Christopher Morton, also known as Mr. Free Minds, was born and raised in Baltimore, MD in the summer of 1991. He’s always been fun-loving, yet somewhat introverted. He always carefully chooses when it is the right time was to speak, and when it is more appropriate to listen and observe. He’s always been easygoing and usually very relaxed. Since he was a child, he was always interested in visual art, and was rather talented at sketching. Even in Elementary School, he would decorate his classmates notebooks by drawing on them, or sell his sketches to his classmates. He even would compete with his friends on who could draw the best picture. He was very imaginative; he loved creating things and getting people’s opinions and reactions on them. Ironically, he was never too interested in trying to keep up with the latest trend(s). He tended to just do his own thing. With that in mind, creating his own clothing line was probably the last thing he thought he would ever be doing, but his passion for creating visual projects eventually led him to start Free Minds.
After drawing the original sketch, he thought that it would be interesting on a shirt because of its symbolism. He pondered on a name to describe the sketch and eventually came up with Free Minds. What makes Free Minds so unique is that when Chris began this clothing line, he knew virtually nothing about what it would take to make it successful. Most people in his starting position wouldn’t even risk it, especially if it wasn’t something they always dreamed of doing. But Chris liked the idea of his drawing, what having a free mind meant to him, and what Free Minds could grow to be, so much so, that Free Minds instantly became a dream for him. He made it a goal to learn everything he could possibly learn that would benefit Free Minds. Since he started Free Minds, he has taught himself how to create graphics and designs, how to code and maintain a website, how to take quality pictures and edit photos and videos. He even taught himself how to sew. This is just the beginning.
“A part of what Free Minds means to me is understanding that nothing can stop you from doing what you want to do. We can discourage ourselves from doing something that we could potentially be great at because of our fear of failure. We can either be our own biggest fan, or our own biggest critic, but at the end of the day, it is our own opinions on what we do that determines whether we continue or not. Honestly, my biggest dream isn’t for Free Minds to become ‘the next big thing’ or trend, because trends die. I want to create something that gives meaning to the people that look at it; something that people can relate to. If you create something that people can relate to, it means more to them than a shirt that just completes their outfit.
I want to inspire people to get out there and go after their dreams, or try to figure out what their calling might be, because we all have one. All my life, up until now, making clothes was the last thing I thought I would ever be doing. But I’m doing it, and I love it. You just never know”