Ricky & Malia: A Gypsy Love Story (Interview)

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“Four scores and seven years ago,” is how, Go! Ricky Go! recounts the story of how he and his wife,  Malia Sioux met.

We’re in their “gypsy house,” somewhere in Atlanta, which also serves as the live-in workspace for the Five Points Music Group. Naturally, there’s recording equipment everywhere, and Ricky is sitting in the midst of it all strumming his guitar, Lucy. Malia, the tattoo artist at City of Ink, switches between checking her phone, organizing some of her sketches and packing copies of Ricky’s first solo album, Dick Brown’s Tall Tails of Foxy Cottontail, into plastic sleeves.

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10 the Hard Way w/Go! Ricky Go! & Malia Sioux (Story Preview)

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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):

Malia: No…

Ricky: I think Lucy gets jealous (laughs).

Malia: Yea, Lucy might be getting jealous.

Photography by Kelsey Ryan

Go! Ricky Go! – “Slim Chances” ft. Walt Live (Single)

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Another day, another new song. “Slim Chances” comes compliments of Go! Ricky Go! aka Ricky Fontaine. It’s Ricky’s “first ever” single outside of his group with Walt Live, iNDEED. “Slim Chances” finds Ricky rapping and playing guitar, and will be the first offering from his forthcoming album, Dick Brown’s Tall Tails of Foxy Cottaintail.

Produced by DJ Burn One and Five Points Music Group, “Slim Chances,” is that hypnotic, drug-laced song with tales of life on the edge that you won’t feel bad singing to because it’s that damn good.  Also, big shout out to the lady behind the cover art and Ricky’s wife, Malia Sioux. Look out for their story on 13thflr coming soon. For now, enjoy the new music.