Year of Ink

I’ve set a personal challenge for myself in 2017: to do a portrait every single day. I’m calling it a “Year of Ink”. On a good week, I usually average one or two pieces. Life gets in the way, work can be intense, and hangovers can be hard to paint through. All of those excuses became invalid on January 1, 2017. The first piece of the year was made bridging the last 7 hours of 2016 and the…

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Making Ink

In 2012, I started experimenting with homemade ink. I was too broke to afford regular ink, which was going for around $8 for a 1oz jar. I took a chemistry class to learn the basics, and snuck into Sac State’s chemistry lab to use the nice scales (which I also couldn’t afford) to experiment with ink ingredient proportions. The first night, I ended up breaking a beaker and thought for sure I was going to…

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LIBERTY

Let me start with one irrefutable truth: We are all humans. It is fundamentally inhumane to treat anyone differently for our inherently human characteristics. Throughout my life, I’ve both experienced and witnessed targeted racism. These experiences have culminated, through art and words, in the piece above. The earliest example of racial targeting I can think of is when I was in 6th grade and 9/11 happened. The class erupted into confused, angry, scared inquiry: What happens now?…

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Techies Project

Original Interview: http://www.techiesproject.com/arman-nobari/ Tell me a bit about your early years and where you come from. I come from Sacramento, California. I come from a mixed-race, mixed-identity household, and that set me up for a really open view [chuckles] growing up. I’ve always been into creative things, but never really honed in on it or went to any kinds of young art schools or anything like that. It was only through being diagnosed with cancer…

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