Original anime graphic tees and posters
Original anime graphic tees and posters

Is never been easier to start your own business. And thats not necessarily a good thing.

dorm room

What if I told you, you could have a legitimate business up and running in under two days using just your iPad or laptop, would you believe me?

Learning from the masters (at least one of them)

Looking forward to scrutinizing this nice little bargain from amazon.com . HEHEHE. Thanks Threadless!

February 01, 2011 by boomslank

Money and time

Lets face it . Things are not moving at the pace I had imagined 6 months ago. And unfortunately this is a problem I have no control over. Our designs are done by one person. And each one from conception to materialization takes almost a month. Then there is the jarring process of synching up with the printers to make sure what we see is what we get. That part takes a whole day. Then the printing process itself that takes a good 3 weeks and some change. So all in all you are looking at almost 2 months for a design. Not the image of german like efficiency I had ignorantly anticipated.
Another issue which isn't as daunting but will be soon is funding. Boomslank consists of an entry-level software engineer in Cisco who has a mortgage and college tuitions to help pay for and a Walgreen employee. Between the two of us money is still a precious commodity. Currently the cost of production (price per shirt) is rather on the steep side. In order to reasonably increase our profit margin and attract more customers with better price points , we need to order in bulk. Which is quite unreasonable at the moment. We need every penny spread out of over multiple designs. And we can't attract more customers without a wider spread of designs. Yet we can't attract more customers without more affordable price points. Not to mention that as we order more shirts and sell at a slow pace we will eventually exhaust our reserves and will probably have to resolve to the unsavory act of opening up a line of credit and boring money from banks at highway robbery interest rates (Which by the way I have already done . :-( )

January 19, 2011 by boomslank

Our promotional run was a success...

As of 12/16/2010 , we sold out on our promotional product Airport. Granted at $1 a pop these things were bound to fly off the shelves as people found out about them. Still I can't help but feel really happy that we were able to get them sold. In many ways it shows progress and the hope that our little establishment has potential. The picture above was today's morning run to the post office. 8-)

December 17, 2010 by boomslank

I love airbnd.

While reading about Y Combinator and some of its successful students, I came across one of my favorite startups... airbnd . The idea behind airbnd , and this is straight off their site, is to connect people who have space to spare with those who are looking for a place to stay. Guests can build real connections with their hosts, gain access to distinctive spaces, and immerse themselves in the culture of their destinations. I couldn't agree more with their goal. I truly believe their philosophy works. Just from looking at the pictures of the houses available for lodging, you get the feeling there is a world of culture and tradition to be absorbed.
Another reason, why I am so endeared to this idea is the story of the process. CEO Brian Chesky and his good friend Joe Gebbia tell a rather realistic tale of the difficult hurdles they had to overcome to get to their current status in the company. Basically these guys had very little in their bank accounts and they still took a chance on their idea. Undaunted by the challenges and fueled with advice from veteran Paul Graham , they fought their way to success.

December 01, 2010 by boomslank

Almost there...

In a couple of days, our site Boomslank.com will go live. We will be selling graphic tees adorned with original anime art. The idea came to us when we realized that your typical anime t-shirt is the usual Naruto , Bleach or even Dragon Ball Z heat pressed onto a run-of-the-mill t-shirt. There is also the fact that my younger brother, who is known as P-Shinobi on Flickr is a pretty decent artist. I have always loved his work and wished to see them on anything but the computer screen.

The image above is our first batch. It is called Airport. We plan on giving it away just to get some feedback. Is gonna be really exciting to see people ordering our shirts. Just knowing that someone expressed interest in your product is a great feeling! :-)

November 03, 2010 by boomslank

The Idea

Graphic Tees
August 16, 2010 by boomslank

The first of many... hopefully.

August 15, 2010 by boomslank