Hello my friends, I’m excited to announce the start of something new! Today we launch our Booooooom Shop which will feature exclusive items from time to time.
We’re kicking things off with a t-shirt designed for us by emerging Japanese illustrator Wakana Yamazaki. We wanted to pick someone who wasn’t very well known (this will be one of the themes of the shop) and someone whose work looks like it came from another planet. Her style is so original – never seen anything like it.
The t-shirt is $25 and only available as a pre-order until Thursday June 4th 11:59 PST. It will never be sold again.
One of our goals is to release limited edition products but also allow for everyone who wants them to have them. In essence these products will be both limited and unlimited. So if you want this piece of history, the first-ever Booooooom Artist Series t-shirt, this is your chance.
My friends at Etsy and Virb have joined forces to hook you up with a pretty sweet creative business package. Virb now allows you to integrate your Etsy shop into your own website instantly, so you can create your own website and take full advantage of Etsy’s marketplace really easily.
From now until February 28th if you open an Etsy shop using the promo code: BOOOOOOOM you’ll receive 20 free listings and 50% off your first 6 months of Virb. Head over here.
One lucky winner will also get a $100 Etsy gift card and a free Virb site for life – by redeeming the promo code, you are automatically entered to win!
I’ve attached a couple example shops below.
Walter Manning is the man behind one of my favourite tumblrs, Old Chum. He has gained a massive following online and now he has opened a shop here in Vancouver, Old Faithful. It is a total blessing to our city. I met up with him a couple weeks ago to ask him a few questions.
AN INTERVIEW WITH WALTER MANNING
Jeff Hamada: I thought we could start off by letting everyone know about your amazing little tumblr, Old Chum. What’s the story behind the “Chumblr” and how did you come up with the name?
Walter Manning: I was walking around the new Convention Center in Vancouver and they just put up all these placards about the history of British Columbia. I remember just reading every one of them as I walked around and how impressed I was with the raw initiative that went in to the development of the province: conquering the landscape, building infrastructure, hiking supplies to logging camps and felling giant firs. These were ordinary people who did extraordinary things.
I came across one placard of a picture of some men hiking supplies through the rugged landscape. One of the men had a crate on his back and on the side was inscribed “Old Chum”, a Canadian tobacco company, and it all fell into place for me and Old Chum was born. The name summed up what I wanted a blog to be.
My friends over at Huh Magazine have just opened up a book shop to give all you independent publishers a helping hand! They’re adding new ones all the time in an effort to keep even the smallest zines from fading out.
The first ten of every book are 10% off, so keep your eyes peeled.