At Health-Ade, we are firm believers in letting our creativi-tea shine. We’re proud to surround ourselves with creative, ambitious, like-minded people.
Enter WRDSMTH, a writer turned artist, who uses a combination of words & street art to create inspiring yet unique works of art all across Los Angeles. As we moved into our new brewery space in Torrance, we summoned his artistic ability to create a custom piece just for us.
Read below to learn more about the man behind WRDSMTH and what inspires him to trust his mind, listen to his body and go with his gut.
1. Where are you from originally and how does that shape who you are today?
I grew up in the Midwest – Ohio and Illinois – and I think that’s instilled in me a good sense of family and friends and an ongoing goal to be genuine in anything and everything I do.
2. How did you first get started doing this form of street art? What was the first piece you created and where was it?
I am a writer – always have been – and I started doing street art on a whim because I needed/wanted an active hobby that got me away from the computer for stretches of time. I never imagined that the WRDs would resonate with so many and that the project would take off like it has. My first piece was “There’s nothing sadder in the world than a pawnshop in Hollywood,” which is just a creative way of saying “don’t give up on your dreams.” I placed it a few blocks from where I live on a utility box located across the street from a pawnshop.
3. How does LA influence you and your work?
Well, I started off by saying things that I wish people would have said to me when I first moved West -- inspirational and motivation things. However, I quickly realized it wasn’t just about doing time in LA/Hollywood, it was about doing time anywhere and everywhere. LA also influences my style and fuels my passion for what I do. I love peppering my WRDs all over the city on an ongoing basis.
4. What three words would you use to describe yourself?
Creative, passionate, and nimble.
5. What does a typical day look like for you?
Every day is different. I am an early riser. I get up at 6AM every day to write and sometimes earlier when I’m hitting the streets to get up some art. I love the still and the promise every morning offers. I create for a few hours and then usually break for some exercise and some lunch. Depending what I’m working on, I typically continue to create in the afternoon at the computer or in the studio and aim to call it quits in order to unwind/relax around happy hour. Evening are usually filled with food, friends, and fun.
6. Who are some of your favorite artists?
I am a fan of everyone from J.M.W. Turner and Banksy to Charlie Kaufman and Alan Sorkin to The National and The Beatles to Wes Anderson and Quentin Tarantino.
7. What’s next for you? Do you have any big plans that you’re able to share?
More art. The fact that my WRDs are resonating and being embraced by people far and wide simple motivates me to spread the positivity farther and wider.
8. What does Following Your Gut mean to you?
It means doing what you love and what makes you happy. “Do it for yourself and hope what you do resonates with others.”