I Never Could Get the Hang of Wednesdays, aka, The P.O.D. Towel Day Dilemma

Ugh, argh and WTF?

For three months I’ve been researching, investigating, analyzing, adapting, updating and uploading for the sole purpose of having some of my art & design stuff available for print-on-demand merchandise. This is nothing new for me; back in the day I was involved with a relatively successful CafePress adventure, but to indulge my inner old man (who I shall call “Bill” in honor of my gruff-but-lovable, maternal PapPap), POD was a different animal in the wayback of seven years ago!

To simplify my rant (and focus on self-promotion) I’ll lead off with the mostly harmless, little graphic I’ve been most excited about sharing recently – sharing specifically on towels. It’s time-sensitive and also a nod to the days when I enjoyed reading novels for the sake of them being enjoyable and not as desperate escapism from the world in which we live. (Would another “Ugh, argh and WTF?” seem redundant even if it’s topically relevant again?)

Here it is now:
Hitchhiker's Guide Hoopy Frood Supply Co. by WIPjenni
You might not know this, but International Towel Day is May 25. It was started shortly after Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy (et al) author, Douglas Adams passed on. You also might not know that 42 days until May 25 happens to be Thursday, April 13. You also, also might not know I’m writing this on Wednesday, April 12.

If hoopy froods, towels, 42 and Thursdays have no pop cultural meaning to you, I strongly recommend that you read the Hitchhiker’s Guide Trilogy. (The actual trilogy, not the four-book trilogy that includes So Long and Thanks for All the Fish. It’s quite probably the most disappointing fourth book in a trilogy, ever. And if you do read it, definitely don’t read Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency, also by Mr. Adams. And if you do read it, don’t come crying to me when you can no longer appreciate a loquacious string of superfluous adjectives without breaking into a nervous sweat.)

This is the encapsulated dilemma portion of events… Redbubble has a nice face and a pretty sweet backend: NO TOWELS BUT ALL SORTS OF OTHER PRODUCTS. Society6‘s UI is like a first gen NES that’s been under a box of worn out Converse All Stars since 1985 – and still is: ONLY WHITE TOWELS IN SEVERAL SIZES AND SOME OTHER PRODUCTS. Zazzle abandoned their ‘community-centric’ business model years ago, but forgot to tell their software: ONE SIZE TOWEL AVAILABLE IN ONE COLOR – I HAVE NO IDEA WHERE THE OTHER ITEMS WENT.

So. I have random merchandise available through random services even though I have dedicated an embarrassing amount of time to finding an online print on demand shop that offers good quality products, responsive customer support, reasonable prices, fair artist royalties, and a broad enough selection of merchandise to satisfy my somewhat bizarre notions of what items particular art stuffs should be printed on. I know. A girl asks too much.

I have abundantly failed in streamlining my process, but, I have achieved a modicum of success in making my creative content accessible in forms that you may appreciate. I would appreciate your buying something. May I suggest a towel?

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Up for a Challenge? Lose the Labels and Focus on the Fix!

Knock, knock.
Who’s there?
Interrupting Cow.
Interuptin
MOO!

Bar Lazy ISMS - Lose the Labels and Focus on the Fix by WIPjenni
What would happen if we replaced every personality label with a word that actually leads to a solution? What would happen if all the energy put into name-calling was directed at coming up with FAIR ways to resolve conflict? What would happen if instead of referring to yourself as a ‘type’ of person you only considered yourself a human being.

Let’s find out.

I challenge you to replace every label that would come out of your mouth, your fingertips and even your mind, with words that directly address the issue you’re fighting for or against – for ONE day.

Bar Lazy Isms.

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60 Fat Beeves – More Pet Peeves than Can Fit in a Zoo

Ya ever find yourself in one of those spells where no matter what you’re doing or what crosses your path, it always comes back to the exact same thing? Frustrating, no? Frustrating, yes!

In my latest commercial production, I felt it was time to address a few of the repeat offenders. Unfortunately, it turns out that I came up with far more than 60. Kind of surprising considering that I was trying to streamline down to the particular items that pop up with an almost prescribed regularity, not just any old annoyance.

Not wanting to spend the next three weeks duplicating and tagging cartoon cows, I settled on one recurring concept that grinds my gears (on different cogs) just about every day. The message is subtle, but no less valid because it’s presented on an orderly field of barnyard bovines. Moo!

So, with out further ado.. ladies, gentlemen and others, I present Sixty Fat Beeves.

Sixty Fat Beeves by WIPjenni on REDBUBBLE

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