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Good evening KC! Today we’re coming back with a SECOND interview, this time from Heffe! I asked Heffe a couple of questions to get the inside scoop on what it’s like to be an artist in the art district, what motivates him, and just a little about him! So keep reading to see the full interview!

What Inspires your creativity?

“People. Watching documentaries, listening to music, seeing people succeed in something they love. I admire people like Hunter S. Thompson, Joe Rogan and a handful of musicians. Whatever opens me up to a different perspective or even wording something I’m used to differently. Inspiration is just motivated excitement and what art comes after is the result of that excitement.”

What does your artwork represent?

“I’d like my artwork to just represent joy. I don’t think art always needs to have this deep prolific message. When you look at it does it make you feel good? Do you feel good energy from it? That’s the reason we all got into art isn’t it? We saw something that made our eyes widen as open as possible and our jaws drop saying woooahhhhh. We couldn’t describe the feeling but just felt euphoria. I want my art to make that happen to someone as much as possible. Not some boring “do you GET it?” moment or have to be explained by someone. You feel it, that’s it.”

How do you make it, in the art community?

“I think just being yourself and genuine. People can smell fake b/s and see right through it. But “making it”? I’m terms of rich and famous, not a clue. I enjoy my work and it makes me happy.”

What does art mean to you, and what does it mean for society?

“Art means the world to me. It’s a reminder of where I was at that point in my life and who I was. Not just things I’ve painted and articles I’ve written but other artists too. It’s like a time machine for me almost. As for society I think people don’t realize how much they need art. It’s a stress reliever, whether through physically drawing and painting or going to a museum or gallery. We’re so on edge with anxiety of day to day life or constant social media stimulation that we don’t get to just turn our brain off and put our phones down. We need to start experiencing real and raw things that you can on get from in person interaction. I’m from NY and I remember even riding the LIRR into the city looking and all the murals and graffiti would make me so happy and just put me in a better head space.”

How does being from KC affect your work in the Artist community?

“ KC has effected my art in a way that just feels more loose. I used to think my art had to fit into a certain genre. I moved here from NY 2 years ago and I love NY but it’s very big obviously so much going on it’s easy to get lost in and distracted. KC is also a large city but much easier to navigate and meet people and just be yourself. So I think that shows in my art I’m a way where I’m not in a box. I can jump from medium to medium and style to style.”

What is currently your favorite medium?

“ Favorite medium is hard because I never use one medium on a piece. So I’ll say spray paint/oil paint.”

Lastly, but never least, a little about yourself.

As I mentioned before I moved here from New York 2 years ago because I was drowning between a dead end job and cost of living sky rocketing. So I came to KC for a job as a federal government special document transport. Sure, it’s just a mailman but it has a lot more growth than where I was at and I’m much happier out here. I also write short articles and stories if I’m not painting a new piece and usually in the studio with any spare time I have. I played baseball and football growing up so I’m a big NFL/MLB fan as well. I’m huge stand up comedy fan which has influences in my thinking and developing ideas. Mainly I just try to stay as happy as possible for as long as possible and create some cool shit along the way. Cheers! Go Raiders.”

To check out more of Heffe’s artwork follow their Instagram @realheffeart & NEW SITE

As always thank you by making this possible, and giving kc more room to use their voices! Thank you again Heffe, and thank you KC!

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