I went hiking again today at Alum Rock Park and went to see if the button a I left on the log 4 days ago was still there, and it was. It sat in the rain and got a little rusty and I took it back home with me. I decided, prior to taking back the button this afternoon, that I don’t want to do sticker or button drops (for people to find) at Alum Rock Park anymore. It was a lot of fun the couple times I did it but I also felt weird about leaving stuff behind at the park. It felt like borderline littering. I also don’t want to encourage others to leave stuff, in hopes someone else will pick it up, and I don’t want people to come to the park if it isn’t to hike or experience nature. I still want to do Finders Creepers drops in the future but not at a place like Alum Rock Park, out of respect.
The sticker I left at the top of the Sycamore Switchbacks Trail at Alum Rock Park was claimed. I left it yesterday about an hour before the park closed. I thought maybe some kids had found it but it turned out to be a hiker who I crossed paths with at the bottom of the trail. He picked it up soon after I left it and he DM'd me on Instagram today and let me know. The Gram's been pretty quiet all day while we wait on the presidential election results. I uploaded my latest creation which was a picture of my head with a body made out of multiple pictures of my head. It's simple but fucking weird and it made me laugh out loud. I also got back to redrawing the letters on the Layla-Mae project, Next I'm gonna ink the background. We'll see what happens tomorrow.
I took another sticker with me on my hike at Alum Rock Park today. Last week I left a sticker at the bottom of the Eagle Rock Trail and the person who claimed it DM'd me on Instagram four days later when she found it. Today I left it at the top of Sycamore Switchbacks Trail where it meets the South Rim trail. That's about a 40 minute hike uphill from the Penitencia Creek Trail the bottom. I left it there at 4:00 PM, which is one hour before sunset, and 1.5 hours before the park closes. It's possible that it already got claimed because as I was coming down the hill I heard voices of young children above me where I had just left the sticker. It's possible that the voices came from the busier trail below and I just heard echos because I saw no one else on the trail ahead or behind me the whole way. I just hope that it doesn't get blown away and whoever finds the sticker contacts me when they do.
I took some stickers with me on my hike at Alum Rock Park today. I didn't stick them anywhere but I did leave one for someone to find at one of the information kiosk things. It's at the bottom of the Eagle Rock trail across from the Rustic Lands parking lot, inside the compartment above the letter R. If it's still there when I go back I might take it and put it somewhere else.
After drawing out some names as extra goodies for a couple kids who received t-shirts of mine as gifts I was asked to do some for my cousin. One is for his girlfriend's daughter and the other for his little brother. The difference with these is that they're going to be created digitally versus hand-drawn like the last two. I worked on Layla-Mae's all day Friday and just finished sketching it out around 5:30 AM Saturday. There's still a lot more work to do, besides digitally inking it, like tweaking the letters to make them look more like the others and coloring it all in. I've been having fun with this and can't to see it finished. When it's done I'm going to print them out on adhesive vinyl sheets to make stickers.
Here are pictures of all the stickers I've made so far. All of them except for the SJ stickers and the new pink, yellow & blue ones were printed on paper. They weren't meant to be used outside and weren't waterproof. They were inexpensive so I'd give one of each (5 total) to people who bought shirts and at events I'd give one away for free to whoever followed me on Instagram. When I ran out of the paper stickers, around the time I made my SAN JOSE shirt, I made the SJ sticker using the same design. The SJ stickers are 4"x4" and were printed on vinyl but not UV coated, which means they'll probably hold up fine indoors but would eventually fade in the sun. I still have some of these and have been giving them away with t-shirt purchases as well. I've also sold a few. The new pink, yellow & blue Frankie Mcfly kiss-cut stickers I got yesterday might be my favorite so far. The whole thing is 5.5" wide by 3.5" tall and is UV coated so it should survive the sun & the rain. I'm still figuring out pricing for the new stickers and creating bundles with the SJ stickers and t-shirts so stay tuned...
I received them tonight. I'll be adding them to the online store soon. They'll be for sale but you can also get one free with any t-shirt purchase. They are laminated vinyl and they're kiss-cut so you can just peel off my name, but if you're like me you'll also want to slap that extra piece somewhere too.
I was supposed to DJ an event tonight but I got text this morning saying it was canceled due to Coronavirus concerns. Bummer, because I really needed the cash. This time of year is already pretty slow for DJing. I did wake up to some good news though, an online t-shirt order came in. Before I got notified about the event being canceled I was planning on just bagging the shirt and sending it off. After getting word that I wasn't gonna be working I started drawing a Thank You card for the t-shirt order. I drew my head first then the tentacles & letters with pencil. Then I inked it with a couple Micron pens and fixed a few mistakes with Pro-White. When I was done I threw it in the bag with the t-shirt and a couple SJ stickers and delivered it. The customer lived 15 minutes from home so I figured I'd save him a couple days of waiting for it to arrive by mail.
I was up late tonight getting my design ready to print. I even picked out colors from the Pantone color book. The whole sticker will be 3.5” tall and 5.5” wide but it will be kiss-cut so that my name & yellow border will peel off. I’m hoping I’ll have them in time for the Local Color Daytime Market on Sunday.
From the depths of the sea, back to the block...
I finally got around to vectorizing those sketches of my name. It's not done but getting closer. I want to make new stickers to give away with t-shirt purchases.
I finally got around to folding & counting my t-shirts, after vending at the Street Mrkt on 9/6, and I updated my inventory online. I try not to wait too long after events because I want my online inventory to match what I actually have on hand. I got bit in the ass once for waiting too long. A couple people bought medium black & pink San Jose shirts online a couple days after I sold out at an event. It was a tiny fire that I was able to put out relatively quick but I don't want that to happen again. So, as of right now the online store inventory matches the actual inventory on hand... so go and buy now!
I also added 3 new options for SJ stickers: