Who Are We?
The Serpents of Bienville is a community of artists, writers, filmmakers, and creators from southern Alabama. We travel the region to highlight the odd history, share the rich folklore, and support the inspiring community willing to imagine a better future for every individual. Our space in downtown Mobile serves as a hub location to find the work from amazing creators from all over the Alabama Gulf Coast.
Sean Herman on beginning the Serpents of Bienville:
"I started The Serpents of Bienville project in January of 2015, but it is really something that I have been thinking about for a long time. Growing up on the Alabama Gulf Coast, I would hear little stories here or there revolving around long gone eras in this area. After moving away at 17, and coming back at 26, I began to really have an appreciation for the history and folklore that resides here. In May of 2014, we opened a new shop and were trying to decided on a name, which is never an easy task. This is where my research into the folklore of the area really started. One of the things I found that fascinated me was the story of the founder of Mobile, Jean-Baptiste Le Moyne Sieur de Bienville. The story revolved around Bienville getting tattooed by local native tribes in order to gain their trust. I was amazed that this story was in my area and I never really knew about it. I became obsessed with the idea of tattooing being a sacred oath that Bienville took with this native tribe. I began to research deeper into the topic, and found out that this oath may have been more real than I ever could have thought, with both participants stories ending in the same dark way."
We want to be a platform for the individuals that use what they have and want to create good. In any and every form that we have the means to do so, we want to make change for the better, highlight the talents and achievements of our neighbors, and celebrate our community’s progress.
We believe that stories hold tradition, help folks find common ground, and open up our imaginations to what could be, together. We believe that with our space, we have the ability to gather inspiring local artists and creators, showing our area their amazing work. Our goal is to inspire our community from the inside by believing how great this area already is, while spreading the hope for what we strive to become.
If you have a story to tell, or are interested in having your work sold at our location in downtown Mobile,
contact us through serpentsofbienville.com or give us a call at (251)304-9008.
We are so happy to have you.