Great Discussion

Great discussion, Jason and I’ll stew on it over the weekend. 3 things…

We want you to be 100% thrilled with the fit of all products the you buy on Clink. As long as it’s the same product, and we have the size in stock, we’ll ship you the right size at no additional charge as soon as we receive your wrong sized product. We know that buying online can be freaky when it comes to size, not anymore.

Jason and I talked, we think the original description was confusing. Buy the size you wear in Beefy T, we think the shoulders are cut similar to A.A. with the fabric being a little softer than Beefy but thicker than A.A. In any case, the 100% FIT goes for the hats as well so a new logo is needed.

Oh, and to help you out, we think these new tees are sized like Hanes Beefy-T and are cut like American Apparel.

Just ordered the car air fresheners. What do you think of our new “Pray for inspiration” design? Tees and fitteds need to be made with this design.

Got 3 Clink Kong entries already. They’re lookin’ great. First Clink Kong crits on Monday.

State of the Room – Q & A

We thought you’d like that. Glad everyone’s excited. Lets address some of your comments.

We think it’s a classic touch. It reminds Jason and I of our childhood, going to the Padres games in our bean and cheese “SD” New Eras, girls in bikinis, flip-flops, and barbecuing in Jack Murphy’s parking lot.

Part of what will make this whole thing work will be that we come to some kind of standard “canvas” to put your designs on. The more we customize each hat, the more set-up and approvals we have to go through. If we’re going to get as many designs made as we can, as fast as we can, the more systematic we have to make it.

That being said, we can discuss the standard elements. This is the standard as we have it now. Clink logo on the back, green under-visor, and pencil over the ear. You might have noticed that we’ve eliminated the Taco Shop, Skate Shop, and Reject League logos. We want people to see these hats and know what brand they’re apart of.

What we can discuss is the green under-visor, could be black? We can also go with the pencil over the ear or eliminate it? Slowly, as we grow our order numbers, we’ll be adding tags, maybe a print under the bill. But for now those are our elements we can choose from. Tell us what you think in the comments.

We were thinking about mixing it up, a few Skate Shop League hats here, a few Reject League hats there. What do you guys think?

Because we were in limbo there for a while about New Era producing the hats, we’ll have a few months delay on the next Collaboration drop. We’ll have some other hats in the meantime. But Kevin’s Taco Bull’s, the last Taco Shop hat, will probably be 3-4 months out. From then on, we’ll be at a steady pace, promise.

Some of you suggested that we should order the hat with “Clink” big on the front. One step ahead of you.

Thanks again to everyone who picked up a Clink Patch Logo tee. We’ve said it before, all revenue is put back into Clink. We started this whole thing with a small investment from Daddy Plan B. And so far it’s completely self-sustaining thanks to the enthusiasm and purchases from you. Have we told you that we love you lately?

Summer 2010 – State of the Room

A lot has happened behind-the-scenes over the last month or so. We thought we’d give you guys an update on everything…State of the Room style.

• Our t-shirt experiment has been great so far! Thanks to everyone who grabbed one.

• We’ve released 3 tees as of today, and we’ve used 3 different manufacturers for each. They’ve all offered great quality.

• With this most recent Clink branded tee we’ve finally landed on a manufacturer that will produce all our tees into the future. The quality is great, the tees are organic, and the manufacturer is licensed by Major and Minor League Baseball. This means we’ll now offer tees featuring designs of our teams from around the country (along side your designs!) and they’ll all have the same markings, cut, fit, etc.

• We’d love to hear what you think of these new Clink tees. How do they fit? How is the sizing? Would anyone want a XXXL?

For the Chupacbras and the Pollos Terrible, we collaborated with Elm Company to produce the hats. The response has been incredible and Elm Company has made a great hat. All the bells and whistles that we’ve added made the hats iconic and fun.

However, there have been some things that have not worked for you guys…

• We haven’t been able to offer size 8s.

• The fit has confused some (in comparison with the New Era fit). After all, New Era’s fit is the one that everyone has become accustom to.

• All of our other hat offerings (Official-Onfield and the Editions) are made by New Era and using a different manufacturer is confusing, since we’re the guys that design official-onfield hats for Major and Minor League Baseball. This feedback has been the loudest.

All that being said, Elm Company is a great manufacturer. If you guys are thinking of starting your own brand we highly recommend them.

From here on out, New Era will be producing all our hats starting with Kevin’s Taco Bulls, and continuing onto Josh’s Wallbats, Bill’s Chicklets, and on and on. We’re glad to be working with New Era, they make an incredible product, and it’ll be fun to see what they do with the designs.

Partnering with New Era means a few things are changing with the collaborations:

• The best news is everyone’s hat will be ordered and produced twice as fast as before! We plan on having all the hats ordered in the next few months. This includes all 16 designs from both the Skate Shop League and Rejects League.

• We will initially start each design out with 72 hats instead of 144. This means that instead of a $250 royalty for the first order, you’ll be receiving an initial $125 royalty. This also means that you’ll receive 5 hats instead of the original 10.

• If your hat sells like dynamite, then of course we’ll reorder in a new colorway. And you’ll receive another $125 royalty and an additional 5 hats – just like you’d receive your 5% net retail sales royalty on any product that features your design.

• New Era’s lower 72 piece minimum for these designs means we can get products available in the online store faster. As we grow, we’ll increase the numbers of the initial orders. But for now, 72 initial pieces will keep the gears grinding as quickly as possible. This means more sell-outs, more collaborations, and more designers!

• Our goal is to drop a product every Monday by mid-next year. We’re on track to accomplish that. And the lower 72 piece initial order allows us to do that.

• We’ll be able to offer size 8s! Jason and I hate to have left those size-8ers out of the last 2 drops. Kills us. But we’re back with size 8s on the drops from here on out. Even a custom ordered size 8 1/2!

• The collaboration hats are going to look a little different as well. Crossed pencil-C logo on the back, green under-visor, and the trademark pencil over the ear on all collaboration hats.

• And of course we will be offering the quality and fit that New Era has become famous for.

If you guys have any questions, please ask them in the comments and we’ll respond in tomorrow’s post. Get it, get it!

Clink Kong Collaboration

Starting a new collaboration contest today! Create a hat logo for Clink’s new mascot, Clink Kong. The more clever and original the better. This is Clink’s new mascot, think about icons, stories, and design elements that help tell the Clink story. Don’t plagiarize exsiting designs or characters. Design just a cap mark. Maybe a couple supporting marks would better sell the idea to other Clinkers, but it’s not necessary.

If you’ve done this before, it’s pretty much the same drill. Use the new entry form though.

This is what you’ll get if your design is picked…

• You’ll have your cap produced.
• You’ll receive 5 caps for you and your friends.
• And, for every product that we produce with your design on it, you’ll receive 5% royalty of the net retail revenue! When we reorder, boom another 5%. (For 144 hats that’s around $250, for 72 hats thats around $125)

Here are some design tips that we recommend…

• Keep it simple, it has to be stitched small on a cap. Hint: Jason uses thick stroke weights!
• Use icons, it doesn’t have to be a full body of a bear to know it’s the bears.
• Limit yourself to 6 colors max. No gradients.
• Keep it completely original. No use of existing trademarks.

IMPORTANT: Email all entries to the subject must read “CLINK KONG“.

(You might have noticed that winners will receive 5 hats of their design instead of the original 10. I can’t go into further detail now. I’m chompin’ at the bit to tell you guys what we’ve got cooking. I’m told I’ll know more by the end of the week. It’ll be an equivalent deal to the last times around, promise.)

Enough, lets get to work! Good Luck!

One, Two, Three

We had some great ideas for this promotional items contest. Quickly, we realized that ideas were what this contest was about. So we’ve came up with three winners, all with killer ideas. Thanks to everyone who submitted their entries, it’s hard to leave great concepts on the cutting room floor. If you have a great idea at anytime for something to make Clink better, we’d love to hear it. We want to start a culture where you guys are helping to build Clink and are being rewarded for it.

For these three ideas, each winner gets $100 cash and $100 to spend in the Clink Store. Congrats to all the winners.

Stewart Knox’s cork coasters. We’re gunna need these for the physical Clink Room, so why wait? Beautiful presentation as well!

David Streeter’s scented concept. David’s idea was scratch and sniff stickers, but we want to do car air-fresheners. Not sure about the design shown here, but what we are sure about is that they will all have a mystery scent. Beer, cork, freshly cut grass, hot dog, peanuts, crayons. You know, Clink smells. Can’t wait for my car to smell like hot dogs.

And Gyula’s Clink Kong. Gyula had some great illustrations in the mix. But the Clink Kong concept on it’s own is the real winner. On Tuesday we start the next contest, create a character/logo for Clink’s new mascot, Clink Kong!

Watch for cork coasters and car fresheners stuffed in with a future order. We’re going to do stickers as well, straight up Clink logos. Clink tees drop on Monday!

Gyula’s Next Entry

I really love this illustration. Jason and I have already decided that Gyula’s Clink Kong concept is going to be one of the winners of this contest. I don’t think we’ll do his sticker design, but creating a logo for Clink Kong the official new mascot of the Clink Room. Complete with hats and tees. I want to start it Monday! Great work Gyula!

The Selby: Tom Sachs

I’ve mentioned The Selby before on Clink. I enjoy The Selby best when he’s photographing artist studios and the latest is a beaut. Tom Sachs is an interesting artist, I liked his Crying Hello Kitty. But I think his best work of art is his studio itself. Studio visits in general are the best and this is one of the best of the best.