You may have seen us on the Internet before. Maybe it was a not-so-flattering article titled, “WOULD YOU DYE YOUR KIDS' HAIR LIKE THIS MOM DOES?” or perhaps your friend tagged you in one of our Instagram posts. Either way, I'm glad you're here and reading this.
My name is Kirsten Bosio. I’m a mom of three living in Los Angeles, and I started this company with my two young kids, Riot and Anni. I grew up as the weird kid in school listening to loud music and idolizing all the colorful, off-beat figures in pop-culture. I dyed my hair, drew all over myself in class, and had a hard time fitting in. Not surprisingly, I also had a hard time finding clothes that I liked - so I did a lot of thrifting and DIY-ing: upcycling all my vintage finds, painting denim vests, and constantly finding new ways to show the world who I am.
When I had children, I did what a lot of parents do: freak out. Well, that, and try to figure out how best
to connect with them and share my passions - So we dove right in. We watched some cult classics from the 80s & 90s (which, by the way, you're totally going to encounter that not all of these have aged well, and this is a great time to discuss all the awkward/not okay things - but I digress). We EXCLUSIVELY listened to CDs for a 2-year period, much to the confusion of a lot of friends and family members. We read novels like Francesa Lia Block's Weetzie Bat. They of course still meddled with current culture, like Steven Universe and Top 40 hits, but wow, did they REALLY love all the things from my childhood. I wasn't exactly upset.
We went to work fashioning our own clothing, accessories, and playing around with hair colors. I found out quickly that my kids were anything but my carbon copies. They both had completely unique styles and tastes. Riot wasn't very feminine; although they would dabble in dramatic makeup from time to time, they liked being comfortable but still wanted to be intimidating. Suddenly there were spikes on everything and lots of SLIME. Slime-colored hair, slime face decals, and slime accents on their clothes.
Anni was HYPER glam. Big dresses, glitter by the pound, and pink until your eyes bleed. She randomly would have goth days when she just wanted to listen to sad music, put on a black cape, and once even made me find her fishnets in her size to complete her mood.
Just 3 years ago, we attended the first birthday of our friends' son. Not knowing what to get him, I remembered that he was named after Joe Strummer of The Clash, and that his mom was obviously a huge fan, so I did something I never did before: I made a piece of clothing for someone other than myself or my kids. It was a hand-dyed vest. I made a The Clash back patch for, even Mod Podge-ing custom buttons, and sewn-on leopard fur accents. They were IN LOVE. It still actually hangs in their house as art well after their son outgrew it. It hit me: all kids should have access to clothes as crazy as they are.
In early 2017, Tiny Bangs was born. We've since tirelessly made hundreds of handmade pieces, had a failed Kickstarter, and experienced harsh comments from the public about the kids’ appearance and countless days when all the hard work doesn't feel enough. When I was at my peronal lowest with the company a few months ago, I turned to the girls and asked, "What if we just didn't do this anymore?" and they both burst into TEARS. This whole journey has been OUR journey. I hugged them and although I immediately felt awful for even asking, it was honestly all I needed to push through and keep going. Around the same time our business began, I had pulled one of my kids out of school for being bullied. It felt like then more than ever, it was important to see weird kids celebrated for being themselves. They’ve started at a different school, but now when they’re confronted with bullies, they handle it with more grace than even I, at almost 30 years old, am not sure I could. I think that's partially due to her being a part of this company. Kids need to be told that what's different about them is actually their greatest asset. They are powerful and creative and shouldn't be talked down; least of which, by their clothes.
I hope you've enjoyed learning a little more about us and how Tiny Bangs came about. There's so many exciting things coming soon and we're grateful to have you along with us on this journey. Feel free to hit the contact button if you have any questions! You can follow us on Instagram and Facebook and even sign up for our mailing list to make sure you stay on top of all the new happenings.
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