Odd Guys Creative E-X-P-A-N-D-S

It’s spring, and Odd Guys Creative (formerly known as Odd Guy Art) is hatching a new egg: Odd Guys Creative Screen Print. Sound confusing? Here’s a chart:

Odd Guys Creative will continue selling its line of fun and quirky T-shirts at its online store and at local retail shops. And our new entity, Odd Guys Creative Screen Print, will offer printing services to local customers who’d like to have their own designs printed. (We’ll also offer design services if needed).

This is an exciting time for Odd Guys Creative! If you have your own entrepreneurial experiences to share, please comment below! We thank you for your companionship.

Cheers!
Marie and Graham
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new Smart Car design takes off


Talk about hitting the ground running! Before we could feature our new Smart Car shirt on the web, sales took off like a balloon. Thanks to local Smart Car enthusiasts and friends, our latest design was forwarded to various Smart Car forums and groups, and is already breaking sales records.

Shaun and Cory Brachmann of Sheboygan, Wisconsin, pulled a Myth Busters-type test on our T-shirt design. Looks like more balloons next time.

Marie fell in love the with Smart Car on a trip to Europe several years ago (before they were heard of in America). The German autobahn was streaming with them. She snapped many photos of the little tyke during her stay, and then – just before departing from the airport – she spotted a large car top carrier loaded with them! It was nirvana.

So whether you’re a Smart Car owner or simply a Smart Car enthusiast, you may enjoy wearing our latest design. Thanks for reading!

Marie and Graham

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win a FREE shirt

Guess what, shirt-wearing public! We have some new designs!

With these, however, we are doing an experiment – of which YOU can be part! If you can help set up “odd guy art” with a shop in your area, we’ll send you a FREE shirt.

Sound like a lot of work?

Not really. Think of all the little gift shops, boutiques, and coffee houses in your locale. Just send us their contact information, we’ll wow them with our goods, and if they order from us, YOU get a FREE Shirt (a $28 retail value).

If you can help us find a home for our new designs – or ANY of our designs – we’ll order them in larger quantities so that we can sell them on our website as well.

 

Cheers!
Marie and Graham

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beyond banal

BEYOND (Bee-YOND): Outside the physical limits or range of.
BANAL (Bih-NAHL): So lacking in originality as to be obvious and boring.

At “odd guy art,” we’re bored by banality, crushed by clichés, terrified of trite. There is no place in a quirky new business for mediocrity, and so we wrack our brains continuously for new ideas. In the immortal words of the legendary Steve Martin, “Comedy is not pretty.”

Our newest shirt design features that very thought: “Beyond Banal.” When you wear this design (which we know you’ll do with pride), you are telling the world, “I’m so far from dull I’m practically maniacal.” No flashy colors or design elements necessary; you are BEYOND BANAL.

This new design is available for purchase next week at our website. Take a look, you. 🙂

Marie
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odd guy’s index

As our one year anniversary approaches, let’s take a look at what we’ve accomplished, shall we?
 • Hours spent defining and researching our target audience: 84
• Number of logo fonts considered before deciding on “Hasty Pudding:” 23
• Number of hours logged on Skype: 328
• Miles from Lake Michigan our OGA studio is located: .2
• Hours spent hand-drawing much of website: 42

T-shirt designs created: 16
• Miles walked/ran for mobile business meetings: 124
• Ranking of “raspberry” among best-selling OGA cap colors: 1
• Hours spent ironing tote bags: 35
• Number of T-shirt-shaped OGA brochure designs created: 2
• OGA YouTube videos launched: 6
• Number of foreign cameo appearances in videos: 1
• Number of cameo appearances by Walmart employees: 1
• Number of small fires accidentally set during filming: 2
• Penalty points assigned for finger quotes during filming: 10
• Hours spent editing footage: 853
• Size of OGA festival canopy: 10′ X 10′
• Ratio of Diet Cokes consumed to ounces of water: 245 to 1
• Miles biked round-trip to printer, per trip: 26
• Ranking of EnMart among most-active OGA Facebook friends: 1
• Number of celebrities named Yoko Ono who follow OGA on Twitter: 1
• Number of national magazines that featured OGA on the cover: 3
• Number of stores in which OGA shirts are currently sold: 3

Thank you for joining us in this, our first year of business. If you have any questions, or if we can help you in any way, just let us know!

Marie and Graham

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spandex-free cycle chic


Are you familiar with the cycle-chic movement? It’s part of the whole wonderful spectrum that is urban cycling; looking good on your bicycle and having a good-looking bicycle under you. It can mean wearing anything from a T-shirt to a tweed suit. What it isn’t, is Spandex.

Cycle-chic started on the city streets of Europe and has eagerly spread to the cities of Australia and here in the USA. Blogs have been key in driving this stylish movement forward. They feature photo galleries that capture the spirit and the imagination of urban cyclists.

A great place to start the exploration is at the home of cycle chic, Copenhagen. http://www.copenhagencyclechic.com/

Then maybe venture over to London where my fellow Brits are showing fine form on those familiar streets. http://london-cycle-chic.blogspot.com/

Closer to home, in New York City you’ll find some very cool images from this chilly spring we are all enjoying. http://nycyclechic.blogspot.com/

It’s all about simply dressing practical with a touch of style and going about your busy day on your bicycle. What could be better? Why not dust off your old, beautiful bike and show your very own cycle chic.

Graham

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here comes the sun

“Little darling, it’s been a long, cold, lonely winter.”
(“Here Comes The Sun,” -George Harrison)

Even spring’s first robin is frozen.

Selling T-shirts during one of the snowiest Midwest cold spells has been nothing if not challenging. BUT… we’ve kept our scarf-covered chins up, and fully anticipate getting our line of T-shirts into more and more stores as the weather warms.

Being our first winter in the T-shirt world, we did what we thought most seasonal businesspeople do: We worked inside. There were many cups of hot tea consumed as we designed new shirts, made new contacts, and pursued new ideas. We researched the T-shirt forums and read about the successes and failures of those brave souls who’ve ventured into this business before us.

And now it’s March – halfway to April, actually – and we’re looking forward to flooding the market with “odd guy art” T-shirts. We hope you’ll see something you like!

Cheers,
Marie
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