The Edges of Lean — Ep 102 Continuous Improvement and the Passion for Art with Kevo


Kevo, a full-time artist who is also a painter, film, and theater producer, and art teacher, joins me here at The Edges of Lean to share his inspiring story of overcoming a troubled childhood, jail time, and a gunshot wound to pursue his passion for art. There is a lot to consider in this conversation for all of us in the continuous improvement world. 


Kevo, a native of Houston, Texas, is a multifaceted artist with a Master of Fine Arts degree. His creative endeavors encompass a wide range of mediums, including painting and theater production, shining a spotlight on the complexities of race and the human experience. Leading the charge in the artistic realm, Kevo serves as the director of Kevo Arts Studios, a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting and nurturing the arts. In addition to his role in the nonprofit sector, Kevo imparts his wisdom and expertise as a professor at a prestigious college, boasting an impressive decade-long career as the proprietor of a thriving tattoo studio.



00:01:56 Overcoming a troubled childhood.

00:04:32 Starting a tattooing career. 

00:10:23 The foundation of art. 

00:14:24 Genuine care and encouragement.

00:17:11 Leaving toxic friendships behind.

00:23:06 Believing in your potential. 

00:26:00 Unexpected discoveries while running. 

00:29:30 African American artists. 

00:37:37 Comparing the holocaust and slavery. 

00:41:08 Perception of African Americans. 

00:44:25 Shifting mindset for personal growth and development.



  • Changing mentality and taking responsibility are more impactful than dwelling on negative aspects.
  • Surrounding oneself with the right people is crucial for personal growth and well-being.
  • Changing oneself may require adapting to fit in with new people and leaving behind those who cannot adapt or do not want to change.
  • Personal change can impact the people around you, whether in the workplace, home, or social circles.
  • Personal growth and improvement can inspire and motivate others to do the same.
  • It is vital to consider that behavior and actions can influence others professionally and personally.
  • Being mindful of the impact one has on others and striving to be a positive role model can create a ripple effect of positive change.


Memorable Quotes From Kevo Aregbe

“Educate your children about the harsh realities of life because the people in power cannot be relied upon to do so.”