Getting Started

I remember when I came up with the DRMN BG concept and I produced 30 designs before launching the brand. Most of them, in hindsight, were terrible and never saw the light of day but from going through that experience (getting started without being great) I got better and continued to work to improve, eventually producing 3-4 designs that would become the launch of DRMN BG. You don’t have to be a professional to start something new. Your first few attempts may not yield the result you envisioned but that experience may lead you to something greater that you didn’t know was possible in the first place.

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The DRMN BG Podcast - Episode 18 - Karen Meat

Arin Eaton and Dana T of pop rock project Karen Meat join the show to provide an inside look at pursuing a career in music, life on the road and a run-in with Eddie Money.

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Memorable Quotes

"Inevitably, if you do what you wanna do and you work on it, you're going to get better. how good you get doesn’t really matter as long as you enjoy it"

"You'll never know what you're capable of if you don't try it"

What They're Sayin..

"If people aren't fans of her yet, that means they haven't yet heard her stuff. Once you do and participate in a live show, you're hooked." - Luke Tweedy

"Your magic is showing, can't wait to see even more of it" Ramona Muse Lambert

This episode of the podcast is brought to you by P7DesignBozz Prints, and Powers Media House.

Episode Breakdown:

5:13 - The Formation of Karen Meat
9:05 - Realizing the Passion
11:40 - First Time Performing
14:00 - Arin and Dana's Trip to KC
19:04 - Dana T Finds Music
25:00 - Multitasking on Stage
30:00 - Eddie Money
34:00 - National Tours
38:10 - Albuquerque Adventure
47:50 - Biggest Inspirations
52:00 - Karen Meat's Genre
54:00 - Exploring Creativity
57:00 - Pressing Vinyl
1:00:00 - Smorgasbord
1:07:40 - Breaking Down Music
1:12:00 - Playing at The Englert
1:15:00 - Record Sales
1:21:00 - People Talk
1:26:10 - Studio Stories
1:30:00 - How the Landscape has Changed
1:36:37 - Quick Hitters
1:40:00 - Advice

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DRMN BG / Art Terrarium Pop Up

Finally!

From pre-order shopping to this! We're finally able to offer female cut t-shirts. That's right ladies, no more unisex style DRMN BG shirts for you. From now on, all new shirt releases will come in a female fit! These are available now exclusively at our pop up shop at Art Terrarium now and online next Friday.

This design is also available in a unisex cut, but won't be released until next week. Sorry guys, but ladies first.

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Pop Up Shop?

That's right. We're proud to partner with the Art Terrarium to offer our first self checkout Pop Up Shop.

The Pop Up Shop will run from March 30 - April 5 and will be open during normal business hours.

Stop by the Art Terrarium and check it out and pick up one of our new tees. Here's what's available:

  • Female Cut Camo Tees
  • Dream Tees
  • Camo Duck Tees
  • Hats

The Art Terrarium is located here. Stop by and pick up that snake plant or cactus you've been eyeballing and pick up some new gear!

Also, the Art Terrarium is hosting the Three Sisters Full Moon Pop Up on Saturday, March 31. Check it out.

Please help us spread the word and pass this along to all the dreamers in your life.

A big thank you for all your support! We're extremely fortunate to be able to associate with so many positive minded individuals like yourself. Keep DRMN BG!

What's next?

We've got some really exciting stuff coming up.

  1. Spring Release - We've got 2 new designs coming at you in April
  2. New Hats! Some of our classic designs in new color ways
  3. Savvy Duck - Just wait. This one is going to be great.
  4. Coffee Mugs - Oh Yeah
  5. Market Day - We'll be at Market Day on April 28. Be sure to stop by and check out all the great local vendors!

The DRMN BG Podcast - Episode 17 - Evan & Cullen Powers

Cullen and Evan Powers of Powers Media House, the tallest media company in the world, join the show to talk about Cullen quitting a successful family business and joining forces with brother Evan to form their own media company. We also talk adventures, photography and a dust up in Tucson.

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Memorable Quotes

"Count your blessings not your failures"

"It's your outlook on life, not embracing the bad stuff and just enjoying the good stuff"

What They're Sayin..

"Never giving up on pursuing what they think is right even though they are 100% wrong.    - Chris Carruthers

"I think they each have unique abilities and perspectives, not just due to their towering heights, that give them an edge in the industry, but overall I would say that their everlasting passion and interest to grow and learn about their hobby best allow them to be successful at what they do." - Alissa HeBrink

This episode of the podcast is brought to you by P7DesignBozz Prints, and Powers Media House.

Episode Breakdown:

5:15 - Music Video Production
10:50 - From Photography to Videography
14:45 - Making the Jump to Full Time Photographer
27:50 - Marketing
29:30 - The Photography Community
30:45 - Family Photos / Travel
35:45 - DSLR vs Camera Phone
39:30 - Education or a Lack Thereof
42:43 - Evan's Art Background
45:30 - Air B & B Stories
57:12 - The Future of Powers Media House
1:01:40 - Prints
1:10:20 - Overland Iowa
1:15:44 - People Talk
1:23:10 - Quick Hitters

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The DRMN BG Podcast - Episode 16 - John Bosley

From designing toys for The Walking Dead to head designer at RAYGUN to launching his own company specializing in illustrating well-known cities, landmarks and geographic icons, John Bosley is a machine! In this episode, John talks about following his passion for art, illustration and design and making that passion his career.

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Memorable Quotes

"I wanted to stop building someone else's castle and build my own."

"If there's something you're interested in doing, just do it, you've got nothing to lose"

"If you love doing it at the end of the day, that's all that matters"

What They're Sayin..

"John’s a hustler. He never seems to slow down. He ‘chases the work’ as I like to say - doing the work that gets you to the dream. He’s been solo for about two years and has designed almost his full body of work in that time - amazing." - Chrissy Jensen

"John Bosley is the mayor of Des Moines. He has a really unique formula of talent, personality, and hustle. I've never seen anybody launch their own creative business and make it so successful in such a short amount of time. John has just GOT IT." - Dani Ausen

This episode of the podcast is brought to you by P7DesignBozz Prints, and Powers Media House.

Episode Breakdown:

3:45 - What's John Doing Now?
5:08 - Early Bozz Days
9:00 - The Formation of Bozz Prints
14:20 - Making The Jump
19:45 - Finding Design Inspiration
24:05 - Design Process
31:45 - The Iowa License Plate Campaign
36:15 - Navigating the Wholesale Scene
40:13 - The Iowa Cubs Yearbook Project
44:08 - The Bozz Workflow
47:50 - Designing The Walking Dead Toys
50:38 - What's Next for Bozz Prints
53:00 - Outgrowing the Basement / Mainframe
59:35 - Inspirations / Life Hacks / Challenges
1:06:20 - The Bozz Legacy & Expansion
1:10:11 - Sneaker Game - Jordan's
1:19:27 - People Talk
1:25:30 - Quick Hitters

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The DRMN BG Podcast - Episode 15 - Brad Argo

A big dreamer and an executor, Brad Argo has moved houses, formed a successful adventure company and turned his passion for ping pong into a beloved game lounge for all to enjoy. In this episode, we explore how Brad takes big ideas and successfully brings them to life.

What they're sayin'...

"It's easy to have exciting ideas, but only someone like Argo can have exciting ideas and bring them to fruition. He's driven, tenacious, and can see the big picture." - Justin Mandelbaum

"Brad looks for what's next and is always looking to improve his projects even if they are already successful. I would also say most of the projects he is involved in are not only business venture but passion projects so the commitment and attention to detail is there." - Mike Utley

"Brad creatively pursues his passions and learns how to be an expert at them. He carefully focuses on specific concepts and industries and possesses the drive to do them better than anyone else. On top of this he is a tireless promoter and supporter of causes and people he believes in." - Zach Mannheimer

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This episode of the podcast is brought to you by P7DesignBozz Prints, and Powers Media House.

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DREAM

Imagine the feeling of accomplishing something you want more than anything else. Imagine all the hard work, time, blood, sweat and tears that went into that accomplishment. It was so worth it.  Featuring a tireless vintage font with rugged distressed markings, this shirt symbolizes the ultimate feeling of achievement. Dreams do come true.

The DRMN BG Podcast - Episode 14 Patrick Tape Fleming

From performing on picnic tables in small-town Iowa to a national concert tour, Patrick Tape Fleming of Gloom Balloon and The Poison Control Center joins The DRMN BG Podcast. In this episode, Patrick shares his stories from the road and explains how his love for music led to a successful career in songwriting, performance and production. 

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This episode of the podcast is brought to you by P7DesignBozz Prints, and Powers Media House.

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Be Fearless

You can have anything you want if you have the courage to pursue it. You might have to get out of your comfort zone and try something new. You might stumble and fall, so what? Who cares? Especially if you’re that passionate about it. We often get caught up in seeking validation from the outside - to hell with that. Validate yourself. Be Fearless.

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The DRMN BG Podcast - Episode 13 Tony Watson

From small town Iowa to the World Series: Season 2 of The DRMN BG Podcast kicks off with our friend, Major League Baseball player Tony Watson! In this episode, Tony explains how he turned his biggest dream into reality, his formula for success and gives us an inside look at life in the big leagues. 

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This episode of the podcast is brought to you by P7Design, Bozz Prints, and Powers Media House.

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Stop and Smell the Roses

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We often get so caught up in our daily lives that we forget to enjoy the little things or we tell ourselves that we’ll celebrate once we reach the end goal.

It’s important to celebrate the small victories on your way to the big celebration. Celebrating the small wins reminds you that you’re making progress. Be happy now in celebrating your small successes. Enjoying the little wins refreshes your motivation to keep going. Knowing that you’re making progress boosts your confidence. “Holy shit, I really CAN do this” and your recent accomplishments are proof.

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The Fight

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“Everyone has a plan until they get punched in the mouth” - Mike Tyson

You’re going to land some punches. You’re also going to get hit. You might even get knocked down. Setbacks.Things that get in the way of accomplishing your dream. While these setbacks delay your progress, you’ve got to adapt and keep going. Keep fighting. What defines you is how you react to adversity, not adversity itself. The setbacks are necessary. They are invaluable learning experiences that make us wiser and stronger. 
We are all fighting for something. What are you fighting for? When the going gets tough, put your gloves on and fight for what you believe in and what you’re trying to accomplish. It’ll be worth it in the end.

Be Positive. Be Persistent. Be Patient. Be Resilient. Be Adaptable.

Jump

  The thought of trying something new or making a change can be scary. One thing we’ve learned along the way is that there never is a perfect time - the thought of the jump is scarier than the jump itself. Whatever it is you want to do in life, big or small, do your research and prepare to set yourself up for success but don’t let that preparation stop you from making the leap. I sometimes stress out about the small details, which are important but most of the time aren’t going to make or break the grand scheme of DRMN BG. What are you waiting for? Go get what you want.

The thought of trying something new or making a change can be scary. One thing we’ve learned along the way is that there never is a perfect time - the thought of the jump is scarier than the jump itself. Whatever it is you want to do in life, big or small, do your research and prepare to set yourself up for success but don’t let that preparation stop you from making the leap. I sometimes stress out about the small details, which are important but most of the time aren’t going to make or break the grand scheme of DRMN BG. What are you waiting for? Go get what you want.

Adventure Giveaway

 

GIVEAWAY TIME: Take DRMN BG on your next adventure.

Leave your next travel destination (near or far) in the comments below and we'll select 3 individuals to receive a free DRMN BG hat!

Send us a photo with your new hat on your adventure and we'll publish a short feature on our social media pages.

Update: Winners Announced:

Congrats to Kara B., Chelsey S. and Margaret D.

The Law of the Garbage Truck

How often do you let other people’s nonsense change your mood? Do you let a bad driver, rude waiter, curt boss, or an insensitive employee ruin your day? Unless you’re the Terminator, you’re probably set back on your heels. However, the mark of your success is how quickly you can refocus on what’s important in your life. 

Sixteen years ago I learned this lesson. And I learned it in the back of a New York City taxi cab. Here’s what happened. 

I hopped in a taxi, and we took off for Grand Central Station. We were driving in the right lane when all of a sudden, a black car jumped out of a parking space right in front of us. My taxi driver slammed on his brakes, the car skidded, the tires squealed, and at the very last moment our car stopped just one inch from the other car’s back-end. 

I couldn’t believe it. But then I couldn’t believe what happened next. The driver of the other car, the guy who almost caused a big accident, whipped his head around and he started yelling bad words at us. How do I know? Ask any New Yorker, some words in New York come with a special face. And he even threw in a one finger salute! I couldn’t believe it! 

But then here’s what really blew me away. My taxi driver just smiled and waved at the guy. And I mean, he was friendly. So, I said, “Why did you just do that!? This guy could have killed us!” And this is when my taxi driver told me what I now call, “The Law of the Garbage Truck®.” He said: 

“Many people are like garbage trucks. They run around full of garbage, full of frustration, full of anger, and full of disappointment. As their garbage piles up, they look for a place to dump it. And if you let them, they’ll dump it on you. So when someone wants to dump on you, don’t take it personally. Just smile, wave, wish them well, and move on. Believe me. You’ll be happier.” 

So I started thinking, how often do I let Garbage Trucks run right over me? And how often do I take their garbage and spread it to other people at work, at home, or on the street? It was then that I said, “I don’t want their garbage and I’m not going to spread it anymore.” 

I began to see Garbage Trucks. Like in the movie “The Sixth Sense,” the little boy said, “I see Dead People.” Well now “I see Garbage Trucks.” I see the load they’re carrying. I see them coming to dump it. And like my taxi driver, I don’t take it personally; I just smile, wave, wish them well, and I move on. 

One of my favorite football players of all time was Walter Payton. Every day on the football field, after being tackled, he would jump up as quickly as he hit the ground. He never dwelled on a hit. Payton was ready to make the next play his best. Over the years the best players from around the world in every sport have played this way: Muhammad Ali, Nadia Comaneci, Bjorn Borg, Chris Evert, Michael Jordan, Jackie Robinson, and Pele are just some of those players. And the most inspiring leaders have lived this way: Nelson Mandela, Mother Theresa, Gandhi, and Martin Luther King. 

See, Roy Baumeister, a psychology researcher from Florida State University, found in his extensive research that you remember bad things more often than good things in your life. You store the bad memories more easily, and you recall them more frequently. 

So the odds are against you when a Garbage Truck comes your way. But when you follow The Law of the Garbage Truck®, you take back control of your life. You make room for the good by letting go of the bad. 

The best leaders know that they have to be ready for their next meeting. The best sales people know that they have to be ready for their next client. And the best parents know that they have to be ready to greet their children with hugs and kisses, no matter how many garbage trucks they might have faced that day. All of us know that we have to be fully present, and at our best for the people we care about. 

The bottom line is that successful people do not let Garbage Trucks take over their lives. 

What about you? What would happen in your life, starting today, if you let more garbage trucks pass you by? 

Here’s my bet: You’ll be happier. 

David J. Pollay 

David J. Pollay is an acclaimed speaker and the creator and author of the international phenomenon, The Law of the Garbage Truck. You can find his best-selling book, The Law of the Garbage Truck: How to Stop People from Dumping On You