Hi Dan, where are you from and how old are you?
Hello internet! I was born and raised in Southern California but currently living in Saigon, Vietnam. I am 420 years old.
Why do you choose Vietnam?
When I was 9, I came and visited w my parents. At that time, I felt the rawness and power of Saigon. I knew one day, I would come back to experience the culture in full form, on my own, as an adult. I have traveled and lived in many places around the world so naturally VN would be a destination. I came here just to visit, but after three months I fell in love w the culture and lifestyle so decided to stay and challenge myself and learn about my roots.
What do you do?
The simple, short answer: I’m a creative. The bullet point answer is: I draw, paint murals, have exhibits, design posters, design clothing, compose music, DJ, perform live, write scripts, art direct for an ad agency, creative consultant for brands and events, co-run a record label and a club in California, edit videos, rap, uh..sleep a lot, travel loads and am always on the search for new food and coffee.
What’s inspire you to be an artist?
I have been drawing since I was a kid. I don’t know where it came from, no one in my family is an artist. I always saw things differently as a child. I am always inspired by the basic things in life – emotions, environment, people, the senses and experiences.
When I started growing up, I realized that I would need to stabilize my financial situation, so I started focusing on creative careers, trying out different things and earning money through a variety of art and music related outlets.
Street art is gaining in Vietnam. How do you see yourself shaping in this scene?
Street art and graffiti is definitely gaining in VN. When I was here 8 years ago, I couldn’t find any.
I’m not sure if I’m shaping the scene, but I think every one who participates is def helping. Its growing very fast. The graffiti scene is stronger than the street art scene but Liar Ben has been pushing street art here for years and I really dig his style. I’ve had many, many different styles of graffiti and street art. Currently my style is more portrait based and that has been
resonating very well w the locals, also receiving a lot of positive attention from international media and press.
Tell us about your Music and DJ passionate?
Music and DJing is an extension of my creative expression, my inner voice. I feel inspired by life, nature, things around me and inside me. I need an outlet to express my ideas, emotions and thoughts. Sometimes that means painting, making clothes or writing music and DJing a fresh as party.
You had been “Rainbow Family” gathering in Panama. Tell us about that experience.
It was around 2003. I was backpacking through Central America. I ended up in the mountains of Panama and met some people. We followed a hand drawn map deep into a forest. There, about 200 people gathered and set up a camp for about 2 months. Nobody really knew each other but we all gathered together for meals and music. There was no electricity. We followed the Sun and Moon schedules. There was a fresh waterfall we would drink from. There was a river we would use to bath in. Yucca trees all around so we would make fires and french fries. I road a horse for the first time. I learned to swim by jumping off a cliff into raging waters. I befriended the ethnic tribes there and learned to make ink from nature. It was a life changing experience. I left though because I stated feeling more and more animalistic and primitive, in-tune w nature and becoming more savage lol.
Any tips to young artists venturing into world of art?
Don’t let fear hold you back. Dream big dreams then set some goals, go out there and hustle. Step by step. Have patience but don’t just sit around expecting things to happen. Love yourself, respect others and don’t hate. Work w others, learn from others. Help those less fortunate for you. It’s not always about money. Always try to do something new, push yourself out of your normal habits. Listen to your intuition, have fun and be grateful for all you have.
What’s you vision?
I wear glasses. Haha just kidding. My vision…hmmm very good question. I basically try to do my best and become a better man than I was yesterday. I try to inspire others and motivate them to go for their dreams, to follow their passion and use their full potential. The world needs more people following their dreams and
In three words, how do you feel right now?
Grateful. Satisfied. Hungry.
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