Today we’d like to introduce you to Genesis Belote.
Every artist has a unique story. Can you briefly walk us through yours?
I’m often asked what nationality I am, and the full truth is I don’t know. My dad claims he is Puerto Rican and my mom is half English half Hispanic. With the information I do have about myself culturally, I have always been drawn more to my dad’s upbringing, he was born and raised in Hawaii. I have always had a passion for the beach. I long to live there as if the beach is a part of who I am. My parents met in the Air Force which then determined my fate of being the only person born on March Air Force Base in Southern California. Soon after I was born my parents service in the Air Force then ended. I have two older brothers who were born on a base in Texas, and growing up always felt a sense of pride about being the only person in my family born and raised in California. Beach culture is a huge part of who I am. I love sunshine! I love the ocean! I love everything about beaches! It also seems as if I’m the only one in my family who feels this way.
The first time my dad took me to a luau for a visiting family member from Hawaii, I was 15. That was the first time I had witnessed my dad’s Hawaiian culture and the first time I saw Hula dancers. I immediately felt a deep connection to my dad’s upbringing in Hawaii. I felt so sad like I had missed out on a life I could have known if I had grown up in Hawaii. A couple of weeks after the luau I started taking Hula lessons. I felt I had owed it myself since I didn’t grow up in Hawaii, this was one thing I could do that helped me feel connected.
Fast forward 18 years, I have since then married my best friend and have had two beautiful kiddos. My husband is a screen printer/graphic designer who has encouraged me to do something creatively which then turned into Aloha Mama. I have started a clothing brand for Mamas and kiddos made with the spirit of Aloha. Designed by me and printed by husband, in Riverside California, Aloha Mama has become one more thing that connects me to my Hawaiian roots. The brand is split between my love for beach culture in Southern California and the Hawaiian Islands.
I feel as though I will never know what my life would have been like if I had been born and raised in Hawaii instead, but I love my life and will do everything I can that makes me feel more connected with Hawaiian roots. A true California girl is who I am, and my Hawaiian culture is mixed all throughout my life and my brand.
Please tell us about your art.
My brand is very much beach culture and chill vibes. I want Mamas to be inspired to not take life so seriously, and to just relax, to a break and chill. Life is hard enough, so most of the time we have to learn to pick our battles, or laugh instead of cry when it feels like the weight of your little ones entire future hangs in the balance. Just laugh when your son decides to finger paint with his leftover ketchup. Be confident in how you choose to parent. Nobody’s perfect, even if that’s how some people portray their social media. We all know the truth, so why not be honest about how not perfect life is.
Given everything that is going on in the world today, do you think the role of artists has changed? How do local, national or international events and issues affect your art?
Artists have the power to inspire or bring light to issues. With the platform artists, these days have I hope they choose to inspire and not segregate. I choose to be positive and not try to sway people one way or another politically. We all have opinions and think we’re right and others are wrong. We can spend the rest of our lives arguing, but where’s the fun in conflict?
Let’s Choose to focus on the good and spread Aloha.
How or where can people see your work? How can people support your work?
shopalohamama.com Or on Instagram: shopalohamama
- Address: Riverside, CA
- Website: shopalohamama.com
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Instagram: shopalohamama
- Facebook: Aloha Mama