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Rising Stars: Meet Matt Schwaab of Boring

Today we’d like to introduce you to Matt Schwaab.

Hi Matt, please kick things off for us with an introduction to yourself and your story.
From my mom playing Grateful Dead’s Ripple while she was pregnant with me to listen to records with my dad all my life, music has always been a big part of my life. I love going to shows and festivals and grew to love the art of tie dye. I became unhappy with my career and wanted to do something where I didn’t have a set schedule or a boss that wasn’t myself. I bought a RIT tie dye kit and made a shirt. I realized I was quite good at tie dye. I did a lot of research and took a class to improve my technique. I got a few orders from friends and family. I got more orders and more orders. I started a stand at a farmer’s market and grew my business to a point that I didn’t need to work for anyone else. I always said I wanted to retire at 35 and what I really meant was that I wanted to not work for someone else and do what I loved to do every day.

We all face challenges, but looking back would you describe it as a relatively smooth road?
There were definitely slower times during the non-market season, but I am determined to make this work as it makes me happy.

Thanks – so what else should our readers know about your work and what you’re currently focused on?
I am a tie dye artist. I do not currently have any specialities in the field as I am pretty new (2019). I am likely most known for a memorial shirt I did for a legend (Bird Brown) in the Carroll County sports community. Every single artist and creative person sets themselves apart from others with their own styles and technique.

What matters most to you? Why?
Happiness for my family and myself. I am happiest when I can be creative and carefree. As a cancer survivor, I have made it a point to live every day happily doing things I like to do.

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