In 2017 I decided to draw the Openmind store to a close and focus on sharing my illustrations through tattooing – and CHRIST what an adventure! Three studios and over 300 clients later, I can say it was definitely the right decision at the time. I enjoyed the opportunity to step out of the format of a stressful life and pursue what is true at the core: creating things, learning things, sharing things and developing as a person alongside hundreds of amazing and interesting people.
However despite all of this, I always had this niggling thought in the back of my head. I bloody loved doing clothing… I’ve been designing t-shirts since I was 15 and it felt as if a part of me has been totally neglected and didn’t realise it. So many people kept reminding me that they were sad to see the brand go, it genuinely took me by surprise!
In early 2019, I mentioned in an interview led by my friend Dale that it had been on my mind, but it was just too much to take on for one person. Luckily the interview was seen my another good friend, Elexa. Elexa is a technical whizz with a passion for ethical business. We discussed a way to bring back the Openmind store in a way that allows Openmind to remain true to itself; as an idea, as a community, as a place for me to share artistic progression with all you wonderful people and more importantly, to create something truly positive and remain authentic along the way.
Opportunities like this one, that just feel right, are meant to be seized.
So by October 2019 the Openmind Store was relaunched and has continued to grow at pace thanks to all of our amazing supporters, the Openmind Community. With you we can grow this idea into a meaningful platform to share the ideology of Openmind: to live life hungry for the pursuit of your truest self, to experience the highs and the lows that this life seems to throw at us and create something beautiful from it, to experience reality free from prejudice and bias with an openness to accept new ideas.