Big in China

tiny chicken runner

This week I was still getting a trickle of organic searches from Chinese search engines and I decided to put a little more look into it than previously. Turns out they were probably looking for this game!

I mean none of them bought shirts, so only maybe were they looking for the tiny chicken little run game, but it seems like it might be related somehow?

tiny chicken running

tinyrun: Year One


A friend recently sent me this image of a cutout from a shirt that I had made circa 1996, probably earlier. It’s got a little paint on it.

The lettering is hand traced onto the shirt from a xerox-enlarged printout from actual typed text. See the difference in the edges of the same letters? I’ve always been taking the long route.

One of the few remaining pieces of evidence from the beginning.

Taking Down the Studio

picture of studio from down the hall

This last week saw the dis-assembly of what has been my studio-office for the past two years. I sank into the space over time, for both my Day Job office and also a place to harbor dreams of making stuff as the Night Job.

I could walk to it from my home. It was an excellent size even if strangely elongated, it had built in shelving, internet, and a few things that my previous studio did not have, such as heat, air conditioning, and a bathroom. Layers of luxury. Shit, I even found a used fridge and microwave.

picture of studio to the right

There was however exposed duct work, massive bundles of free hanging relic wires of some previous server farm and phone line hubs. It was at the end of a dark hallway. It had only one hardwired ancient florescent light fixture literally dangling from the ceiling you had to hit with a broom handle to get to work. “Whatever!” I thought, “It’s MINE.” it just made it homier, or made the rent of it either actually less expensive, or made the expense easier to justify.

picture of studio to the left

But so the economy of my world has shifted to the uncomfortable as I have recently had a case of ‘the downsized’ from Day Job. It’s uncomfortable to even type. But now is the time to be uncomfortable, and there’s the part of me that craves that. Nothing moves you like being uncomfortable. You have to move.

I have hope that the work will be faster, leaner, stronger.

I’ve often said ‘More Soon’ as a mantra and motto. Not anymore. No choice but to push and put it before you and see what you say. Nothing counts but now.

More Now.

Package THIS

a stencil cutout of 'tinyrun'

One of the great areas that I’ve had Good Intentions for is packaging. There were a few moments were I would get SO very close to pulling it together and getting out, in a regular fashion, a mailer that I felt really nailed the same level of time and care the shirts received. Never consistently though, and I consoled myself with the thought that if I gave more time to packaging, then that would be time away from making the best shirts possible. Aaaaaand while that’s true, it was a poor placation. I added to that thinking further guilt around packaging materials, the weight said materials might add to shipments, and I would hem and haw until I came up with a New Shiny Shirt Idea to play with.

But I love me some mails, and it would be a sweet bonus if what arrives raises anticipation just at sight. I really love the thought that when you receive your shirt it is a moment of joy. Pretty mailer = more joy? Seems like good math!

boxes being set up for spray painting

I started to play around with some new packaging recently, trying to catch up to years of shipments. It’s fun, low impact play in terms of initial resources to get to test it out. I’ve cut a few stencils and am experimenting on just quickly hitting a few nice cardboard box sizes with spray paint. A little raw around the edges, but a great leap at the same time. I’d love to do some full-on, full-bleed screen print of some art across the entire surface of the box inside and out, and perhaps someday!

My hope is that the cost of the boxes and the bump upwards in postage can just be absorbed on my end with little impact to buyers, and that the resources impact of the box is mitigated by straight up recycling possibilities, especially reuse! A few initial test shipments have made their way out the door with promising results.

Progress is being made.

a completed shirt box mailer labeled and ready to go out the door