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Closing Thirst

I have been dreading this day for a long time so I’ve procrastinated and pushed this down on my to-do list again and again. But it’s time for me to do it: I’m officially closing Thirst. December 16th, 2021 at 8PM central the online shop will close for good.

This has been a really hard decision because I love everything that I’ve made and all of the people I’ve met through this project.

In 2016, my Partner and I launched Thirst as Made Wild. Over the years we’ve rebranded as Thirst, attended many markets, designed hundreds of products, sold our goods in retail stores, collaborated with friends, met thousands of people, and even enjoyed running into strangers wearing our shirts or spotted cars with our stickers on them.

Closing our store makes me feel a little like a failure. I had big dreams for Thirst. I wanted to open a storefront of curated goods from queer artists. I have folders of designs that never got printed and a longer list of things I wanted to make.

2020 really sucked a lot of the enjoyment out of business ownership. Combined with the pandemic, supply chain issues, inflation, and the overwhelming anxiety to experience the politics of shoppers in Texas face-to-face – it all seemed like too much. Margins on clothing are narrowing, shipping is getting more expensive, and with every new batch of goods it gets harder and harder to verify if our products are eco-friendly and ethically made.

Eventually Thirst became a heavy weight on my chest. Every day that passed without sending an email, running a sale, making a social post, or coming up with a new design increased that weight ever so slightly until it was unbearable. I felt like Thirst became one big empty promise and I had lost sight of the mission – to enjoy this very short life.

I turned 30 this year and it has been a lot more transformative than I expected. The biggest pivot has been learning to let go. Thirst was my 25-year-old self’s dream, but maybe it’s not my 30-year-old self’s dream. And that’s ok. It’s ok to say goodbye to things we once wanted.

Thinking back to everything we accomplished with Thirst – it was an incredible success. I’m so happy with everything we made and all I learned. 

I can check this off my bucket list – done.

The future is bright! Gilbert and I will be relaunching Catacomb Matcha as a standalone brand in 2022 with a new website. We’re consistently growing Support Queer, a free directory of queer businesses. Spider Lunch, our web design and SEO business is also launching its new platform this month. And I’m setting aside time to work on my own art again. I want to get back to writing, designing, and shooting photos without the pressure of making an income.

I will update the Thirst social channels with new projects so if you’d like to follow along, keep an eye out for updates.

Thank you so much for all of the support you have given us over the years. We’re incredibly thankful. Thirst may be closing, but this truly is the start of a new chapter.

Thank you for being a friend.

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If you’d like to support Thirst one more time, we have a massive sale going on right now until the shop closes. We priced everything at cost. We’re trying to clear all of our inventory before the shop closes next month. Please consider us for holiday gifts for friends. And if you feel so inclined, please share our shop with a friend who might like some discounted designs. Thank you. 💀✌️✨