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Miracles • Beliefs • Mysteries

MBM is a clothing brand based out of Dallas, Texas that's turning the concepts of religion & science into some of the hardest clothing garments and home décor you'll find. We spoke with the founder Marcos about his experience starting MBM in 2016 as a means of showcasing his art through his passion for clothing to now working with the likes of Lil Skies, the late Juice WRLD, and many other artists while having his creative concepts seen around the world. In addition, we also spoke with Marcos about his upcoming "Secrets of Life" collection, the inspiration behind some of his most iconic pieces, and his plans to eventually make MBM a lifestyle brand while always continuing to push positive messages.

Where are you from?

Marcos: I'm from Puerto Rico but I'm currently living in Dallas, TX.

When did you start MBM?

Marcos: I started MBM in January of 2016.

What does MBM stand for?

Marcos: Miracles, Beliefs, Mysteries.

What was the inspiration behind the name?

Marcos: The funny story that not too many people know is that at first it stood for “Made By Marcos”. The reason for that is that ever since I was very little I used to draw a ton, and every time I’d finish a drawing somewhere on the paper I’d put “MBM” which stood for Made By Marcos. So when I made my brand that’s the only thing that felt very genuine & organic to me. I realized I had to change it later on though just because I wanted a better name. I didn’t really want to change the name of the brand as a whole so I just changed what it stood for. I came up with Miracles, Beliefs, Mysteries and felt like it really tied in with the art and theme that the brand carries.

What made you want to start a clothing brand?

Marcos: I was always into fashion and clothes growing up. Early high school around 2014 I started painting on clothes and shoes and selling them at school. It got to a point where I just wanted to make it official and start manufacturing the designs on shirts. It was like bring the two things together I love the most, clothes & art. Around that same time I started seeing social media as a possible tool to showcase it so I just started uploading all of the work I did.

Were fashion and art always a big part of your life growing up?

Marcos: Definitely yes. Art is a bigger part because I was drawing since I was like 3 years old. Art was such a substantial thing in Puerto Rico. It played a huge role because there was art literally everywhere on the island. Whether it was murals or music, it was a very creative environment. It made me fall in love with it. I just always wanted to dress nice growing up. I never wanted to wear the same things people wore, I always wanted to stand out.

What was the inspiration behind your “Fallen Angel” long sleeve?

Marcos: The “Fallen Angel” concept is one of the ideas I’ve had from over a year ago that I recently finally got around to making. The idea was just to represent the biblical term “fallen angel” as an angel falling from the sky and as he gets to the bottom his holiness fades. I liked the way the drawing came out so I decided to put it on a long sleeve to drop with the next collection.

What do you mean when you say you’re inspired by the controversy of religion and science?

Marcos: I feel like those are the two most fascinating yet disturbing things we possess as human beings. It interests me so much how religion & science/psychology greatly affect people’s beliefs & how much people debate over it. I enjoy exploring both very much & applying it to my craft.

Do you see yourself more as a clothing designer or as an artist that uses clothing as a means to showcase his art?

Marcos: I try to make it both but for the most part it seems like an artist that uses clothing to showcase art. I haven’t fully tapped in to all the design ideas I have yet that will make me fall under the category of a clothing designer. At the end of the day I’ll always be an artist. I want to explore as many different mediums as I can while I’m still here. I’m hoping to be able to get around to trying sculpting & designing furniture this year if other work doesn’t consume me.

You recently previewed your “As Above, So Below” blanket that will be releasing with your Secrets of Life collection. Where did you get the idea for that?

Marcos: I came up with that idea while watching the film “As Above, So Below” back in 2018. I didn’t get inspired from the content in the film, only by the title of it (it’s a hell of a good movie though). I looked more into the meaning of what “As Above, So Below” actually meant & created a mood board full of images that are supposed to represent that. I sat on the idea for a while until I came up with the perfect way to illustrate the saying. I still think it’s one of my most classic works of art. I knew I wanted to use that for an MBM piece but I was thinking of the most perfect way to do it and the blanket worked best.

What else should we expect to see from the Secrets of Life collection?

Marcos: A lot of spiritual, mystic & alchemy imagery. I’ve been inspired by my own learning of my spiritual journey and the things I’ve been seeing and going through. I want to paint a picture and tell a story of how life is a magical and spiritual realm designed to make you reach your divine potential. I want to showcase relationship between day and night, life and death, and even karma. It’s still a work-in-progress.

When should we expect to see that collection drop?

Marcos: We should be wrapping everything up by early February.

Where do you draw inspiration from?

Marcos: Any and everything. I’m very inspired by movies, music, my own dreams, people that go through things that I know, and most importantly things that I personally go through.

You’ve also released a number of different custom AF1’s. What appeals to you about designing custom shoes?

Marcos: As I mentioned earlier, I first started out painting shoes. Once my brand started doing enough sales and I was able to gather a whole collection drop, I began to add more items to drops besides t-shirts or hoodies. I feel like the custom AF1 are essential because they added a bit more flavor & variety, while carrying the same theme that the collection has. It’s like the icing on the cake. I love painting custom shoes, even if I have to paint over 30 of them.

What’s your favorite pair you’ve made to date?

Marcos: There’s these ones I did this past summer ’19 that I haven’t dropped yet. I probably will later this year or I might not. A friend of mine gave me her old AF1 & told me to freestyle on them. I was basically putting random things on it like animals & planets, it came out so fire.

Are you planning on releasing more customs this year?

Marcos: At the moment I’m not really planning to. I’m planning on doing different items, I have so many crazy ideas I have yet to execute. I’m trying to create & provide so much cool shit and shift the paradigm. You guys will see.

In addition to clothing I know you’ve also experimented with MBM Jewelry. What made you want to do that?

Marcos: I’ve always been into jewelry. I love it more for the art of it, not so much for the bling. When I’m interested I try to study everything about it. I learned the process of making jewelry & a bit about diamonds too. With the few pieces I’ve created I’ve tried to be as creative as I can be. Just like everything else though I have so many more ideas for it. Jewelry is very fun & definitely another outlet to push my creativity & the MBM messages.

Should we expect to see more jewelry pieces in the near future?

Marcos: Definitely yes. You can expect to see more of everything in the near future.

Where did you get the idea to design your own custom grills?

Marcos: A huge inspiration comes from the ASAP Mob & Pharrell for sure. Especially Rocky & Ferg. I love how they both always have crazy pieces on their teeth. I remember in class during high school I used to sketch grills that I would have loved to get. I barely had the funds back then though. Of course they look nice & all but like I said, I like them more for the art & design quality of it. I think it’s sick how many possibilities you have and the different types of gold, rocks & stones you can use.

Is that something you’re going to continue to pursue?

Marcos: Hell yeah.

Are there any other mediums, garments, or accessories you want to experiment with in the future?

Marcos: Sculptures, furniture, and home décor just to name a few. There’s no telling what I won’t be getting into soon.

You’ve had artists such as Chief Keef, Lil Skies, the late Juice WRLD, and many others rocking MBM. How do you go about building relationships with music artists?

Marcos: Even though over the past couple of years I’ve decided to shift more into my own art for my brand and for myself as an artist, I’ve managed to still keep one foot in the door of the culture of music. It has played a huge role in finding who I am as a person and as an artist. I really think at the end of the day it all ties together — music, art & fashion. Every rapper I’ve had a connection with is because I genuinely love what they have going on. I look up to them & respect them. It’s vice versa.

You had the opportunity to design merch for Juice WRLD’s, “Death Race For Love” album, correct?

Marcos: Correct.

What was that experience like?

Marcos: A very humbling one for sure. What’s crazy is that me & J followed each other on Twitter way before he popped off. He always complimented my art & always looked out for me & vice versa. I fell in love with his music, I relate so much to it. What he was able to put into words I was able to illustrate with a pencil. The amazing thing is he kept the same energy after he was recognized globally. I’m glad I was able to help with the album merch rollout. It’s something that I will always remember & hold onto dearly.

You also recently designed merch for Lil Durk, how did that end up happening?

Marcos: Mutual people I know that work with Durk’s Merch reached out to me. I was super excited about the project.

Are there any other music artists you want to work with in the future?

Marcos: Yeah lots of them, I have a list. I’ll see if I can make it happen.

Are there any other brands or designers you want to work with?

Marcos: Yeah, there’s a few I have my eye on and we’ve talked about it here and there. ‘Til this day I still haven’t collaborated with any brands, I’m about 4 years in now. It’s not that I don’t like anybody or the work that’s being put out, it’s more like I’m very self-sufficient. I design and curate everything myself. So whoever I work with has to be authentic, genuine & not so one-sided. A lot of the work I’m seeing from designers and brands is amazing. I’d like to build relationships with the people first before we create anything together.

What should we expect to see next from MBM?

Marcos: More art, more authenticity, more growth. More of so many things.

What do you want MBM to become?

Marcos: A lifestyle brand. The future of the art & streetwear / fashion culture. All while continuing to push positive messages.

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