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:
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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