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 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!

500 Sales + A new Direction #patchgame

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.

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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!!!!

Now Available – Bible Patches #Jesus

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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.