New Year’s Recap on my Patch making Venture

The first five months of patch operations has come and gone with the quickness. For the Win Inc got started in the second or third week of August making the month of December its 5th month of operations. Obviously there is part of me that wishes it had done better in its infant stage, but the other part of me is totally blown away by the response it has gotten. I would have never guessed it to have done as well as it has. Today, to make the New Year and the turn of a “new leaf” if you will, I reworked the store header to better suit the look and feel that I have grown to like recently. My eye has been drawn to more shades of gray lately (no, not the terrible pop culture porno- book). I have spent the last few months filling the store with patches that I would wear (quite a few of which I actually do wear). With that said, this patch venture has been a fun little hobby that has allowed me to express myself creatively. I like anti-fascist punk rock patches with gritty quotes. I like UFOs, outer space and bigfoot. I like dinosaurs and Jesus Christ. So, these patches are inspired from the things that inspire me. That is where I have been with it thus far.

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But what about 2017? What does this new year hold in store for For the Win Inc.? Honestly, I have no idea. I can tell you though, what the short term looks like for this patch venture. I have three new embroidery designs coming down the pike soon. I hope to have them posted to the store by early February at the latest. One is of outer space, another is a triceratops, and the other is a… well, you will just have to wait to see them. I am pretty happy with how they turned out. With that said, in the first six months I will came come close to nearly 1,000 sales, nearly 200 reviews, and a total of 35 different patches in the store. That is pretty freaking awesome if you ask me. Beyond adding these three new designs to the store I have decided to take the first few months of 2017 a little slower than I have been. This means I won’t be rushing off to release new designs. Instead, I am going to sit tight and focus on promoting what designs I already have. Where things will lead beyond this are hard to say. I could do more patches. I could start doing enamel pins and buttons. Who knows? That’s been the exciting thing about this little venture hobby. Anything could happen.

It’s been a fun ride thus far.

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the people over at MantidSnip are weird…

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MantidSnip is at it again! Chris just sent me a few photos of some more of my patch designs in the screen print process. I am excited to announce that these new designs are on the cusp of getting added to the store. Chris told me today that the order should be getting shipped out in a day or two, which is cool. But honestly, today’s post isn’t about my patches and my store. Today’s post is about MantidSnip and their patches. These guys are from Norwich in the United Kingdom and this is going to be my second bulk order from these guys. I could be wrong, but from what I understand this little print press operation is Chris and his girlfriend doing DIY printing press work out of their home. If that is the case, then the quality of not only what they put out, but of the designs on their store are phenomenal. They have a few trippy geometric screen print designs on their shop that are pretty wild. And if you have questions, shoot them a message… because, talking to them is the best part. The one thing I really love about their store is that they are real people. So many Etsy stores today are just about pushing out their merch and that is the end of it. You shoot a store a message and never hear back from them. Chris is not like that at all. He is super personable and isn’t afraid to tell you how it is while being polite and honest. Simply put, Chris and the crew over at MantidSnip are genuine. Seems like there is starting to be less and less of that on Etsy these days and it was refreshing to come across these guys. With that said, go take a look at their stuff… and obviously, as I did, ask them about their custom orders. The back patch they did for me turned out awesome.

the store got a new look!!!

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Well, it has been a long time coming but I finally did a total overhaul on the store with an all new look. I like it a lot more. It is clean, simple, and showcased the items I have for sale in a more realistic format rather than the old analog look I used to have. Very happy with this change. With that said, got some new… better discounts posted, too! Go take a look.

Free music and cool patches

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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.

Patch discounts for everyone!

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Well, after a lot f thought and stumbling across another store that had their discount system set up kind of like this, I decided it was time for a change. I am no longer selling the multi-packs. Instead, we are doing this epic scale of discounts for people willing and ready to take advantage of them.  Go visit the store!!!

New back patch in the works

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.

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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!

Punk Patches in progress

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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.