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    If you’ve ever admired the murals adorning our exterior wall and power box, you can thank our resident muralist. In addition to his prowess with the spray paint, Anthony Ortega is an exceptionally talented tattoo artist. Recently, he became one of the creative ambassadors for Kynd Cannabis Company, a coveted role given to community members working to change perceptions about the kinds of people who consume cannabis.

    The Kynd crew posted about their newest ambassador, and we couldn’t be happier for this guy!

    From the post:

    “Life is full of happy coincidences, and for Anthony Ortega, a blank wall in exactly the right spot turned out to be one of them. ‘I got involved in the Reno Mural Expo and the wall they chose for me to paint was right behind Mynt,’ he says with a grin. And while it may seem a little too obvious that the long-haired, soft-spoken muralist/tattoo artist is a proponent of cannabis, there’s more to it – and to him – than you might think.”

    I have just basically been an artist since I was a kid,” Anthony says simply. ‘Every kid likes to draw, but I just liked it more than other things. I stuck with it my whole life and was always trying to figure out a way to turn it into my living so I could be an artist and not, quote unquote, a struggling artist, a starving artist.’ ”

    Youthful graffitiing led to Anthony’s first tattoo, and from there, his future was set. ‘I realized that was probably the best route for me as far as my personality and the way that I like to live life and being able to do art every day,” he says.’ ”

    The post also touches on the real reason Kynd reached out to Anthony.

    ” ‘The cannabis world is very much more extensive than I ever could have imagined,’ says Anthony. ‘The longer I’ve been smoking, the more I’ve noticed a difference in the types of weed and the effects that they’ll have on me and the percentages. And the more it develops, the more I learn and the more I can apply it directly to what I need it for as opposed to do just doing it just because. It serves a purpose.’ ”

    And it’s that recognition that makes Anthony so much more than the stereotype. He’s not trying to get high just for the sake of getting high. Like he says, he’s after a specific result. ‘Drawing, tattooing, spray painting, definitely on the sativa end is a lot more beneficial to me. If I smoke heavier indicas while I’m tattooing, I tend to get a lot more tired as I’m going,’ he says.”

    Anthony, we know you’ll make Kynd proud as one of their creative ambassadors. Just remember – you were our resident muralist first! Check out the full post right over here.