Brand News: Foriegn Family was started on a hot summer day in 2005, when two friends Chad and MR44 decided to start their own t-shirt brand.
Their first conversation started out like this:
Chad - “Yo 44, I want to start up this clothing brand called Foreign Family”
MR44 - “Oh word? Why the name Foreign Family?”
Chad - “Well ‘Foreign’ because everyone living on this earth is really a foreigner to their land. I mean, just take a look at America, it’s a beautiful mixing pot of all types of cultures and backgrounds, yet we label ourselves as American. And ‘Family’ because that is the strongest bond we all value in life. I want to see everyone in all parts of the world come up together as a family and make a living, doing what they love to do.”
MR44 - “Word. I’m in”
And just like that, we started to design t-shirts. We are most known for our intricate hand drawn designs, a rarity in this computer generated world. We are on a mission to sell quality t-shirts and lifestyle products for everyone around the world to enjoy. Keep in touch with us, we promise to make it interesting. Foreign Family.
When I asked Mr. 44 about doing an interview he said he wanted to answer the questions through his art. Check out the interview below!
Artsprojekt: What inspires your art?
Foriegn Family (MR 44): Whatup ArtsProjekt!! My art is inspired by… you, me and everthing that surrounds us.
AP: What is the relationship between technique and content in your work?
MR 44: Between content and techinque? hmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm It is a freestyle relationship. Sometimes it makes no sense…Sometimes it makes perfect sense… “Go with the flow” is the best way to describe it… Does the make sense?
AP: Describe your first experience of making art and how it affected your life’s journey
MR 44: My first experience with art was like the first time I had sex. At first, you don’t know what you’re doing, but as time goes on, you get better at it.
AP: Describe your most recent experience of making art.
MR 44: An interesting experience I recently had…Hmmmm… My first art piece I sold, I sold for $4… Early this year, I sold a piece for $4000… so that was interesting… But it all went to bills… waaaaaaaaaaaaaaa haha!
AP: Take us on a guided tour through a day in your life as an artist
MR 44: My day goes like this: I wake up, get my coffee, drive to work, turn my computer on, chit chat with buddies for like 20min, then I draw for 3 hours- it doesn’t matter what it is, but I make sure I draw… Then for the rest of the day: I clean the office, chill with friends, go home, kiss my lady… sleep Shoutouts to Chad and to everyone that has shown love to Foreign Family. You know who you are.
You can check out the Foriegn Family Artsprojekt Store here