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Six Foot Owl

October 7th, 2008

Brianne Cirel and Johnie Thornton create one of a kind works of art using every day garments and apparel as the canvas. The goal of their company, Six Foot Owl Clothing and Art, is to put original images onto the bodies of original people. Not only does 6FO make original garments, but they also customize people’s existing favorite items of clothing.

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Bri, Six Foot Owl:

Six Foot Owl believes that clothing is one of the most expressive forms of self-representation a person can use. When putting on clothes, we are making conscious decisions that are exposed to the people in the world who see us. Clothes should display the unique set of preferences of what each of us find to be beautiful, or funny, or sexy, or sophisticated. Clothes offer us the opportunity to make statements that reflect our personal and social awareness…not just that we “heart” New York”.

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After all, in the wise words of fantastically fashionable Mr. T, “Calvin Klein and Gloria Vanderbilt don’t wear clothes with your name on it, so why should you wear their name?” Why indeed, T… Why indeed.

Six Foot Owl customizes, personalizes, and brings significance to the items people choose to clothe themselves in.

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Six Foot Owl Clothing and Art began in 2006 when a skate shop in Downtown Oakland named Clean asked Brianne Cirel to showcase some of her artwork. Bri had recently returned from a trip to London where she found inspiration in the public works of various London Street Artists, Banksy in particular.

Bri began to think of ways to display her art and ideas in the same sort of public arena, minus the whole vandalism thing. After finding a large bag of free used t-shirts on the street, Bri asked her best friend/roommate, Johnie Thornton, to collaborate with her by painting on the t-shirts for a display at her art show.

Once the two of them got going, they realized the massive potential that hand painted custom clothing held. Their works of art could literally walk out of the gallery and develop a whole new context on the street. Much in the same spirit of the British Street Artists, Bri and Johnie felt that art’s natural habitat is not on the wall of a gallery-it is in the eye of the viewer.

ix Foot Owl Clothing and Art

Art should not lay dormant in a gallery like some princess imprisoned in a tower. It should be out amongst the public, being seen, inciting reactions, affecting the way people think and feel, and just generally causing a fuss. And in this, Six Foot Owl Art and Clothing was born.

As the two friends continued to paint on clothing, they received a ton of support and requests for custom products. They began to realize that other people were just as tired of seeing the same old mass-produced clothes around, which speaks nothing to each person’s individuality.

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Everyone 6FO came into contact with became excited at the idea of wearing something that was made specifically for him or her to wear.

The two friends recently moved to LA where they are currently showing their artwork and apparel collections at galleries and stores around the Southern California area. These kids are just getting started and they are both very excited to establish and expand Six Foot Owl art and clothing.

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