Sofia Dimova | Bulgaria | 21 years old | Instagram: dixxiedott
Artist Portrait by Jelle De Groot
Most of our vintage t-shirt graphics are over 40 years old and are still relevant today. Why have these logos stood the test of time? To find out we invited the next generation of art students to choose a Worn Free t-shirt and share their connection to the design and artist that once wore it.
Every Wednesday a new artist will be featured on our blog and social media in their Worn Free Tee, sharing short personal stories and new artwork they have created. First up: punk-loving Sofia, who is creating a serie of collages for us using behind the scenes photographs she took on 35mm during the shoot. Watch out for them on our Instagram.
“When I was growing up, I was listening to the 60's, 70's and 80's, because of my brother and my parents, so it had an impact on my life and shaped my musical taste later on. Listening to punk, grunge and alternative music (Nirvana, Flipper, Buzzcocks) reminds me of my home town and my friends there and the things we were doing together. Drinking beer at the park and doing the typical teenage stuff. Those are memories that will last forever, and I feel very nostalgic and attached to this music.
I miss Bulgaria, my family and friends very much, so when I graduate from Fine Arts in the Netherlands, I will go back home. I want to change the situation in the art scene there, because it is still a bit old school and narrow-minded in a sense. I wish I can influence young people and encourage them to do what they want to do. The education I’m receiving here in Western Europe helps me a lot, it has shaped me as the person I am and made me way more open-minded. I want to be the bridge between young people and the understanding of contemporary art out there, because art teaches us how to be patient and accepting one another.