Amy Davies (@amyrightmeow) is a creator whose videos' cool 1980s/1990's aesthetic, bold colors, and positive messages make their channels one of TikTok's bright spots - even on the darkest of days!
A non-binary, self confessed 'dork' from Wales, Amy wows the TikTok community with their artistic creations. Putting their degree in animation to good use, Amy worked at the heart of the industry before leaping head first into the wonderful world of TikTok.
Amy uses their art to encourage their followers to be be kind to themselves and others. They are a big believer in finding the right path and want to help others grow in confidence to find their own niche.
In just a short space of time, their distinctive, witty and relatable animations have won them a dedicated following of over 979k fans. No topic is off the table for Amy, from over watering houseplants to the dangers of dunking biscuits in tea and even their experience of lockdown, Amy combines catchy tunes with colourful graphics that showcases their unique style.
We sat down with Amy to find out how they stay so positive, where they get their creative inspiration and what kindness online really means to them...
How would you describe your art style?
Expressive, vibrant, and playful, with a flare of '80s/'90s influence.
How has the TikTok community inspired your art? What makes you continue to create and share your art on TikTok?
There's such a massive variety of art and creative styles, it's hard to not be inspired! It's cool to see creators working with whatever they have, and are passionate about. Whether that's doodling on sticky notes... all the way to working in industry standard software. Everyone has a chance to be unique, and have room to play with ideas and styles.
What's the kindest comment (about your art) you've received on TikTok?
Overall, most of my comments are incredibly supportive! I think some of the ones that particularly stand out are from people that mention they've been inspired by my creations to pursue their own artistic journeys. That's just so cool!
If you had to sketch/illustrate kindness, what would it look like?
Something surrounding individuals raising others up because they genuinely care. Being respectful, listening to each other, and being able to discuss any personal challenges and struggles without fear of mockery.
I'd also want to include being kind and patient with yourself. Things like having a willingness to learn and listen to others, and be open to change. To feel confident in following a path you feel is right for you, but also know that you can try something out and realize it's not serving you or others, and feel empowered to move on, change, or say just "no thanks."
Which TikTok creators do you admire or inspire you?
@ZoBeeBop has a huge variety of animated content, and also integrates it into filmed footage. They clearly have a lot of fun with what they make, and openly discuss how their skill came simply from practicing. @GhostHoney isn't an animator, but is probably my FAVORITE creator. He's completely unapologetically himself, and that's a vibe I can fully get behind. He's also effortlessly sharp and witty.
What do you think makes the TikTok community so special?
I think it's the accessibility and diversity. Being creative is for everyone, no matter who you are, or your experience level. I only began taking my creative endeavors more seriously when I was 18 years old. Had I not been inspired by other creatives, I wouldn't be where I am today! With platforms like this, you can start your creative journey at any point. You don't have to have any fancy software, all you need is your phone. There are creators making content from all levels of experience. I don't feel like there's a toxic competitive attitude because of the sheer diversity of styles and personalities of the creators themselves.
Why do you think people bully or try to hurt one another, especially online?
This is the age old answer, I know... but honestly, I think the main reason is insecurity. Probably stemming from a root feeling of fear.
I think it can be harder to see when you're younger. As a kid I used to roll my eyes whenever adults would say that the bullies probably had bad influences outside of their control that led to them being this way. It's hard to see that when you're the one receiving the outbursts of rage or spitefulness. It doesn't excuse the behavior by any means, and any damaging/toxic behavior needs to be addressed. But they may not be as evil as it seems.
For example, if someone you don't know made a comment mocking your art style or creation that was definitely NOT constructive feedback, if you can try to look at it from an outside perspective, you could determine a few things that may help you feel empowered to deal with it (or decide to block them).
It's so easy to make an immediate and flustered response. I myself still feel that urge when someone comments something inflammatory, or just straight up misinformation... But whoever left that comment is most likely there JUST to get a heated response out of you. Nobody truly confident in themselves goes out of their way just to make others feel belittled. So try to see it as a reflection of their poor mental state. It's not your job to fix them, but be wary of engaging with individuals like this. Don't give them that twisted satisfaction of taking you down with them.
In some rare cases, if you feel confident or emotionally removed enough from the situation, it can be worth attempting to calmly engage in a discussion, if you feel like this individual is misinformed, or open to discuss why they'd willingly say something hurtful... However, unfortunately in most cases, the individuals making comments like this just want to bring you down so they can feel better about themselves.
What do you think can people can do in their own way to make the internet a kinder, more inclusive place?
Being open to change and engaging with others, especially those outside of personal friend bubbles, or niche communities. This would naturally expose you to new, or different, life experiences and perspectives. It's super easy to get stuck in an echo chamber, and think that everyone has the same views as you. Engaging with diverse people from all walks of life may lead you to realize that you've maybe misjudged certain types of people, either because of upbringing, peer pressure, or the echo chamber effect. Naturally, with more knowledge and understanding of where views and beliefs come from (both negative and positive ones) we can decide what we align with morally, and make more informed and fair decisions. We're all human beings on our own journeys in life, but that shouldn't mean we should resort to unjustly tearing other people down to get ahead, or to look powerful. It just doesn't need to be that way.
On a broad scale... If you ever feel personally threatened/offended/annoyed by a certain community or movement, maybe consider asking yourself why you feel this way? Where does this belief come from? Does whatever you disagree with really affect you personally? Do you know how much it means to the individuals/community/movement, and how it affects their everyday life?
It's worth the time to do your research. You owe it to yourself to know you're being the person you want to be morally. You may find that yes, you disagree with certain things, and have the information from both sides to feel at peace with that. Other times, you might realize that you were perhaps being unfairly judgemental and biased.
We all have to go through this process as part of the human experience. It's ok. Sure, we make mistakes and have regrets. So instead of feeling stuck or lost, know that can be learned from.
All we can do is try to be more inclusive, more aware, and open to new experiences in life. Being open to kindness and empathy really does make a huge difference, for you and all those around you.
What was your creative inspiration for your video in the #CreateKindness campaign?
I don't tend to limit myself with style, as I love to experiment! But for this campaign, I wanted to weave in my appreciation for '90s aesthetics, and bold colors. It's definitely a vibe I've been having a lot of fun with recently.
It's easy for these kinds of topics to get heavy regarding unwanted, unhelpful, and receiving hurtful comments online. So I decided to focus on keeping the expressions dynamic and playful, just to add that bit of pep back in to give the audience courage to deal with these issues, and of course, promote being kind!
Amy is part of TikTok's new #CreateKindness campaign, a global safety campaign and creative video series, to encourage everyone to choose kindness in their everyday lives. You can find more information about the campaign on our Discover page as well as permanently on @TikTokTips.