Artwork by Ariana Maralit
Aside from building their own name in a very competitive industry of art, another important thing some artists have to deal with is how they could earn money and support their family at the same time.
This is the very situation 26-year-old artist Jomari Concepcion had to deal with. After leaving his job in the middle of the pandemic last year, the Cavite-based artist had to act fast in finding ways on how he could help his family.
“After my resignation, I needed to think wisely for something that can help me and my family for our daily needs, especially, this time of pandemic,” he tells MB Life.
Using his skills, Jomari helped his carpenter father by making woodwork products, selling items online, and then one day he decided to paint his polo. Not sure yet what to do, he posted his hand-painted shirt on social media. Within five minutes, someone bought his works.
Then the idea to sell hand-painted polos and t-shirts from thrift shops started, hence, the birth of Wear Your Art shop.
“I received so many compliments from different people, friends, and relatives. I used those compliments to start creating and start my own small business. And, here we are, I’m on my way to my first anniversary this October,” he says. ” I would like to inform everyone that clothes or button down polos are from thrift stores, I used them as my canvas.”
Using those oversized polos, Jomari pants images of women from different colors and walks of life.
Women as his muse
Aside from wanting to support his family, the young artist also wants to champion from inclusive beauty.
Ironically, even though he grew up in a province, Jomari openly admits that he still experienced bullying when he was young because of his brown skin.
“The inspiration of my works are women. I love creating women’s features, faces, body, and skin. I know we’re facing some problems about body shaming, skin colors, etc. and I want them to realize their beauty,” he says. “I was bullied before because of my skin color. I don’t know what’s the problem in having brown skin or moreno skin. I took it as a sign to create designs with white and fair together with brown skin. I want them to know that there is no barrier about skin colors.”
As of now, Jomari is a full-time businessman and an artist. He leaves a message to other young artists like him. “Always put your heart on every piece you’re creating,” he says. “When it comes to art, there is no perfect. As long as you put your heart into it and you’re satisfied with your work, it’s a thing you need to be proud of. If someone doesn’t appreciate it, you don’t need to worry because your satisfaction with your own work is the only thing that matters. A satisfied life is better than a successful life.”