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Introducing Wrdsmth, Writer in LA

Today we’d like to introduce you to Wrdsmth.

Wrdsmth, let’s start with your story. We’d love to hear how you got started and how the journey has been so far.
I am a writer — first and foremost. I always have been. Even as a kid, as I went from wanting to be an astronaut to a fireman to a teacher to Batman, I was writing about all those dreams and aspirations. And that’s what I learned over time — I just love to write. After school, I started a career in advertising. I was in Chicago and I thought that type of writing would satisfy. While I was really good at it and made a lot of money doing it, ultimately I realized I was not happy and was unfulfilled. That led me to Los Angeles. Yes, I am that cliche – I quit my job and told family and friends I was moving to LA to be a writer. Everyone thought I was crazy, but LA was good to me and even while I was struggling, I was so much happier — and that’s all that mattered to me. I wrote screenplays, short films, worked in documentary TV and wrote my first novel. I am a published author and I am very proud of that fact. If I wasn’t WRDSMTHing, I would definitely be writing my second or third book by now. But, I am WRDSMTHing and that’s what you’re asking about — how did that happen?

In 2013, I had a really good year creatively. However, that means I was spending a lot of time in front of the computer — too much time, actually. One day, I realized I needed an active hobby, but I knew it needed to be something that involved writing or I wouldn’t be content with it. It was a conundrum until I thought, “maybe I’ll do street art.” I have always loved and have long been inspired by street art, BUT I did not think I could do it. I thought superheroes did it. These pieces appear overnight on walls and rooftops and it always fascinated me. Needing an active hobby, though, I decided to do some word-based street art. The moment I started pondering that, I saw the image of the typewriter. At first, I thought I’d do stickers with an image of a typewriter with the words floating above. However, when I realized the typewriter could be spray painted with a stencil and that page could be wheatpasted, I got so excited about the idea that I had to Google if anyone had done it before. When I discovered no one had, I got over all my fear and thoughts of not being about to do street art and I just had to make the idea a reality. I dove into the pool and never looked back.

The act of doing street art was everything I was looking for. I felt energized and reinvigorated. And, I was having a lot of fun. After a few months, I started noticing that the WRDs were resonating with people and my following was starting to grow. The rest, as they say, is history…

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 relatively smooth. I think doing it for myself and having so much fun with it helps fuel my creativity. The fact that what I am doing is resonating with so many people all over the world just adds more jet fuel to that creative fire.

Bottom line, I’m having a lot of fun doing this and any time you can make a living doing something you love, even the struggles are embraced.

Alright – so let’s talk business. Tell us about WRDSMTH – what should we know?
I am the LA-based street artist known as WRDSMTH. I aspire to inspire others on a daily basis with colorful and well-chosen words crafted into indelible thoughts and sentences that I tattoo onto walls all around the world.

Bottom line, I am proud of my work. I set out to spread positive and romantic messages from day one and while that action has spread far beyond Los Angeles, the vision has remained the same.

Is there a characteristic or quality that you feel is essential to success?
Fearlessness. I think any street artist has to have a lot of passion and gumption. The desire to spread a message and want to affect others has to be pretty substantial for any street artist to dance that line of legality and take the chances that he/she does on a daily/nightly basis.

Contact Info:

  • Website: WRDSMTH.com
  • Email: WRDSMTHinLA@gmail.com
  • Instagram: @WRDSMTH & @WRDSMTHgallery
  • Twitter: @WRDSMTH


Image Credit:
‘love letters’ was shot by Tyler Hagen
‘goddess’: Steffi Victorioso
‘nightfall: Greg Chmiel
‘happy hour: D7606
‘blue elephants: Steffi Victorioso
‘dream bigger’: Greg Chmiel
‘flashbacks’: WRDSMTH
‘calling’: WRDSMTH

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