The story behind Cut Throat designs
"The idea is not to live forever, but to create something that will."
When I was a little kid I used to love watching my dad draw up a sketch or create a massive work of art. I was inspired to one day be just as great as him. I am still to this day inspired by him.
Growing up I struggled a lot with anxiety. There have been many times in my life where I felt like I couldn't even get out of bed. Now through the help of my loved ones, Jesus Christ, and art, I am able to do more than I ever could've imagined! I am doing and accomplishing things I never thought I would've been able to do before. Starting this business has been a longtime dream of mine. There were so many times where I just decided not to take the risks. We only get to live one life, and it goes by fast! I don't want to waste it being afraid. I want to reach people through my art, love on everyone and fulfill my dreams. I still have a long way to go. Lots of learning, lots of mistakes, but I'm not stopping!
Why Cut Throat Designs?
Many people ask why I chose Cut Throat Designs as my name and why the bird. Well here's why: In the summer of 2011 I was diagnosed with Hyperthyroidism. Hyperthyroidism is a condition in which your thyroid gland produces too much thyroid hormone. The thyroid is a butterfly shaped gland in the front of the neck, just below the Adams apple. For those of you who don't know, the thyroid basically helps run your whole body. Once you have thyroid problems, everything goes out of wack! For two years I dealt with trying to feel normal again. After lots of medication and two rounds of radiation, I had no choice but to have my entire thyroid removed. It was quite stubborn.
In 2013 I had a total thyroidectomy, which ended up leaving me with a pretty gnarly scar. After a year passed I figured the scar would start to fade, but it didn't. I became extremely self conscience of it. Anytime I talked to anyone their eyes were right at my neck. I tried lots of Vitamin E oil and makeup, nothing really helped.
In the Fall of 2015 I was in my Graphic Arts class when we had an assignment to make up a business with a logo and slogan etc. After a few rough (pretty horrible) ideas, my dad thought of Cut Throat Designs. He told me this is how I can embrace my scar and turn it into something good. I loved that name so I ran with it. I drew up a ton of draft logos, until one late night of researching, I found the cut throat finch. The cut throat finch is a small bird with a red mark across it's neck. The second I saw it I knew I was going to incorporate it into my logo. That's what I did! Threw in my own illustrative style and it came out perfect.
This logo and name represents me in every way. I strive to be strong and confident and this entire business is helping me do just that.