Zazzle Custom Ink
What Is Zazzle
After the Squidoo meltdown in 2013, I found myself disenchanted with focusing solely on one platform and had to thing long and hard about my next few steps. I learned an ethos and ideology from the punk rock community many years ago.
My dollar is my vote. What this means to me is simple. If I frequent an establishment and repeatedly spend my hard earned money there, it is for a reason.
The repeat business means that I support you as the business owner and/or believe in what you are setting out to accomplish. My dollar goes directly to support you and not some corporation out of town. My dollar is my vote and I try to shop local always.
I Heart Collection
Staying true to my sports aesthetic, I initially began my Zazzle journey determined to promote cities, states and ideas with authentic color palettes.
I have spent countless hours researching PMS, HTML and RGB color coding on College, University and Professional Sports websites. Not all of these designs are perfect, but many of them are a close match, based on the institution's own branding practices. Seeing as how I have limited skills, I wanted to stick to public domain or free use images.
The "I Heart" collection features most of the 50 states, as some of them were copyright protected. There's over 100 designs featured on stamps and all sorts of things.
Keep Calm Phenomenon
The Keep Calm phenomenon just continues to steamroll throughout the internet, so I thought I would whip up some images that promoted States in hometown color schemes. The picture above is a UCLA Bruins-inspired color palette, while staying true to the meme that won't die.
I live in Pasadena, California and while my friends enjoy rooting for USC, this image is for the Bruins. These designs are still a work in progress, but I have most of the major University color schemes up for sale in nifty postcards. These are perfect for vacations and trips.
Taking a break from sports, I wanted to mix it up and feature some abstract natural landscape imagery. Little did I know that people internationally from places like Luxembourg and Germany would enjoy these images.
I'm always fascinated with mailorder and how a customer finds the product and which products are resonating with others.
It's really a humble feeling to know that someone liked your art well enough to actually spend money to have it shipped to them. Flattery is an understatement. The picture on the right is of a wooden walk path in what I call a "Zen" garden. Europeans have seemed to enjoy it the most.
Since Junior High, I have had a fascination with camouflage. There are numerous styles of camo in every color you could possibly think to mix together.
The camo designs I emphasized were Woodland, Desert and Digital and the colors were Army Green, Pink, Blue, Brown, Gray, Red and Regular Green.
Made from scratch, these designs have been the most popular on Cat Food and Water bowls. If I could explain the logic behind the purchasing decisions, I'd be a millionaire. As it is, I'm just thankful that people have appreciated them and look forward to making more soon.
The 2014 Winter Olympics and FIFA World Cup are huge sporting events that have a global audience. I thought it might be keep to whip up a batch of random designs that focus on patriotism for numerous different countries.
World Sports Fan is the name of the store I created to devote international designs and pride. There are dozens of black t-shirts that simply say the name of the city or country across the front. The logic behind this was that everyone likes a nice black t-shirt. They are flexible, great for going out in public and why not promote your favorite city or country?
At the end of the day, a T-Shirt is a walking billboard or promotional tool that can convey anything one wishes. A brand, restaurant, sports franchise, thought or an idea. T-shirts are more powerful than billboards or online ads, in my opinion. If you can't buy good word of mouth, you sure can get a good looking t-shirt to do the talking and establish the good will.
If you've made it to the end of this article, I sincerely appreciate you taking the time to read about my Zazzle exploits. It doesn't earn what I made at Squidoo, but I get more satisfaction out of creating designs and putting my thoughts into creations.
Thank you for visiting and feel free to click on some of the images to see the full product image and noodle around the shops. I couldn't link all of the images because of the overly promotional link rules here at Hubpages.
If you have any questions feel free to leave comments or feedback and I will try to respond promptly.