By: Devin Taylor It is said that it takes around 10,000 hours of persistent work to master a craft or skill. Others say it takes 6-10 years just to become great but that some can cut that time in half. This is the case for the talented 20 year old, Denver local Crispysz. Crispysz is one of Colorado’s talented artist-directors who’s been turning heads and receiving love with every drawing, digital production, and painting he releases. His work intertwines anime, pop art and abstract expression styles that speak volumes to the craftsmanship in his pieces. From the January 2017 cover of Rooster Magazine to the branding of this past summer’s Queen City Festival Crispysz’s work has be come synonymous with Colorado art and culture. This Friday, Crispysz will join Javon the Unique displaying and creating their art live at Souls In Action’s first Red Bull Sound Select show of the year featuring The Cool Kids, River Tiber and The Reminders at the Summit Music Hall [$5 w RSVP]. We caught up with the artist heading into Friday’s show to get to know the young creative behind the designs. What is art to you? Art is is a reflection of your life, and the life your mind creates. What is your biggest pet peeve about the art culture or industry? Probably just that it sometimes seems not as free as it is perceived. When did you realize just how talented you were as an artist? (Laughs) I mean I don’t know how to answer this. I don’t feel like I realized or proclaimed myself as talented at any point. Art has just always been a method of expressing myself since I was a kid, so I’ve always just done it. Most cherished art piece you have created? I cherish them all. They all represent a place I was in time. Finding old pieces you forgot about is the best. It helps you remember where your head was then. What do you do whenever you hit a mental creative roadblock? I never ever force it. If it’s not there, I go do something else until that urge to create comes back! To an extent, art is a representation of self. What inspired your signature eye heart design? I believe that we do many things out of love. The heart is supposed to be me in action, doing what I love. The eye represents looking down the center. Looking forward. What or who influences you the most? Fruits and plants inspire me the most. The colors, shapes and the taste. Favorite album to create to and why? I like Matt Martians new album, The Drum Chord Theory at the moment. It’s fun to draw and listen to that. What is your ultimate goal? I’m not sure yet. I’m still trying to figure that out. Right now, I want to save up enough to live in Tokyo or London or something. Don’t miss the chance to see Crispysz create live this Friday! Entry is just $5 with RSVP. Where else can you see The Cool Kids, River Tiber, The Reminders and live artwork for only 5 bucks? Nowhere, so don’t miss out and RSVP HERE!