We had the good fortune of connecting with Crystal Hines and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Crystal, what role has risk played in your life or career?
Taking a risk is one thing I wish I did when I first started drawing. I was so scared that no one would like my drawings, I given up art all together. Now, that I am older I’ve came to realize you have to take a leap of faith in everything you do! Take that risk, jump over that hurdle. Who cares if no one likes your artwork but you! Taking many risks has really made me grow as an artist, because now my art designs are on my swimsuits. I’m an artist and a swimsuit designer.

Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
What keeps me busy professional is my drawings/artwork which I have now displayed on my new swimsuit that I launched April 3rd. This has been a dream that has finally came true and I want the world to have a piece of my design on their swim apparel.

I have catered the swimsuit line to especially for mothers who have experienced stretch marks or scars from bearing a child. I have also designed the swimsuit for all women of all ages and I am now working on men swimming trunks. Putting my artwork on a muse has been something I’ve always wanted, and what better way to do this than placing on my apparels.

I’m glad that I finally have the chance to show the world my artwork on swimsuits! When I first started my career professionally I was a personal chef, so switching to a different type of art was something I wanted to do. I love cooking, but my heart wasn’t in it anymore. I wanted to do something I can never get tired of! My lesson I learned along the way is to have more confidence in myself! Who cares if I’m the only person that likes my artwork! I want the world to know that “I create dope magic”. I am an artist and a swimsuit designer! Please check out my website! I also sale artwork, apparel, and swimsuits! I can’t wait until the Most High places me in a position to go viral on everything I have working towards. www.ccxvandco.com

If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
First we would have to get something to eat. My favorite place right now is Boiling Crab ( I love seafood). We would then go to uptown or the art district to walk about and also bar hop. The most fun for me is seeing parts of the city you wouldn’t see everyday. I love hiking and exploring new scenery.

Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
Yes! My family and friends! My family has played a big part in encouraging and supporting me! My auntie Dana, my mom, my auntie Julie. I only named a few people, but the list of supporters is pretty big. !! My family and friends have been my biggest cheerleaders!

Website: www.ccxvandco.com

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