Yerman the Depressed Monster
Yerman the Depressed Monster comes from the vision of Ryan Brunty, a Vegas-based visual artist, whose work primarily focuses on the isolation and desperation felt during long bouts of depression through the use of watercolors, street art, and somber animated characters. His main character, Yerman the Sad Yeti, is the subject of Depressed Monsters, a clothing line officially debuted in 2014. Taking a guerrilla-style approach, his work has been seen in the MoMa, on reality shows, and galleries across the west coast.
The Untold Story of Yerman the Depressed Monster
When I was in eighth grade, I had a t-shirt company idea where I would put monsters on shirts and sell them to my friends. I had a notebook full of little monsters drawn on shirt mockups and dreamt of every person in my skateboard crew donning the threads at local City Boardshop events. That was about a two month venture because I soon realized that I didn’t have the money, artistic talent, or means to put my little monster doodles on t-shirts. This killed me and even though drawing on shirts with Sharpies looked punk and sort of like my idol Sid Vicious, it just wasn’t doing it for me.
Fast forward 15 years and my first t-shirt designs are now live at depressedmonsters.com and zappos.com/depressedmonsters. It’s a little surreal to me and the fact that I’m looking at an inbox full of excited individuals stoked on wearing Yerman the Depressed Monster has put a perma-smile on my face. I can’t thank you all enough for the support these past few days, this is really a dream come true.
Now, I know this is my first foray into clothing design but I can guarantee you one thing, this is a shirt you’re going to love for a long, long time. It’s being printed on Anvil Fashion Fit tees which are comparable to American Apparel 2001s are 100% cotton, the design is being discharge screenprinted so it won’t be a bulky screenprint sticking to your skin in the summer heat and I can’t wait to start seeing my little sad yeti popping up on Instagram and at local shows. I hope you’re just as excited as I am.
Again, thank you for the support and I can’t wait to show you what’s coming next for Yerman the Depressed Monster.
*A portion of all proceeds from the Depressed Monsters, LLC. clothing line are donated to top mental health agencies across the country and also fund Ryan Brunty’s public speaking engagements. You can catch Brunty in Rhode Island this week as part of the Peace Love Storytellers event at Rhode Island College.
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