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Respect the Artist Interview with RVNNU

Amanda Giordano

Photography credit @kristjanaru on instagram

Photography credit @kristjanaru on instagram

How did you get into art?
Well, truthfully I’ve always been a weird kid with a wild imagination. I was into photography at one point I had a professional camera, I went to photography school and I was determined that this will be my future but that faded fairly quickly I’d say. So I thought that I’ve always loved writing poems. Not in the sense that I wrote them in my free time but more like in the sense of when it was a literature assignment, then I enjoyed it because it came easily to me. So that just developed into writing random bars with my friends that at the start were god awful and were mostly focused on the funny aspect of it. Like how to roast a friend in a clever way or something like that.  But it wasn't until 2017 January where I first got really into it and actually made a song which was back then still just a fantasy or a thought in my head that “maybe one day”. So I took the Drake 0-100 beat and wrote the worst song imaginable but my friend like the flow and were actually quite impressed. So I’ve been taking it seriously ever since.

What did you do to advance your skills/knowledge?
I’ve never been big on self-improvement and self-betterment but this just spoke to me in a different way. I feel like I am actually doing something with my life when I’m writing or recording. So, of course, I took to youtube to get my knowledge up. I was and still am watching tutorials and I can't get enough. You can never learn too much so ill just keep at it. I also have analyzed songs from multiple genres of what makes them the hits that they are or once were. Which has improved my songwriting ability and the improvement that I'm talking about can be seen on my future projects which in my opinion are incredible. But in conclusion, there is always a lot to learn from the new people that you come across in your life. The road might change but my goal always stays the same so I'm just constantly learning new things.

How did you get your Artist name?
This was a catastrophe. I really envy the artists whose name came easily to them. I was scrambling around headlessly because I had no idea what use as my stage name. I forced all of my friends to come up with something which in the end was a useless effort because I’ve always been called Rannu, my whole life, so I just all caps it and changed the letter A and turned it upside down to a V basically. But you still pronounce it the same as Rannu or as you would pronounce “Brand new”

Photography credit @kristjanaru on instagram

Photography credit @kristjanaru on instagram


What is your goal when you make music?
My goal with my music is something that can be turned on during a party and turn-up.For people to like what I create. It’s melodic yet catchy and fire.But my overall goal with my music, right now, is to be heard. To have a voice in the industry. It's not easy and its not supposed to be easy. If it was easy then everybody would be doing it. Like with every achievement you're trying to reach, you have to put the time in and thats a fact, no cap. No shortcuts or anything.Might not seem like much but the saying grab a bull by its horns is true.That way you have more control, so you take that control and ride that bitch until you fall but i ain't going to fall. If your time isn’t now then when? what are you waiting for, ain't nobody coming to pick you up if you don’t put up that effort of standing up yourself.


What's your go to song right now?

It really depends on the whole mood. If I’m turning up then Comenthazine - Nonsense or anything by 6ix9ine tbh. If I’m just vibing then Roddy Ricch - Project Dreams/Every Season. Really fucking with Roddy Ricch lately.

What is your dream as an artist?

During this summer I had my first chance to see Post Malone live and it was amazing. After his set i made a promise with my friends thatIi won’t stop with music until I can shake his hand and tell him Nice to meet you, I’m RVNNU. So basically the dream would be to do a song with him, something upbeat and hard.

What is some advice you would give to someone with a dream to become an artist?

Once you start it don’t turn back. Don't lack and stay consistent. Once you get those big caps as an up and coming artist people start to forget about you because sadly in todays day and age peoples attention span is frustratingly short. You might get away with those gaps as a big artist because you already have a huge reliable fanbase but when you don't then don’t let your goal out of your sight, not even for a second.

Where can people find you? (social media, website, etc) 

You can find me on multiple different social media platforms like

Instagram: @RVNNU

SOUNDCLOUD: @RVNNU

FACEBOOK: @RVNNU

TWITTER: @r4nnu 

Photography credit @kristjanaru on instagram

Photography credit @kristjanaru on instagram

Respect the artist with David Ortiz Interview

Amanda Giordano

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How did you get into art?

Well I’ve always had a love for art and design before ever pursuing it as a profession. It wasn’t until college that I realized that this doesn’t have to be a hobby. 

I majored in graphic design and was later introduced to clothing design by a good friend and mentor; Since then, I haven’t looked back.    


What did you do to advance your skills/knowledge?

I made a choice to completely immerse myself in anything that had to do with art & design (following the latest news and stories, visiting galleries / exhibitions studying the techniques and advise of those before me). This helped me think differently and see things from a new perspective which can be represented in my work. 

What’s your prefer use of medium? (paint, Ink, digital)

As a Clothing designer I work predominantly with fabrics and sewing. my process usually starts with making a sketch and garment pattern, then I move into the cut & sew process to finally end up with a tangible product.

As a Graphic designer, I tend to have no preference. Lately I’ve been experimenting with mixed media and textures as my goal with most of my personal work is to have the consumer personify the product. 

Do you have an Artist name? How did you get your Artist name?

At the moment I don’t. However I am open to using one if it feels right. But, for now, I go by my given name. 


Who inspires you?

There are so many amazing artists / designers out there that I love and their work is fundamental in the way I construct my own. Although its too long to name individually, I can best put it that I’m heavily inspired by my own contemporaries. I love to see their work and think to myself "how can I build upon this and present this in my own way”. 

What is your goal when you make art?

I make art to hopefully push the needle forward and inspire the next artist / designer.  

What's your go to song right now?

Reborn by KIDS SEE GHOSTS  

The song puts me in a good creative place and is written by two of my favorite artists.  


What is your dream as an artist?

It would be a dream to be the inspiration of the next generation and be able to support my family and do what I love in the process. 


What is some advice you would give to someone with a dream to become an artist?

The only thing that limits us is “us”. Continue to create and have faith in your work despite the noise. If there is passion for it then accept and embrace it. 

Love who you are and love what you do the rest will fall in place.  

Where can people find you? (social media, website, etc)

Instagram : @or_tiz

Web : Daviddesigns.myportfolio.com


Respect the Artist with Adan Palermo Interview

Amanda Giordano

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How did you get into art?

I started drawing at a early age but my father actually encouraged me. I was about 5 and he had observed me drawing and pretty much said to me that he believed I could do it. I would free draw but I would trace too and it was one moment where apparently that really worked, I stopped tracing and really giving into this talent he believed I had potential for. 

My eldest brother was the original artist of the family, he inspired through my adolescence. 
My mother was a constant encouragement. She ordered a home test for me years ago for this art school she saw on TV. I completed the test and passed but we couldn't afford it but that was still a memorable moment to me. 

What did you do to advance your skills/knowledge?

In high school I joined a art organization that focused on empowerment through making art be a tool for social change. We made murals that were on a chosen social justice issue and from there we'd all come together as youth artist along with our teaching artist(s) to discuss the topic through workshops, we'd take our research and create visual interpretations of the information we gathered and then create our design as a team. It was all that team work that helped me get an eye to different peoples styles, my age and older. Creating the murals became the experimental lab where we'd learn to paint, learn techniques and better your skills and you always had something to learn.

It was a whole lot of skill sharing between artist, learning and practicing techniques. There were insightful lessons on color, perspective, scale, it goes on. From there id take my notes and practice, PRACTICE is the key to developing skills and training your artistic muscle and artist eye. The workshops would be interesting because sometimes I knew what the teaching artist was describing because I had done it on my own but didnt know the name of the technique or why I chose that color. I built some art literacy through these workshops and it just helped me repeat what I had done in the past but better or just learn to verbalize the process of creating.

What’s your prefer use of medium? (paint, Ink, digital)

I prefer to use fine tip black ink markers for sketching.

Acrylics on canvas, birch wood, cardboard and for mural painting.

Dabbling with spray paints, its fun to switch from brush and cans because the handling is different but I use it also for murals.

On extra free time, chalk drawings are something I love to experiment.

The only carving I do is when Pumpkin ( even watermelon ) carving. I thank my friends at Maniac Pumpkin Carvers for that.

Do you have an Artist name? How did you get your Artist name?

The artist name I adopted is simply Sketch. I liked it because how short it is and I could practice creating a tag for it back when I had a black book in '09.

However it also fit because I draw on anything, so it was a constant verb so I became Sketch.

Who inspires you?

Children, they have this authentic vision of what art is and to me that's the creativity we all hope to preserve as evolving artist, the creative child that is having fun making art.

Ive seen a lot of people become that as adults but over the years I've seen the creativity spur out of my siblings who just wanted to make something. Shout out to them and children like Erik, Anthony and Ivana who've made coloring in books exciting again..

..& myself, I inspire me.

What is your goal when you make art?

Improving my technique and learning new mediums.

What's your go to song right now?

Cancion del elegido - Silvio Rodriguez

What is your dream as a artist?

My dream as a artist is to be multidisciplinary in the creative field and to also use repurposed materials for art making. I want to make other artist think carefully about the use of mediums or materials that contain chemicals or trash otherwise reusable items.

Also to travel and make murals in different parts around the world.

What is some advice you would give to someone with a dream to become an artist?

Go ahead and do it, art is more than a job and a passion. Its a calling for a craft that lets you create and gives abundant happiness to you or those around you.


Where can people find you? (social media, website, etc)

Instagram : Sketch_93

Respect the Artist Interview with Tom DeSantis

Amanda Giordano

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How did you get into art?

When I was a kid, I thought my dad was the best artist ever, so it made me start drawing.

I realized later that he wasn’t that good, haha, but I still stuck with it and I know he liked that I did. When I lost my dad, it put me into overdrive to make this art thing happen for myself.


What did you do to advance your skills/knowledge?

I took a few art classes here and there when I was growing up and going through school and college. Most of the stuff I know, though, is just from practicing constantly or Youtube.

On the digital side, my photo editing and graphic design skills all come from watching youtube videos. You can learn ANYTHING on Youtube if you want it bad enough.


What’s your prefer use of medium? (paint, Ink, digital)

Pencils, inks, and markers when I am drawing by hand.

When I am doing digital work, I like my laptop hooked up to my Wacom Cintiq Pro. It lets me draw right onto the screen. When I’m doing digital on the go, I use my laptop or my iPad Pro.

Do you have an Artist name? How did you get your Artist name?

Everyone pretty much just knows me as Tom, but I sign and @ myself @tomde (tom-dee). Its just a little shorter. I think its easier to remember. I always liked graffiti artist’s with short, cool names.


Who inspires you?

Who? I guess if I had to pick out some PEOPLE who have inspired me, I’d go with my dad, mom, brother, and anyone who is willing to give me an honest answer when I ask them what they think about something. My girlfriend, Lauren, is good like that too.

If you can tell me I totally suck, you inspire me to be better. It’s something I think everyone needs around them. People who tell you they like everything are usually just trying to be nice or get you to like them.

Artist I like include people like Takashi Murakami, Ron English, KAWS, OBEY, Jerkface, and people like that. I don’t know all of their names, but there are like 1000 artists that I love and draw inspiration from.

When it comes to WHAT inspires me, I would go with anime, movies, books, life, photography, Instagram, reddit, and a million other things.

What is your goal when you make art?

To make something that I like, because I feel like if I want it, other people will want it.

That’s the way I try to give gifts to people too. I buy things I want - things that I’m sad letting go of.


What's your go to song right now?
I like go back and forth between chill electronic study playlists and hip hop.

What is your dream as a artist?
To leave a mark. For people I respect to know about me and what I do and fuck with me.

What is some advice you would give to someone with a dream to become an artist?
Do it all the time. Don’t be like,,,, “oh yeah, im getting back into art.” Just be in it all the time. Stop being fuckin lazy. 
Doodle when you’re at work bored. Try to get something done every day. Its a big grind. Its not easy. It’s not supposed to be easy. But you’ll feel fucking amazing when its done and people are loving it (and buying it).

Where can people find you? (social media, website, etc)
My main presence right now is @tomde on Instagram, but I have tomdestudio.com coming along now, too.
Been posting there more and more. Trying to get myself into blogging. I do SEO full time for an agency, so I know how important it is to be consistent.