Interview with Sam Bard, Founder of Shag Brooklyn

I am a visual artist and I was getting my MFA when I became disillusioned with the art world - most of my work dealt with issues of gender, intimacy, desire, and sexuality - so I decided I would open a shop on my own terms that united sex and art. Shag was a natural extension of my art work. I met my business partner (Ashley Montgomery) shortly after that and she wanted to bring a strong sense of community to the shop, hence the workshops and events. We both believe that sex should not be taboo and should be viewed as a normal, healthy part of life, which is why we created a "sexy" shop rather than a sex shop - we are a lifestyle shop that aims to create a comfortable, accessible, and non-judgmental space for everyone.

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