Thursday, January 26, 2006

The Business

One is always considering new ventures, and the latest idea is to set up a "cool" t-shirt ordering site, very much as a proof-of-concept as well as a profitable enterprise. We would sell t-shirts, but also solicit people to send designs, which would be voted for by readers (no, it's not like Café Press). Designers would, of course, be paid.

An offshoot of this is that I have, since I drew him, been hankering after a t-shirt with my wee Devil on. Just as a quick feeler, would anyone else fancy a (very reasonably priced) t-shirt with my self-portrait, not unlike the one in the header (they would be properly screen-printed: none of that transfer rubbish here)? Do I keep "The Devil's Kitchen" header on, or just have the Devil?

The Devil would be best rendered as "spot" colours, so it would be a very bold design. Tell you what, here is a once in a lifetime opportunity: the first six people who ask for a "Devil's Kitchen" t-shirt in the comments will get a free one, which will also include the URL of the new site on (discreetly done). The next twelve to sign up will get them at £10 (about 1/3 off). We would expect to ship them out by the end of March, latest.

So there we are, sign up and get a free—or, if you are slow, a cheaper—The Devil's Kitchen t-shirt! Who can say fairer than that?

UPDATE: The plan is that your humble Devil will be tastefully rendered in black, white, red and metallic gold inks on a black, long-sleeved t-shirt with non-elasticated cuffs. The legend on the back is likely to be along the lines of "I sold my soul to The Devil at www.devilskitchendesign.com" or something of that ilk (suggestions welcome). It's either that or "I told a bunch of bureaucrat bastards to fuck off at www.devilskitchendesign.com" which some, of course, may prefer...! I shall post a wee piccie as soon as I have got a sample back from the printers (maybe Friday if I am lucky; the people that I have in mind are clients of ours and might do me a favour!).

And, naturally, if enough people sign up, delivery will be considerably earlier than March. So sign up, sign up, one and all...!

11 comments:

Unity said...

Sounds good to me, you can put me down for a DK t-shirt, size XL or XXL and I'll happily run an ad on TP to go with my Bloody Devil award - must remember add the graphic to the template - to go with it.

The DK header or 'Bloody Devil' to go with the star of the show would be fine - no point having something good if you're not going to shill for a little custom along the way.

Paul said...

OK, then.

May I have a Devil's Kitchen T-shirt please? XXXL will do nicely.

A nice big bloody devil with the logo underneath would be nice I think - maybe with a few words of vitriol to go with it? :)

Pete in Dunbar said...

Nice idea. Or as my daughters would say 'way cool'. I too like the logo.

But am I in time? As you know small or medium will not suffice...

TTYL

Mr Eugenides said...

The seventh commenter! Damn!

You might want to take a look at www.tshirthell.com , which includes some of the most offensive slogans I've ever seen...

Andy said...

Ooh yeah i'm up for some tshirt action please!? Sounds like a good idea for raising the profile of blogging.

Devil's Kitchen said...

Yup. I also want to try to do Wikablog t-shirts too. Again, I like the burning Wikaman. That would raise the profile of blogging...!

DK

Ordinary activist said...

I am soooooo glad to be a public sector waster when I see the creativity and enterprise of the private sector. I salute your indefa...indif...undefat.....chutzpah. But if by any chance your t-shirt design business does take off........bung a few quid my way. For now I'll hold off on the share options though :-)

MatGB said...

Gah; should've come here earlier...

Anyway, I'd probably buy one if I get any cash between now and the end of the year. The guy who designed my current logo also did a few t-shirts awhileback, he never marketed them properly, I got one of them. The business plan is a good one I think, if people are voting for designs it'd make a fun site anyway.

As long as the quality is a little better than CafePress...

Devil's Kitchen said...

I've always assumed that Cafe Press use transfers...? Don't know, never bought one.

DK

MatGB said...

I've got 2, both faded quite badly; transfers is about right, reasonable quality but lose definition quickly.

I still own a Sisters of Mercy t-shirt I bought 12 years ago, the colour lasted better than the colour on the CafePress top I bought 3 years ago.

Devil's Kitchen said...

If they are transfers, run an iron along them and it will bring the colour up again. Yes, seems silly, eh? But that's the way that printed garments are.

DK

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