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

Hi Treena, why did you pursue a creative career?
For me, being creative isn’t really an option, it’s a need. I’ve always felt the need to create and make new things. In high school I found myself ditching my normal classes to finish my art projects or simply just sit in and hangout in the other various art classes I wasn’t assigned to. I moved myself around a few high schools trying to get the most out of the art classes I could, but was left wanting more. I left school at the age of 16 knowing that the traditional lifestyle mold wasn’t for me. I found fashion and costume creation when I left school and quickly dove into creating stage ready looks for local entertainers. After years of entertaining and creating wearable art, I was introduced to the over the top world of wrestling. I was quickly accepted into the local community and found an extreme love for creating ring ready looks for all of the wildly unique and diverse entertainers. Not only did I LOVE creating the physical garments but the wrestlers seemed to genuinely enjoy the art I was creating for them. Seeing each of their personalities shine extra bright after putting on their gear I made them is honestly the coolest thing I could ever ask for. We all live in a world that can be absolute garbage and unfair to great people, so being able to make just a sliver of their lives better makes it all worth it and keeps me pushing! Collectively we can create a world we all want to live in.

Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
ART IS LIFE for me, I surround myself with it as much as I possibly can. Art is also ever changing, and there’s never a ‘right’ answer with art. Art can make you think, feel, react, and at its best will make you want to create something of your own. And in my case, my art can ideally help bring someones character to life because they can be exactly who they want to be. Using multiple mediums or multiple fabrics in a projects is my favorite, and getting asked to create things I’ve never created or to use a medium Ive never used just thrills me! I chase the opportunity to work on projects I have no experience in because living in a state of being uncomfortable means I’m learning and advancing my skills and that means I can continue to make more cool art! It’s weird to think about the road that’s lead me to now, I’ve never really thought about it because in the moment you just do what you have to. If you have to drop out of school to chase your dreams, that’s what you do. If you have to work four jobs to be able to pay for all the craft supplies you need, that’s what you do. If you have to stay up for the next 72 hours to complete your project in time for show day, that’s what you do. I don’t want to say I’ve missed out on anything in life because of my desire to create and work on my art, but I don’t live the same as many of my peers. 99% of the time I would rather stay home and work instead of going out. I’ve also unintentionally, and probably the hardest part for me, have let some relationships slip or even completely crumble do to my extreme need to create. However as unfortunate as it is, I think it is an essential part of being a productively growing creative. It’s unhealthy to keep those around who don’t support the dream. The people who DO support you will find their way to you, you just have to keep putting out the energy you want to receive. Building my group of supporters is overly exciting and it’s growing everyday, and I cannot wait to create for each and everyone of them and be able to see their true selfs shine through!

Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
Colorado has a wide range of gnarly things to experience, and being a native I love to share all of the good things that I enjoy with those I love. And speaking of love, I absolutely LOVE breakfast. It’s my most favorite meal and my most favorite breakfast place is the metro area is The Universal Cafe off 38th in the Highlands. They have the absolute BEST biscuits and gravy I have ever had, along with everything on their menu is just top notch. My days are spent working so Ill be honest, I don’t have many mid day go-tos. However, when it’s time to enjoy the evening, there are so many great places to spend a few hours. If you’re into wrestling (as I’m sure you are if you’re reading this), there are MULTIPLE local promotions who have regular shows, so just depending on the week there could be 1 – 4 shows! Of course there is Rocky Mountain Pro at their NEW LOCATION and a steady line up of shows, there is Lucha Laughs and Libre who never disappoints with over the top entertainment, Primos wrestling for those who like some extra extreme matches, and Colorado Springs Wrestling who is really coming in with the heat this year! There is NEVER a shortage of wrestling! Outside of wrestling, my favorite nightclub to bring people too is Tracks Nightclub in the Rhino District. Much like the wrestling community, the tracks and lgbtq community is overwhelmingly loving and dramatically beautiful. Also, one of my most favorite people, long time friend, and forever my gogo brother and a highly interesting and exciting person to meet is Michael Rufio Jimenez. He is SURE to have the in on anything exciting and exuberant. I don’t really go out to drink a whole lot but I have recently discovered my favorite bar that I go to once a month located in the Santa Fe Art District called Black Sky Brewery for some delicious beer. The mountains have so much to offer as well, but for me just going hiking on random trails is my idea of a good time.

Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
Like I had said, we can collectively make a world we want to live in. Collectively. Without love, support, and a LOT of positive reinforcement, reaching ones goals becomes immensely more difficult. Luckily, I haven’t been short on any of the above. Without a few specific people coming into my life when they did, I would have never found myself in the position I’m in now. My first real introduction to the wrestling world was from my partners roommate a handful of years back, he was a wrestler himself (which he still won’t tell me WHO HE WAS) and a huge supporter all around; Shawn Chegini. Without him having wrestling on everyday I would come over, I would have never discovered how brilliant the art is. Another great friend that I’ve had since I was just a wee teenager after leaving high school who actually told me about the wrestling school YEARS before I made the leap, is Cody Devine. Without this guy I wouldn’t have had the guts to even walk into the school for a tryout, which would then lead me to where I’m at now. Once I finally was in the door and beyond excited to be apart of this incredible community, Matt Yaden and Curtis Cole welcomed me in quickly as their new gear maker even though I had never created anything to the extent of what they needed. They believed in me, and still do. And even through several sets of terrible looking and terrible fitting garments, they keep coming back. And it means the world to me. Without these two constantly talking me up to other wrestlers and members of our community, I surly wouldn’t have the opportunities I have today. Creating (and performing) is what makes me the absolute happiest in life, and I get that chance every single day because SO MANY PEOPLE believe in me, and I refuse to let them down.

Website: https://www.gnarlygarb.me

Instagram: @gnarlygarbco

Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/treena-elizabeth-01a7b593/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/GnarlyGarbCO

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