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
Many of you in the T-shirt design world find yourselves looking for that one perfect concept – a design with that special something that catches on globally and launches you into extravagant T-shirt-selling wealth.
For those of you who’ve watched “The Making of ‘odd guy art’ Part 2: The Designing,” you already know what a mentally-challenging and physically-taxing process T-shirt design can be. Sure, it’s fun; but sometimes “fun” can be fleeting when you’re faced with mounting bills and, in Graham’s case, an ongoing tea addiction.
Plus, there are as many potential T-shirt options as there are people on the planet (6,894,185,175 as of press time). When faced with a blank computer screen or canvas, where does your inspiration typically come from?
Take a second to click below and add your voice to this universal question!
The second part of the TNN (T-shirt News Network) documentary, “The Making of ‘odd guy art’ Part 2: The Designing,” aired at 1:27 this morning. If you missed it, we’re pleased to provide it for you here, so that you may watch two middle-aged entrepreneurs navigate their way through 21st century design:
Last night’s debut of “The Making of ‘odd guy art’ Part 1: The Beginning” aired on TNN (T-shirt News Network), to an audience consisting mainly of insomniacs and vagrants. Now’s YOUR chance to hear how our story began, so you can join the conversation tomorrow around the water cooler.
BONUS: Each time you hit “Like” and “Share” after the movie, you’ll earn another karmic point. (Collect 200 and you’ll score a set of “odd guy art” steak knives).
TNN (the T-shirt News Network) approached us last month, asking if we’d like to be the focus of a multi-segment documentary depicting “aging entrepreneurs” breaking into the business world. While we were mildly incensed by the “aging” remark (we are admittedly robust), we agreed. So we jacked up our orthopedic socks, tossed back a few prunes, and set out to tell our story.
The filming took place over several weeks. It felt awkward at first; telling our account in such great detail, camera crew in tow, while Chicago-based TNN commentator Guy Johnson grilled us about everything from “How do you make your shirts?” to “Boxers or briefs?” But we soon found our stride, and made it through the grueling interview process with a great sense of satisfaction and very few spit-takes.
I never thought to ask if we were being filmed in HD. I’m hoping not, because we both refused the pancake make-up they offered (even though they were strangely persistent on that point), preferring instead to present ourselves as we are.* We hope you appreciate our forthrightness.
TNN will broadcast the first segment (“The Making of ‘odd guy art’ Part 1: The Beginning”) later this week, and it will be subsequently available on a variety of social media, including Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube. We’ll announce the air date as soon as we iron out a minor legal dispute (there was a miscommunication with TNN over who’d cover our contractual Diet Coke expenses), and then we’ll share our story with the world.
*I later learned that Graham asked production to airbrush away his neck waddle.