"It all started with a self portrait"
Depressed Monsters is a lifestyle brand and mental health advocacy group founded in 2012 by visual artist, Ryan Brunty.
Comprised of a streetwear brand featuring Brunty's art on shirts, hats and more; Depressed Monsters features murals, TV appearances, public speaking and more! Chances are, you've seen the brand in one place or another.
The main character of Depressed Monsters, Yerman, began as a self portrait in 2012 when Brunty's grandfather passed of lung cancer. Unable to leave his house and bordering on the brink of suicide, Brunty began doing self portraits to help cope with the emotions of losing his grandfather.
Eventually, this self portrait became t-shirt designs which led to murals and now has become a beacon of hope for those experiencing depression.