It’s always a treat when LA-based artist Cori Maass comes into town. Rocking a Brother Moto tee (of course), black Levi jeans and the perfect bootie with coffee in hand, meeting up with Maass gave off much needed calm Cali vibes to this side of East Atlanta. Through the combination of her dual instagrams, one personal and the other art-focused profile Coral Monday, filled with Maass’s art, tattoo designs, murals and letters, a sense of dreamy-like openness of love and compassion has driven fans to own and tattoo their bodies with this young artist’s intriguing work.
We chatted about personal style, art, music and more. Read On —>
Sad Girl Collective: Hi Cori! Tell us what you do.
Cori Maass: I do art and design! My art is focused on lines and shapes mostly...I have blog + shop called Coral Monday that is focused on art and creative living.
Sad Girl Collective: What brings you style inspiration?
CM: I am inspired by places I have been and what people wear there. I feel like my style always represents who I am in whatever place I am in... Not that it changes significantly, but little details will change depending on the environment.
Sad Girl Collective: What is your overall inspiration?
CM: I am very inspired by the human experience and the emotions that come from wrestling through life. I want my art to uncover the truth that is inside of me and truths of humanity. I love the shapes and lines of the human body, their meanings, and connections. Relationships between things and metaphors inspire me and I like drawing parallels between things. I also get endless inspiration from the natural environment of California (my home). Objects in the sky also inspire me because it reminds me that we are while we important, we are also part of something bigger and all at once insignificant (in a freeing way).
Sad Girl Collective: How do you feel about how style + music work together in your life?
CM: When I work, I oftentimes listen to the same song on repeat for hours and I will also wear the same outfit (or a version of) the same outfit for multiple days in a row. My art and what I create or am focusing on is usually reflected in the song that I am listening to or how I am dressing during that time period. I don't like to have a favorite style of music or to have a "uniform" with my style, but I feel like both of these things allow me to uncover and expose different aspects of myself.
Sad Girl Collective: What does your personal style mean to you?
CM: I have a friend that told me that I was the pickiest person about what I wear out of everyone she knows... and I think she is right. This is probably because I think that style is a representation of who you are at that moment and I don't like reflecting an image that isn't "me". For the past year, I have been in the process of giving myself freedom to trust my perspective and embrace my identity as an artist. A huge part of cultivating this freedom was allowing myself to wear whatever I wanted and trust my taste. I grew up in suburbia where creative expression wasn't fostered and while I would be experimental with my fashion throughout middle and high school, eventually I thought I should "grow up" and developed a more classic, basic style. Through this process of creative cultivation and acceptance, I have allowed myself to wear more interesting pieces and stand out if I felt like it. It was a healing process of getting over the anxiety of being too much or standing out and allowing myself to shine.
Also, since design and art is my job I feel like how I present myself every day is important. Every encounter could lead to a cool project and I want even what I am wearing to reflect my perspective.
Sad Girl Collective: Go to look lately?
CM: I usually wear the same outfit, or version of an outfit for a few days/weeks until I feel something new and want to switch it up.
Wide-leg black Levis that I got from Babes on Legs (my new fav vintage store in LA).
MY favorite tapestry Free People Boots
A Brother Moto Tee (I have like 20 of them...), and a hat (I love hats).