Lately my comic, housework and cooking have been suffering. I have started down the rabbit hole of designing T-shirts printed and fulfilled by Spreadshirt. When your boyfriend the cartoonist repeatedly mentions how much profit there is in this market you can only listen idly for so long before you ask him how long it would take him to draw you a cute orange cartoon cat saying “I Heart Mew”.
Once my kiddos have hit the sack for the evening we shift to the office to come up with some new designs and for me to learn about SEO or basic coding or another once completely foreign topic. As the hours wear on I go from fantasizing about paying off all my student loans courtesy of Adorakitty (the orange tabby) to lamenting the hours I am wasting for thus far zero sales. It is never ending and consuming.
The other issue I am running into is a mixed feeling for which I have no name. Somewhere between shame and guilt I think, maybe? As a self conscious person in an over-marketed to society I anxiously await a backlash of some sort. For some reason there seems to be a difference in the perception of promoting a commercial shirt shop and selling handmade wares on Etsy. Were I doing the latter, I would have blogged about this a week ago and flooded the news to everything from Pinterest to Facebook. But, with this I pondered long and hard before attaching our names to it in any way.
As always I think I was over thinking. We spend long hours getting these designs just right, making the shops that will host them and studying the best ways to promote them to the masses. I want you to wear the shirt that we designed and refuse to be hindered by those that would snub their nose at making a profit from art and design. It is just as honest a living as any.
So here it is I design and promote the sale of custom T-shirts on the internet. The designs cute and funny and original. They are produced by Spreadshirt, which is an awesome international company that believes in freedom of expression and treats my boyfriend and the rest of their employees pretty damn awesomely.
Check out our latest shop at iheart.spreadshirt.com. Maybe you will find the shirt you have been looking for.