G’DAY. I’m writing here today to share some thoughts on Herman’s Hands @hermanshands and a little bit about where I’m at.
As most of ya know, last year I successfully raised 20 grand and released a big new line for Herman’s Hands which was close to two years in the making. I am eternally grateful to everyone who helped me. And I hope I showed my gratitude to you all.
It was a really big thing for me and I gave all of my energy to it.
I’m paraphrasing hugely here but I broke myself and had to stop what I was doing in order to survive.
I was able to chuck some of @arekenny ’s beautiful campaign shots on Instagram at random but that was it. I didn’t have any energy left to give. I had to take a break and sort my shit out.
6 months later, F*CK I JUST REALISED IT’S BEEN SIX MONTHS, after making massive changes in my life, getting therapy and a new knee, I’m back. I’m able. Capable. No longer incapacitated. (Well I am physically incapacitated because I just had a knee reconstruction haha but I’m free in the head).
Anyway, I’m back and I’m having another crack. Mate.
This time without the self-made expectations, pressure, stress and all that. This time I’m feeding/ fuelling HH with the good parts of me. And I want IT TO FUEL ME in return. Rather than suck me dry like I’ve unfortunately allowed it to in the past.
Herman’s Hands is a beautiful and powerful thing if I let it just be that. It’s emotional and it’s personal and that’s what makes it so special but has also made it so hard.
I’m going to try not to dwell so hard on profoundly moving people with my posts etc. Mine and my dad’s stories have been told and they’ll ALWAYS be there for you all should you need them!
My story is a straight up resource for those going through similar experiences.
Naturally I’ll continue to ramble on a little bit like I am now, but from here on in I just want to have fun with this thing and let it bring me joy and happiness and connection like it should.
I want to focus on the ‘clothing brand’ component of Herman’s Hands (FUNNILY ENOUGH THAT’S WHAT IT ACTUALLY IS EY!). I want to have fun making neat gear that people actively want to rep and create nice images with real fancy photographers.
So yeah anyway, here’s a bunch of mug shots taken on the fly by my mate Den @denysbondi on a couple of kodak disposables just outside my new home. I’d like to thank big Samoan Samson for the double shiners, they really add charm…
To finish I just want to reiterate a few things (as usual):
Mental illness is a terrible, terrible thing that CAN AND WILL take everything from a person and their family.
Herman’s Hands exists to help PREVENT the doom & gloom of mental illness that took my dad’s life and shattered my family from reaching others.
Mental illness continues to haunt my family in a big way. I do not write this or present anything from a place of resolution or highness. I/ we are still very much IN the battle.
The key word in all of that is prevent.
So grab a freaking teeo, wear it, and if someone asks – tell them where it came from. Tell them who Herman is. You MIGHT just be the thing that helps change the way someone sees themself. You MIGHT just be the thing that helps someone feel less alone in their struggle. Or you MIGHT just be the thing that PREVENTS the SHIT from consuming theirs and their family’s lives.
A bit heavy. Sorry about that haha.
CREATE DIALOGUE – INSPIRE CHANGE.