An in-part illustration of the man.
Herman’s Hands is my Mental Health Awareness and Suicide Prevention Clothing Brand. www.hermanshands.com.
HH is about change.
Honest exposure of mine and my late father’s vulnerabilities helps break down the macho-Australian-male culture and sets example for others to empower themselves and share their own.
Through HH I am continuously learning about myself as well my dad and his suffering. The more I learn, the better version of myself I become and the better I can serve and support others.
I am forever striving to better illustrate the suffering mental illness and suicide creates in hope of communicating the importance of awareness and change.
This is my passion.
Here’s a heap of pictures that I reckon illustrate some parts of Herman’s life.
Recently I came to the saddening realisation that through my work, my old man (Herman) has become a concept to me. When I think of him I don’t think about the times we had together. I think of him as this idea… As ‘Herman’s Hands’ – an avenue for awareness spreading.
I’m working with my dad every day. Maybe he’s so familiar to me now that I’ve numbed myself to his loss?
The only thing that grounds me back in the purpose of all my work is reading his words in the suicide letter he left for me.
I’ve spent the past 3 and a half years of my life focused on trying to convert negatives into positives. I guess I’ve been trying to justify my dad’s death or make it right or something like that. I dunno.
Anyway, these pictures came to me just at the right time. They help me take a step back to remember. They put a face to the name. I just want to share them with you and let you make your own interpretations of the man.
Herman may have been a tatted up, biker lookin’ mf who rocked a mullet a lot of the time but he was a great father. And you know, your old man is just as susceptible to mental illness as mine was. And your brother. And your uncle. And your nephew. And your cousin. And your grandad. And all your female relatives too.
So have a lil’ chat. Never hesitate to tell mine or Herman’s story. I know you know someone who could benefit from it. Also, if you’ve got a moment, share the heck out of these pics. I think they’re pretty neat.
Through HH you can set example for change and show others a way forward.
Create Dialogue – Inspire Change.