So Ronin is our latest anime graphic t-shirt. This shirt is pretty special as its production was met with blood curdling setbacks. Ronin was ideally set to be released on late January. Unfortunately our printers had ran out of the custom tags that they normally stitch onto our shirts for that Boomslank brand experience. In retrospect it was my fault for not tracking this properly. As if I had tracked our hem-tag inventory, I would have re stocked in time for the Ronin. Anyway, having run out of tags, we went to our supplier out in Canada to get more tags, but our supplier was on vacation and had assumed that her employees would do the right thing and take care of us. But her employees went out their way to do the wrong thing. They turned of their phones and ignored my countless emails to them to restock on tags. Calling them everyday and going straight to voicemail was really painful. And I was rather reluctant to go to a new supplier as we found a good routine with these guys. But eventually I had to do it. The show had to go on after all. So we found a new supplier and placed our orders with them.
These new guys defined the word "Suck". As if to give me a preview of the impending craptacular experience, the sample tag they made for us was absolutely wrong. The colors were inverted and the star looked like a blob trying to take the shape of a star.
While our previous supplier would get the tags done in a week and ship to our shirt printers, these guys would normally take 2 weeks to print the tags. Now that wouldn't be so bad if that was the only problem. Somehow they managed to take a whole month to do the tags. And after they had completed the tags and shipped it to our printers, our printers called us to let us know that the tags were so badly done that there was no way they could use them. At a certain point your anger turns to a sad kind of laugh. The laugh you make when you realize that you've been tossed into a perfectly bad situation. Didn't even bother calling the suppliers as I was genuinely tired of dealing with them or even hearing their voices. So I went back to our previous supplier. That was when she told me that she was on vacation and that her employees should have taken care of me. To which I just laughed again and simply proceeded to place my order with them again. And in a timely fashion that I am accustomed to, the tags were done and shipped to our printers. This was all done in March. Way off the mark considering that it should have been released in January.
Anyway as they always say, "All is well that ends well. Our new shirt arrived today and I have to say it looks amazing. Well you be the judge. Check out Ronin.