We had the good fortune of connecting with Brandon Lima and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Brandon, why did you decide to pursue a creative path?
I chose to pursue a creative career for many reasons. I’d say the primary reason is just the diversity of it. I’m not stuck just doing one thing or providing one service. I’m completely limitless in what I can make and do. I can go from painting a canvas, to making a custom shoe, or picking up my power tools and make a mirror, and even teaming up with other local business’s. There’s really no limit to the opportunities!
Please tell us more about your work. We’d love to hear what sets you apart from others, what you are most proud of or excited about. How did you get to where you are today professionally. Was it easy? If not, how did you overcome the challenges? What are the lessons you’ve learned along the way. What do you want the world to know about you or your brand and story?
I like to use a mix of bold and bright colors together. I think it stems from my cultural background (Guatemalan). That’s right down my alley. The characters I create are all just derived from the things I like and mashing up everything together to figure out my next piece. It took a lot of trial and error, and I know that used a lot , but it’s honestly true. There was lots of times that pieces didn’t come out how I wanted them to and it takes alot of clearing the pallet until I get it right. With that said, lots of practice! At the end of the day this is a hustle and a grind, and also one of the hardest career paths to really prosper from. So constantly creating only helps exercise that muscle. Don’t get me wrong though realizing you need time to clear your creative board is also something you learn along this journey. Take care of the little hamster spinning your wheel, you’re gonna need him.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Geeez that’s a good one! There’s lots of great places in the area. We’d probably start off hitting some of the bars like Gracie’s tax bar or the film bar. Or even go to Pemberton PHX (especially if Saint Pasta is there). And if it’s the first week of the month, First Friday on Rosevelt Row is a must for someone that hasn’t experienced and the phx art scene.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
I’d say every person that’ I’ve ever come in contact with deserves some recognition. My dad especially, from taking me on side jobs to teaching me how to work with tools. My mom for teaching me how to find solutions in almost any situation. My partner for helping me get a flow of organization (needed this one). My brother for always being there and lending me an extra set of hands. My boy Isaac over at Rollerz smoke shop for the countless opportunities to sharpen my mural skills (he’s had 3 shop locations and I’ve hit every one). All of my friends from high school that still support me and the people that have complimented my art at pop ups. My dawg Geno over at Mugshot for capturing my murals to look back at and reminisce on. The homie Blind cause since day one he’s been pushing me and challenging me to go harder at my craft. And, definitely the couple of people that have created a small art collection of my pieces. The list goes on and on. Aside from doing this for myself I do this for y’all cause the love is real. I literally enjoy this 100% and y’all just complement the feeling.