“I'm using web3 to build a community that's conscious about mental health, a safe space for people to talk about what they're going through, what they're living. I'm trying to build a movement that is centered around accepting each other for who they are. I've always said that my art was for the fractured, and for me that means for people that don't necessarily fit in the mold of what you’re expected to be in [the] general societal structure.”
Those are the words of NFT visual artist, Tjo, a French-Canadian from Chicoutimi, Quebec who entered web3 after his friend (Wally Sajimi) recommended he use NFTs to sell the art he was making to cope with his mental health struggles. After suffering in silence from pure OCD, Tjo’s diagnosis and treatment showed him that a better quality of life was possible. Today Tjo is spreading this message of hope through his NFT visual art and the community building network effects web3 makes possible.
“I make mixed media art about mental health, my pure OCD, and dealing with it regarding inner dialogues and archetypes that I depict in bright red color in blue environments. I've been in [the web3] space for about three years, but I've been making art for much longer.”
Tjo’s story and artistic style in NFTs
For decades stigma has prevented society from understanding the truth about mental health and anxiety disorders. While many people suffer from OCD – approximately 2.5 million Americans – few people are brave enough to share their stories with the world in order to transcend stigma and create connection through self-acceptance and awareness of OCD. This is what Tjo’s art expresses as it depicts the inner dialogues that are a common symptom of OCD.