LOOK AT BANNER, MICHAEL.
- THE PROJECT
- L'ORIGINE DE QUEEN V
>>> THE PROJECT
I'm Victor Ituarte and I'm starting Queen V Tees, a screen printed T-shirt business with witty/cute designs related to Harry Potter, Arrested Development, pop culture, and miscellaneous wit/puns.
I need $650 to
pay my designer, Hilda Del Rio, for some of her work (~$100),
open a website ($~30),
have shirts in stock (~$350),
a DIY screen printing kit (~$60),
and Kickstarter/Amazon fees (~$65).
Additional funds will go to business cards, more designs, Hilda, photoshoots/models, season three of Arrested Development, and another pair of rainbow shoes.
Even if you can't give (anything helps!), please link your friends and family to my Kickstarter page! Kickstarter is all-or-nothing. I have 30 days to raise $650. If I don't meet my goal, I don't get any donations pledged!
>>> L'ORIGINE DE QUEEN V
The name "Queen V" comes from a nickname one of my besties gave me.
I learned the process of getting a T-shirt made when I started a student organization called The Free Hugs Campaign @ UTPA (The University of Texas-Pan American). Inspired by the logo on the Free Hugs Campaign website, I asked my friend Hilda to make one of our school mascot, Bucky, hugging the world. I went to my screen printer friend Daniel Martinez and BAZINGA! we had shirts.
A year later, I sought to make a lasting gift for my two favorite bands (Steel Train and Hellogoodbye) who were finally touring together. I'd gone through the process before so I knew a T-shirt seemed practical.
I delivered the shirts at my tenth Steel Train show on Halloween and it became a part of their costumes when they performed! It was an amazing feeling, to say the least.
When I designed that shirt (it's at the bottom of this page) and went to my friends for feedback, several of them expressed interest in owning one. Later that year, I took orders for new ones and sold about 25 shirts.
A light bulb went off a few months after that. I'm always thinking of witty T-shirt ideas through my daily interactions. Long before, I'd never thought it was possible to make them a reality, but now I know better. Taste the happy, Michael.
Thanks to Samuel Killermann for shooting my video and my headshot and for motivating me!
- (30 days)