Art is a universal language with mass appeal and the only form of language which does not need the spoken word. It soothes the senses and provides therapy, but most importantly, it’s what gives brands, paintings, stores and even candies their own personal appeal. Art is what separates the boundaries and defines a time, and what’s more important than the art itself is the artist who makes the magic happen.

America is so obsessed with art that it often times overshadows that artist and that’s why Lowrider Arte is here. We exist to give all artists a forum to voice their creative expression while also providing features on artists who make a difference. There are enough artists on earth to write a story a day, but to try and find an artist who can communicate to the masses and convey a positive message of genuine concern is difficult.

By now, many of us have already met, or heard about, artists who are self-absorbed, egocentric entities who can’t see past their fingertips, but what good is an artist when he can’t share a positive message or give some kids inspiration or hope? For Lowrider Arte, we’re about featuring artists that are there for the concern of the artistic community as well as the advancement of art. Our magazine was built to showcase artists that had more than just “art” to offer, and when it comes to Aaron Carey, he’s got a story that’ll inspire us all, and artwork that’ll have you in awe.

Aaron’s a talented young man with a bright future and, most importantly, he’s well versed. Nowadays, it seems as if most people are only good at talking about themselves and even at that most are bland. But when it comes to Mr. Carey, he’s full of energy and his outlook on art, computer-based graphics and hardships is one that’ll have you being thankful for what you got. His story is as inspirational as his art, and he’s making major moves, so let’s get into the mind of the artist that we know as Aaron Carey.

LRA: Tell us about your pieces and what inspires them?

Aaron: My pieces are a direct reflection of who I am. They speak to a side of me that isn’t so easily communicated by words as much as it’s portrayed by the different styles of my artwork. For as long as I can remember, I’ve been doodling. It was more of a subconscious thing. I always hit up blank paper, walls, clothes… I doodled a lot, and definitely wasn’t always good at it. Looking back, it has been something that just pours out of me.

LRA: How do you come up with subject matter?

Aaron: I don’t really think of what I’m going to paint or draw, I just do. It’s like sculpting; you just throw stuff together and shape it until you’re done. What’s crazy is that I’ve thrown away some good pieces just because I never thought of keeping doodles and sketches until the past year or so. I do have some sketchbooks from way back in the day. It’s inspiring to see the progression of my work; I’m still young and I’m just beginning to discover my true potential. It’s exciting.

LRA: What artists have influenced you, and how?

Aaron: I would say that street artists have influenced me the most. I’m not very well schooled in fine arts, and really haven’t “followed” any particular artists. I’ve always been drawn to street artists with their graffiti and mural art. I also like to watch caricature artists at amusement parks. There’s some ridiculous talent out there when it comes to artistic creation. There are tattoo artists who are sick with the paintbrush and pencil, too. Justin Bua and Frank Morrison are amazing mainstream artists, but I have only recently known of their work. If my dad considered himself an artist, maybe he would be the biggest influence since he was the reason that I had an interest in the first place.

LRA: What other interests do you have besides painting?

Aaron: Such a loaded question. I have all kinds of interests. I like just about everything creative. I’m a regular guy. I love cars, motorcycles, women, and I definitely love music! I gotta have it! If I don’t have it playing in the background, I’m sitting at my keyboard making some of my own. I love playing the piano and beating on the snare drum and I just bought a guitar to expand the madness. I just like to create. Similar to my art, I’m not trained so I just play. Music is just art in audio. I’ll sit down at a piano and play with it like paint on canvas. To me, it’s all music. Other than that, I’m a huge UFC, boxing and football fan. The great thing about drawing and painting is that I have the ability to express my interests through it.

LRA: What hardships in life have pushed you to succeed and break all expectations?

Aaron: I’ve experienced quite a few hardships, but one that has had the biggest impact on me is my fight against multiple sclerosis. I had always been active in martial arts growing up; I taught hip-hop dance classes in school, choreographed and performed step shows with my fraternity. The disease has had quite a negative effect on the use of my legs so it forced me to focus on another talent that I had in art. I’ve learned through my personal situation not to take anything for granted. I went from doing flips, kicks and tricks to not being able to walk across the room at times. God gave me a gift with this art stuff so I intend on enjoying myself and doing what I do.

LRA: What advice would you give aspiring young artists?

Aaron: Do you, be an individual! There are no duplicates of any of us on this earth; be an individual and create your own sh!t. Artist Justin Bua told me “inspiration plus perspiration is omnipotent.” I was turned away by UCLA’s art program. I could have thrown my hands up and been done with it, but I kept at it. I took an art class at UCSB where they told me that my work wasn’t art, but I felt like the pieces that I was creating were coming out for a reason, so I kept creating them. My advice overall would be to believe in yourself and your capabilities… and do the damn thing. Don’t pay too much attention to what other folks say, we live in a world of critics and haters. Believe in your talent and give them a good reason to hate.