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YaniPaints Respect the Artist Interview

Amanda Giordano


How did you get into art?

I have been an artistic individual individual since childhood. My grandmother was always yelling about the mess I made in the house with my art supplies. Thankfully, she never stopped me from expressing myself creatively. When corporate American started driving me crazy in 2016, I turned to my first love, painting.

However, I am still a graphic designing art director by day while being a Fine art painter by night and on weekends.

Graphic design was the happy medium for my family between "my starving artist passion" and what they thought was a respectable profession.

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

My artist name is YaniPaints. Honestly, it just made sense. I shortened my name and added what I do to the end of it. YaniPaints. It grew in popularity the minute I changed my instagram handle. I have to thank an old associate for that suggestion.

What did you do to advance your skills/knowledge?
Outside of being buried in YouTube videos, reading books and constantly practicing techniques, I reach out to the other artists I admire and ask them to teach me their ways.


Who inspires you?

People that inspire me in my daily life are my family and friends. They keep my sane and grounded. 

What is your goal when you make art?

When I first started, it was to release the feelings and creative energy I had cooped up after a long day at work. Now, I create art to see how I can push the boundaries and make even better pieces than I did the day before.

What's your go to song right now?
The running joke with my friends, is that every song is my song, so here are a few:
Famalaay by Skinny Fabulous, Machel Montano and Bunji Garlin

Haad Work by Adeeno Produced by Nick Rebel

You & I by Fresco Don


What is your dream as an artist?

My dream as an artist is to continue to traveling the world and sharing my art.

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

It is 2019, being a professional artist does not mean you need to starve. Jump on google, research how other artists have been making a buck, and figure out how you can make yours while following your passion.

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

Instagram/Twitter/Facebook: @YaniPaints 


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Watch Trinity Noriega's new short film "Sweet Toof" here!

Amanda Giordano

Why did you make this short film?

I made this film because I wanted to do something fun and quirky with an adult edge on it. I’m hugely inspired by shows like The Marvelous Adventures of Flapjack and South Park.

What inspired the title 'Sweet Toof'?

The title “Sweet Toof” came after many titles... at first we had Sugar Rush, Sweet Toof, Sugary Thievery. I chose Sweet Toof because the name was unique and really stuck with me as something memorable. The f in tooth just adds a really cute twist on the film since they’re a cat and a little girl.

Who helped make this short film what it is? Writers, Producers, Muses, Support System, Etc

A majority of the film I did myself. From set design to character modeling to lighting. My boyfriend Jordan Garay (t.h.0.t.p.0.c.k.e.t.) helped me with writing key funny moments. I had a friend Andres Rodriguez (@sanandres340) help me out with providing assets to fill up some of my sets. Him and a friend Nelli Toh (@nelli.toh) heavily assisted me with animation. The music in the beginning scenes was composed by Anthony Taylor. (im_just_squidding) I had a great crew of supporting friends and my siblings kept me sane through it all.

What is your favorite scene? Why?

My favorite scene has to be the scene where the cat is snorting smarties. I think it’s really a relatable scene, hear me out haha. I’m elementary school there were two fake “drugs” our friends would pretend to do, the candy cigarettes and snorting smarties. That joke really landed with the audience.

What is your dream now that you just accomplished this dream?

My next big project is under development now, and should be released in a year and a half! 

Have you ever been Stereotype'd? Tell us more

I usually get stereotyped because of my background, my piercings, my tattoos, and the way I dress. I’m going to an affluent type of art school with my lower middle class background. I usually face a lot of prejudice when it comes to these things. People usually think they’ll effect my work ethic and define me as a person.

Have you ever broke a Stereotype someone had of you? Tell us about it

I tend to break these stereotypes by displaying my work and my work ethic to everyone around me. I really try to always push myself to be better, despite what people think of me. I let my work speak for itself most of the time.

Respect the Artist with Keri from Parlor Tricks Print

Amanda Giordano

How did you get into art?

My dad is an artist so when I was a kid he would always be doing different crafts with me, whether it be clay, sewing, drawing, etc. I've always loved to create.

What did you do to advance your skills/knowledge?
I attended SUNY New Paltz and received a BFA in Printmaking. Before college I didn't even know what printmaking was, but instantly fell in love with it after taking one class and continued from there.

What’s your prefer use of medium?
I'm all over the place with different mediums, but usually pen and ink for sketching out ideas and then translating that into either a silkscreen or woodcut print. I also use Photoshop to clean up layers and make transparencies for printing. I enjoy printing on paper and wood, though lately I've dabbled in painting murals and pin design, too. Most people are probably familiar with my wood transfer prints more than anything, though.

Do you have an Artist name? How did you get your Artist name?
I don't have an "artist name" but this year I created the "brand" name Parlor Trick Prints. My college thesis focused on print media and animation combined. I researched vintage forms of animations and optical illusions found in toys and books, since they were things I have always found interesting as a kid. I thought Parlor Trick fit in nicely with some of the subject matter I draw and I would like to push my prints in an animated direction again soon. 

Who inspires you?
Obviously my dad has made a big impact on my work, but other artists include Escher, Dali, Tim Burton. I also love vintage poster art and pulp art as well. 

What is your goal when you make art?
To make myself happy creating it and to make it accessible and affordable for others to enjoy it as well.

What's your go to song right now?
"Drunk on the Moon" by Tom Waits

What is your dream as a artist?
To make a comfortable living doing what I enjoy, and seeing people enjoy what I do.

What is some advice you would give to someone with a dream to become an artist?
Self-motivation is absolute key. There are no rules in creating artwork and no one is going to tell you what to do, so you have to make and follow those rules yourself.

Where can people find you? 
You can find me on instagram @parlortrickprints

on Facebook:

my website:

or around Staten Island.

Respect the Artist with Trinity Noriega

Amanda Giordano


How did you get into art?

I got into art from visiting my grandma's neighbors on the weekend. I watched this girl named Lorelei draw these amazing anime characters when I was about 6 or 7 and I thought they were the coolest things I’ve ever seen. I started drawing my favorite video game and tv characters everywhere.

What did you do to advance your skills/knowledge?

To advance my skills I just kept drawing and practicing. After my mom died I was almost non-stop making art. I painted, sculpted, and built a ton of stuff. Now I’m in art school for 3D animation.

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

My preferred medium now is still ink and pen. Although I’m a digital artist, I still like to get my hands dirty and smudgy before translating my concepts into a digital format.

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

My artist name is just my name. Trinity Noriega is unique enough for me, I’ve never met anyone with the same name as me. It’s kind of iconic. 

Who inspires you?

A ton of people inspire me. Danny Antonucci, Stephen Hillenburg, Richard Williams, George Miller, Bob Camp, the list goes on and on. I’m hugely inspired by people who seek greatness despite adversities. I’m obsessed with rags to riches stories.

What is your goal when you make art?

My goal when I make art is to allow the viewer to escape reality for a moment. I hope I allow them the opportunity to forget about their worries and be at ease. As a currency filmmaker, I want viewers to have a feeling of safety and comfort. 

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What's your go to song right now?

My favorite song right now is Aeroplane by Red Hot Chili Peppers.

What is your dream as a artist?

My dream as an artist is to be an art director and maybe make my own show. I want to affect lives and have my art be a piece nostalgia for coming generations.

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

My advice for anyone wanting to become an artist is to follow your heart and stay focused. If you want to be an artist pure going to face a lot of adversities, a lot of people not taking you seriously, but as long as you take yourself seriously and believe in yourself you allow yourself the opportunity to become someone great. 

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

People can find me at @fuunkyt on Instagram and