When I first met Bobby Dar (@bobby_dar on instagram) he told he needed a wall clock. He needed money for a wall clock. Now, some people may think this is not a real concern in life, but if a person wants or needs a wall clock, they should be able to have one. The problem for me was – I couldn’t just send a clock to him because of the import tariffs on products coming into the country he lives in. Which just-so-happens to be Pakistan.
Like many artists, Bobby’s true talents are in creative areas, but this doesn’t always translate into reliable income. Especially living in a country with policies most of us can’t fully understand. The problems he faces in simply going about his business on any given day exist on multiple levels.
We almost couldn’t work with Bobby due to the oppressive nature of his country, and the threat of being put in jail or worse for provocative imagery, which is something we take for granted in the United States. We have also learned a few things through working with creative men: let artists speak for themselves and let their art speak for who they are at the core. Unfortunately not everyone can do that.
In beginning to work with Bobby, he asked me: “Won’t people feel pity for me?”, and I said: “No, they’ll want to support you and give you attention”. This piece was donated to the Gurdwara Sialkot temple, in Sialkot, Pakistan—which is a Sikh temple. This particular art piece and the complicated place it comes from are what we at Dope Minds strive to facilitate. We’re glad we found someone to boost up in any small way, if indeed we can, because that’s who we are.
With that, I present “Baba guru nanak”.