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Welcome to our blog. A place where our work is expressed and appreciated, by sharing insights on how to enhance your merchandise, wherever you may be.

 

 

Osiah discusses their latest album ‘Loss’.

“I was literally screaming my pain out, I don’t think I’ve ever been as low as I was at that point of recording, and that melodic section that Andy provided really brought it out of me. I can still hear it when I listen back and it now serves as a reminder of where I’ve come back from.”

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The Infernal Sea

“So, the first contact with everyone and our first initial goals were relatively straightforward. Our sound was more of a mix of Black and Death Metal in the formative first years, which was heavily influenced by everyone finding their feet from the previous bands we were part of.”

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ChuggaBoom!

“We wish we could tell you that it came to us in a dream, or that it was an onomatopoeic representation of the aural qualities of the music we make – we would love to tell you the branding and logo we created was so dope that we couldn’t dream of changing our name, however… the truth is, it was our the name of our favourite car in Wacky Races. What a toon.”

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Merch History 101

“In the late 1950s to 1960s, we saw the popularity of the graphic tee rise. T-shirts became a way for individuals to express themselves, a fashion statement. People began rocking shirts with political statements, catchy slogans, and powerful imagery. As the trend started to gain momentum, bands and musicians started to notice the opportunity to monetize.”

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Liv Dodds On Tattoo Aftercare

“So you’ve got a new tattoo, maybe it’s your first, or perhaps it’s one of many, either way, you want it to look good right? To be able to show your mates a few years from now and have the same feeling you did doing that first look in the mirror at the studio? That’s where aftercare comes in.”

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Planning Your Next Merch Drop

“You may be well aware that you need to make your products trendy and rad AF to stand out and bring the cash in, but sometimes it’s hard to know where to start once you dive into the world of merchandise.

Getting expert help is of utmost importance if you’re not clued up on merch, but if you reckon you’ve got what it takes to get some designs and merch going, we’ve put together a few pointers to help you get the ball rolling.”

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Dragosh Ciobanu – Design By Dragosh

“As a designer that is still at the beginning of the road, I’d suggest everyone to believe in themselves, always create, ask the questions, look around and find inspiration in whatever you enjoy or love. Embrace the highs and lows, do your best and be patient.”

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The Customer Journey

In this blog, we’re taking a deep dive into the customer journey and what you should keep in mind when placing an order with us to make the process as smooth as possible.

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Horny & Sad

“Caring and being passionate for the brand and being so proud of the products we provide is a good motivator as well to stay productive I would say.”

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Party Cannon

“Merch is the lifeline for DIY bands. On top of being the best way for your band to generate some revenue to reinvest, for a band like us it’s an important part of branding.”

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Hunger Club Clothing

“Content is a huge deal, getting posting on your socials and the huge escalation of interest of small businesses over shopping against bigger companies has taken off. Interaction with fans and creating a buzz will help your brand grow with people sharing and talking about your posts helping with the algorithms.”

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Meet The Team!

Meet some of the team members behind Pins & Knuckles. This section on our blog will be updated weekly to add more team members.

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Blight Town

“It makes an important statement about the band. Particularly in the current climate, it’s a good way to fund making new music.”

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Dealing with creative block.

“Creativity is a funny business and sometimes it requires funny solutions. We all need a renewed passion for the work that we do from time to time. That’s the biggest challenge with being in a creative field, if you’re not always doing something new to rejuvenate your creative spirit, things can get stale pretty quickly.”

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Gutrectomy

“Especially during the corona pandemic, merchandise is the only way we can raise the money that we need for further production of our music, videos, or new merch. So it’s an absolute must-have.”

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Setting up a banging online store.

“A few months back you could’ve generated a healthy income without going the digital route, given your band played a few shows a month at least. No one of us is sure when things will go back to normal and until then you’re going to have to try and stay ahead of the curve!”

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The Eco-Friendly Deal

“Besides the obvious environmental benefits. It’s a fantastic way to demonstrate that your business takes its part in both the conversation and the practical action. It’s also a great way to lead by example.”

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Stephen from Sanitarium Clothing

“I think it would be the business side of things. I feel like a lot of people don’t understand taxes and expenses. It’s such an integral part of any business. If I knew everything back then I think I may have grown the brand a lot faster.”

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Lenged Out

“Merch is such a big thing in hardcore which I think is great. I’ve been running a clothing/promotions company since 2017 called Acid Drop Activities so to be able to incorporate that with our band I find really exciting, I love designing merch. It’s also the biggest moneymaker and thing that keeps any band alive. I love making merch and I love buying merch from other bands.”

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Prepping Your Artwork For Printing.

“Inks and garment colours close in value will result in lower visibility. Sometimes this can produce cool effects. However, if your intent is to have a design or logo that is super visible and readable from far distances, you may want to go a different route.”

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Dayshifter

“There are a few tips I can offer to new bands starting out. The first of which is to have a clear picture of what you are wanting to do before bringing your band to the public eye. This could range from having a catalogue of songs ready, to knowing how you would like to brand yourself online and having the knowledge to know how to do that.”

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Vulvodynia

“As a band, you have 3 main avenues for making money. Gigs, music sales, and merchandise. If you don’t focus on merch you are taking away 33% of your potential profit. Merch can be your main income as a band so don’t underestimate it!”

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LEON – ANNIVERSARY INTERVIEW

“I always wanted to stay on the screen printing side of things myself. I was told by an industry “expert” that screen printing would be overtaken by digital within a few years. I’ve always had that in mind, though it hasn’t happened yet, and I think anything like that is still a long way off especially cost-wise to the customer.”

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Deathwish.co

“Don’t give up, keep going, and have fun!  Don’t be scared of what other people think of you and your brand, just go for it!”

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Hidden Mothers

“Merch is really important. As in the current age of streaming it’s one of the few reliable income streams for a small band. Which is really handy to have when you want to record as that process can be very expensive. It’s not all about the money, of course, merch is also a great way to get your name out there and get people talking about your band.”

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ACID CTRL

“The opportunities are all still here, you will still be able to build a brand or a similar business. You can do some amazing things online and creating or continuing a brand through a pandemic is one of those.”

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Should I Use DTG or Screen Printing?

“The two top dog methods in the printing industry are Direct-to-Garment and screen printing. As with everything, there are definite advantages to each, depending on the type of artwork you want to slap on your garment, the type of garments you’re printing on, and of course the volume of your order.”

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Chris Robson

“Keep it light-hearted. It really has been the key to our longevity. If you’re not having fun, what’s the point? “

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TRASH BOAT

“I feel all the best lyrics come from a place of truth and vulnerability. It barely matters what the song is about as long as it’s real and drawn from the heart…”

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PATRICK MAHONEY

“I’m a merchandising lifer.  I’ve been working with bands, and now esports projects, on merchandise projects for over 25 years…”

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MERCH MATTERS

“…one shirt is equivalent to 5000 streams on Spotify, then you would need to stream one band’s music 24/7 for 10 days straight to get to the price of one shirt.”

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SHE MUST BURN

“You don’t hear many bands talking about investing in the band for marketing and I think that’s what puts people off…”

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SURVIVING LOCKDOWN – BAND EDITION

“The main goal is to not try and simply wait out the quarantine, but to use it as an opportunity to come up with new plans, make videos, make new music, make new merch and connect with your fans in an all-new way!”

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Peasant

“We’ve made a lot of fans that aren’t full-on hardcore listeners over the years. It’s also really cool to build relationships with bands that are from different genres…”

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Made For Broadway

“The highlight for us was the touring band culture. Every band we met was so driven to be the best band and every person attending a show was completely absorbed in the scene.”

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Simon Hill

“…I have taken a few bumps. The most memorable (and painful) was when we were live at Kerrang Radio, we had Bomber Dave Mastiff and Rockstar Spud on the show…”

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Dark As Day

“I’d say the main inspiration for starting Dark As Day was ‘why not?’ I don’t have anything to lose and this could be my chance of doing something I’m passionate about as my full-time job, which is a rare thing these days!”

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EVE – Riot Grrrls of Wrestling

EVE events are the place to forget everything you thought you knew about this previously male-owned world and see what happens when punk, feminism and pro-wrestling combine to create a night of death-defying, jaw-dropping, action-packed theatrical wrestling stunts fueled with cabaret, comedy and so much more…

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OneDaySky

“We keep creating the memories but we think the best memories are the ones when we played some awesome shows and hung out with rad friends and made new friends by being in the band.”

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Ringside World

“When we launched, we were like no other product on the market. British wrestling was really starting to grow, but there wasn’t anywhere that gave fans and companies a place to find each other. It took time for us to find our feet…”

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Thirteen 10 Apparel

“An accidental VHS recording of Wrestlemania 15, I was hooked from that moment on. My Dad supported me through my childhood supporting WWE by spending his hard-earned money on Merch, action figures and took me to Insurrextion 2002 in London. For all that I am grateful!”

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WORKING FROM HOME – TIP GUIDE

The world seems to be heading into a new territory, at least for the time-being, with the COVID-19 virus tipping everything upside down. Working from home is certainly not a new idea for some, but for a big group of people it is a big adjustment to make.

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Lotus Eater

“We all like to live on the cutting edge of society and within the knowledge of trends and cultures around us and around the world. So really it comes down to extracting the elements of popular waves, as well as adding our own touch.”

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Matthew Mole

“Besides the fact that it acts as a whole other income stream – it’s a huge tool that you have access to, to get your message across in even more creative ideas.”

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Let’s Talk Tattoos

“You need to keep in consideration if you’d like any more work done around the piece in the future, if you’d like to turn it into a full piece and add more elements to the artwork.”

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Setting Up a Banging Merch Stall.

“Now, I understand that not all venues are kitted out for setting up a kick-ass merch stall, but if you get a little creative, you can make that merch table stand out and look professional with minimal effort!”

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Lost Ghosts Clothing

“Knowing that we were helping to do something good, and possibly to help change someone’s life in a positive way is a feeling we’ll never get over.”

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The Importance of Design

“Better than anyone, you should know what your fans expect on your shirts, whether it’s your album artwork, a central theme of your band or simple text design”

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Innercircle Clothing on the clothing industry.

“My inspiration comes from media and art that really grabbed my attention as a kid. Horror films, creepy occultist symbolism, generally anything that leaned toward the macabre. I just gravitated to what I thought was cool as hell.”

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Types of Ink

“The soft texture of the ink means you will barely feel it when you do the “drag-your-finger-across-the-print-test”.”

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Simon Miller

“I’m not a natural salesman unless of course I’m in a ring and someone punches me in the face. Then, hopefully, that changes. I do enjoy the process of developing a t-shirt idea, but I do need to do better in terms of linking all those together and offering a product that each audience can enjoy.”

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Printing Quality & Types

“If you put your stamp of approval on a certain product, you would want to know which method is the best way to achieve the best product, right? Let’s look at some of the most popular printing methods and what their advantages are. “

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Travis Banks

“I can express myself or my ideas and present my character in any certain way I see fit on a piece of merch.”

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Garment Styles & Quality

“Everyone that buys your merch will feel it on their skin. That is the first test of quality. Know which type of material merch you would want to wear.”

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Millie Manders

I don’t think it’s necessarily about keeping up with the changes, more always being open to new ideas, listening to your fans and being creative with what you put out.

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Invisions

The gap between the high street market and the merchandise market may begin to close as people are getting the exact same (or better) quality goods from their favourite band as they get from big name online or high street retailers.

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OUR HOLLOW, OUR HOME

“…focusing on quality over quantity is super important when it comes to merch designs/printing. It’s better to build your range up over time with solid designs you feel sell your brand/product well and will last…”

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Flash Morgan

Flash Morgan Webster, the high-flyer, the MODfather, talks about the UK wrestling industry and tips and tricks on how to incorporate merch into your wrestling career.

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StayClose Clothing

We caught up with Harky, owner of StayClose Clothing, on how he started out, the impact and influence of social media on clothing labels as well as some helpful tips for future and beginner clothing label owners. He is such a sincere and honest person and we cannot be more honored to print for a clothing line like his!

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