Yup, I’ve got a new project I’m working on with two of my friends (CA Pagal and Fredrick Ho).
I was reading Seth Godin’s Tribes in Starbucks with my sister Shane weeks before (the same night we met Sineskwela’s Palikpik ^_^)…
When an idea came to mind. I wanted to make a shirt shop. I excitedly called my friend whose family have a shirt printing company and whom I’ve commissioned to print shirts before.
That shirt was the white on black 60theng ambigram shirt. That was the unofficial and limited batch shirt for the DLSU’s 60th engineering batch assembly. Unofficial and limited cause only I was behind the production of the shirt.
I really loved the shirt because of its simple yet coool ambigram design that says ‘60theng’ (designed by my cousin Chester). However, the official 60theng shirt has already been released, so… there’s no way it could be produced through official means.
I contacted Fred who I know has a shirt printing shop and asked how much to get a shirt printed. I sent him the design and he gave me a quote. I forgot how much it actually was and how much the minimum is.
I was so desperate. I think it tallied up to P10k—I didn’t know what to do—I can’t buy all those shirts just by myself—BUT all I know was I gotta have that shirt. The next day I went around the eng building and asked people randomly (even ones I didn’t know) if they want to have the shirt. I’m sure I won’t be able to get them to give me money so… I just went on faith that they’ll buy the shirt from me when it gets done and some crossed fingers as well.
Got all the orders. Went almost above the minimum. I thought… well… I’ll just go with it and buy the rest for my sisters or friends. Went ahead and paid a huge lumpsum of cash just to get that awesome shirt printed.
The shirts came. I wore my own. Happy! =) then hand-delivered around the campus each one of them.
Back to the story… I called Fred. Talked about it. He was excited. And the best thing was… he is taking up an entrepreneurship course. =)
The went to talk to my classmate from college Crissangelo Pagal aka CA aka Vic Sotto aka The Plank who has been into designs (shirts and not) for quite a while now. Talked to him about it. Got his blood racing as well!
We met together at The Podium. I was an hour late. T_T But the meeting went well! =)
Then Christopher Lao had a mishap. We agreed he should have been informed and so do all of us Filipinos. So I said to them: “Yep guys… This is what we’ve been waiting for.” =) (http://ishouldhavebeeninformed.ph)
Right now the shirts are still in production. We’ve reached about 60 orders. And now I’m very excited! =)
Argh. Although I won’t get to wear it for until approx. 3 months, cause I’m still here in Boston. (I just realized that now X_X) But.. Hey.. that makes it all the more exciting for me!! =)
So there you go…. our new project. :)
It’s new so we basically don’t know yet what we’re doing. Just trying to figure it out for ourselves as we go. Just like life I guess. All we know is we want to wear shirts we love—shirts that tells us who we are—shirts that are ours even before we bought them—shirts that are designed for us.
So… that became our as-of-the-moment “Guy Kawasaki” mantra:
TEES.PH - designed for you