Life in Flight BandanaRegular price $30.00
Life in Flight Bandana by BANDITS
Designed by REAL FUN, WOW!
10% of sales from this bandana are donated to The Ojai Valley Land Conservancy
21" x 21"
100% Organic Cotton, GOTS Certified and sustainably sourced in India from Chetna Organic, pre-washed for an extra soft feel
Printed, Cut, Sewn, and Packaged by hand at a Fair Trade Certified facility in Kolkata, West Bengal, India (FLOCERT FLO ID 4512)
Hand Wash, Line or Tumble Dry, Warm Iron, Do Not Bleach
Please note that all bandanas are printed, cut, and sewn by hand. There may be slight variations from product to product.
About the Artist/Design
REAL FUN, WOW! (Ojai, CA)
REAL FUN, WOW! is the moniker of Ojai, CA based illustrator, muralist, and designer Daren Thomas Magee. Masterfully blending elements of natural, supernatural, and human connectedness, Daren's work is both a perfect commentary and a welcome antidote for our modern times. In his own words, Daren explains "The aim of my work is to speak to the space between imagination and reality."
If you've ever been to Ojai, you've undoubtedly seen Daren's work either hanging in or painted on the side of local restaurants, breweries, hotels, and shops. Even if you haven't, there's a good chance you've seen his work.
"Life in Flight"
In the Ojai Valley, there is a daily phenomenon known locally as the "Pink Moment." As the sun sets at dusk, the Topa Topa mountains to the Northeast become bathed in marvelously muted tones of pink, peach, and red. This fleeting natural alpenglow is at its most stunning from November thru February, but has been drawing folks to Ojai year-round for generations.
Originally home to the Native Chumash, whose word for "Moon" ("Awha'y") gives the town its name, the area has been a spiritual and cultural magnet for centuries. The Chumash believed the valley had an unquantifiable mystic energy, while others over the years have espoused evidence (to varying levels of validity) of an electromagnetic vortex generated by the area's plate tectonics. Whatever it is, the pull of Ojai is undeniable, and we're grateful to have been welcomed so warmly into this incredible community.
With colors reminiscent of the "Pink Moment," Daren's bandana design serves as an homage to the magical Ojai Valley, and wearable reminder of nature's most majestic, uplifting phenomena.
About the Charity
The Ojai Valley Land Conservancy (OVLC) is a nonprofit, non-governmental, land protection organization supported by private donations. They work to protect the views, trails, water, and wildlife of the Ojai Valley for current and future generations to enjoy.
In the Ojai Valley, the OVLC manages roughly 2,300 acres of open space including 27 miles of trails that Daren, his family, and BANDITS enjoy on an almost daily basis. The land managed by OVLC includes a stunning 4.5 stretch of the Ventura River, where the photos you'll see on this page were taken. In addition to trail and land maintenance, OVLC also guides hundreds of visitors, and hosts tens of thousands of school children, hikers, equestrians, and others each year.