors and that will never not make me feel like a proud mama. Also, Rob Halford reposted a Judas Priest tribute mirror once. That was probably my peak.

Any shoutouts? Who else deserves credit in this story – who has played a meaningful role?
My husband. He has put up with me taking over our house and garage at intervals with glass, razors, packing materials, corrosive chemicals, etc. Without him, this wouldn’t exist. I also have an amazing support system of friends and artists who constantly inspire and support. The LA and extended ‘maker’ community is something special and I love you all. And last but not least, all the podcasts about the gross injustices unfettered capitalism promotes I listen to while creating. It keeps me mad and fuels my desire to continue to work in a non-traditional role, control my own labor, and keep creating.

Pricing:

  • Sacred Heart Tray, $65
  • Bite Me Leopard Mirror, $75
  • Bite It Scorpion Mirror, $70

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