This holiday season Rufus Racing and Svitak will be teaming up to help purchase a hand cycle for a local 13 year old girl. This girl and her family were involved in a tragic accident that left her paralyzed from the waist down with a complete spinal cord injury. Prior to the accident this young lady was a competitive player for her school volleyball team. While recovering from the injury she had the opportunity to ride a hand cycle at her rehab clinic. This is something she hopes to one day do again. We, as a local running, biking and swimming community have the opportunity to step up and help make this happen for this young lady. We will be using funds from money raised during the past few years of Svitak to help get this project started. This, however, only covers less than half the cost of the bike. Over the next 2 weeks we will be selling t-shirts to help cover the remaining costs. All profits from the shirts will go towards funds for the bike. If we can sell 100 shirts, the bike will be covered. Thank you in advance for your support of this fundraiser and this young girl and her family. I will also be donating $5 from every Artifakts Apparel shirt sold as well to help support this great cause.
A lot has happened since starting Artifakts up in Feb. A lot of good, a lot of bad. I have met so many great people in this whole process of starting a business. Made new friends and found out who my real ones are. I think you all know who you are. If not, just ask me. I just want to say thank you again to those local people that bought a shirt in support of me. Some bought several (Rusty Cramer and Jeff Chase just to name a few). In the next couple months I plan to hit it harder than I ever have. With meetings set up for shops in OKC, Portland, Fayetteville, and Kansas City I plan to be very busy. I have a ton of new designs that I can't wait to print and get out to the shops and on the site. Don't forget that I love hearing ideas for designs, submitted designs, and any feedback you might have.
Thanks again and again and again.
The next step for Artifakts Apparel is going to be photography by Dori Hackleman of Vera Imago Photography. To me, shirts look better on a real person rather than floating in space. Its represents the fit of the shirt, and really shows a more accurate color of material and print. If you haven't seen Dori's work I suggest you go give it a look. Outstanding to say the least. It is also very important to us that the models we use actually ride. Did I mention Dori rides too? It's kind of a no-brainer if you think about it. We are exited to get this done and up on the site. Keep your eyes open for it.
Well, they were partially right. I under estimated a few things but I am still going to make my deadline to start shipping out your orders the 25th. The printed tag process was a pain to say the least. May go to a custom woven tag in the future. Anyways, thank you all for your patience and support.
We intend to do what it takes this week to get done what needs done. If that means all-nighters than so be it. We've got Crawlers waiting on shirts as well as other folks that pre-ordered. We haven't forgotten about all of you. We are just trying to make sure everything gets done the right way, and that no details get side stepped while rushing."If you don't have the time to do it right, when will you find the time to do it over?". Thats what my grandpa always said anyways. That and "Never pick a fight with a dude wearing wrestling shoes at a bar" or "Don't drink beer out of a clear bottle". Those all make perfect sense especially the first one. We are going to be screen printing over the next two weeks and getting this thing on a roll. We want to make sure that when you get your Artifakts t-shirt that it is something you are happy with from the packaging to the product. To all of you that have been supporting us through the startup process, we appreciate it more than you know. Thank you so much.
Everything is starting to come together. Ink and supplies have arrived and the last of the pieces are starting to fall in place. We believe that in order to make a great T-shirt, we had no choice but to go with water based ink. This method of screen printing takes a few extra steps to get that incredibly soft hand feel and durability. A forced air gas conveyor dryer(the size of a small truck) was just one of those steps. We just want to make sure that you guys get a shirt that you truly want to wear. Not only because it has a great design but also above par wear ability.
Make sure you keep checking back with Artifakts as we will be plugging along to get things live and ready to go full speed ahead. Until then, log some miles and think how sweet you are going to look in one of our T's.