The "The Bloom" bandana is designed by Real Fun, Wow!, OJAI, CA
The chosen charity is Inner City Arts (Los Angeles)
"The Bloom" is a design grounded in the natural landscape of the Southwest. Like a sapling struggling to find its roots in a dry creek bed, a lone branch spreads its leaves to the sky amidst an unforgiving landscape. There is undeniable beauty in this evolutionary struggle -- as if the the plant's very existence is an act of rugged, defiant, self-determination.
Together with the beautiful border design, the neutral, sun-bleached palette channels the rocky, chaparral-covered hills that roll through the region. It's a bandana that'll feel right at home on any Southwest adventure! This bandana is our fifth collaboration with our friend and Ojai neighbor Real Fun, Wow! and we're honored to bring this unique piece to life.
REAL FUN, WOW! (DAREN MAGEE)
REAL FUN, WOW! is the moniker of Ojai, CA based illustrator, muralist, and designer Daren Thomas Magee. Masterfully blending elements of natural, supernatural, and human connectedness, Daren's work is both a perfect commentary and a welcome antidote for our modern times. In his own words, Daren explains "The aim of my work is to speak to the space between imagination and reality." If you've ever been to Ojai, you've undoubtedly seen Daren's work either hanging in or painted on the side of local restaurants, breweries, hotels, and shops. Even if you haven't, there's a good chance you've seen his work. Daren's prolific list of collaborators includes REI, Mohinders, Vissla, CAMP, Christy Dawn, Tank Garage Wines, and Little Blind Beer Co., among many others.
INNER CITY ARTS (LOS ANGELES)
Inner-City Arts is a non-profit arts education and community outreach organization, based in the heart of Skid Row in Los Angeles. Their architecturally stunning campus provides a safe space of learning, achievement, and creativity for students of all ages in LA County.
Founded in 1989, the team at Inner-City arts works tirelessly to engage young people in the creative process in order to shape a society of creative, confident and collaborative individuals. Equally essential to Inner-City Arts' mission, the Inner-City Arts Professional Development Institute provides experiential training for educators, university students, school administrators, and others dedicated to bringing high-quality arts education to students of all ages and backgrounds.
By providing access to the arts and the endless possibilities they offer, Inner-City Arts is an investment in the youth of Los Angeles. Creating a bridge between the studio and the classroom, Inner-City Arts' unique approach to arts education measurably improves academic and personal outcomes for children and youth, including those students with Limited English Proficiency who are at risk of academic failure.
BANDITS is proud to team up again with Daren to generate support for this organization inspiring the next generation of artists, creators, and leaders in Los Angeles!