I've given a number of interviews where I've noticed I tend to drift towards a common theme of not having pride and being willing to do what it takes to succeed.
This past weekend I attended the Art Star Craft Bazaar in Philly. I went up early Saturday morning to sell our wears and had a fun time watching families stroll for mother's day gifts.
Often, I forget to document all of the happenings because I am so focused on selling, but once an event is over it's all about sampling the local food. We were told about the Han Dynasty Chinese restaurant. Ridiculously good food and nothing like the corner store variety.
That night I met my friend Hollis who happened to be in town for Wizard Con, where he got to meet Billie Piper and David Tennant. I was lucky enough to have met David Tenant at the Royal Shakespeare Theatre while on a college literature abroad. It was pre Dr. Who fame, but we all knew he was going places.
After a few beers I snuck back into the parking lot where I slept in my van. I had a cozy little setup with a sleeping back and blanket pad. I plugged in my laptop and watched "Get Hard." It was way better than I expected, especially for a drive-in, in-car movie.
That is not Gatorade... ANYMORE. I did say I slept in my van. It would have been no big deal to get a hotel room for one night, but I hate spending money to sleep some place for less than 8 hours. And that money I saved can eventually go to buying new equipment.
The morning of the second festival day at Art Star I woke up early after a nice sleep in the van and found this awesome diner (http://www.
themorningglorydiner.com/). I got the Brioche French Toast with blueberries and cream cheese... WHAT!?! It was amazing!
I have no pride when it comes to building my company. I lived with my parents until I was 31 so that I could keep moving as fast as possible.
It's starting to pay off.
- Buy laser cutter and do kick-ass laser engraved designs in leather.
- Make a sweater, an ugly xmas-style sweater, but the best made one out there. Put cat butts on it.
- Make Moleskine notebook leather covers.
- Make more stuff with cat butts on it.
- Design t-shirts to save the world. Be delusional that it mattered.
- Finally finish camera strap designs.
- etc., etc., etc.
BEHOLD THE PROGRESS!
Upcoming Catt Butt and Pirate Chef sweaters, not sweat-shirts. This will be our first Kickstarter (we don't plan to bombard you). Let us know if you want in on this new woven wonder.
UV color change shirt to save the world.
New apron coming soon.
Test of our new t-shirt tagging pattern.
I've been at this for 10 years now, starting in 2004. The chin beard (what I called the Bass Player) and long hair finally left me so we needed some updated photos to go with the new updated website.
Special thanks to Robb Hohmann for the awesome photos. Check him out at Robb Hohmann Photography.
New DC Flag inspired snaps are in and we just shipped out the first belt to get the new fanciness. From now on all belts ordered with snaps will get the new custom designed ones.
The new snaps are also a lot stronger. We done designed the technicals with a smart engineer named Bill who made a custom stud component to fit the parallel springs tighter. This probably makes no sense to you. It shouldn't. If I didn't make belts I would not want to clog my brain with this information. It's a curse. They work well and that's all that needs to be known.
Check out our new custom made snaps designed by my buddy d.billy. In the beginning we had a custom snap made in China. The quality was pretty good but we didn't think the closure was tight enough. So, for many years we went back to generic snap components UNTIL I found a snap company in the USA that makes their components in Connecticut. I was so excited! USA MADE SNAPS! Do you know how hard it is to find a USA company that makes tiny metal parts for cheap? It's hard. It took years of searching to get our rivets made in the USA. And now all our small metal parts are USA made.
Take a look. Does it remind you of anything? Not Captain America. It's a stylized version of the DC flag. BAM!
It's been a long time coming but Dan Snyder finally agreed to change the name of the Washington Redskins. NOT!
That is what is happening in an alternate universe where people are rational and empathetic to the feelings of other peoples.
When a people have been forcefully relegated to popular-culture obscurity they no longer have the gavitas to sway public opinion.
Would we think it was ok to have a Football team called the Washington Yellowskins complete with a PROUD and NOBLE photo of a Chinese person?
Would it be ok to have a football team called the Washington Brownskins complete with a PROUD and NOBLE photo of a African person?
If you are still arguing against my point of view just look what I did... I changed the color and the nationality and noted the depiction would be one of honor, but those examples probably make your stomach turn.