Meet Thadeo Miguel (He/Him), the Maker behind The Knowing July Project
“Most recently, seeing representation of myself in my local community has been my focus. Being Transgender and a Person of Color, it's extremely important that, if I cannot see myself or others like me, I must step up and help us be seen and heard. We are present. We are professionals. We've always been a part of society, and we deserve the chance to fulfill our pursuit of total and complete happiness. I highly recommend going to YouTube and looking up Trans Talk 2020 by Juan Martinez and friends to, perhaps on the local level, know what issues are circulating and how to help or receive help.”
Read his story below
What inspired you to start your creative enterprise? How did you get into making inspirational mugs and shirts?
I began April 2020. My own response to George Floyd was to make sure I say what needs to be said and share as much knowledge as possible - change the narrative. I've always loved expressing myself through poetry, ceramics, t-shirts and most recently using Cricut machines. Fascinated with history, I find it is important to document my journey and reach as many people as possible and inspire hope. Initially to get started, I had to believe what I had to say was worth saying. I just let my creative side take control without doubt.
“Test out all ideas. You never know what may be a sensation. And please do not be afraid to fail. Some ideas sound good, yet you will start over many times.”
Describe your perfect day out and about locally.
A perfect day out on the town would be a "Sunday Funday." Start with yoga on the bluff. Bounce over to 4th street retro row then make a left onto Alamitos towards Alboni Pl. Swoop up the homies, pass the Riviera and hit the beach for a picnic. A lazy day in the sun. I love to bike ride. I'm grateful for our bike path. Many times the ocean air has revived my love for this city.
What is your favorite local mural?
My favorite mural is the one of Muhammad Ali in the East Village Arts District. I see representation and that makes me smile.
How do you envision your brand growing in the future?
I envision that The Knowing July Project will continue marching and be a part of active community unity. Positively empower others like me to live their dreams, fight against social injustices, and give back to the community both collectively and individually.
“My work moves us forward because it is daily affirmations, a dose of history, community representation, self-care with a love for this city that keeps us progressive. Long Beach is family.”
What holds more value for you: creativity or knowledge?
In order for me to even create, I must have the knowledge beforehand or simply be willing to learn during the process of creating. Since this is new for me, I'm learning this element right now. I believe I will need both to be successful. I must trust my creativity, work through any setbacks, and truly grow with the experience. Never give up, keep it realistic, have fun and make a positive difference in someone's life.
Formal training isn't needed but knowledge is power. YouTube was a great tool to learn quick tricks for my Cricut machine, heat presses, etc. You can join online creative chats too. There is room for everybody. Never stop learning!
“Whenever I have out of town guests. Fingerprints, Berlin, Elinor, Bluebird Cafe, Pier 76 ,4th Horseman, El Torazo, Sura, and the Aquarium are my sweet spots. Romeo Chocolates, The Pie Bar, and The Long Beach Creamery to finish off the day.”
If you could move to any other place in this or any universe where would you go?
Moving to any place in the world it would have to be Dublin, Ireland. Simply put, it appeals to all my senses.