“Whatever I do has to make me happy. If it doesn’t put a smile on my face then you won’t see me doing it.”
Luis Galindo is one of my closest friends and I’m very happy to share this interview and shoot. He is the most fearless person I know, he definitely forgets his head and listens to his heart. He skates, does film, and paints.
Below is his story, and for anyone who is interested in living like a sailor I suggest you take a read. Here is a look into his ideas and his life.
Who are you and what do you do?
I am Luis Galindo. I am a Filmmaker a Skateboarder and an overall artist.
Why do you do what you do?
Why did people paint in caves?
What is your ideology as an artist?
Whatever I do has to make me happy. If it doesn’t put a smile on my face then you won’t see me doing it.
What role does art have in society?
Doctors heal people, engineers build stuff, teachers teach… As artists, we grab society’s attention at some point and take them out of their sometimes hard reality. We entertain and create culture.
How did you find your passion?
What is important to you?
What jobs have you done other than being an artist?
Travel agent at a call center and at a “skateshop” It was really just a front to sell that fake weed “Spice” owner didn’t pay me two weeks of work. No remorse, I believe in Karma.
How do you overcome your fears?
Who inspires you today?
People who smile and wave back.
What is art for you?
I only came to this world to do that.
What do you dislike about the art world?
Other professions find monetary comfort easier. It is a bigger struggle for us to make a living out of it. Most of the time, people who sell out by doing whatever is the trend or what they are told to are the ones getting paid. It’s not that I care that much about money. But unfortunately it is the way to get things done.
Who is your favorite artist?
Whoever is having the most fun.
What themes do you pursue?
Depends on my mood. I dig the darkness in human behavior.
Where did you grow up and how did that shape you as a creative person?
Next to my Mother (Mimi) and Grandmother (Jovita). They were always giving me tools to create.
How did creativity change your life?
Day by day I come up with what I want to do.
How do you describe your style?
Oh shit, I don’t know. People have told me my movies are dark, my paintings have too much going on and my skatin’ looks fun.
What’s the best piece of advice you’ve been given?
My father was always giving me advice. “Calmado como el venado” (Calmed like the deer). I got a tattoo of it on my chest so I guess that’s it. Besides that, “Try is a setup word for failure” I heard that from a skateboarder named Bam Margera. “Free time is the worst enemy of success” and “In order to achieve success you must stay away from your comfort zone” both by filmmaker Casey Neistat.
Professionally, what’s your goal?
Make a living out of my craft without anybody telling me “you can’t do that”. Keep my travels going on. When I grow up I want to be a sailor.
What would you like people to know about you and the work you do?
I dunno… give it a shot. You might like what you see.
Describe a real-life situation that inspired you?
Every time I skate. When I think of a trick the only way to get it is by doing it. That is a huge life lesson.