Indie shirt companies are what’s going right with the world. It’s not a big corporation sucking the life out of its employees and not rewarding their hard work. It’s not a huge conspiracy to mask some political gain. The pureness of the indie brands is that it’s a person or a handful of people committed to something they love to do, regardless of failure or success. They care about their work and they care about their fans and customers. They also care about their peers.
A few years back I was a struggling entrepreneur and blogger. Let’s face it, I still am. I started putting some designs up on some Print On Demand sites just to see if they’d sell. They did… a little. Then, the community of shirt designers stepped in and noticed. And, we’re not talking a friend of a friend of a brother’s former roommate. We’re talking folks from Spain, England, and Australia. I started seeing some tweets and shares, of my stuff, around the net. Their kindness and welcoming attitude paid off in brand awareness. Soon, I was getting mentioned in Podcasts and on their sites.
Eventually, I was being asked to participate in giveaways. I felt like part of something great. That’s what being a part of the shirt design community is. It’s being a part of something great and exciting and stimulating. Nothing smells so sweet as the blood, sweat, and tears on your hard work. Looking at that finished project and just sort of smirking, as if to say, “FUCK YEAH!” Pardon the expression, but “FUCK YEAH!”
So, because that community was so inviting and supportive to me, I pledged to help a Kickstarter project for one of those businesses that I’ve benefitted from over the years. I am paying back a fraction of the rewards I’ve reaped from being part of their world. And I’m not even part of their world, really. These folks do so much more than my lazy, cheap ass, hack of a shirt designer. There is some pure talent and creativity in this work and I am giggling at the work because it is pretty awesome.
Take a look at their work over at Captain Feline.
Here’s the gist. Amanda and Dave of GritFx shirts have taken the leap of launching a full indie brand line of shirts. It mixes iconic characters or scenes from pop culture with cats.
Imagine the following visages as anthropomorphic cats; Frank N. Furter, The MIBs, Gandalf, Ripley and Newt, The Usual Suspects, The Bride from Kill Bill, and even Easy Rider…. CATS ON MOTORCYCLES.
They are in the hopes of raising the funds needed to launch, maintain, and improve the brand through Kickstarter, and you even get some awesome swag if you pledge.I’m getting a shirt, some postcards, and some comfort in knowing I helped make this awesome idea a reality.
Better hurry, their deadline is around the last week of August, so GET TO DA KICKSTARTA! GO NOWWWW!