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’s definitely been the right decision. It has been an honour 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. It’s ridiculous how many people have reminded me that they’re sad to see the brand go, it’s really taken me by surprise!
I mentioned recently in an interview led by my friend Dale that this has 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’ve been discussing 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.
Therefore, I am SUPER pleased to officially announce that in mid-October the Openmind store will be back again with two brand new designs available on t-shirts and as prints!
I hope you are all as excited as we are! And 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.