We had the good fortune of connecting with Disem 305 and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Disem, what habits do you feel play an important role in your life?
I believe one of the most important factors behind my success has been to remain consistent. I’ve come accross some incredibly talented artist through the years but they tend to wait for inspiration or the right time to create . I read somewhere that the difference between a hobby artist and a career artist was that a career artist created constantly while a hobby artist waited for inspiration. The moment i read that it flipped a switch in my head, I knew what i wanted to do for a living from childhood and it wast till i constantly started creating and treating my passion as a job that my work started paying off for me.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
Well I’ve been around art my whole life as my parents met at an Art University and there’s several artists in both sides of my family. My mother still has homework assignments from when i was a kid where I mentioned either wanting to be in the NBA or an Artist lol unfortunately the basketball thing didn’t work out but I’m more than happy with my other choice and where i am thus far. I was introduced to graffiti by my cousin Gare when i was in elementary school, and I’ve been obsessed with it ever since. Honestly I cant say whether its been hard or easy to be where i am career wise as I’ve enjoyed every part of it but there definitely have been tough times especially in my younger years, as graffiti/muralism hasn’t always had the acceptance it has now. Everything from getting in trouble with the law to just conflicts with other writers or just random people in neighborhoods who didn’t have the vision or tolerance and were so close minded they’d set up obstacles for absolutely no reason. Fortunately Ive tried to remain consistent through out all this and again I feel blessed to be where i am now. Another lesson i feel is extremely important is to just be your self. For a long time i felt conflicted as I didn’t know how to mix the fine art aspect with graffiti, for a bit i sort of felt like a i had to play 2 different sports. it wasn’t till i felt comfortable enough with who I was as an artist that i figured this is who I am and if these 2 things exist within me there’s no reason they cant coexist in my work.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
First a I’d bring them to SouthSide Barber Shop, can’t be in Miami without a fresh cut. If its towards the beginning of the week we’re hitting up Calle Ocho I have a couple of murals in the Area the D. Wade at Primo’s Smoke Shop along with my latest mural of Gloria and Emilio Estefan at Casa de los Trucos maybe stop and play a hand of dominoes at the park. Wednesday night id spend it in the Grove hit up Lokal for dinner followed by drinks at Green Street. Friday were hitting up the Museum of Graffiti which is a must then followed by 800 Lucky to check out the homies DJ Lazaro Casanova and DJ Oscar G’s Jam which is always a good time,hitting up E11even after they always show mad love out there shout out to the homie Invision VJ!. Saturday were painting with the homies in Wynwood after that we hit up Wood Tavern for Pizza and Drinks. Sunday we’re riding bike to South Beach, even though unfortunately it isn’t what it used to be there’s still some dope spots out there and it’s great for site seeing specially if you’re into Art Deco architecture we can ride to Club Deuce and Kill Your Idol are still some of my favorites out there. Also if we gotta make our way towards Kendall were hitting up Don Burrito no lie BEST MEXICAN FOOD I’ve ever had, the only thing i dislike about the place is i feel so at family there sometimes i feel sort of responsible for bringing my plate back to the kitchen lol. Coral Castle also a personal favorite, the place is mind blowing its crazy to me how many locals are unaware of this modern marvel in our own back yard.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
First and foremost i want to give a huge shout out to my Parents. They’re definitely my biggest supporters and influences as a human and artistically as my Mother is an artist as well and my Father is one of the handiest men i know. From a young age I noticed their work ethic and all though i don’t think i could ever match theirs I always aspire to.
Second this beautiful City of Miami is responsible for who I am as a person and an artist, and i believe this is reflected on everything from the way i dress, talk to the color palettes I use and the subject matter of my work.This city has definitely built me which is why i proudly rep it every where i go and i pay homage to those who have paved the way for us.
Third, Huge Shout out to My sister Who’s one hell of of a woman for any of you with babies or Babies on the way go check out her invention “The Omie View” it will def bring you peace of mind with your little ones.
Last but nor least Shout out to Dreps, Eska545, Cyst, Lazaro Casanova, 3i7, Allison and Ket from the Museum of Graffiti, Don Rimx, the homies over at SouthSide Barber Shop and all my true friends and supporters out there truly appreciate you all. I know I’m leaving a bunch of people out but yall know whatsup!