In every neighborhood, there is someone who makes the Arts a part of their life, and our community. You'd be surprised to discover how many different people use the arts to improve the quality of life in our hometown. EAT MORE ART! VEGAS will feature them regularly in our series "10 Bites."
What kinds of art do you enjoy, create, or perform in?
I enjoy and appreciate all art forms. I partake in what is called flow art. To be more specific I handle POI and firmly have a deep passion for it.
Editor's note: "Poi" refers to a style of performing art originated by the Māori people of New Zealand involving swinging tethered weights through a variety of patterns. Poi artists may also sing or dance while swinging their poi made from various materials (including fire). The expansion of "POI culture" in many countries has led to an evolution of styles and tools used.
Why do you do it?
I do it because it allows me to create a visual representation that’s beautiful for everyone. Within my own self it creates a place of pure solace.
What’s your favorite production/performance experience so far?
My favorite performance experience is me simply flowing for anyone.
What jobs have you done other than being an artist, or what do you do when you are "at work?"
I am a solar consultant, I have been in the Marine Corps, I have worked on business for years as well.
What is an Arts experience that you will never forget or a memorable response to your work?
I will never forget the time someone stopped me while I was flowing in a bar. They looked me in the eyes and told me I should be in Hawaii glowing fire. She was native to the idea of the dance that POI is and she recognized it instantaneously.
What would you be doing if you weren't performing, creating, or enjoying the Arts in Las Vegas?
I would continue to do what I do everyday, go to work.
Name something you love about Las Vegas, and why.
I love the people. Everyone is so unique in contributing to the form build of this city.
What’s the best piece of advice you’ve been given?
Life is all about sacrifices in doing what you love the most.
What superpower would you have and why?
I would love to read minds so I could help people express how they feel properly.
Any future projects or events that you're looking forward to?
I’m looking forward to collaborating with different flow artists. Hopefully soon you can catch me as an EDC performer!
You can see more images of Amir Hamed's flow on Instagram: @anarchy_flow777
Are you a local artist of any discipline? Do you work with a company as a designer, stagehand or administrative staff? Do you love to experience it as the audience? We'd love to get your 10 Bites to share. Fill out a form here, and you might be featured in a post!