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Meet David Lind of Biddywax in Roscoe Village

Today we’d like to introduce you to David Lind.

Thanks for sharing your story with us David. So, let’s start at the beginning and we can move on from there.
It really started out of boredom. I was simply bored staring at my computer with a lack of motivation on a gorgeous spring afternoon. My background is mainly in film and television, but I studied graphic design in high school and wanted to see if I still had it. At the same time, I was annoyed with the generic touristy shirts that were available all around Chicago. There’s so much more to Chicago then the lions at the Art Institute or Cloud Gate aka The Bean at Millennium Park.

I wanted to see the nitty-gritty images on shirts; the things and/or events that shaped and changed Chicago (Capone, H.H. Holmes, Cooky the Clown, etc), but I couldn’t find anything. That got me thinking, “Why not just create it yourself?” That’s exactly what I did. I put my knowledge of graphic design back to use and the next thing I knew people were loving my Chicago inspired designs. It kinda snowballed and people demanded more and more, but I had no business background (I dropped out of business class after 15 minutes in College). I simply did some research, contacted some close friends and just challenged myself. The biggest help was social media and word of mouth. It’s still a learning process today.

We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
In no way has it been a smooth road. There has been a lot of self reflection and heartache. I have taught myself that, to me, it’s more important to have my art, clothing and designs in the hands of the people, then to worry about the amount of money I have in my pocket. I have always viewed myself as the tortoise in the race. Money is not everything, but the reward of seeing people wearing my gear and talking about Biddywax makes my heart feel like a million bucks. Hopefully one day I can be a household name and only time will tell.

So, as you know, we’re impressed with Biddywax – tell our readers more, for example what you’re most proud of as a company and what sets you apart from others.
Biddywax is a reflection of the city I love the most, Chicago. I specialize mainly in t-shirt designs of Chicago’s rich history, but I love everything within Chicago. I love taking photos of Chicago, especially along the lake, and adding my “Biddywax” flare to the photos. My mind views everything photographically. It’s something I am very proud of. I just simply have a niche for art. My best and biggest sellers are my abstract Chicago flag design and a silhouette Capone mugshot design. I gear towards the people who take things to the next level. People who challenge themselves and can motivate others, such as musicians, actors, artists, gym freaks, X-games types, tattoo artists, or even my very supportive family and friends who know I can be an odd ball at times. Basically, Biddywax is geared towards anyone willing to know their strengths, but also know their weaknesses as well. One of my idols growing up, Burton C. Bell from the heavy metal band Fear Factory, has worn Biddywax numerous times on stage in front of thousands. By meeting him and seeing photos and videos of him wearing Biddywax has taught me that anything is possible. The biggest thing that sets me apart is that I don’t have the fear of someone or something holding me back. Failure happens and I hope people see that in the art of Biddywax. Not everyone will like Biddywax or even my mentality, but then again there’s billions of others out there in this world that just might. Never quit, never settle.

So, what’s next? Any big plans?
Biddywax is and always will be “One Day at a Time”, but with a close eye always on the future and a sharp ear on the past. I truly hope Biddywax becomes a household name. There are so many people in this world that love Chicago and/or have lived in Chicago, but now have moved elsewhere. Chicago has always had the welcoming feeling and I want people to feel welcomed and proud to wear my gear. Chicago was built through a lot of blood, sweat and tears and my imagery shows that. I hope I can connect with major market companies and artists and display the rich history of Chicago through Biddywax. I would love Biddywax to be worn or seen on every proud Chicagoan and/or tourist. I wouldn’t mind if I could get to the level of a Banksy or a Trent Reznor where people know the art simply by shapes, sounds, designs, colors, etc… Anything is possible, right?!

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Image Credit:
Joey Villagomez
Dale Gossett
Daniel Smigla

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