Interview of Ash McGee by Freya Bennett
Hey Ash, how are you?
Where are you from?
I’m born and raised in Los Angeles, but I currently live in Gardena.
Tell us a bit about yourself:
I’m a painter, graphic designer, friend of zombies, dog mom, lover of God and seller of boobs.
Tell us a bit about your zombee boob T-Shirts:
About 4 years ago I embarked on a journey of self discovery and reflection, that cultivated this strong desire to learn and appreciate myself more as a African American women. During this time, my eyes were opened to a lot of social injustice that’s consistently effecting our communities. I wanted to create something that would encourage positivity in a bold and somewhat humorous way. I always wanted a shirt that had boobs on it. So, I collided my fascination for zombies with a message of empowerment, liberation and equality. My goal is to take the sensitivity away from body parts and focus more on body positivity. I can literally go on and on about the amazingness of the human body, but specifically the female body. Our bodies can create other human beings! Honestly, how fucking brilliant is that?! Side note, watch Return of the Living Dead (1985). Best zombie movie ever!
You also run intersectional empowerment workshops for women of colour, tell us a bit about it:
Yes! The workshops, better known as The Complexion Pool, are open discussion gatherings that promote intersectional feminism as well as allow kick ass women of color to connect, empower and grow with one another. Over the years, I’ve been blessed enough to meet amazing and talented women that have inspired me in various ways. I wanted to provide an outlet for us to create dialogue around topics that often effect our community, but are rarely talked about. The workshops are inclusive and open to ALL women including non-binary. Follow @complexionpool for upcoming gatherings!
Do both your projects go hand in hand?
Absolutely! I’m all about female empowerment and self love. This message has been featured in, for the most part, all of my work. I’m always down to talk about how amazing women are, but no diss to the dudes.
Did you study at uni? If so, what did you study?
I graduated with my Associate’s Degree in Product Development and Bachelors in Business Management from The Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising. Then I got my Master’s in Media Design from Full Sail University.
What did you want to be when you were a little kid?
When I was a kid, I wanted to be a veterinarian. I love animals, but mainly the furry ones…except tarantulas…and moths…and basically any and all insects. After dissecting a baby pig, I quickly recanted though.
You have created a special Zombee Boob tee just for Ramona readers! How can our readers win this one off t-shirt?
Yes! Ramona Mag is awesome! If readers head to @ramonaforgirls and follow the instructions on their instagram, they can win!