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.
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!
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!!!!
Well, it’s official… For the Win Inc has finally done some Christian patches. They have just hit the stores today. I have 4 of them currently… but there is no telling how many I will actually end up doing; what with the endless number of epic biblical stories I could draw inspiration from and all that jazz. Right now we have The lamb of revelations, Adam and Eve from genesis, The suffering of Christ prior to being crucified for our sins, and a Jesus Lives patch. I almost went cliché with this one and had it say “Jesus’ Life Matters” since it seems to be a controversial topic lately on the fight against racism. But, I went with my better judgment and didn’t do it. Anyway, go on over to the store and check them out. If you have feedback or patch ideas based on biblical themes, let me know. I am all ears.
So, today’s art of the day is based on Pastor Mike Online. You are scratching your head wondering who the heck this guy is, I know. But that is okay. I am about to tell you. He is this super creeper dude that posts podcasts and video blogs about the bible and what is going on in the world today. I like following him because he talks a lot about Revelations, the occult and modern science. I recommend checking him out. His videos can be rather lengthy and he seems to ramble a bit… but, if you sit through it he does a great job of tying everything together. If you plan on taking the plunge I recommend this video first, because most of his other stuff kind of circles around this. Anyway, most people might think he is crazy or that I am for that matter, since I listen to him… but regardless. Today’s art is inspired by my weekly bible reading.
Okay, magically I stumbled upon this thing and it is so freaking out of control ridiculous. The Flat Earth movement. There is apparently an entire uprising of Christians that believe the earth is flat despite all that we have learned through Astronomy and the last few decades of space exploration. According to these Christians, who get their beliefs from KJV of the bible, NASA and all of its current technology has been lying to us all. The moon landing, all the photos of the solar system and earth, are all one big fat hoax. This is nuts. Our perception of the curvature of the earth is apparently just an allusion.
So what is it, as a Christian, that I am missing? On what bases does this new movement of the Flat Earth Society get their ideas?
I don’t know all of the answers, because I am not going to dig that deep into this ridiculous concept, but here is what I found. The first chapter of Genesis describes the creation of the earth and the heavens and firmament. But what is the firmament? If you read the first chapter of Genesis in the NKJ version bible, the following image is a breakdown of how old Hebrews perceived the world and the stars above. What can I say, with their limited technology they did their best.
With this idea in mind, we actually live in a globe that tricks the eye into seeing something round. One of the other scriptures I found was in the book of Revelations. According to this verse there are 4 angles standing at the 4 corners of the earth. According to the Flat Earth movement there can’t be 4 corners to something if that something is round. A ball has no corners. As I understand it, these Christians believe that anyone who falls for NASA’s lies is going to hell. If you believe the bible, it needs to be the full bible. All or nothing. Don’t get me wrong, I am a KJV only type of dude, but how is it that in today’s modern age we find ourselves with a movement like this still alive? I believe the bible to be truth, but there is a certain point when we have common sense and can know the practical world application in which the bible was written. They did their best with what they had. The end.