The DRMN BG Podcast - Episode 28 - Melissa Carlson & Rachel Abel

Melissa Carlson and Rachel Abel of 818, a tiny design empire, join the show to talk about their love for design, craft beer and how one happy hour turned their passions into a career.

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What They're Sayin..

Melissa and Rachel are both incredibly talented artists, but what's most-impressive is their level of organization skills. - Denika Almburg

Passionate. Purposeful. And a super uncanny knack at finding the soul of a problem project or product and finding the right way to represent that with their work. - Dave Ropte

This episode of the podcast is brought to you by Loyal Sons Barber ShopBozz Prints, and Powers Media House.

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The DRMN BG Podcast - Episode 27 - Katy Doughty

After 10+ years of adventure and fun outside of Iowa, Katy returns to her roots to form the Riverbend Sport and Social Club. On this episode we talk about Katy's inspirations and how she brought her idea to life.

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What They're Sayin..

Katy has the ability to interact and influence more people than she will ever know. She is humble and sometimes doesn't understand how good she is at leading people - Angela Melito

Katy is a pure soul. Her love of life and adventures seeps through in everything she does. Just being around her makes life more enjoyable - Julie Lofdahl

This episode of the podcast is brought to you by Loyal Sons Barber ShopBozz Prints, and Powers Media House.

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The DRMN BG Podcast - Episode 26 - Anthony Maldonado

When it comes to mixing sounds, Anthony Maldonado is on a different level than most. Anthony realized his dream of becoming a professional audio engineer at a young age. On this week's episode, Anthony tells us about his journey.

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What They're Sayin..

His work ethic is pristine. If it needs to get done, it'll be done no matter the situation. Always respected him highly for that. - B.Well

Something that makes Anthony special is his loyalty, he works very hard but always makes sure his family and friends are taken care of - Johnny Marz

This episode of the podcast is brought to you by Loyal Sons Barber ShopBozz Prints, and Powers Media House.

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Inside

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Inside is a weekly feature where we tell you what we've been up to this past week. Sharing new ideas, music discoveries, books, products and other content we feel is share-worthy. 

Here we go...

IDEAS

  • I am kicking around the idea of creating a DRMN BG Adult Coloring Book featuring outlined designs from our first few years in business. If the thought of busting out your markers (or buying a set of Crayola's) and coloring sounds crazy, you'd be surprised at how relaxing this kindergarten activity can be.
  • DRMN BG Dream Planner. I am looking to combine the best of the best from all the planners / goal setting guides out there to create an all encompassing dream planner that allows you to formulate a day by day game-plan to bring your dreams to life.
  • Palm Tree Pattern Hats. Who doesn't associate palm trees with warm weather, sandy beaches and fruity umbrella drinks? Dream vacation.
  • We've got a new set of graphic tees ready to go into production.

BOOKS

  •  I just finished listening to The Success Principles by Jack Canfield and I've got to say, it's got me fired up about the future of DRMN BG. Definitely worth checking out.
  • Next Up: Deep Work by Cal Newport
  • Recommendations: Hit Me With Em Here

EXERCISE

During intense exercise, I've been trying to shift my focus from "Shit, this is tough" to "This is what you need to get stronger". We all reach that make or break point in our workouts and it's easy to let off the gas and coast when you do and the more often you relax, the more likely you are to keep doing it moving forward. Try to change your mindset and embrace difficulty. 

PODCAST

We recently recorded an episode with Anthony Maldonado, a local music engineer, which was  a great conversation. I am excited to share Anthony's story next Friday. Next week, Katy Doughty of Riverbend Sport & Social Club and Melissa Carlson and Rachel Abel of 818 Design join the show next week. If you have any recommendations for the show, send them to us here.

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Also, Cullen Powers, John Bosley and I were on the Murph and Andy Show on Thursday. Check it out.

DESIGN

I'll keep this one quick and simple. The redesigned Lakers jerseys are SHARP. I am a huge fan of the switch back to the Showtime Lakers style. Matching logo and number color, the return of the drop shadow and they got rid of that awful V-neck style.

MUSIC

A few tracks I caught myself bobbing my head to this week:

FEEDBACK

As always, hit me with your feedback here.

The DRMN BG Podcast - Episode 25 - Brittney Ledford

On this week's episode, the DRMN BG crew samples amazing monster cookies and pie made by Brittney Ledford of One Sweet Kitchen. Brittney breaks down her journey of turning her passion into her living.

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What They're Sayin..

Brittney has always put others first which has aided her to become successful in business. I have never seen someone bend over backwards so far just to make a client or friend happy! - Biz Buckton

Brittney lives by the mindset "second place sucks". If she is not going to be the best at doing something, then she is just not going to do it. - Kevin Wichtendahl

She’s like Steve Jobs except less of an asshole, wears less black, and is currently alive. So not really like Steve Jobs at all I’m just bad with comparisons. - Mac Haskins

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

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The DRMN BG Podcast - Episode 24 - De'Andre Jackson

Former Iowa State Cyclone De'Andre Jackson joins the show to talk about his journey as a college and professional football player and applying the life lessons he learned towards founding his own restaurant, Winners BBQ in Dallas, TX.

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What They're Sayin..

De'Andre always embraced challenges and made tough situations his story instead of his excuse.. - Dan McCarney - Former Iowa State University Football Coach

He's passionate about creating a legacy and using his platform to reach people and inspire them. - Megan Jackson

I’m so proud of Deandre-he has had several tough situations occur in his life but never let them stop him. - Jeff Jordan

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

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The DRMN BG Podcast - Episode 22 - Tyler Robinson

Tyler Robinson (Co-Owner of Krave Gym) joins the show this week to talk about realizing his passion for fitness at a young age. He has since turned that passion into a career of helping people through fitness, community and team building. We dive into Tyler's story and also talk bodybuilding, finding motivation, goal setting, nutrition and more.

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What They're Sayin..

I think that so much of Tyler's success comes from his ability to reach and relate to people. This kind of personality doesn't just fit the mold of a great coach but also fits very well for managing the gym. - Jordan Hildreth

I believe in you and your ability to achieve anything you want in life. I am so proud of what you have accomplished so far and can't wait to see what the years ahead have in store. Dream BIG and keep up the good work! - Amber Robinson

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

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The DRMN BG Podcast - Episode 21 - Bridget Schneider

From joining a gym as a way to meet new people (we'll, sort of) to professional dead-lifting champion to opening her own gym, Bridget Schneider is a bad ass and her mission is to help empower people, not only in the fitness world, but in life.

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Memorable Quotes

"Roadblocks are never really road blocks. You're still on the same path but the course you're taking might be different"

"Everybody thinks they have their ducks in a row but one of us is always going to have a duck flying into the plane engine."

"I want people to feel empowered"

What They're Sayin..

Bridget can also connect with almost anyone and that connection isn't forced. Its authentic, meaningful and intentional.. - Emily Williams-Bouska

Through your work ethic and attitude to bring out the best in people, you have empowered many individuals to get through some of the toughest situations faced. Without you, some of these people may not be where they are today. - Dan Schneider

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

Episode Breakdown:

5:20 - The Meaning Behind the Name
6:41 - How Muscle for the Journey was formed
16:00 - Powerlifting Talk
20:35 - Bridget's Mission
21:40 - The Planning Phase
37:15 - Keeping the Motivation
42:00 - First Day Launching a Business
45:00 - Finding Workout Motivation
46:30 - Bridget's Powerlifting Success
51:25 - Finding Motivation
56:40 - Lifehacks
1:00:00 - The Legacy
1:02:00 - People Talk
1:07:00 - Quick Hitters

 

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The DRMN BG Podcast - Episode 20 - Made in DSM

Derek Jensen and Andrew Peterson of Made in DSM have dedicated the last 2 years to highlighting the talented people of Des Moines. It's about time we shine the light on them and find out more about how Made in DSM was formed and where it's headed.

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Memorable Quotes

"We want to be involved with your lives because were generally interested in it"

"You put in the work and people notice and good things happen"

"It's not what you do, it's how you do it"

What They're Sayin..

They genuinely love learning about people in Des Moines and sharing those people's stories with the rest of our community. You can't fake that. - Ashley Leon

Please keep that curiosity thriving, you are genuinely kind souls - Cassie Tangney

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

Episode Breakdown:

4:28 - What is Made in DSM
8:45 - How Made in DSM was formed
23:43 - Individual Roles
32:09 - What We've Learned
48:12 - Challenges
59:57 - Gary V
1:17:00 - Granting Des Moines One Wish
1:21:00 - People Talk
1:25:00- Quick Hitters

 

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The DRMN BG Podcast - Episode 19 - Dani Ausen

The incredible queen of all things design related, Dani Ausen, joins the show to talk about how she makes the most of her talents in working at a prominent university, launching her own custom designed jewelry business and her prominent role in making Market Day what it is today.

The timing of this episode is perfect as Market Day is this Saturday, April 28 from 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM.at Capital Square Atrium in downtown Des Moines, Iowa (400 Locust Street). Come see Dani and support all the talented vendors. DRMN BG will be there too ;)

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Memorable Quotes

"Eat the elephant one bite at a time" 

"Don't think you can't do it, you can, you just have to start somewhere" 

What They're Sayin..

"You empower many people – including me – to do bigger and better in this world." - Cat Rocketship

"Dani was one of the first people to really advise me on my current career path and I can't thank her enough for getting me to where I am now." John Bosley

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

Episode Breakdown:

4:00 - Dani's Many Talents
11:00 - Early Dani Days
15:00 - Picking a Path
28:38 - Dani AWESOME / Market Day
37:38 - The Show Circuit
41:10 - The Future of Dani AWESOME
42:48 - Vendor Fair Stories
49:15 - The Design Process
55:18 - The Drive to Keep Going
1:00:00 - Life Hacks
1:04:37 - Setbacks Leading to Success
1:10:00 - People Talk
1:15:30 - Quick Hitters

 

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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.