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Meet Victor Yuen of Thy Human in South Bay

Today we’d like to introduce you to Victor Yuen.

Victor, let’s start with your story. We’d love to hear how you got started and how the journey has been so far.
It disturb me mentally and emotionally, to have been reminded of how the vibrations of graphite dragging on a surface felt like- to imagine that an illustration in the world of purpose could become something that has a story embracing mortality; from a subject so simple to a life that emanates complexities, bursts of nostalgia and self reasoning had pushed me to the edge of carrying out my longest known childhood disposition. Expressing things in the form of making trails with a pencil where words couldn’t travel, that is the concept I knew my heart wanted to pursue.

Seeded from the days where learning to read was my next milestone, it was the pictures that had me opening every book to learn what was inside in the first place. Coming to the last quarter of university studying computer science, I would come to blocks mentally and in the form of ambition to find ways I can better my portfolio in the scheme of projects that would better my resume in a blind pursuit. I would come to acquaintances and listen to strangers, to then come to ideas that I never felt personally were fully purposed enough to complete, nor succeeded in bringing myself to offering genuine value of products and intentions that could carry itself as a viable service.

I’ve already been living a climb toward failure toward self. The reason I had pursued a socially deemed stable path was heavily influenced by peers and stereotypes, only expressing negative connotations toward my longed disposition. During my blind trek toward what seemed to be a prepared path, I decided I couldn’t suppress my notion of purposefully living any longer, granted I was more content with the few individuals responding to my art than finding no gaps to fill truthfully in the realm of my current pursuit. I found me pushing myself to determine my own fate away from opinionated statement of “The Starving Artist.”

That’s really deep, thank you for opening up to us.  Can you talk to us a bit more about the struggles you’ve faced?
The all-time greatest struggle was heading into the endeavor full-time- Walking into this thing head-on with my entire soul, being raised with a preconditioned lifestyle that my life was to find success in a predetermined way; it’s like learning to walk and communicate again, but in a world where passion is the necessity next to food and water.

What should we know about Thy Human?
My business, Thy Human, more or so a name I gave to what I’d wish those who perceive my work would see; What does my company specialize in? It’s all in the illustrative integrity, the product and philosophy hand in hand in a form that’s tangible to vision. My business offers services in branding and murals in the line of lettering/script/calligraphy and illustration.

As a company that provides and executes what it does, I am most proud of what sets it apart from most- graphic designers, modern creatives, generic corporate services/companies, etc in a preservingly nostalgic way. In this decade I’m happy to be in a business that practices calligraphy and illustration of the days where branding was done by hand, letters written with flow that matched the intention of an expression with an organic flow of a pencil- rough from the texture of the canvas/paper, but harmonious nonetheless; this embracing in the concept of being raw is what makes this business set apart from others.

What is “success” or “successful” for you?
I view the concept of success as a landmark of contentment, and to reach contentment isn’t necessarily THE goal for me. Rather than solely seeking “success,” I seek reasoning and purpose, and to strive to transcribe every moment into some sort of comprehendible event that embraces my existence, through the cycle of acting intentionally and trying to understand the results and situation within itself. I believe a reason for self comes through reflection, and where there is no reflection, there is no prevailing reason.

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