It is from North Carolina that we discovered our new featured artist today. He goes by the moniker, Ishmael. We found it very interesting on how came up with his brand and name, as he was inspired by this book written by Daniel Quinn called Ishmael. From being a graffiti artist in the late '90s, that's how his career began as a muralist and a professional visual street artist.
His pieces have a depth that you'll notice the more you stare at them. He is an inspiration to all upcoming artists to not give up on their passion and craft. This talent has been creating for 33 years and he has moved a lot of people simply by expressing himself through his work. Check out our interview with him below and share it with your friends and loved ones, so they too will be motivated and inspired. Once again, we give you, Ishmael.
An Interview with Ishmael
APA: What is the root/birth/foundation of your creativity… how did you get started?
Ishmael: My roots come from Graffiti. In 1999, I started painting Ishmael inspired art. Ishmael is a book by Daniel Quinn.
APA: What legacy do you want to leave?
Ishmael: I would like more people to read the book, Ishmael. I believe the book Ishmael takes on some of humanities biggest problems.
APA: What is your opinion of art in the 21st century? 
Ishmael: A quote from Banksy: "Should graffiti be judged on the same level as modern art? Of course not. It is way more important than that."
APA: What advice would you give to other inspiring artists?
Ishmael: Build up a giant body of work before you look for a following.
APA: What is the most challenging part of being an artist?
Ishmael: The reasons for making art. Is it for money, fame, acceptance? I believe it's for personal satisfaction.
APA: What is your creative process like?
Ishmael: I study many cultures. My art has influences of many of them. In that process, I create something original.
APA: What do you believe is essential in creating a powerful work of art?
Ishmael: Does the art give that feeling of something truly authentic, something truly funky fresh? It has to say something but also have that flavor of freshness. 
APA: In the next decade, what do you wish to accomplish with your creative gifts?
Ishmael: I would like to do more studio work. More gallery work. 
Follow Ishmael on his Instagram linked below and you can also visit his website to learn more about his latest releases and work updates.
Instagram: @ishmael.lords