Original Fani is the genius behind the Atlanta music scene’s favorite bandana

Meet the creative taking his city’s stories to the world through fashion.

October 12, 2017

There’s this bandana that your favorite Atlanta artists keep wearing. It comes in a few colors and is patterned with solid white dots and encircled “F” logos. That bandana, or “Fan-dana” as it’s better known, is the creation of 27-year-old graphic designer, stylist, and all-around creative mind Original Fani, who also runs an Atlanta-based clothing and design brand of the same name. The popularity of his bandanas —seen on the likes of Rae Sremmurd, SahBabii, and Lil Yachty, to name a few — are a telling symbol of Fani’s reach and influence within the southern rap hub.


This summer, The FADER hung out with Fani in Atlanta to shoot the latest installment of our I Don’t Even Rap series, highlighting behind-the-scenes players in rap. Over the course of a day-long shoot, with cameos from rapper Kodie Shane and photographer Cam Kirk, the designer explained to us how he got his start in the music industry working with Atlanta favorites like Two-9, Gucci Mane, and others, before turning his focus to clothing design. Now, with his Original Fani brand, he hopes to “tell stories about all things Atlanta, and spread that around the world” — especially right now. “It seems like the whole world is paying attention.”


Director: Scott Perry
Producer: Mario Kristian
Associate Producer: Nazuk Kochhar
Creative Director: Rob Semmer
Executive Producers: Rob Stone, Jon Cohen, Andy Cohn,
Production Manager: Madison LaClair
Director of Photography: Scott Perry
Production Assistant: Ethan Holland
Sound Recordist: Gridlife Flim & Photo LLC
Editor: Chris Beckman, Mario Kristian

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I Don't Even Rap
Original Fani is the genius behind the Atlanta music scene’s favorite bandana