Was traveling recently, but this idea popped in my head. Seems the logical process for drinking coffee ad getting things done.
EMS designs will be recurring design topic, mostly in support of my sister. A while back, I whipped up a quick design based on a quote from the Bhagavad Gita, made famous by Oppenheimer: “Now I am become Death, the destroyer of worlds.”
As EMS is constantly fighting Death to save their patients, I turned the phrase, reversing the roles.
Got the latest round of patches from Mutiny Shop. One is the Area 51 Security patch, the other is the “Secret Kiwi” design a coworker requested for some Kiwi friends of his.
Overall not too bad, especially the patch quality. Probably made some of the text on the Area 51 patch a little too dark, but that’s on me.
We’ve all heard the phrase ‘can of whoop a**”. I whipped this design up for those times when a can isn’t enough. Introducing the 55-gallon drum of whoop a**! This is the censored version, there are two other less censored ones.
In honor of the impending ‘invasion’ of Area 51, aka Groom Lake, I threw together a patch the security teams could wear.
One of my other hobbies, albeit less attended to is, is Amateur (“Ham”) Radio. I’ve had my license since 2008 and have a few handheld radios. At work, we have a group of Hams (in more ways than one) that chat about a lot of things including radios. The other day, one of the Hams was talking about how a garage sale was interrupting his contesting time. Contesting for Hams is trying to collect contacts within a certain period, usually trying to reach certain regions of the country or world. Being the snarky person I am, I proposed a sign to essentially scare people away from a Ham’s radio area. The results are the signs below.
Had a friend who runs a side screenprinting business ask about a sticker company, Rockin’ Monkey (no association to Data Monkey). So, I decided to try them out as they offered glow-in-the-dark stickers.
The test run came in today. I got out my little photo studio box and took some quick snaps of the stickers. Please note, I’m not a photographer by any real means.
Decided to use some of the artwork from the Trigrams card deck on other items. Yes, it’s a tie-in type thing, but also gives me another outlet for some of the designs besides cards. First item is simply a mug with the graphics from the court (A, J, Q, K) cards of the Water suit. Format is simple, one side has the art from the Q card, the trigram (from the A) with its name (from the K) above and ‘water’ in Chinese and Korean below, and the compass from the J (with the direction in both languages). Nothing real fancy, but brings the elements together. I’ll try and work on the other 7 suits at some point.
I decided to start a store on Zazzle. May not be only place, but it’s start. Right now I have 4 separate collections, focused on different designs. Each one has a few items to start with, but I’ll likely be adding more. Take a look and see what you think.
To quote Yogurt from Spaceballs – “Moychandising, moychandising, moychandising”
As you saw with my Best Woman design, I’ve tinkered with the print-on-demand (POD) idea before. So, now with my expanded portfolio compared to my early Cafe Press days, I’m contemplating building another store for the monkeys and other designs.
Now comes the question of which provider to use. While Cafe Press was my first go at POD products, I may try a new vendor this time. I’ve played around with some of the various ones, but still doing some product exploration.
I know t-shirts are prerequisite for POD (pretty much), I’m also thinking of other things to offer like mugs, electronic cases, maybe skateboards (one vendor does offer those).
I also need to figure out which designs to offer. Stencil, cheeky, and flying monkey are already on the list. I may also throw in some of the more irreverent designs.