Transparency, full disclosure and knowlege sharing
So my name is Dylan and I run Lysergic. It’s a label to present my screenprinted artwork, occasionally alongside collaborations with some of my friends. But for me it’s not enough to sell a product for a profit without sharing some information about how my business works and why environmental and ethical concerns are much more important than economic ones! I think this form of transparency should be a bare minimum for any business!
You see, when you look at the planet it is clear that capitalism is simply not working – there is ever increasing inequality and the environment is getting trashed. So here are some of the ways I try to run Lysergic in a more alternative, progressive way… truly towards a cleaner, more equal and joyful future.
The first step is our choice to work with sustainable practices and environmentally friendly priorites. Read more about that here – Lysergic Organic and Fair Trade.
Note on Transparency
We need to demand more transparency from the businesses who make all the products we consume. We need also to demand more transparency from the governments and insitutions that control these businesses. Why? To ensure that our environment and our fellow humans are not being exploited in order to bring you your new peoduct. In the end it always seems to make more sense to support small local and independent businesses.
For now , I like to joke that the label is 100% collective as all profits get shared equally between all workers – It’s just there is only one worker 🙂 Whenever we collaborate with other artists, they get a generous share of the profits.
Vetomat, the open workshop where I print and participate really is a community run collective. Self organised, non-profit, tolerant and non-discriminatory. An open and creative community space.
Since 2 years Lysergic is my full time business, selling on the markets and in some Berlin galleries. I’m also working part time in a small independent space in Berlin. On top of that I voluntarily host an open screenprint workshop once a week for all comers.
With my cut from this Lysergic label, I can support my family here in Berlin – paying the rent, the medical insurance and other exciting things like that, as well as supporting our vegetarian diets and recycling / upcycling projects.
By the way, even our website is hosted with renewable energy.
As far as more transparency – please ask me anything about subjects I haven’t covered. I am open to new learning and exchange. We don’t do competition, just co-operation.