We had the good fortune of connecting with Roshi and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Roshi, have you ever found yourself in a spot where you had to decide whether to give up or keep going? How did you make the choice?
Check in with yourself regularly. If you seek for truth in your life and honesty with yourself, then you will always find your way back to the reminder of who you are and what matters to you. Sometimes there’s tension with the path we think we should be on, often it comes from a comparison of someone else’s path, or the expectation of what you have already assumed something to be like ahead of time. If you take a little break to find some quite and peace to listen to yourself, you find it easier to see what your needs and desires are vs those adopted through contact with others on your journey. If you can take an honest look at yourself, there is never an ultimate failure- there are only questions to ask, new things to learn, and open possibilities for finding a more honest way of growing who you are. Any failed experiment is more valuable than one unexplored, just pay attention to the feedback as it comes so you dont linger unnecessarily.
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.
The work I create is the result of a playful dialogue between the singular and fixed perspective of the mundane self with the endless stream of consciousness that runs through everything. A refraction of the collective through myself like a prism in a window sill. The more I continue to create and understand myself and my work, the more engaging and enjoyable it become. To be honest and connect to this brings me peace, to be able to share that creation with others brings me joy. There have been plenty of challenges to overcome, as we all have in life, but art has always been a thread that leads me to discover new lessons and possibilities. Asking your own questions and finding your own answers is the most powerful journey you can embark upon in this life I think, and I’m driven to share that through the examples of my own work. We are all powerhouses capable of shaping a new world, so connect to yourself to see what is truly important and then build it into the ever evolving future!
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.
I’ve fallen in love with LA for the wealth of exploration to be had. During this year of quarantine, that has mostly revolved around hikes, urban exploring, skateparks, and meandering walks through neighborhoods I was curious about. The hidden gem of Japanese food to check out in Boyle Heights is Otomisan: family owned hole in the wall that feels like home cooking, especially when you can dine in. As for hikes and skate spots, Im not going to blow anything up. Start with the go-to’s like bridge to nowhere, escondido falls, el serino, etc, and dig deeper from their. If you do a little digging and follow pathways into the unknown you will always find good spots.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
Shoutouts to the inspiring forces from my youth that helped teach me how to dream without limitations and act through love: My big bro Khem, my cousin Ian, my mother Laura, and the emanations of artist Rick Griffin.
photos by Mike Castro (@mcvisuals) and Jaime Gurrero (@artchemists)