ManCrush: Mike Ruiz
Photographer Mike Ruiz has teamed up with Social Impak for his latest project.
Social Impak is an online retailer that specialises in products with messages aimed at making our world a better place.
The Mike Ruiz Collection – curated and designed by the man himself – includes t-shirts, tanks, posters, pillows, and mugs. All the products in the collections are emblazoned with some of Mike Ruiz’s most iconic photos and imagery.
“They are unique items that people will love to wear or showcase in their home…” says Mike Ruiz.
25% of all profits will be distributed to The Stand Up for Pits Foundation and the Ali Forney Center.
“Mike is a dear friend of mine…” says Social Impak founder Scott Bailey. “We have worked together for more than ten years, travelling the world in support of animal and LGBTQ causes. He was my first call when I had the idea to launch Social Impak and he was 100 percent supportive of coming on board as the first celebrity ambassador.”
“Strong political statements and humour are often required to make an impact socially, so it was important that we set up a different arm that allowed more freedom to be funnier and even slightly risqué at times…” explains Scott Bailey. “Now, more than ever, it’s important that we take a step back and realise that our actions have consequences. We need to be more respectful of the environment and the animals we share this planet with.”
“This is also a time to be more kind to each other…” continues Bailey. “We humans come in many shapes, sizes, and orientations. So many things join us while only man-made borders divide us. It’s important that we celebrate our differences and all that makes us unique.”