Nothing has empowered me more as a woman than being Puerto Rican. Growing up with Nuyorican parents and being raised in Ft.Lauderdale surrounded by kids of the diaspora I found so many similarities in us all culturally. The more I dove into the history that is not told and knowing we are all connected by our Taino ancestry. I choose to make it my mission to paint these untold stories in bright colors that no longer segregate us by depictions of skin color but united us by our roots. In this I would be honoring my ancestors and telling the real stories that have not been told to the masses. My mission is simple. Captivate through color, unite through similarities, connect with stories and spread love through art.
ARRRTADDICT is a Puerto Rican visual artist from Ft. Lauderdale. Her career began in the fast fashion industry designing graphic t-shirts for stores such as Urban Outfitters, Forever 21 and Target. She became recognized in the licensed apparel industry for taking brands such as Disney, Marvel and Coca-Cola to create streetwear. ARRRTADDICT really found her whimsical style when she began designing urban skater graphics for Zumiez, filling a void for black and latino skaters. Her canvas transitioned from just a t-shirt to large walls in Atlanta where she became a well known Muralist after completing the first of her Taino series “Somos Borincanos” Mural on the Beltline. She now utilizes her branding knowledge to create murals that are known to bring vibrancy and happiness to every building. ARRRTADDICT has been able to create collections fusing her aesthetic and apparel knowledge with Champion, Nike and The Atlanta Braves. You can find her constantly embracing her Caribbean roots with tropical leaf work, bright colors and her signature leopard print. Within her vibrant color palette you will also notice her use of color replacing skin tones. ARRRTADDICT implements this so people focus more on the vibrancy of the soul of the character and similarities to the viewer rather than the colors of our skin that society uses to keep us separated. Her work represents spirituality, healing, diasporic representation and color therapy. Her mission is to tell stories through her work that evoke the change our community needs to be unified and treated equally.