Today we’d like to introduce you to Sabine Maxine Lopez.
Sabine Maxine Lopez is a multi-hyphenate creative from Los Angeles, California. As a child, Sabine exhibited a passion for the arts. Whether it was dancing, singing, or acting she loved expressing herself. As an adult, while working full time she began to focus more on photography and styling vintage clothes. In 2016, after leaving her full-time job and wanting to pursue something more fulfilling, Sabine began working with the non-profit ProjectQ and also launched A Tribe Called Queer. A Tribe Called Queer started as an Instagram page dedicated to highlighting other queer people and businesses in the community. After gaining some popularity, Sabine made the decision to reshape ATCQ and focus more on activism and uplifting marginalized communities. In 2018, the A Tribe Called Queer Podcast and T-shirt line was launched. With the podcast and t-shirt line, Sabine is able to open up a dialogue about issues the queer community faces today.
Please tell us about your art.
I was inspired to start a podcast because I wanted to have conversations with other queer people, about issues we face today. I didn’t want the podcast to focus on “Hollywood” or politics, or anything like that (those things may seep into the convos a little bit). I really wanted to discuss topics such as mental health, starting a family, fashion, god, sex, communication, etc. These are the things I talk about with my friends and family. So I really believe that others may want to hear these conversations, whether they relate to them or not.
I launched my t-shirt line because I have always loved fashion. Fashion is a major part of my life. The older I get and the more informed I become about issues facing our community. Because of this, I was inspired to create t-shirts that make a statement. Initially, I did this for myself. But so many people asked about my shirts and wanted to buy them, I said, “ok, I’ll sell them.” It felt very organic. And when I see people wearing my “Women of Color are the Backbone of America” t-shirt, it literally brings tears to my eyes.
As an artist, how do you define success and what quality or characteristic do you feel is essential to success as an artist?
Success to me is doing what you love regardless of who is watching. There are joy and sort of stillness that comes from being so aligned in what you are doing. That is what I’m seeking in my life. Alignment with my purpose.
I believe in order to achieve any kind of success, you have to be willing to fail. Accepting failure is so hard. But it is something that you are going to face in many different variations before you reach success.
How or where can people see your work? How can people support your work?
My T-Shirts can be purchased on my website atribecalledqueer.com. Season 1 of A Tribe Called Queer Podcast is available on iTunes, Spotify and my website. Season 2 is currently in production and will be released soon!
- Website: www.atribecalledqueer.com
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Instagram: @atribecalledqueer
- Facebook: @atribecalledqueer
- Twitter: @ATCQueer
Photos by: Sabine Lopez and Madin Lopez