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Quick Q with a creative: Artist Panyin Boye-Doe

Quick Q with a creative: artist Panyin Boye-Doe

Panyin Boye-Doe is a Lawrence-based artist who creates custom, hand-painted clothing. 


Panyin Boye-Doe is a Lawrence-based artist who creates custom, hand-painted clothing. He graduated from the University of Kansas in 2018 with a bachelor of science in accounting, and now runs his art business full time.

MY FAMILY MOVED TO LAWRENCE FROM GHANA WHEN I WAS 7 and we’ve been here ever since, so this town is home for me. I’ve always been creative and into art and fashion, and I took art classes throughout middle and high school. I even got college credit for taking AP art classes in high school.

GROWING UP I HATED GOING TO SCHOOL AND SEEING SOMEONE WEAR THE SAME THING AS ME. I’ve always valued originality with my artwork and I try to be as different as possible. I also think making one of a kind pieces helps me set myself apart from other artists or designers.

MY PARENTS DIDN'T THINK I'D BE ABLE TO MAKE GOOD MONEY IF I PURSUED AN ART DEGREE, which I agreed with at that moment. Instead I graduated in 2018 with my bachelor of science in accounting.

I JOINED THE HABITAT FOR HUMANITY CLUB IN MY JUNIOR YEAR AND GOT THE POSITION AS GRAPHIC DESIGNER, and this helped me get back into making artwork. During my senior year I decided that accounting wasn’t how I wanted to spend my life, so I began trying to build my own business with the knowledge I had acquired.

I FEEL LIKE THE YEARS I WASN'T CREATING WERE REJUVENATING FOR ME. It gave me the opportunity to see art through a less restrictive “art world” lens. But I believe everything happened for a reason, and my goal is to eventually exhibit my artwork and fashion line all around the world.

MY INSPIRATION COMES FROM THE POP ART MOVEMENT DURING THE '60S. I was intrigued by how artists like Andy Warhol and Roy Lichtenstein incorporated everyday items into their artwork and gave them new meaning.

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MOST OF THE CLOTHING I PAINT IS SECONDHAND, so it’s like bringing new life to clothing. I love thrifting and the way that vintage clothes look. It’s always fun finding clothes that I’m able to use for projects.

ONCE I START ON A PROJECT THERE'S NO GOING BACK. Either people tell me what kind of clothing item they want, or they give me the freedom to decide. When I’m given the freedom, I try to look at their personal style and see what fits them the best.

I LOVE HAVING COMPLETE FREEDOM, but I don’t mind getting some direction on what someone wants made. I’m not the kind of person who’d get offended by that at all.

I’M ALWAYS TRYING TO CREATE SOMETHING THEY'D LOVE TO WEAR so getting insight is important. Having complete freedom in the beginning was scary because there was always the fear that they wouldn’t like the piece I made for them, but now that I’m more confident in my craft, it’s not something I worry about.

Follow Boye-Doe on Instagram to keep up with his latest projects.

Person 1: This song slaps.

Person 2: Your mom slaps.

Person 1: Thank you, my mom is a kind and wonderful lady.

 Person 1: I’m so sick of alcohol.

Person 2: I don’t know, I’m getting stronger every day. I love it.

Person 1: Do you do the vegan wrap here?

Person 2: We can do the chicken wrap with no cheese?

Person 1: I’ll take the Beyond Burger please. 

Person 1: Oh my God! I feel like I know you somehow…

Person 2: Yeah, we went to high school together. 

Person 1: Oh! *walks off*

Guy 1: Is the black market even real? Has anyone ever been on it?

Guy 2: I tried once but I couldn’t figure out how to get on.

Guy 1: I stayed up until 2 am watching Disney plus

Guy 2: I told my girlfriend I fell asleep but I was actually watching the Mandalorian.

Girl 1: How long have you guys been dating?

Girl 2: Since the summer, well actually for like two years but it’s a long story.

Girl 1: Who are you looking for?

Girl 2: This guy, wait I found him. Fanny pack boy. He flipped off my professor after a test and ran out of the classroom.

Girl 1: How did you choose KU? 

Girl 2: Honestly, I flipped a coin. 

Boy 1: Did I tell you? I think I had a threesome this weekend.

Boy 2: Woah, hold up. You think?

Boy 1: I was born a Phi Delt.

Boy 2: Please don’t ever say that again.

Girl 1: How do you get your boobs to look like that?

Girl 2: I don’t ever wear a bra? I don’t know. 

Girl 1: I just really want a guy to bend me over you know?

Girl 2: How do you know? You’re a virgin!

Guy: Sometimes I wish I could just be a dog and sleep all day. 

Girl: You wake up at like three every day. 

Guy: I know.

Girl: So…

Guy: So does that make me a dog or something?

Girl 1: I wish I was a little bit taller.

Girl 2: I wish I was balder.

Girl 1: I wish I had a...wait, wait, wait balder?

Guy 1: Let’s slap dicks

Guy 2: You ever pee and it feels like throwing up?

Woman 1: *holding baby* He would have been safer at the Hawk

Woman 2: Oh absolutely.

Girl 1: I would never date that guy.

Girl 2: Well, it depends how much money he has.

Girl 1: I’m going to the doctor to see if I have bronchitis before I hook up with him again.

Girl 2: Yeah that’s smart so you don’t give it to anyone else. 

Girl 1: No I mean I want to make sure I infect him.

Guy 1: I'm cutting some of my unnecessary costs, starting with Juuling.

Guy 2: Ight man, good luck.

Guy 1: Actually I might just start chewing

Guy 1: How was work?

Guy 2: My manager was chastising me for not dressing up in a Halloween costume, she doesn’t understand I’m strictly here to get paid.

Guy 1: I am so tired of this week, man

Guy 2: Dude it’s Monday

Guy 1: I know

Person#1: I want to be on the first ship to mars

Person#2: Not me, I doubt they have Wi-Fi

Perons#1: Yeah but at least they’re evolving up there. We’re all just devolving.

Girl 1: Um, I don’t eat pig.

Girl 2: You eat bacon all the time, bitch.

Guy 1: You better get going. 

Guy 2: Yeah, see ya. I’m off to get some Adderall.

Girl 1: Are you home right now?

Girl 2: Yeah, why?

Girl 1: I bought a cat

Girl 1: I just don't understand what fishing is for.

Girl 2: I don't know. Food, maybe?

Guy: I’m just gonna have to like carry an entire box of spiders up the hill tomorrow.

Girl: What?

Guy: Yeah, just like a hundred spiders in a box.

Guy 1: Sometimes ya just gotta give yourself a haircut.

Guy 2: Dude, you shaved half your head. That’s not a haircut, that’s a mess.

Girl 1: Can you eat fruit raw?

Girl 2: How else are you supposed to eat it?

Girl: That class is killing us. ​But they say rest is for the dead.

Guy: Well, at least we'll be rested.

Girl: She's not in class this semester

Guy: Maybe she's dead

Girl: Or studying abroad