When most people think of “Dope”, a myriad of different things come to mind. Usually, something is “Dope” if it’s cool, awesome, or “man that jacket is dope!”. Other times, it’s referring to drugs. “I’m getting dope”. I decided, based upon my experience with substance abuse—growing up with it and ultimately struggling with it during different parts of my life, that I could take the power away from it, play off of it, and ultimately use it as a way of bringing my ideas and art to the market—while also providing a platform to help sponsor “dope” people. The brand isn’t about promoting sobriety, and while we respect people’s individual choices—we also want to provide resources responsibly and support organizations to help those in need.

In moving forward, one of the things I hope to accomplish is highlighting not only skateboarders, surfers, musicians, and creative monsters—but talk sincerely and openly about how we may use terminology that is drug-inspired, we are also focused on sharing, talking, and communicating about the perils of substance abuse. First hand accounts and support.

I started designing shirts and apparel mostly as a way of managing my own anxiety, as funds ran out and I could no longer afford doctor’s visits to verify my need for medication, so instead I drew. It’s the one place I can be alone, creative, and not feel like an outsider or freak to the rest of the world. I look forward to sharing experiences with everyone, and sharing products that help support our cause.

If you are looking for help with substance abuse related issues, Text ABOVE to 741-741 for 24/7, anonymous, free crisis counseling via the Crisis Text Line.  Rather talk than text? Call 1-800-448-3000 to connect with the Boys Town National Hotline

If you are looking for ways to help a friend, check out Above the Influence’s How to Help a Friend page.

If you are struggling with crippling depression or thoughts of suicide, please visit Suicide Prevention Hotline, or call 1-800-273-8255.

Onward, upward, full of love,

@el_bulldog_ingles

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