We had the good fortune of connecting with Dakotah Aiyanna and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Dakotah, how do you think about risk?
I’m an artist. Which simply means that everything I do Is based on the opinions and perspective of others. I create For myself because it gives me freedom however it may not always be accepted by society because art is subjective and also because a lot of the world does not understand the value of art. Me waking up everyday and choosing art is a risk because I never Know if I’m going to get any job or opportunity that I apply for.

All of my work (murals) is word of mouth whenever I send pitches to companies I never hear back from them the way I expect to. The journey of choosing art is discouraging but very rewarding because I’m being led by purpose and passion so I have Faith that I’m going to get to where my heart desires because I’m applying myself. I can Count how many times on multiple hands where my accounts were low and I had bills due and I was freaking out like hell and then I’m blessed with opportunities that seem to just fall out the sky. That’s where faith comes into play and perseverance.

So moral of the story: if you’re not willing to take a risk then you don’t have enough faith to follow your dreams. And you damn sure don’t truly believe that you can truly do it.

Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
This is a pretty loaded question ! – what sets me apart I believe Is my attitude. I don’t care what people think of my art because I paint for me and hope that someone can feel what I felt. Sometimes people paint for popularity and that’s fine because it makes money but for me I rather be happy first and feel free because the money will come.

– It took A lot of sacrifices and missing out and a long time of being “broke.” I had To detach from the idea that money was happiness, I had To detach and unfollow a lot of my favorite artist because comparison kills and I had To tap the heck into who Ko was. And what I wanted And where I wanted To be. Like when people see Dakotah Aiyanna what do I want Them to know about me personally and professionally. And tapping into that helped me stay grounded and focused. Also I’m big on God. Big G tells me what it is and what it’s not and what it will not be — and I stand firm on that.

– I want The world to know about me is that when you see me know God is the reason.

Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
First of all we eating good. Lol we gonna go get sushi and we gone chill, smoke some hookah and watch reruns of some funny tv show. I am Such a chill person naturally, and to be honest all my friends are too.

Then when the night hits we probably will go to a lounge of some sort and just vibe and drink and have a good time. I’m not a big club person. Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
My parents especially my momma (hey Gina!) and friends. They make a way and make space for me in unimaginable ways.

My mentor/big homie who doesn’t know he’s my mentor Dammit Wesley.

Christina Martinez (sew_trill) because her authenticity inspires me in so many ways.

Website: Dakotahaiyanna.com

Instagram: Dakotahaiyanna

Image Credits
Krishanni smith (greenery) Brittani Taylor (garage)

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