Clout Magazine alerted this to me and I just wanted to take some time out to post. Make sure you support this.
A group of friends met up and threw around ideas to figure out what together they could do to offer Benny that would go a little further than just a donation but still something that could help raise money for his care, therapy and basic costs of living possibly for the long run. Some of the friends donated their time drawing while others their computer skills to turn those drawings into computer files. Others donated funds to get the project moving.
What we decided to do is start a clothing line starting off with some t-shirts for Benny available for both men and women and host his online store here on CLOUT where we’d help fill orders. Read on for more images or click HERE to jump directly to the online store. Thank you all for your support!
From Benny Diar:
“My name is Benny, known in the graffiti world as Diar. I have been an artist my whole life. I started writing graffiti at the age of 11, and was an active writer until February 2008, when a bad car accident left me paralyzed from the neck down.
Medical problems from the accident almost killed me 10 times in the weeks following my accident. I am very thankful to still be alive and have been working very hard to regain as much of my independence as possible. Throughout my recovery, I have remained dedicated to art, exploring other mediums. I have started to use acrylics and I paint using my mouth to control the brush.
Because I did not have medical insurance at the time of my injury, I qualified and am now on Medi-Cal. I am thankful for the coverage I have but it only covers the basics and not even that sometimes. The therapy and other support I receive now has been made possible because of the donations from others. I would like to thank everyone who has donated or purchased art at a benefit, as well as those who have donated their facilities or time to help make the benefits happen. It is deeply appreciated.” – Benny D.