Meet Ariel Roman
on her morning routine
My mornings generally start off with an hour of exercise or dog park, starting anywhere from 6am to 7am. I’m a night owl and I love getting up early; a bit of a paradox, but I’ll take it as long as I can. Once I’m home, it’s in the shower and a scan of the news while making dandelion chicory “coffee” and a smoothie. This usually happens in my kitchen, or at my desk in my studio, depending on the time and day’s workload. Before I get started on work, I like to look over the previous day’s to-do list, and make a new one.
ON WORKING WITH NOON GOONS
In collaboration with Noon Goons, I’ve recently been able to complete a small collection of shirts, sweatshirts and pins with my father, Cliff Roman. He’s a founding member of the Weirdos, an early LA punk band. He is such a huge influence on my life and my work; I am so happy to give his often overlooked artwork a little shine through this project. There are so many similarities between the two of us-- both ones that I’ve known about, and ones that I’m still learning. Everything from our taste in inspiration to handwriting. I’m very thankful to have this relationship with him.
What she's working on now
Currently, I’m working on the next season of shirts for Noon Goons (an LA made & manufactured clothing company I lend art direction to), and a brand refresh for my favorite bowl-based, fresh eatery, Backyard Bowls. Very LA.
ON HER WORK
I love drawing. I love observing. I love thinking. It is a pleasure to do these things daily, and they are not things I take for granted.
On where she got her start
It’s hard to say exactly where I got my start; my path has been anything but straightforward. When I started working at 14, I had three jobs: lifeguarding, private swim instruction, and swim coach. These jobs were pretty beyond my experience, but not beyond my skill set. From this start, I learned how to commit to opportunities that champion and challenge my skill set, rather than banking on experience. I taught for almost seven years in the Bay Area, running a visual arts program at a small arts high school, teaching at art centers, museums and galleries along the way. I’ve organized shows, hosted artist dinner salons, and have been fortunate enough to convince people to let me DJ at their bars. My husbåand and I have had many entrepreneurial endeavors over the years, including a conceptual streetwear brand and a fried chicken business... all the things. I have made my way back to illustration, and carved out experience in art direction, because I have finally given myself the time and space to do the work that puts my creative practice first.
I find it pretty epic that at 19 I was able to start working in a classroom without a teaching credential (shhhh), and work my way up to running a visual arts department and doing professional development for arts and general education instructors. Never hurts to say yes, right?
on her favorite books
The Locas Anthology might be my favorite book. It’s not exactly a book; it’s more a compilation of the beginning of the “Love And Rockets” series. Never knew comic books could look or read like this. Never knew female characters could grow, mature, or evolve like these characters. And it’s a Xicanx sci-fi with luchador wrestling and some magic realism mixed in. I first read it while in college, during a period where I was really looking to literature to help me define myself. I’m a little bit of everything, and this book had me feeling grounded in who I was in that time and place.
On working out
Growing up, I was a competitive swimmer and lost touch with water in college. But I’ve reconnected with swimming, and became a runner in New York. Doing laps in a pool or seeing how far you can go with your own two legs is so personal and so fulfilling. I don’t exercise to look any particular way, or to compete with others. I do it to keep myself moving forward physically and mentally.
on her Nighttime routine
After dinner, I’ll usually go back outside to my studio and work. I should probably read more. Probably stretch. Something like that... but I always get a second wind and want to squeeze in a little more. Once I’m done, I wash my face, brush my teeth, drink a glass of water, smudge the house and hit the hay.
on her morning skincare routine
In the morning, I’ll rinse my face with water, or scrub my face with a coffee x cinnamon x coconut oil concoction I made. After, I spray on some toner, and Dr. Haushka’s Clarifying Day Oil, topped with sunblock. At night, I wash my face with Aesop’s Cleansing Oil. I’ve been loving this product-- I used Dr. Bronner’s for my face and body for years, reluctantly giving up my simple routing when I realized how drying it was for my mixed skin. I’ll run an ice cube over my face before toner and some night cream. Other than that, my makeup bag contains mascara for eyelashes and eyebrows, eye gloss, liquid eyeliner, blush, and red and orange-red Nars lip pencils. I only wear concealer if my hormones are doing too much. I try to keep it natural and simple... but I’m not sure my routine is simple anymore. My grandmother has always told me to trust in oil, and my mom has always told me to drink lots of water and change my pillowcases. Not so unreasonable.
On Finding inspiration
I find inspiration everywhere. I always want to know how and where things were made, who inspired a musician or musical genre, etc. We currently live dangerously close to both Arcana Books and the Baldwin Hills Outlook. Walking breaks to either of these places always proves inspiring and gives much-needed perspective.
Ariel's Favorite Books
Ariel's Favorite Records
Ariel's Favorite Places
Best Iced Latte: The Conservatory
Best Lunch: Destroyer
Best Bookstore: Arcana Books
Best Drinks: Mandrake
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Photography by Lauren Moore