We had the good fortune of connecting with Navi Artseini and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Navi, why did you decide to pursue a creative path?
I pursued an artistic/creative career because there are almost no limits to what I can create and do with my business. On one hand I’m designing clothes of all kinds from graphic t-shirts, hoodies with embroidered logos, different kinds of hats, etc. I’m not limited to just making clothes though, I can also go off and make huge paintings on canvas, sell original drawings, or sell prints of my artwork. I’m pretty sure there are plenty of other things I can do with my creativity and It’s great because my career allows me to do that. Heck I can even design lamp shades if I wanted too! The possibilities are endless. Skating is also a huge part of my life, and soon enough I’ll be making skate videos with my friends wearing my clothes. It’s all about having fun for me having a job dedicated to art can’t be stressful in a bad way.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I have this obsession with rabbits, flowers, skeletons and drawing things from art history in my own version. Usually I read about art history to get inspired from others, or I just start sketching a lot and pick ideas out. My work is made of many mediums such as ink, color pencil, oil pastel, acrylic, crayon and basically anything I can get my hands on. From there I scan the drawings and I get to decide what I want do with it like put it on clothing for my company ARTSEINI, paint it on a big canvas, or make a sculpture from it. To get to where I am today it took a lot of repetition, trial in error, and patience. I had to figure out what people liked the most when buying my clothes/art. I do all the designs myself so it can be hard coming up with ideas to put on clothing or it’s hard to pick out from the millions of ideas that I have. Over the years I’ve also been practicing how to draw better and develop my own style. I also attended Fullerton Junior College where the art department has one of the greatest professors and they all taught me something to improve my designs and just how draw effortlessly and have fun. I always made art all my life but learning the technicality and history of it really improved my designs, and gave me more inspiration over the years from when I started in 2016. Just this year I feel like everything is finally coming together for my brand. I feel like I had to stop being so tedious about designs, use new mediums, experiment more, take bigger risk! Like I tell everyone I like art and clothes, so I just put them together.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
Covid has a lot of people limited on where to go, but I like to keep it simple always. I would take my friends to Hillcrest Park located in Downtown Fullerton all the way to the top where it has the best view. We would buy a big piece of unstretched canvas and sit in the park all day paint, have a picnic, and drink wine. After we would probably go to cool spots to skate in closed areas like the underground parking structure of Fullerton College. If covid wasn’t a thing though I would take my friends to as my favorite art museums like The Getty Villa and LACMA. Then have a like a concert at friends house or something with friends and jam our brains out It’s the simple things I love the most.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I would like to give a shout out to Peak Park. Peak is a skatepark located in Buena Park, it’s the place where it all started for me. I started going there a lot when I was 16, and I didn’t talk much to people until I saw someone that I had mutual friends with. I went up to him and he said his name was Watson. We started talking about skating, art and how I always wanted to design clothes. Watson basically told me to just do it and to not be afraid about judgment or about money. After that talk he taught me this trick called a “boneless”. I drew the trick and I slapped it on a shirt. From there I started designing clothes in highschool and selling them to my classmates during lunch, in class, or I would just deliver the shirts to people’s houses. Peak always showed me love, there would be days where I would go to the park and I would see like 5 or 6 kids/friends wearing my shirts. Everyone supported me 100% and it just made it easier to get where I am today. Also shoutout to my printer Tyler Rosendo Veloz who prints my stuff at Letters MFG. A special thank you to my friends Christopher Cortez, Broc Jensen, and Jax Alvarez for taking these pictures for the article. Finally thank you to all of my teachers who have taught me everything they could about art.
Christopher Cortez, Broc Jensen, and Jax Alvarez