Death & Milk started out as a way to deal with mental health issues. At the end of 2015 I was struggling with depression due to a dissociative disorder and so I took up drawing as a way to keep my mind busy. I started out drawing witches, haunted houses and lake monsters since I thought children’s book illustration was the way I wanted to go at the time. I was amazed at how the act of creating something out of thin air could give me so much purpose. I made a few prints of those drawings which people seemed to like, and in turn encouraged me to draw more and more.
As my drawings gradually became more simple and graphic it made sense to try them out on cotton instead of paper. The first few t-shirt designs I made in 2016 were well received also, and it was at this point I felt like I had a direction for this thing I’d literally fallen into. Early 2017 and a handful of t-shirts later, I started developing a style that really said a lot about who I was as a person; focused but at the same time kinda detached, a little blank. Just drifting through. The disembodied skulls and hands I was drawing at the time seemed to define the way that I felt, and still feel, and a lot of other people started making the connection too.
As Death & Milk started to adopt more of an identity, I started thinking about what kind of clothing I wanted to make, rather than just throwing a one-colour graphic on a cheap t-shirt. I looked to the things around me; streetwear, hardcore/metal band merch, comic books, manga, things I’d always enjoyed but would probably have never uttered in the same sentence. I’ve always wanted the designs to be a reflection of who I am as a person, so adopting these influences made perfect sense to me. I also wanted great quality in my products, and am happy to say that the t-shirts are ethically sourced and 100% organic cotton, as well as printed locally. I am also hoping to make the packing fully eco friendly in 2019!
And so here we are. If you’ve been with me since the beginning, thank you for everything. You’ve seen all my work, good and bad, and have liked it all enough to stick around which I appreciate to no end. If you’re new to Death & Milk: welcome to my world, I hope you like it here.