We had the good fortune of connecting with Kevin Barrett and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Kevin, what was your thought process behind starting your own business?
I was designing for another company when I started my own creative business. They were already doing what I ultimately wanted to do, make awesome art for musicians, travel around the country, and just have a good time. I was let go a few months later but having had the experience, it really prepared me for what I wanted to continue to do. I made the move back to Colorado from Chicago, and was now my own boss, giving me total creative freedom, which I now know I absolutely need. I can go where I want, anytime, and create what makes me happy, as long as I get a little money out of it. Bear Fruit Designs are uplifting patterns and art pieces, while finding tranquility and joy through creation.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
Everyone has their own artistic take on life, I just think mine is one of the most fun, I call it Future Retro. My happiest moments so far are having had the opportunity to create clothing for some of my favorite musicians, Defunk, Russ Liquid, and The Polish Ambassador, with some other names in the works. It is certainly not easy and you can’t sit around and expect things to happen. It can be discouraging, like not getting any sales for more than a month, having a broken keyboard so it’s taking me 3x longer than it should to write this, but crushing it when I vend at some awesome festivals like Gem & Jam and Arise certainly makes it worth it. Dedication to your craft is essential, and creating things you feel strongly about. I only make things I enjoy, and I hope you like them too.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
Definitely some live music at the amazing venues here. The Mishawaka and Red Rocks are a must in the summer. Cervantes and The Mission in the winter. Hitting some breweries, walking around RiNo checking out the new murals, paddle boarding, there’s really something for everyone here. I rarely get to eat out on my budget but I’m a sucker for sushi. Summer is for sure my season, but I’m usually cruising around in my van hustling at a festival.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
First of all, my parents for always encouraging me to keep pushing myself and be the best I can be, no matter what avenue that would’ve been. unfortunately for my financial status at the moment, that happened to be art 🙂 My friends and the musicians I listen to, I wouldn’t have gotten this far without them either.