Tony Camaro is the LA artist who wants you to feel like you’re 18 again
Meet Tony Camaro, an LA artist with more than one creative eye. Tony has dived into all aspects of Fine Art and Fashion – starting in the world of visual arts.
Putting pen to paper to create his minds’ work, Tony is gracefully curating his world to deliver a raw passion for creativity within fabrics for fashion and recreating a timeless brand to fit within the speed of this generation.
Check out our exclusive interview and photoshoot with Tony bellow.
In short, I am a fine artist, fashion designer, and creative director.
What is the most challenging aspect of being a professional artist?
I think that the biggest challenge in being an artist is pushing past every person that says no along the way. It can be draining at times to put yourself on the line and to get shut down more times than you get the OK.
That being said, I love being shut down. The people that tell me no push me 100 times harder than anything else. I know my own potential and I believe in myself to the point where a “no” will never stop me from getting to where I want to be in life. It’s a good challenge.
What’s an interesting fact about you that many people don’t know?
I am afraid of blood tests.
What inspires your art?
There are a lot of artists that I look up to, but the thing that inspires me the most is our youth culture. We are all so unique, so creative and are really fighting for a better tomorrow.
I think that we have the power make the world a better place. I try and use that energy to make art – I think it’s everyone’s job to look at the bigger picture and try to create progress with whatever their craft may be.
What’s separating you from other artists?
I think that I have an insane amount of versatility which I’m so stoked on because I’d never want to be seen as “the kid who does just that.” I make paintings and clothing that looks nothing like one another, I draw and make beautiful videos, I take photos and creative direct.
I have furniture designs and also have tons of ideas for other brands. I love that I can separate each of these focus’ and not have them be repetitive or similar to one another. Tony Camaro isn’t just one thing – it is a powerhouse of creativity.
What’s the biggest evolution from when you released your first paintings to now?
It really all started with a better understanding of Art History. I think without being taught that in school I couldn’t be the artist I am. I wouldn’t have as much of a respect for the craft as I do and I wouldn’t understand those technical aspects of art.
I’m not saying you need to know this stuff to be an artist – there is no right way, but once I learned this history (and continue to learn more about it) my paintings felt stronger and made more sense to me. There was definitely progress made from my first paintings to now.
How do you want people to feel when they see your work?
You’re 18 again and it’s Summer. You’re with all of your best friends, the sun is setting. You go to your favorite cut and overlook a beautiful view. You’re not thinking about anything at all.
What can we expect from you within this next year?
This year, I will have more art shows, more murals painted, more styling gigs, more photo shoots, more videos, more interviews for my podcast YNOT, create more clothing, more work with Diveliner and 2K.
All of this x 1000. I want to do so many crazy things – work with Gucci, design an Eames chair, and more. I also have such a good idea for a tent, so Northface, hit me up!
Photos by Jacqueline Kulla