PRATTMWP COLLEGE OF ART AND DESIGN
My bio is different from my classmates in the sense that I’m ten years older than most of them. When I graduated high school in ‘08, I got into CCA to study graphic design. Due to unforeseen circumstances, I had to drop out before I even started. I went to a community college and ended up with an internship that eventually became a job as a photographer with a branding/design startup firm in the Bay Area. That job gave me the opportunity to travel all around the US and Japan for about 6 years. It was in Japan where I really was exposed to different types of radical and modern design concepts. I realized that as much as I loved documenting things other people created, I wanted to design things myself. Initially I wanted to major in industrial design before realizing I could combine my love of design/type/art into one if I pursued art direction. I’ve loved fashion ever since I was a kid, so that’s my interest going forward.
WHERE WERE YOU BORN AND WHERE DID YOU GROW UP?
Chihuahua, Mexico / Mountain View CA
MORNING PERSON OR NIGHT OWL?
Both, depending on how much work I have to get done
FAVORITE SOCIAL PLATFORM?
FAVORITE TV BINGE WATCH?
RuPaul’s Drag Race
Less by Andrew Sean Greer
Kill Bill Volume I
FAVORITE FINE ARTIST?
John Singer Sargent
The Trevor Project
FAVORITE FREE TIME ACTIVITY?
Going to the beach
FAVORITE DESIGNER WORKING TODAY?
Virgil Abloh, Alexander Wang
AREA OF SPECIALTY?
IF YOU WERE NOT A DESIGNER, WHAT WOULD YOU DO?
Photographer or stylist
THE BEST THING ABOUT DESIGN SCHOOL?
Having the freedom to try my hand at multiple mediums while studying a foundation of traditional fine arts which have had a profound impact on the way I develop my style in a way that I can then channel into anything I’m doing.
A MANTRA OR SAYING YOU LIVE BY?
“If you can’t love yourself, how the hell are you going to love anyone else” – RuPaul