The Wrench 'n' Roses design was drawn exclusively for Gearhead® by "Cuz'n" Bill Lorenz from Sacramento Tattoo and Piercing. He loves Gearhead® and everything it represents so when I asked him to create a design that represented my company he did what every great tattoo artist does: he pulled out the key elements, the true heart, of what I, the customer, wanted, and created something unique to represent that. Of course, it doesn't hurt that we've been dating for almost 8 years either; he's been through the ebbs and flows of the business with me so he's got a pretty good idea of who I am and what I like!
Usually he tattoos his creations on his customers, so it's there permanently, forever a testament to the time and space that customer was in when they got the tattoo.
In the case of my request, I needed something to jump start my business back up, and while it's possible I might get this tattooed on me at some point, I wanted to wear this design as a t shirt! I After consciously putting Gearhead® on hold for the last four years, the best way to do that was access the wonderful new tool of crowd-funding, (or fan-funding or crowd-sourcing....whatever you want to call it) by creating a fundraising campaign using the awesome fundraiser t shirt company Teespring.
They did a great job with this shirt. They were so easy to work with, and paid promptly when the fundraiser ended. I'm thrilled with this little experiment of crowd-funding. It's one I'm looking forward to trying again, and I encourage those of you with your own company or fundraiser to try Teespring out.
It went better than I could have imagined, and I am deeply grateful to all of you who took the time, money and resources to support me and Gearhead® during that fundraiser. Thank you!! It truly gave me the boost I needed to get things rolling again.
After the fundraiser ended, I kept getting really nice emails asking for another chance to buy this shirt. So many people asked that I decided to make the shirt commercially available for a limited time. It's a great design and I'm pleased and humbled so many people like it. So all my fabulous customers, you have another chance to support Gearhead® and fly the colors proudly by purchasing this shirt.
There are some differences in the second pressing of this shirt. I'm a geek, I admit it. I like to know what edition I've got, whether it's records, books, plants, movies, or clothing.
The first edition of this shirt, the one that you could only get if you were part of the fundraising effort, was printed on a Hanes® Tagless ComfortSoft body. While it fits like a regular men's t shirt, the fabric is a little softer, and the weave a little finer, giving the shirt that feel like you've washed it a bunch. It's a nice rich black and the print is a bright eye-popping white ink.
The second pressing of this t shirt is on a Hanes "Tagless" t shirt. The Hanes® brand is red, and the shirt weave is a little heavier, a little thicker than the original shirt. The body is still a nice rich black, and the ink is still a bright eye-catching white, and both shirts are still made in the US. It's a small but noticeable difference, something so those of you who ponied up during the fundraiser will know you still have something very limited and exclusive to you!
I think this sort of stuff matters. Rewarding those who blaze the trail for those of us who come later is important to recognize and in whatever small way show that the trailblazing spirit is not ignored, but gratefully appreciated.
So here ya go, click here to buy it! Another chance to support Gearhead® as I move forward with building my company back up on a new stronger foundation. These shirts will be available as long as the stock exists, and when it's sold out, this design will be retired. Thank you! Love n' hugs,
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Gearhead Owner Michelle Haunold
I've been writing about music, pop culture, independent lifestyles and attitudes for over twenty-five years.