A lot of my friends and family tend to ask the question of how we like Austin now that we have lived here for a while. Well, it’s fantastic. There seems to be a festival or shop expo every single weekend. This weekend we went to craft sale downtown because we knew that these sewing ladies were going to be there. They are called Fort Lonesome and they do this thing called chain stitching. It was pretty cool and is done with this vintage looking machine. We went to the event because we knew that they were going to be there. I got the bible verse Job 40:15-25 because… well… dinosaurs. That’s why. Verse 24 makes me think of a triceratops of all the behemoths. Boom!!!
Job 40:15-24 King James Version (KJV)
Behold now behemoth, which I made with thee; he eateth grass as an ox. Lo now, his strength is in his loins, and his force is in the navel of his belly. He moveth his tail like a cedar: the sinews of his stones are wrapped together. His bones are as strong pieces of brass; his bones are like bars of iron. He is the chief of the ways of God: he that made him can make his sword to approach unto him. Surely the mountains bring him forth food, where all the beasts of the field play. He lieth under the shady trees, in the covert of the reed, and fens. The shady trees cover him with their shadow; the willows of the brook compass him about. Behold, he drinketh up a river, and hasteth not: he trusteth that he can draw up Jordan into his mouth. He taketh it with his eyes: his nose pierceth through snares.
A lot of new things are going on in patch making land with For the Win Inc. I have spent the last 4 months designing and releasing embroidery patches on my Etsy store. They have been well received to say the least. With that, I decided to go in a new direction, not because I thought it would sell, but because I personally like this style of patchwork. I just released 4 new patch designs on the store this week. But this time they aren’t embroidery patches. No, instead they are screen printed designs on black fabric. These are the types of patches most commonly associated with back patches, vests, jackets, and pant legs. This style of screen print patches are usually seen being worn by individuals in the punk, crust punk, grungecore, doom metal, and deathcore scene. Neo-thrash abounds with these punk inspired patches. And since the types of people that wear this style of patch are of the opinionated variety, I have a few more designs in the works that display some of my more political and economical stances on the modern times we live in today. I don’t honestly know that these will sell as well as the embroidery patches, but I am honestly okay with that. After all, I didn’t release these designs to make money. I released them to have fun while making them for myself. That’s right… these patches are going on my vest!
With that mentioned, my vest is getting a total overhaul. I got a new back patch made up to replace my current one. It’s pretty brutal and I am excited to get it, along with these 4 new patch designs sewn onto my vest. Luckily Sarah knows how to use a sewing machine. Hopefully she won’t roll her eyes too many times while fighting her way through the pile of new patches I have getting put together on my vest. I am excited to get them put on it for sure! This new one “Read the Bible… the End is Nigh”, speaks true to how I feel about our existence as not only a nation, but as a world. And since I was getting so many compliments on my existing back patch, I got a bright idea. If that many people were actually reading my back patch, why not make it of something relevant to my personal views and convictions? After all, they were the ones that chose to read it, right…
Well, I have no idea why I didn’t think of this sooner, but here we are. For those of you that don’t know, I am a singer-songwriter and had the privilege of touring nationally for several years full time. It was an amazing experience that I will always cherish. It was in fact how Sarah and I met. Anyway, it has been quite some time since my last full length release back in 2011 and with my music essentially just collecting dust, I had an idea. I could give away my CD when people buy patches in my store on Etsy. It just seemed like a logical idea considering that I have roughly 5 orders a day go through my store. With that, I ordered some download codes from CDBaby to toss in as a freebee for the For the Win inc customers. Hopefully it is well received. I guess I will never know.
Okay, so here is the thing. I have had dreads a few times in my life for short periods of time. And have always really loved the look and style of nice clean maintained dreads. With that, I recently had dreads in the form of a bowl cut, but didn’t like how high up the bowl cut was on my head. So, naturally I cut them off and decided to start over with a full head of hair. And now, my hair is a little longer than shoulder length. I have been itching to get them done again. And I told myself I would wait until after my sister’s wedding to do it. Well, guess what? My sister’s wedding has come and gone and now I am free to start my new dread journey!
Or am I? I am, after all, only two weeks away from potentially graduating dead people school… which means I will be on the hunt for a new dead people job. Do job interviews and tacky hair go well together?
Here’s the thing; I have thought this out in my head for the last two months, wondering if I could get my dread journey started now before graduation. My thought is yes… I can. My mind was made up so much so that I even had a dread creation session scheduled with a local dreadlock specialist for Wednesday of this coming week. My thoughts were simple. Even if I graduate in two weeks it would be another month or two before I pass my boards and start the job hunt as a newly licensed dead people worker. So, in my mind I had it justified. I could go ahead and do the dreads now, giving me about two months of maintenance time to get them looking nice and clean before I suited up for the dead people interview process for job placement.
At least that’s how I felt about it, dread session in three days and counting.
Apparently, my wife and the rest of the world disagree with my logic. Sarah pushed and groaned, insisting I should wait until after I have graduated and gotten a job. Because, you know… being adult means thinking ahead and making decisions that are for the betterment of mankind and all that jazz. With that, I have disappointingly canceled my Wednesday appointment. I guess this means I will have to keep combing my long hair for a while longer.
Combing is stupid.
Okay, so… ever since I had the sidekick from T-Mobile I have been making my own phone skins. Obviously, the iPhone doesn’t let me get near as creative as the sidekick does, but I have been making myself a new design for the heck of it every few months or so. And I do have to say, that this one is officially the most serious one ever. It is simple. Majestic. Regal. And yes… Jurassic. I think this one is going to stick around for a good little while.
Since Christmas is literally less than 4 weeks away I thought I would do a little holiday sale for you guys. Now until Saturday the 17th of this month everything in my store is on sale for 30% OFF! Get that mess before it’s too late. Won’t be doing another sale like it for a while after this one.
Yeah, it’s finally about that time in life to change things up. For those of you that don’t know me that well, I like back patches. I have been rocking the same old “Bizarro Brigade” back patch for close to 4 or 5 years now on my hoodie. Not only have I been rocking this same old design for that long, but I have also been rocking the same old hoodie for that long. Time is way past due for a new one. The hoodie is black, and yet, the years of use have faded the sleeves brown somehow. With that, it is time to throw in the towel and go with something fresh and new. A head turner, if you will. Something that will intrigue, spark conversation, engage ridicule, demand my “apparent” close minded ignorance, and yes… even a few eye rolls.
Read the Bible. The end is Nigh.
I put this design together myself, deciding I wanted something biblical that expressed my feelings toward the world, and my desire for people to wake up about where things are headed. No, I did not create this art. I merely pulled it from the world-wide-web while providing what I felt was an appropriate tagline. We have all kinds of biblical symbolism in this image. The lion and the lamb as one, the 7 headed dragon, the elders, and the cross just to name a few. I don’t have this patch in my postion yet, but I will very soon. And for that, I am excited.
The crew over at MantidSnip were kind enough to send me some “in progress” photos before shipping out my order. If you are into custom back patches and want something done right with the quality that counts, go check these guys out!
For those of you that keep up with my blog, you already know that I am in the process of doing some punk rock style screen printed patches to add to the store. Well, after much searching I came across a company called MantidSnip from the United Kingdom that does some epic work. Their shirt designs are both complex and large, which I fell in love with. With that, I had to reach out to them… and to my surprise, not only were their deigns fantastic, but so were their prices. It is for that reason that I have decided to partner with them on my screen printed patch venture. And the process has already begun! So far things are looking great and I can’t wait to have these posted up on the store. If you haven’t checked out MantidSnip before, then please do. Not only are they genuine people, but they design, create, and sell some very fantastic products.
Well, here we are in the middle of my fourth month of patch selling operation and things are growing and changing like wild flowers in spring. For starters, I have reached 500 and exceeded 500 sales. It couldn’t have happened at a better time either, considering I am only half way through my 4th month as an Etsy merchant. A few sales before hitting the big 500 I did the math and realized something. If I managed to reach 500 sales this week it would meant something pretty cool. And since I did reach that mark in said time, it happened. With 500 sales under my belt and the calculations done, I have officially sold an average of 5 orders every day since the shop opened. That is 5 orders a day, every day, every single day of the month, 3 & 1/2 months straight. That’s radical if you ask me. Since most sales have been multi packs or even orders up to and exceeding 100 patches, there is no telling how many actual patches I have sold. It has for sure been a while ride.
With that ride in mind I have decided to go a new direction. My wife may think it silly, but I am a big fan of the neo thrash / crust punk style and have even started leaning that direction with my own personal choices in dress (crust excluded). Having said that, the first of December I will be adding a few new items to the store. I have decided to do a run of Christian themed screen printed fabric patches inspired by the for mentioned punk rock look. The large patch on the right with all of its intricate detail is actually not going on the store. That is a one of that I am having made all for myself. That bad boy is a back patch just for me.
Obviously, my focus with all of the patches I have done in the past has been to create something I would want to personally own on my clothing or backpack. With that in mind, these screen printed patches are no different. I plan on putting one of each of these puppies on my vest along with that back patch.
If by chance these neo thrash – crust punk patches do well in the store I may very well be on my way to getting a screen printer set up in my garage. I already have a friend who knows a lot about it who is willing to help me get set up and started, if I so choose.
Anyway, enough rambling.
500 Sales!!!! New Patches Coming!!!!