October 2009

Photo Giveaway Winner

The Deal: I was going to give away a I WANNA ROCK shirt to the person who sent me the bestest photo of themselves in a tinyrun shirt. This limited the amount of entries right out to the tried and true believers who’ve been around. Seemed fair at the time to throw a little extra at my longtimers.

Judging these was way harder than I thought it would be! Especially since photographing people in shirts is something I’ve struggled with since the first time I was seized with this madness. After much deliberation, little nuances pulled me back and forth, but I have to conclude that these are how the five entries fall into place.

3RD PLACE TIE

Dr. Cat / Corey

2ND PLACE TIE

@twinschick1
i love the weathered backdrop, so much that i didn't notice the rose for a bit...love the lighting from the back, but the flash is a little too flashy (as flashes always are, the fuckers)love the expression, can i just give you a hug?this one i snagged from her twitter feed, but it's my favorite.  the sly expression.  heh.  she's up to something. and you will probably like it alot.

@JadeSnake
the through the horizontal bars thing, dig it.the triple tinyrun threat came close to putting it over, seriously, that's awesome.the most subtle of the set, i really like the oversaturating flare

1ST PLACE WINNER

@xDiablis
hats! goggles! that painting! what can i say.  three in one, with two batiks, one from the 'no-look' and one from the auction, this photo won my heart

So there we are! Someday I will get that whole gallery page together and these will find a nice home there, nestled for all time as proof that I do actually send shirts out to people, who occasionally wear them. Shortly I hope to announce the winner of the tweet half of the giveaway. And since entering one of the contests does not negate entries in the other, things are still open for those who didn’t win!

I’m digging this contest thing, perhaps I will try more later, hm. How does everybody else feel about it? What would make it better, easier, more fun?

Flood Show

I’d have to dig liberally through my archived emails to find the fossilized beginnings, but at one point or another, Paul, of Paul and Storm, managed to dig up a jpg that I’d forgotten about. He was already high on the prospect that I was finally convinced to resurrect the much loved embroidered bacon design when he tweeted about this one. What he found actually wasn’t a tinyrun design, it was a batik of mine from what seems like another age. And he lurved it. Being a bit of a softie for people that likes my stuff, I said that I had no idea when, but eventually I would do that one as an official tinyrun.

Months passed, my daughter was born, time marched on. A Chicago show for Paul and Storm was announced, and it was thought that the long awaited design for them could be ready in time for it, and that an official hand off would be arranged. This was made all the more excellent by a annulled meeting opportunity to hand off the bacon shirts many months previous.

I was later than I intended in getting to the venue, arriving right before they opened. I would have to wait till the break to hand off my finished deliverables. So I kicked back and enjoyed Paul and Storm work the rather full room. The audience was like so much kitchen in a experienced chef’s hands, and they proceeded to bake us into a tasty multilayered cake, frosted with our blended geek sentience, sprinkled with irreverent glee and sweetened tunes. That doesn’t even make sense, but it’s what happened.

After they finished cooking, I met Paul by the merch table and was taken to the inner corridors of the most lucky. In the green room I then met Storm and Jonathan Coulton. Hands were shook. I proceeded to hand over the shirts to P&S, who changed right off to wear them during the TMBG Flood set. I caught sight of the song list for the set, and I had thought from tweets seen that they were doing only a few songs from Flood, but saw that their intent was to do them all. I think it was Storm who said, “we’re a little out of our comfort zone on instruments…”

They were all professionals, this is what they do, but they were doing something that they had precious little practice time for, material they didn’t write, and had not performed in front of a full venue as of yet. Wow. I soaked in that feeling. It wasn’t nervousness, but there was definite palpable energy. This was going to be awesome. I had a feeling that I might soak up too much, or throw something off, so I excused myself and let them do whatever “final huddle” they needed to do. Retreating back downstairs I found a new seat next to a kid who looked like he had brought his Chemistry textbook. He was doing chem homework inbetween sets of a concert? Awesome.

see my shirts in there?  no, right there

Then came the Flood. The whole damn thing. One song to the next, no banter, boom boom boom. I not going to say much more about it, other than that the videos you might have seen only contain about 15% of how amazing it was. I’m not going to be able to capture much more with just words. And I could see my shirts from there! Ok, barely, but still!

Then straight into the Coulton set. The chem student exclaimed “YES!” with every song introduction. I had thought at this point I had reached saturation for the evening. How could it get better? How many times can you conceivable go back up to the buffet? The set and encores ended, and the lights came up, and I got to see the crowd. Ah, dorks.

I headed backstage to congratulate the dudes, and try to express the gratitude I had about the awesomeness. And to tell them about the chem student. I hoped to try to give them as much information from ‘the floor’ as possible, to try to fill out what everyone not in the green room experienced.

and Peter Sagal in there too!  though i didn't talk to him...

They embarked down to the floor themselves afterward and met a few lingering fans. This part was a great treat for me as well, to see them interact this way, from the safe distance of having a backstage pass of my own. And it also occurred to me at this point to take more pictures.

me taking a picture of (me in the mirror) taking a picture of a dude taking a picture of paul taking a picture of storm, whew.

see the vader shirt?  see me in the mirror??

i call this pose, 'The Coulton'

Then the last fans left, and the stars were left to striking their business of the evening, and gathering their goods to move on. After trying to help a little bit I took my leave, and said over my shoulder as I went, “you gave a singular gift to everyone tonight.”

And the more I think about it, I was right. They gave a gift to their fans by playing the show for starters, and for doing Flood second. They gave me a gift by allowing me to come in and talk to them, feel the energy right before it happened, have them wear and pimp my work, and to see them interact with their fans. They gave a gift to themselves by stepping out of that comfort zone, giving themselves permission to do this, doing something that they weren’t entirely comfortable with, and charging the front line of battle waving their cutlass from horseback.

That doesn’t even make sense, but it’s what happened.

Shirt Giveaway Insanity

So, I’ve decided to do some giveaway promotions regarding the coveted and pricey I WANNA ROCK shirt design. Please find the details herein! Both promotional winners will be announced on Friday 10/23, just before the end of the design run, so everyone who does not win will have a few moments to check their bank account and maybe check the under the couch cushions and make a purchase.

Giveaway #1

Email me a photograph of someone, yourself or someone you know, modeling any tinyrun shirt. I’d love to use these in a gallery on the site, so please know that submission includes consent of use, of either you or your photography subject. I solely will judge these photographs to determine the best use of composition, lighting, and overall sexiness? Ok, don’t get too sexy.

Giveaway #2

Tweet about the shirt! This is dirt simple. Tweet a clickable link to the tinyrun site, plus a ‘@tinyrun’ and there you go. The rest of the content is up to you, positive or negative or nonsense. But you know, positive is nicer? I’ll collect these on 10/23 and pick one at random.

Boom.

They’re in the Pipes, They’re Everywhere

May I persuade you to peruse these photographs of things that are in the pipe, of which I assure you are only a fraction of things production-pipe encased? These few things I have made, am making, am piping if you will, I present for your pleasure.

I wanted to call this one 'Abe Headroom'

This embroidery of Lincoln (I just can’t get away from him…) is actually complete. Notice the rather expensive frame. He will be auctioned off at this year’s MookieJam fundraiser. Facts: the outlining thread is actually glow thread (can’t stop using that either), the auction is this coming Monday the 5th of October, and I will be at the auction accepting bids by proxy for this item via twitter.

He's all LINEY and stuff

As we move further away from completion and up the damn pipe metaphor I started and just. can’t. let. go of, we find this interesting, quilted something. I can’t get into detail on it as of yet, but man…it’s going to be fairly awesome. I have a growing and festering sensation that tells me in uncertain pre-Atlantean language that my three readers will love it.

if you look really really close, you will see a faint green outline of....something...

And further away from completion, this box of very tiny cut fabric squares. Seriously. These are all 1.5 inches square. I got this idea that I would make some pixel quilts, and unlike every 32 bit quilt I’ve seen with 2 inch fail squares, I was gonna go all 1 inch rock. FTW, and shit. You can see how well that is going.

thank god that padding is in there, wouldn't want them to...break?

And in other news, hey, there might be a shirt design posted tomorrow?