Design, Personal

So I’m writing a book

I feel like I’ve been talking about this thing everywhere BUT on my blog, but I signed up to write a book, which will be coming out through Microcosm sometime Spring 2016. If you liked my Punk Rock Entrepreneur talk, then you’ll like this book. I’m basically putting in all the stuff that I wanted to shove into that talk, but had to cut for time.

So the first thing is, if you’d like to sign up to receive an update when this book comes out (because fall’s like, a really long time from now), you can sign up right here. I’ll let you know any super important stuff, like if there’s a pre-sale, or if I do an appearance somewhere so you can see my dumb mug in person, but you’re not gonna get a zillion emails.

The second thing is, I’m still collecting some stories for this. I have some information up about this on my website, but I’m basically looking for stories from either musicians or small business owners in a few categories:

• Times that you have found creative ways around obstacles
• Stories about building a network (most of mine involve couch surfing)
• Anything about building a community, or being involved in a community (as it relates to your band/business)
• Creative ways you’ve put your work out
• Failed projects, personal projects, and collaborative efforts that ended up positive experiences
• Times when being small/relatively unknown has been an advantage
• Hosting shows and events in odd spaces
• Finding your audience (can also include finding who your audience isn’t)
• Conflict about money
• Stories about when going above and beyond worked out for you (this is for a chapter called Use Your Whole Ass.)
• Making interesting mistakes and learning from failure

If you think you have a story to contribute, check out the submissions link.


Keyskull rides again

Put a skull on it!


Gimme that shirt!

I’m getting these rad shirts printed up, but I’m running a pre-order first from now through January 31st. So why should you order it now?

1. Get a free button pack (pre-orders get extra free stuff).

2. Get the size you want. I’m ordering extras, but once a size is gone, that’s it.

3. It’ll be cheaper. Pre-order shirts are $15, but the price goes up for the regular sale ones. Because I’m a heartless and cutthroat business person, is why. Don’t get caught paying more for the same shirt, like a chump.

Seriously, gimme. 

Want to win one?

It’s super easy.
1. Be following me on either twitter or instagram.
2. Tell a friend and prove it.

Retweets count, regrams and shoutouts and Facebook shares count, you can even send me a video of you telling another human being with your mouth. Just spread the word, and tag me so that I know you did it. Your name goes into a drawing, and one lucky so and so wins a free shirt.

When’s the pre-order over?
January 31st, 2014. That means these are probably shipping second week of February or so. Plan accordingly.

Seriously, all I have to do is share it on the internet?
BAM! Entry to the free shirt lotto.

What if I don’t live in the US?
No problem, you can still win a free shirt.

What if I live in Pittsburgh and I just want to pick it up from you?
Put in “PITTSBURGH” as a discount code, and it’ll knock off your shipping costs. Please note that I don’t actually live in Pittsburgh, so pick-up options are Brownsville (I live there) or Greensburg (I work there).

What if I already bought a shirt, and I win?
You can either have two shirts, or I can cancel your order.

Can I still wear this if I live in Ohio?
You can wear this bad boy anywhere. Work, church, funerals, court hearings, anywhere.