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Sty-Visuals BlockBuster {by Stivo}

Short, Sweet, & Simple. I suppose. But Sick Visuals and what a Cooky Beat. The horns make it seem like a cinematic adventure/ocean freighter coming in to port… Stop. Loo. & Listen. Just Escape. Kid Quit It… Get With It…

Where "Stivo" came from.

I did not name myself or the company “Stivo.” In fact, I was strongly opposed to it! I didn’t want to be named after the Jackass superstar, even if he was totally awesome. I hated it for the spelling, which was just a wrong “Steve-O.” The name actually came from a former employee of ours who was helping us start the company (Stivo Concepts). So let’s get into a bit of my company’s history.

Back when I was in college, me and my dad started importing mufflers from Taiwan. When we saw them, I thought out loud, “I wonder what we should name them?”

Then that guy just yelled “STEVE-O!”

I replied “Okay that’s pretty common. What about the spelling? I wouldn’t want them to be named after the Jackass dude.”

He goes “S-T-,” then he pauses for a bit and looks to the ceiling. It was as if he was really thinking of a way to shame me. Then he blurts out “I-V-O! STIVO!”

My dad then just said “Ok Stivo sounds nice!” but my eyes grew, and deep down inside I told myself in a ghetto accent “Awww hell nawww!”

I told them that I strongly did not approve of it, but they kept insisting and they sort of forced it on me. So since I couldn’t do anything about it, I just rode and stuck with it. And here we are now!

Up to this day, I honestly still somewhat regret having the “Stivo” name. I always keep asking “Why Stivo? Just why?” Although at last year’s SEMA show, one guy asked me “So is Stivo a mix between STi and Evo?” I was flattered and I thought “That might be a perfect answer for people’s questions regarding my name!” So I got that going for me, which is nice.

St. Ivo of Chartres

Ivo served as Bishop of Chartres during a tense period of Church history, and his expertise in canon law helped resolve the so-called Investiture Controversy.  The conflict was essentially a clash over who had the authority to appoint bishops and abbots: the Pope or secular authorities like Dukes and Kings.

Ivo became personally involved in this controversy around the year 1100, when the passing of the Archbishop of Paris left the seat vacant.  Rather than allow the Pope to appoint a new Archbishop, King Louis VI (“the Fat”) of France took it upon himself to do so.  Ivo was not ready to take this laying down, as the King had a particularly loathsome choice in mind for the Archbishop, a heretofore unknown figure named Huguey the Stout.  It so happened that Huguey looked identical to the King, and shared the same noxious odor and uncouth sense of humor. 

While all of this roused Ivo’s suspicion that there was a massive abuse of power afoot, it was Huguey’s first episcopal decree that had right-thinking clergy up in arms.  He intended to establish a policy of Casual Weekdays, where bishops and priests celebrating Mass on days other than Sundays would be allowed to wear “street clothes.”  Huguey’s interpretation of this statute was especially vulgar, in that he celebrated his first mass wearing a brilliant golden codpiece.  It is said that the glinting of sunlight on the accessory caused multiple priests who were in attendance to go blind, and Ivo had had enough.

Ivo went to Rome to complain to the Pope, after which he consecrated himself entirely to the campaign to depose Huguey and to make sure no such appointment could happen again.  He prevailed, and Catholics remember St. Ivo for his principled stand against the abuse of power.

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