Another update, another long gap between pos…. STOP.
Collaborate and Listen.
I realized when I was writing that first line, that I usually start all of my posts with how long it has been since my last post. I will try not to do that anymore. In other news, we have a little contest right now!
In collaboration with It’s a Ska World After All, I am giving away two of their decals, a Don’t Stop Skankin’ decal and shirt, I will probably be throwing in a few random decals I have laying around the office as well. This is an Instagram only contest, so make sure you are following us so you can repost! Don’t forget to check out the Ska World event on 10/21!
I came up with this idea in my head when I first started radecals, but never created it. A couple weeks ago I finally buckled down and started drawing it out. Then I created it in Illustrator in all its vector goodness.
That’s all for now, I’m actually working, you know.
Over two months is a ridiculously long time for a site update. My apologies fine sirs and madams.
So in case you haven’t noticed, I pretty much stopped working on RADecals. Asides from the few random personal requests and business jobs. That is…. UP UNTIL LAST NIGHT. Finally got my ass working again officially last night. Started rearranging my office and equipment, which has just been sitting in a pile since I moved. This will be completed this weekend, as well as starting initiation for a new store front. Since I am too cool for Etsy now apparently.
Also will be hitting up this summers SJ Bike Parties again, should be fun times like always. Come out there and join me for free stuff, awesome music and possibly a cooler full of beer in the back of my Jeep.
On a side note, I am constantly surprised how much traffic is brought to RADecals just for having a picture of spaghetti cat. The internet fascinates me sometimes. Yes, even you random Oakdale viewer.
So… apparently Google tells me you want SJ Bike Party decals. YES! I am that dude who makes them. YES! I still am selling them even though I can’t make it out to bike party anymore. Want some? You should probably contact me through one of the various methods listed to the right and above. Don’t believe me, here is a picture of them lighting up the night. Pretty awesome right? Damn right!
RADecals has slowed down a lot for me, and I am sad about that. Ever since Etsy crippled me, it’s been hard to get going again. Which sucks even more, because I now have a dedicated office/work place where all my equipment is at now.
The point of the story, is you should contact me about buying some. Ill give you a killer deal, and probably give you a free high five or something.
I’ve been a little silent on things lately for a couple different reasons. Besides moving into my own place, and now having a dedicated office/workspace for RADecals (pics to come!), my business is now in limbo for the time being. On Friday 1/25/13 Etsy decided to shutdown my store for copyright infringement. The final blow came from a complaint straight from Epic games (Gears of War) for selling the crimson omen. As disappointing as that was, I can’t really be mad at their decision. I knew what I was selling wouldn’t be forever. But damn was that horrible timing. I am forever barred from Etsy now, which I think is a good thing. I got too comfortable selling the designs I had up, and wasn’t able to work on other business, like I had planned to do. So there is my motivation now, open up a new storefront on some other site, and just focus on doing more custom orders for local businesses.
As for my new workplace? Totally bitchin’! I started off in my moms kitchen, then took over the dining room table and counter, and then expanded to the living room. My mom is probably happy I am out, she gets to reclaim a room in her house, and no longer gets to see rolls of vinyl lying around. Also she no longer has to deal with my music blaring that I played while I worked. I am still setting up my little office the way I want it to be, so until then I won’t post pics. So far I have all my old equipment in the room, but I want to buy an extra table for more workspace, and some freaking lamps! It’s hard to weed vinyl with inadequate lighting.
To all my old Etsy customers looking to get more decals, feel free to contact me via this site, email or facebook, I can still make you whatever you’re looking for, and it would probably be cheaper now since I don’t have to pay Etsy any fees. Sweet.
If you need my address to send me a housewarming gift, just let me know. I could always use more beer.
Two updates in the same week? That shit is bananas. No, but really, that last post didn’t count, considering it was just spaghetti cat… eating spaghetti… and staring into my soul.
Back to decals! Etsy has been kicking ass! This month has been by far the best month ever, and we’re barely half way through the month already. Which is so awesome, because I am going go need all the money I can get my hands on starting next week. So please keep those orders coming in, and more importantly those custom/bulk orders. Pleaasseeeee.
Where do I find myself lately? Anxiously awaiting the future, also being in LA. I also found myself back on social networks, so if you’re interested, you can find my personal FB here and follow me on Instragram @RadRique. I like to take pics of stupid things with even stupider hash tags. It’s kind of my thing.
So I am at my actual day job now, I should probably stop rambling on and get back to work. This PSA isn’t going to apply itself!
Peace out homies. - Enrique
Also if your name is Justin and you’ve been trying to contact me, your email account you submit isn’t working.
Happy New Years Baby from RADecals! (this would have been posted yesterday had I had access to a computer.)
So my new years was pretty awesome, ended 2012 on a high note and began 2013 with a high note, I couldn’t have gotten a better ending to the year. Spent it with some amazing people and met an amazing person. Family, new friend(s), and of course Mickey mouse and the Gang was somewhere in the mix, and not to forget all the bands I saw this weekend, Skank Agents, Starpool, Reverend Horton Heat, Codename Rocky, Tijuana Panthers, and of course Suburban Legends!
So 2012 is over, finally. What a year. Started this venture, and in that time had 429 Etsy sales, made a decent amount of money and a lot of friends in the process. Since I started it in February (anniversary time soon) every month has been better than the last, and it continues to grow. Already 2 days in 2013, and I’ve done more than the first month of opening my Etsy store. Not too shabby.
What do I have planned for 2013? Taking this to the next level, and hopefully doing more custom work and bulk orders. Also, something completely awesome which is happening in a couple of weeks, but I don’t want to ruin the surprise, so you’ll just have to see when I post pictures. It will be an adventure though, one that is sure to get me going.
So it’s been almost a month since my last update. You haven’t missed much that last month. A small tidbit, I hit 400 Etsy orders the other week, that was a pleasant surprise. It deserved a beer and hamburger steak from Hukilau. MORE IMPORTANTLY….
Get ready to get this business kicked in high gear. It’s happening, I finally have the motivation I need, and am going to invest all of my free time into RADecals and a couple other side businesses I am about to start.
Shit is about to get real.
On other minor notes, here is my xmas greeting, it was posted to the FB, but thought more people needed to see it. Especially since the website has been getting more hits lately. Thanks to people who insist on googling me, which is a little creepy. So if that’s you, please stop.
What’s nu? (There’s an inside joke I need to erase from my head.)
Been a while since I’ve updated last, I’ve been busy. A lot has been going on, tons. Meanwhile in my workshop, my Macbook took a shit all over me. So production is at a halt until I can get it replaced. Good news is it happened close to Black Friday, so I was able to pick up a new rig at an okay price. Decided to switch back to a Windows machine. It was just weird living in a Windows world, all my machines run windows, yet the macbook controlled all my equipment. Finally things will be similar. So what did I get? An i5, 4gb, 256 SSD. Neat. Definitely had to get a ssd, since it will just be used to control my cutters, I just needed something that sill start on demand. I was really hoping for an i7, but my accountant said no
Downside? Apart from not being able to make any decals for over a week now, it just hit my wallet hard. Trying my hardest for a while now to save up enough to move production (and myself) out of state, this just delayed me a couple more months. This just means I have to put in that much extra effort to earn back that money in profits. It will happen, just watch.
So now the fun party starts, getting to re-decal my new machine. My Mac was covered in decals I made. Even the first one we I ever cut. I am more sad to see those decals disappear then my Mac. So at least I get to look forward decided what to cut for myself. It’s not too often I make decals for myself anymore. I know the first one is going to be a big fat radecals logo in reflective vinyl, just unsure of what color it should be.
Pictures to follow once I get my new rig.
“I gotta get out of here, and I’m begging you, begging you, Be My Escape.”