Today we’d like to introduce you to Pablo Damas.
Pablo, let’s start with your story. We’d love to hear how you got started and how the journey has been so far.
I’ve been creating art ever since I was a kid. All along knowing that I would never stop. That’s never been an option for me. After graduating from the LA County high school for the arts I was accepted into Otis school of art but was never able to attend. My single mom simply couldn’t afford it so I went to Mt. San Antonio college and took every art class I could. I continuously create art. I try to sketch everyday. Luckily all of the work I do is art-based. I am a graphic designer for a few clothing companies. It’s been a tough but fun ride. I’ve seen some pretty big celebs wearing my designs which is always exciting to see. But always staying grounded it’s also humbling. It makes me think “they’re wearing my design and on that stage and I’m just some kid from La Puente”. I don’t know, kinda cool.
I’m here answering these questions as we’re all dealing with this quarantine. So my day job is closed and I’m afraid closed for good but I’ve partnered up with a good friend of mine to launch forgeowl.com. We offer graphic design, marketing and branding services. I’ve also had time to stand at my easel and paint. I haven’t painted for my own pleasure in a long time. Luckily, I always have a show to paint for or a commission so it was cool to spend some time just letting things out on the canvas for a change.
On April first, I was supposed to defend my title as art battle L.A. Champion. Unfortunately, that has been canceled for now. That’s something I dig and am proud of accomplishing last year. I’m definitely looking forward to doing that again soon. Thanks to the people at art battle for giving us this platform…
We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
Of course, it’s not a smooth road. I don’t think it is for most of us but like they say the beauty is in the journey. In a lot of my art I reference the number 13. People always ask about that. This is one of the first challenges I faced growing up. There were a lot of gangs around me as a kid. They swallowed up some of my friends but at some point, I made a conscious decision that I would use art to stay away from all that. Walking and driving around I would still always see the number 13 on the walls. So now, I use this to remind me of where I came from and to remember to always push through all the negative.
There’s obviously been plenty of struggles. Like I said, mom couldn’t afford for me to go to art school after high school…..the list goes on but none of that matters cause there’s no need to focus on that. It’s just another thing. You adapt and move on.
We’d love to hear more about your work and what you are currently focused on. What else should we know?
I guess I kind of have two businesses. The first is what I call sicknature studios. Through this, I focus on graphic design, fine art and tattoo. I like the idea of waking up every day and doing something different, whether it’s a tattoo or a t-shirt graphic for a brand or sketching out an idea for a mural. In the past year, I see my business growing in all aspects but especially art and graphics.
I think what sets me apart is that I love to work. I enjoy staying busy. I hear a lot of stories of people dealing with artists that like to lag on things and not being able to take constructive criticism. I like to get things done as quickly as possible and always make sure my client is completely satisfied.
Forgeowl.com is newer. Like I said earlier, we’re offering graphic design, branding and marketing services. My good friend, Gary, and I bring about 25 years of experience combined in starting and helping companies and brands grow. It’s always exciting to sit with someone who has an idea, work with them and see their idea become something real. We treat each project as if it were our own. So we definitely always do work that we are extremely proud of.
So, what’s next? Any big plans?
Right now, I think the biggest change is forgeowl. This could have a huge impact in my life. As far as my art, I have a show scheduled with a few good friends which happen to be great artists: germizm, ar, and rask-opticon. Lol. We sound like a bunch of cartoon characters. Our show is scheduled for July 25th at Nucleus in Alhabra. I’m starting to work on the art for that since we have time now. This is going to be a cool new challenge since I’m going to create art that fits their pop art style a little more.
As far as my personal art. I want to experiment with new mediums or techniques. Last year I made a few wire sculptures. That was kinda cool. Maybe I’ll revisit that on a larger scale.
- Website: PABLODAMAS.COM
- Email: PABLO@PABLODAMAS.OCM
- Instagram: INSTAGRAM.COM/SICKDOTONE
- Facebook: FACEBOOK.COM/PABLO.DAMAS
- Other: FORGEOWL.COM