I love the holidays. But I’ll have to admit I’m glad they’re over. I’m ready to get back on my grind and working my plan for 2015.
Immediately after Thanksgiving I always reflect of the year-to-date, I think about what I did well, things I didn’t do so well, what I should’ve and should not have done. I’m the type that’s never truly satiated, but looking back, Byrd Eye View and I personally had a good year. It’s crazy that I’ve had the best year for Byrd Eye View since the founding in 2001, after coming off one of the worst years of my life. 2014 was the first full year without my mother, and if I’m completely honest with myself, I can’t deny that the reason Byrd Eye View did so well this year is due in part to my mother’s passing. One thing I found out about myself is that I’m strong. But, not as strong as I thought I was. I still haven’t really dealt with my mother’s death; I mean how do you really deal with that? You just try to accept it. The way I chose to deal with it, was though my work. Art has always been my escape, my safe place, and I ran to it. The only thing that can counter death is life, and I decided to live. Not just live, but live the life I’ve always wanted to live. Live the life I talked about with my mother.
I believe everyone is born an artist. Kids create Art long before they learn to read or write, throw a pass or shot a basketball. But very few stay an artist, mostly due in part to their parents not encouraging the Arts as a career. This was not the case with me. My mother always encouraged me to pursue my interest in the Arts. I guess I was lucky; my mother was an artist as well. She painted a little, but her passion was for interior design, sewing clothes and curtains, stain glass art and jewelry making. My mother was amazing, she was always doing projects around the house and she had a green thumb for gardening. We stayed in the hood, but we had the nicest house in the hood. Whenever I started a new venture the first person I would talk to would be my mom, and she always supported me. I told her I wanted to move down South, she helped to make it happen. I told her I wanted to attend Art school, she said, “Good idea”. And when I told my mother I was thinking about getting into screen-printing she said “Go for it, you would be great at it”. She always made me feel like I could do anything I set my mind too.
But now she’s gone…
"I still haven’t really dealt with my mother’s death; I mean how do you really deal with that? You just try to accept it. The way I chose to deal with it, was though my work. "
I’m Sorry, I apologize I didn’t mean to start my first blog post of the year to be so somber; it just kind of went there. Let me start over. 2014 was a great year for Byrd Eye View. I worked so hard, and learned so much and I expect big things in 2015. Nothing would be possible without the support of Danyell, and the inspiration of my daughter Honor. And not to mention the help and support I received from family and friends.
I would like to give thanks to my brother-in-law Travis Profit for helping me with the electric work in my studio, my brother-in-law David Worthy for helping me with overflow, my boy Jon from MotoSports in Woodstock for plumbing my washout booth. Thanks to my boy Omega Ruth of Eye Jacked Photography, LLC for helping me with Photography, Shannon Murray, Kaia Worthy, Jahson and Ruby Tafari for modeling my apparel. Aisha Trott, Ayesha Parham, Stephanie, Von Gill, Jared Reeder, Jamai and Jerez Barnes, Worldpay Sales Ops and IT team, and several others for custom large orders.
And a special shot out to those rocking Byrd Eye View in the streets helping me fund and build my brand, I may not remember everyone, but I’ll try. Big ups to Mark Staples, James Tabb, Delroy McFarlane, Anthony Gates, Anne Howard, Brain Dennis, Renee Furel, Mende Fox, David Sirkin, Hadiya Reynolds, Jared Reeder, Jeff McKay, Holly Personius, Leigh Takata, Jenae Miller, Jerez Barnes, my sister Gena Profit, Sara Wilson, Gaea Nash, Maranda Walker-Dowell, Monte Kates, Marcia Curry-Phillips, Tanya Richardson, Elijah Scott, Terrail Frosh, Amy Bonat, Eugene Billings, Jareed Reeder, Shep Savage and several other online sales from people I don’t know. Please forgive me if I forgot you. And of course Daisy Peay and my homeboy Ernest ‘Pooh’ Baker whom is ensuring Byrd Eye View’s 2015 will get off to a great start. And I could never forget my first two sales ever to Susan Cooper and Nicole Fields.
Byrd Eye View is not just about Art and apparel. I’m working to build Byrd Eye View into a family business that I can pass on to my daughter, and build up a network up of artist and like-minded business people who refuse to settle for anything less than their wildest dreams.
Here’s to a healthy and prosperous 2015. Let’s get it.