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Meet Patric Velasquez of The Tan Samurai in West Los Angeles

Today we’d like to introduce you to Patric Velasquez.

Patric, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
I am an artist from Seattle. I moved here for school at Loyola Marymount University for Graphic Design. I don’t even understand how I got in this position with these opportunities, but I just kept trying my best and kept busy and this is where it’s getting me.

Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
It has been a smoother road than most would imagine. Of course, there are the challenges. Single parent home because of the death of a parent. Family of immigrants who were jumping the ladder. It was just my turn to make the same type of leaps that they did.

I keep my head down and look up only to c the new sights. I have noticed staying true to the process, cutting no corners, putting in the time and effort is the biggest challenge. But at the stage I’m at now, it is part of my life. And I love it.

We’d love to hear more about your work.
I am a Rapper and I am a graphic artist. Nobody wants a one-trick pony. There are lot of 50/50 splits, and those are the two that people probably know me most by. A lot of people know me as the graphic designer that has worked on some pretty dope projects, some people probably know me only from the music I make, and some have even seen some of my custom shoes on the internet. I choose to stick to what I know best. Drawing on my iPad and expensive canvas real well and Rapping in front of microphones and crowds.

With a business mind approach to this art world, I am a Senior Web Designer by day, and an artist, personal project manager, and independent artist around the clock. I approach my work like a Buddhist Monk approaches his meditation. I find solace in my craft and euphoric peace when I can clear my mind with my vices. I am proud that things are working. I never had to move back home. I will never have to have another 9-5. And should I stay on this path that I’m on, things will only multiply.

Working with independent clothing brands, restaurants, celebrities, artists, podcasts, and even comic stores, my personal website tells it all. I am proud to say that I have been able to build my work from scratch and advertise it online to the point where people contact ME to do BUSINESS. With new offers everyday, my work doesn’t stop. And I love it that way.

What sets me apart is if money weren’t a thing, I would still do this shit.

Do you look back particularly fondly on any memories from childhood?
I loved Christmas. My sister and I would come downstairs, open our one gift, cherish time with our parents, and then fly to the Bay Area to see my mom’s side. It always seemed like something that would always happen, and now that it doesn’t I get sad sometimes around the Holidays. But when I think of my future, I get happy knowing I can provide that for my future family and give them the same type of feeling. I can’t wait for it to come full circle.

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Image Credit:

NicoMarks aka SkramDidIt
Chris O’Quinn

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