Spend just five minutes with Go! Ricky Go! and Malia Sioux in their Atlanta “gypsy house,” and you will immediately see and feel the love these two creatives have for each other. We linked up with Ricky (the musician) and Malia (the tattoo artist) to talk about their love story that spans seven years, along with the hardships, art and music in between.
Both of these kids are making a name for themselves in ATL, using each other and their family as inspiration to become better artists and people. Ahead of their story for 13thflr, Ricky and Malia took time for 10 the Hard Way.
Favorite place to have date night: In bed.
The first thing Malia does in the morning:
Ricky: Wakes up (laughs).
The first thing Ricky does in the morning:
Malia: Probably looks at his phone and smokes.
Favorite thing to do together other than music and art:
Malia: Eat ice cream and smoke.
Ricky: Which is an art to do be able to do both of those things.
Best place to spend family time in ATL: The Land Trust. Great vibes over there.
Our song: “Morning Would,” off of Dick Brown’s Tall Tails of Foxy Cottontail.
Best trait about each other:
Ricky: She’s so nurturing, like Mother Earth. I picture her spirit coming and sweeping in and flowers bloom and trees come to life kind of thing, ya know?
Malia: I like his optimism. It’s important to be optimistic, and we overlook that. We were driving around lost in Denver once and he was still just like, “But, we’re having the best time!”
(To Ricky) Would you let anyone else tattoo you:
Ricky: Nah, I’m her blank canvas.
Malia: No way. I feel like he should be tattooed by some of the greats. There’s a lot of people out there better than me. Hopefully we’ll meet them and get tattooed (laughs).
One thing you mutually can’t stand: Fake people. If you can, just be genuine.
(To Malia) Ever get jealous of Lucy (Ricky’s guitar):
Ricky: I think Lucy gets jealous (laughs).
Malia: Yea, Lucy might be getting jealous.
Photography by Kelsey Ryan