Interview with Cabin 7 Originals
Filled with mysteries and worlds unknown!
The Collective is excited to join up with the artist behind Cabin 7 Originals for our next collaboration. This artist is currently based in Las Vegas, USA; a city known as the gambling and entertainment capital of the world. Offering a variety of products with fun graphic designs like apparel, canvas prints, phone cases and even some items for the home. These tie-dyed designs are mostly cannabis culture themed, depicting scenes the enthusiast can relate to.
Find out more about this artist in this brief interview:
• What is Cabin 7 Originals and how did it (or you) first get started?
Cabin 7 Originals is an identity I created for my art back in middle school. I’ve been drawing and writing stories my whole life, but middle school is when I really started using my art to escape reality. I began writing a story about a haunted summer camp cabin, titled The Curse of Cabin 7. I spent years writing and illustrating this story, creating the characters, developing the plot, and overall immersing myself into a world where I had total power to create and destroy as I pleased. This story has changed over my high school and college years, with my characters taking on personality traits of myself and my friends, and their troubles reflecting my own. The story, now an untitled novel I have yet to fully write, is still the main inspiration behind all my artwork. Cabin 7 was the first creative representation of my inability to tolerate reality as it is, so it only makes sense that it’s my artistic brand identity.
• Besides being an artist, tell us more about your professional background.
Aside from working at restaurants and bars in college, I don’t have any other professional background. I’ve been making custom drawings for money since middle school, so it’s always been my side hustle, but I knew it’s the only thing I wanted to do for a living. In college, I pursued an interdisciplinary degree in art and business and was fully self-employed by senior year. I’m still doing the same thing I was then but on a larger scale.
• Tell us what the inspiration is behind your custom artwork and why this style is appealing to you?
Custom artwork has just always been my thing. People would tell me, ‘you can’t make a living being an artist,’ I always thought it was rubbish. It has always been my understanding that if you have a unique skill, all you have to do is understand how to properly market that skill and you can do it for a living. So the prospect of a career is the inspiration, I guess. My personal pieces, though, are a different story, as mentioned above. That’s about escapism and idealism.
I have no idea why I draw in the style I do. I can draw in other styles, but this one is the one I’m the best at. I’ve always liked the aesthetic of bright colors with black outlines, and cartooning fits the bill.
• Explain a bit about your artistic process and about the technical aspects of this type of work.
When I was younger, I never had super fancy art supplies, but I always had pencils, printer paper, sharpie markers, and colored pencils. I would draw a sketch in pencil, outline it in fine-tipped black Sharpie, erase the pencil, and color in the lines like a coloring book. This is how I draw now, but everything is digital. I use an iPad and stylus to create my pieces. The biggest technical skill aside from actually drawing is understanding the program I’m drawing in. I’ve been using Adobe Illustrator for years, and understanding its capabilities allows for more efficiency and creativity in my work.
• How do you juggle being an artist and entrepreneur; do you have any strategies or tools you can share?
There’s no big secret to juggling this amount of work; it’s just good ole time management and self-discipline. Someone once told me that entrepreneurs are the only people who will work 100 hours a week to avoid working 40, and nothing has been truer. I spend nearly every moment of my life on Cabin 7 Originals, to my craft and my audience. It may sound crazy to some people but it’s easy to do when it’s my favorite thing in the world. My mom always said, “if you’re doing what you love, you will never work a day in your life”.
I think the biggest mistake artists make when pursuing a job as an artist is committing to the parts that have nothing to do with art. This is why I went to business school. When it comes to having a career in art, it doesn’t matter if you’re the greatest artist in the world if nobody sees your work, or if the right people don’t see it. Your art is your product, and you cannot reasonably expect sales on any product without proper branding, marketing, and advertising. That part is just as important (if not more important) than the art itself. You don’t even have to go to business school; there are SO many inexpensive or free resources on the internet that can show you the way. You just have to commit to the educational aspect of it all.
• What aspects of the cannabis culture do you relate to and do you consider yourself an advocate?
Cannabis culture is full of ideas I want to promote; peace, love, community, creativity, and equality are among these concepts. I like that the cannabis community promotes education to tear down negative stigma created by the fearful and ignorant people of the past. I enjoy doing my part to help destigmatize the cannabis plant and all its wonderful uses.
Speaking as someone whose life became ten times better after becoming an active marijuana user, I would call myself a huge advocate. In addition to myself, I know so many people whose lives have been positively transformed by their marijuana use. This makes me wonder just how many more potential lives it could be changed for the better if only legalization and de-stigmatization happened worldwide.
• Because your work is ‘drug-related’ do you experience any discrimination or hurdles due to censorship etc? If so, how do you handle it?
The biggest issue I’ve ever had with being a cannabis-themed artist was getting out of my own way. I was making weed art for years before I ever shared it with the world, mostly because I was young and afraid of what my family would say. Their opinions on the matter were pretty old-fashioned when I was growing up. Then, I went through something really difficult and came out the other side unafraid. Others’ opinions seemed such a ridiculous thing to be afraid of when making that type of art was my true passion and I knew it would make me happy.
My experiences with the cannabis community have been overwhelmingly positive. Of course, having as many followers as I do, there are always a few haters every now and again, but I mostly receive love and support. Other women are especially supportive of me and I am so grateful for it.
• If you could consume cannabis with anyone in the world, who would it be and why?
It would be my mom. I dream about the day I convince my mom to smoke weed, even though I know it will never happen. I just feel like there’s so much more we’d understand about each other if we got high together even once. It would be extra perfect if my siblings and my mom all got high together. I’m the black sheep and sole stoner of the family, so for them to visit my world like that would be the best smoke sesh of my life. There would be so much laughter.
• Do you have any professional goals as an artist? Are there any artists you hope to work with in the future?
My primary professional goal as an artist is just to never stop. I want to make this my only job for the rest of my life. I want to do my duty as an artist and highlight important issues in a way that makes people feel something. I can think of no better way to live.
There are not any artists, in particular, I hope to work with, but I definitely want to work with other artists! I would love to hire artists to work at a Cabin 7 Originals brick-and-mortar store if I ever have one. I also want to create some kind of scholarship fund for kids who want to go to art school or take classes but have financial difficulties. When I think of the future of this brand, the main people I imagine working alongside are other artists. That just makes the most sense to me.
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