We had the good fortune of connecting with Ciera Vida and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Ciera, what led you to pursuing a creative path professionally?
For as long as I can remember I have always wanted to be an artist. When I was young, I would be at school and my friends would come to me and ask if I could trace them a coloring page on a new paper for them to use. Recently I have been drawing and creating stickers. I’ve been commissioned to draw tattoo designs but a hand-full of people while countless of others have seen my work and asked me if I have ever thought about tattooing or becoming a tattoo artist but I’ve always been hesitant and said no. The thought of creating something permanent on someone else is sort of nerve-wracking. But I came to the conclusion that that is what I wanted to do. It feels good to know what you want to do with your life. I have been working on tattoo designs for a portfolio.

Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
Everything is always changing and growing. In the past couple years I have slowly been creating a business for my art. I used to draw doodles and post them on social media and my friends suggested that I should turn them into stickers. I started selling stickers and also tattoo designs. I’ve painted Hydroflasks and even a photo backdrop for my brother‘s wedding. I’ve learned that you have to put in the work to get you where you want to be. I never knew exactly what career I wanted; I just knew it was going to be something in the art field. When people see my art they always ask if I’ve ever thought about being a tattoo artist. I was always hesitant about it and never saw myself as creating something permanent on someone else’s body. Eventually — after a couple of years and a few tattoo designs, I came around to the idea. I plan on finding a tattoo apprenticeship in the near future and working towards that goal.

Any great local spots you’d like to shoutout?
There are a ton of great place to see such as, La jolla to hang out with the seals, go to local beaches and see the view from Mt. Soledad. (if you’re feeling adventurous, go find the secret swings). For food and drink, I love going to Better Buzz, The Forum Coffee House, Dirty Birds, and Nishiki Ramen.

The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
I would like to shout out my support system. My family and friends have always encouraged me to continue creating. They have pushed me to do my best with my artistic abilities.

Instagram: instagram.com/cieravidaart
Youtube: youtube.con/cieravida
Other: personal insta: instagram.com/ciera.vida

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