Slay All Day by Theodoor Grimes

Day 3 — Poster posted on February 2, 2024

Theodoor Gabriella Grimes

Pronouns: They/He

Located: The Bronx, NY

Tell us about yourself:

Theodoor Grimes (They/He) is a Black trans digital artist known for his vibrant illustrations that center the queer experience under the moniker ggggrimes. Based in the Bronx, Theodoor is entirely self taught. ggggrimes’ work is known not only for its dedication to uplifting queer people, but also for its brilliantly colorful, lush, and peaceful depictions of queer life.

What is the inspiration behind your poster design?

Creativity is the way I make sense of my emotions, thoughts, and morality. It brings me closer to myself while shortening the distance between myself and others. My community feels seen by my illustrations, and that is an irreplaceable joyful experience.

Why do you love being creative?

I love being a creative because It really gives me an opportunity to get things out of my head. Sometimes its the only way I can truly relax. Also creativity feels so much better to me than consumption so it really feels like the only way I can live sometimes. I think there can be so much joy in creating from trying something new to just thinking through a creative problem at the end something new is born and that feels really cool.

How can we create a more inclusive design world and ensure that Black people are represented?

Black people need to be hired year round and not just for specific projects related to race. The design world also needs to be more open to queer Black people and protect us in spaces where we are not the majority.

In general… How can we make more equity or equality for us?

I think the best way to start is providing more arts programs for children. The people I see with the most success in creative fields have had their creativity fostered since childhood. I was privileged enough to have a family who supported my creativity, and attended schools with resources to different creative outlets. I see the difference it has made in my life, and feel that arts education is an important missing link.

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