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Life & Work with Ahsaan Cooke

Today we’d like to introduce you to Ahsaan Cooke.

Ahsaan, we appreciate you taking the time to share your story with us today. Where does your story begin?
Ever since I was young, I loved to draw, in fact I’ve never stopped drawing. I’ve also always loved streetwear because of how heavily influenced it is by Hip-Hop culture and how it allows for complete creativity in T-shirt design and art graphics. When I was younger, I remember going into stores in the mall and seeing expensive graphic T-shirts while thinking to myself “I can do that” because I had some drawings that were better than the ones on shirts. So when I was about 12, I started to think about how I could make my own T-shirts. I first tried starting with iron-on prints but I couldn’t get that to work so I saved up enough money to buy all of the necessary supplies to screen print my own T-shirts. By the time I was 15, I was able to take orders from my friends and make them shirts. At that time, I also had designed my own website for the brand. Unfortunately, I wasn’t too good at screen printing my own shirts and I ended up messing up so many shirts that it was costing me too much money to continue, so I had to take a break from taking orders. Although I wasn’t able to print any shirts, I still continued to design them. This is when I started reshaping my brand to make it a real business. Since then, I have launched a completely new website and I recently dropped a new collection called “ALL SMILES” which emphasizes the importance of positivity.

We all face challenges, but looking back would you describe it as a relatively smooth road?
There are many challenges that you have to overcome when pursuing any passion and for me, one of the hardest obstacles to overcome is having enough resources to pursue your vision. Having a lot of time, energy, and money are vital to making something you have mentally created come to life and it can be challenging to balance everything.

Appreciate you sharing that. What else should we know about what you do?
I am currently in college pursuing an Applied Health Science bachelor’s degree as well as fulfilling pre-med requirements. After college, I plan on attending a medical school with hopes of becoming a Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine.

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Image credits go to Emma Lownes Instagram: @eemsgosh

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