Who is Frida Kahlo?
Long before she appeared on our cases and every merchandise on the planet, lived a legend called Frida kahlo. She was a Mexican painter born to a German Father and Mestiza Mother (mixed Latin American/European ancestry). She spent most of her childhood and adult life in Mexico.
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She was born on the 6th of July 1907- she shares the same birthday (6th of July) with a host of diverse characters including- The Dalai Lama, George W Bush, 50 Cents, Sylvester Stallone, Kevin Hart etc. She died in 1954 at the age of 47.
As a child she was left partially disabled by polio and at the age of 18 she suffered a serious traffic accident that left her with injuries that she would nurse for the rest of her life. She however never let any of those incidents hold her back, inspired by Mexican culture, she created art that touched on several subjects including gender, race, identity and class.
Why The Cult Status?
Though Frida was relatively famous while alive she has developed a cult status in today's popular culture. She constantly resisted authority, she constantly refused to believe that her physical pain should restrict her from creating genius artwork. She turned her pain, both physical and emotional, into incredible art. She was defiant in all manner of ways, as a young girl she would often dress as a savvy young man, in adulthood, she had relationships with both men and women. The defiance in her work has definitely hit a nerve with today's feminist movement and LGBT community- she was essentially saying: This is how I thought. This is how I expressed myself. Take me as I am.
Any Words Of Wisdom From Her?
- " At the end of the day, we can endure much more than we think we can "
- " I drank to drown my sorrows, but the damned things learned how to swim "
- " Feet, what do I need them for if I have wings to fly "
- " I was born a bitch. I was born a painter. "
- " I never painted dreams. I painted my own reality "
Frida Nipple Case
Designed by the very talented Angelica Hicks, the Frida Nipple case is a humorous take on her famous self portrait paintings. Frida regularly painted self portraits of herself in very uncompromising positions and often bare chested- hence the title "The original selfie Queen". She also loved photography and was rumored not to miss an opportunity to be photographed by anyone and everyone.
People often ask me what she would think about her images being used in merchandising? She was a fervent communist by the way. My answer is that she was more than one thing, if the case inspires you to be yourself then the world will be a better place for all of us.