What does the word "Bohemian" mean? It is a word derived by the French in Paris, given to the Roma or Romani gypsies that migrated from Bohemia, in central Europe. It is really a word to express contempt or disapproval for the nomadic lifestyle.
The Oxford English Dictionary's definition mentions someone "especially an artist, literary man, or actor, who leads a free, vagabond, or irregular life, not being particular as to the society he frequents, and despising conventionalities generally".
It is a contributing force in the foundation of the Romantic movement of the 19th century. As Andy Walker stated in his BBC news magazine article 'What is bohemian?' "in essence, bohemianism represented a personal, cultural and social reaction to the bourgeois life. And, once the latter was all but swept away by the maelstrom that was the 1960s, the former was doomed, too."
Real bohemians are individualistic. They are not driven by the ideals bestowed by society or interested in financial monetary gain to get ahead. The bohemian philosophy is about expressionism and freedom. Bohemians can be made up of a diverse background of mixed ethnicity and tend to bring rich experiences by offering artistic diversity. Society needs more bohemians as these individuals make a positive contribution to society by using their creative energy, style and vision to allow cultures to grow, flourish and thrive.
We love this inspiring TED Talk by Dr James Lough on why "we need more bohemians" and "how they they becoming an endangered species".
We don't have a preconceived stereotype of what a "bohemian" person may look like. If you feel that your vision / spirit is in line with being a free-thinker, open to new ideas, having a lust for travel and tend to express your art in various forms that contributes to your individuality then to us you embody all of the elements that make you a person living your ultimate bliss.