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Happy Friday, loves!

Today for #fridayfinds we’ve rounded up some amazing gems! We are HUGE fans of all types of gems here at Thimblepress®! Take a look at our inspiration board below for all kinds of gem-goodness! 

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How amazing are these gems?!

Thanks for reading! Let us know what you think about our Friday Finds! Have a suggestion or a topic that you’d like for us to explore? Let us know! 

Cheers! 

Team Thimblepress

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We all know how hard it is to get out of bed. Especially, when your bed feels like a pile of clouds paired with a perfectly cool temp room. It might be the best feeling, like ever. RIGHT?!

Today for #fridayfinds we’ve created a round up of bedding + pillows that will make you want to go home and JUMP in bed and probably never get out! 

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What’s your favorite part about your bed? The cotton sheets? Maybe it’s a blush colored linen duvet or a NEW mattress? Let’s chat about it! 

Hope you have a great weekend! 

xo, 

Team Thimblepress®

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We heard that Buttercup is the 2016 top summer color. What do you think? We really LOVE buttercup, in all shapes and forms! It’s loud and proud and all things happy. It literally just screams, SMILE to us! Our eyes feel brighter and more open when we look at the color buttercup! 

Today, we’ve created a roundup of our top fav BUTTERCUP items that are a must have this summer or that may just make your day!!

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Are you on Pinterest? Make sure to check out all our Pinterest boards! Each week we create new and different boards to help keep our creative juices flowing!

We create boards for all blog posts, inspiration, design thoughts and sneak peaks! Check it out! @thimblepress

Love, 

Team Thimblepress


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The day is almost here! Grab your picnic blankets + popsicles and head out to watch the fireworks!

This Monday is such a wonderful day because we are celebrating America!

Today, we’ve rounded up some pretty incredible patriotic goodies to make July 4th a memorable one! All the reds, whites and blues!! 

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Have a beautiful and safe weekend, friends! 

Cheers! 

Team Thimblepress

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Ever wanted to get out of town for just the afternoon? Maybe get some fresh air and take a quiet kayak ride down the Pearl River?! 

Check out our Q&A with Christopher, owner and chief kayaker at Capital City Kayaks! 

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What/who exactly is Capital City Kayaks?

Capital City Kayaks, provides rentals, tours & adventures for those looking for a fun, alternative activity here in the Jackson-Metro area!

How did you get started and what was the inspiration to take the small business leap?

Kayaking is something that I’ve been doing for many years and loved to introduce to my friends. Unfortunately none of them had kayaks or a means of even transporting them. After lots of thought, consideration, research and planning I came up with a solution to a problem. I started Capital City Kayaks as means of introducing people to new experiences and to utilize the AMAZING waterways we have here in the Jackson-Metro area.

How does Mississippi play a role in your business? 

Mississippi, especially Jackson, is filled with folks looking for something new. Whether if it’s a new opportunity, a new restaurant, or just a new experience.

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What are your goals for your brand?

My goal is to be an established name within the community.  I want to be known for providing an educational, fun, safe, and affordable activity for those looking for an adventure right here in their own backyard. Strides are also being made to get people more involved in keeping our waterways & creeks clean. I’ve also started looking into grants that would allow funding to expand my business to better serve the community and the environment.

What is your background?

Born & raised in Jackson, MS. Graduated from Murrah high school in 2008. Graduated from Hinds Community College in 2010, & Mississippi State University in 2012 with a BS in Biology Education. I’m currently a full time science teacher & track coach.

Where do you find inspiration?

I find inspiration from within myself. I’m always looking to operate more effectively,  learn more and be better than I was before.

 

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What do you like to do when you aren’t “at the office”? 

When I’m not “at the office”, whether that office is my classroom, the track or on the river, I love to play team trivia, play sports with my pals, and do DIY projects around the house.

What are your favorite local places to shop and dine?

Offbeat alternative store in MidTown Jackson is one of my favorite places to buy records and other oddities, Rainbow Organic Grocery in Fondren, & I appreciate a good garage sale!

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What are some of the reasons you call Mississippi home?

Mississippi has always been home and will continue be home for many many years to come. I love the food, the community, the slow pace, the low cost of living, & the scenic views.

How do you think what you are doing is helping to shape your local community as well as the image of Mississippi?

Most feel that they need to drive for hours to another city to kayak and experience nature. I’m providing a service that allows people to get a grand experience right here in the city! About 70% of my tours are with first timers who had no idea that they could kayak minutes from their home! I’m creating new experiences, educating the public, as well as utilizing and promoting, the natural resources here in our area for recreational uses without causing any harm. 

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How gorgeous is that view?!

Want to find out how you can get in a kayak immediately!? Check out Capital City Kayaks here: 

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The fourth of July is quickly approaching and we are planning on cooking out all day! Today we have rounded up some amazing finds that will make your BBQ Party PERFECT!

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YES! A BBQ game DOES exist! Perfect for the kiddos!

What is your favorite item to bring to a BBQ party?! #BYOM (or veggies!) 

Happy weekend, friends! 

xo, 

Team Thimblepress

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Hello Monday!!

Today we are chatting with one seriously cool dude, Harry, owner of T-Bones Records & Cafe in Hattiesburg, MS! From the local Jazz music he brings in to the delicious coffee, we could not WAIT to feature him for #mississippimonday! Read on for more info about T- Bones Record shop + photos! 

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What/who exactly is T-Bones Records & Cafe?

T-Bones itself is the brand.  It’s the experience of being here.  The smell, the crew, the customers, the music, the coffee….it all goes into the feeling of being here, socializing here, existing here.

How did you get started and what was the inspiration to take the small business leap? 

I worked for the original owner of T-Bones from 1999-2001, and was offered to buy the store when he decided to move to California in 2002.  I originally began working here to buy music at an employee discount (on average 8 albums a week).  I loved it, needed it, and wanted to talk about it.  This was the perfect place for that.  My parents were crucial in making this become a reality, and their experience as entrepreneurs helped keep me from making dire mistakes.  After about 6 years, we thought it was time to turn an abundance of office space into a cafe.  Plus, I always wanted to be my own boss.

How does Mississippi play a role in your business? 

It’s hard to say.  It’s like asking how does blood play a role in your body.  T-Bones could have only happened in Mississippi.  It could only grow as it has in this place. 

 

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What are your goals for your brand?

I guess my main goal with the T-Bone’s brand is to build a relationship with the customers.  I know that’s cliché, but people want to feel like they’re part of something.  Big box and online commerce have sterilized the marketplace, and it’s all very impersonal, so the best way to set yourself apart as a small business is to foster a space where people feel like they know you, which isn’t as easy a task as it sounds.  It gets tricky.  We want to be fun and weird, without alienating our lunch crowd.  We want to be dependable and consistent, without feeling sterile.  

I still get excited when i see T-Bone’s stickers on cars, or someone wearing a T-Bone’s t-shirt.  It tells me we’re doing something right.  I don’t feel like the statement people are making is as simple as, “I want you to know where I buy my records and coffee.”  

T-Bone’s had awesome customer service, and made great coffee and sandwiches before I ever came along.  So the brand was already developing, because people were forming positive opinions about us.  So in developing the brand, we weren’t trying to steer public opinion.  We were simply trying to solidify those opinions (from “I like T-Bone’s” to “I LOVE T-Bone’s!”) with more concise, more deliberate efforts, especially when it comes to social media, posters, stickers, t-shirts, etc.  There’s more to a brand than graphics, obviously; they’re just there to sort of pull it all together.  The best mark in the world can’t compensate for lousy service or bad product, and being fun and engaging is moot if it doesn’t translate into sales!  

What is your background? 

Dropped out of college.  Played saxophone and bass in several bands and always have needed music in my life.  

Where do you find inspiration?

Everywhere.  Our brand needs to be eclectic, to reflect the variety in the record racks.  I love the graphics on old LPs from the 60s.  Not so much the titles or artwork, but the little badges that say “STEREOPHONIC,” etc.  That was the inspiration for our mark, the “T” with lightning bolts.  Recorded music starts as an electric signal, whether from a mic or an amp, then reaches your ears via electronic reproduction.  We’re the conduit between the artist and the listener.  And that mark is essentially the only real constant in our visual brand.  The rest is in constant flux.

 

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What do you like to do when you aren’t “at the office”? 

Spend time with my fiance, Laura.  Listen to records.  Canoe.  Think about work.  Movies.  Walk Duncan the Dog.  Cleanse my mental palette.  

What are your favorite local places to shop and dine? 

Tabella for amazing Italian, Twin Forks Wine,  Bombshell Comics,  Sacks Outdoors.

What are some of the reasons you call Mississippi home? 

I was born here for starters.  I have been fortunate to see much of the US, and travel abroad.  The more I got away, the more I didn’t want to call any other place home.  The populations is also low compared to many other places.  You still have plenty of room to breath, and lots of space when you need it.

How do you think what you are doing is helping to shape your local community as well as the image of Mississippi? 

I try not to focus on that too much.   T-Bones being the best it can be from within is what I strive for.  That being said, creating a unique place within your city helps make your city unique as well.  There’s not another T-Bones floating around somewhere.  The experience you get here is only available here, in Hattiesburg.   

 

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Searching for a new, cool record? Go visit T-Bones Records & Cafe, located at: 

1201 Hardy Street, Hattiesburg, MS 39401

Not local? No prob! Check them out here: 

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Ah the time is here! Grab your sunnies, swimsuit and flip flops.

Pool time, here we come and we are ready to swim the day away! Today we’ve rounded up some bright and sunny products that will give you the boost you need to make this summer swimmingly amazing! 

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Happy swimming! 

xo, 

Team Thimblepress

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Happy Monday! Today is #mississippimonday and we are chatting with one of our all-time Thimble BESTIES, Beth Morgan! Her photography leaves us breathless. Be sure to check out her interview below and her amazing photographs! 

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What/who exactly is Beth Morgan Photography? 

I am a destination photographer capturing couples who are immensely in love, women who seek to tap into the empowering knowledge of her femininity, families that seek authentic imagery from their everyday, and creative businesses that love collaborating to bring love and life to their products. I dance between light and dark; romantic and moody imagery to tell the stories of every person I have the honor to photograph. 

How did you get started and what was the inspiration to take the small business leap?

I always saw images in my head and got my first camera in 7th grade. I would dress up my friends and take pictures of them drawing inspiration from fashion magazines and fashion shows. This of course grew and I got a big girl camera, majored in photography, and fell head over heels in love. I had always seen the world differently and suddenly it all made sense when I realized I was created to see the world differently through the lens of my camera. I was never truly satisfied in the corporate world working for others and there was always this pull (and fear at the same time) to leap towards the dream of photography as a full time career. A major series of events happened before I realized that God was pushing me off of the cliff to jump with the promise that he would guide me and protect me.  So, I jumped and I’ve never looked back.  Don’t get me wrong, owning your own business is scary as hell, it’s hard, it’s scary, but on the other side is this immense feeling of accomplishment. I am so thankful that God pushed me off the cliff and I owe EVERY bit of my success to him and his faithfulness. If you are tiptoeing towards that cliff and are scared know that it’s normal but know that the adventure after that jump is one of a kind and will lead to greatness.  If your greatness is found in owning your own business, don’t wait another second…RUN don’t walk to the edge and jump with your arms outstretched.  I promise you, it’s worth it!

 

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How does Mississippi play a role in your business?

I grew up in The Delta and I have a love hate relationship with it.  I hate the history entrenched there, but I have this draw and pull to it creatively.  I think being raised there shaped my artists heart.  There wasn’t a ton of emphasis in my school on the arts but there was something almost mystical about that place that drew me with a centrifugal force to create even though there was not official fostering of that until college.  I moved away for 7 years and when I asked a friend her thoughts on me moving back she responded, “Beth, it makes so much sense. Your roots are there, your heritage is there, and the art community there is flourishing. Why wouldn’t you go back?”.  So I did, and everything she said is so true and it truly influences my business but even more so, my artists heart.

What are your goals for your brand? 

I am currently growing my brand to be accessible as a destination photographer for weddings all over the US and abroad.  I am passionate about serving clients that are super in love, that seek to create unique weddings that express their individuality, and want heirlooms to pass on to generations to come that show off their love.  My goal is to be a sought after photographer from these couples from all over the world. Another goal is growing my Mademoiselle (boudoir) brand to cater to women that desired to be empowered during the process of giving themselves and their significant others the most beautiful gift of vulnerability and femininity.

 

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What is your background? 

I was once a triple major in photography, sculpture, and creative writing (why my advisor allowed this I’ll never know) :).  I ended up with a degree in Liberal Arts with emphasis on art, creative writing, and interior design. Art plays such an important role in my home, the way I approach my work, and ultimately who I am as a person. 

Where do you find inspiration?

This is such an amazing question.  I draw inspiration from environments, textures, colors, patterns, authentic living, deep love, movement, a simple touch, and life giving moments that can steal your breath away. Each of these things play a role in every image I capture as I move throughout a wedding day, a family session, or mademoiselle session.

 

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What do you like to do when you aren’t “at the office”? 

I wish I were cooler than I am but I love spending time with my husband, our fur baby family, and our friends. Our “date nights” are mexican food and movie.  I love cooking for my husband and our friends in our little cottage. I also love to spend time with other creatives. It’s truly water to my artists heart and I always walk away inspired to create and see the world in a whole new way. I have a group of photographer friends that get together and had day shoots. These shoots through rural areas capturing the life of the people there fuel my creativity to serve my clients better. I also try to do a few styled shoots a year where I get to dream of amazing stories, and ideas for wedding inspirations and find vendors to partner with me to see them come to life. There are so many ways to remain inspired and most take tons of work but I’m finding that I learn so much with every one of them and they help refine my voice as an artist.

What are your favorite local places to shop and dine?

Thank God I have cool, foodie friends to keep me informed.  I love good Mexican, Seafood R’Evolution, Babalu, The Manship, La Finestra.  Shopping included Restoration Bathhouse, Anthro, Thimblepress®, antique stores, flea markets.  The Delta is a fun place to visit and I love McCarty, Delta Bistro, MS Gifts, and The Alluvian.  I encourage everyone to make a trip there.  OH and do yourself a favor and make the trip to go to Po Monkeys outside of Cleveland. They’re now open on weekends and it’s such a fun experience.

 

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What are some of the reasons you call Mississippi home? 

When you are an artist from The South, there is the unavoidable pull that’s mysterious, even magical at times. It’s the people, porch sittin’, the artist community, and the desire to be a part of the creative heritage that has come before me. Recent rulings in our government had me questioning why I’m here, but I had a gay friend from MS that now lives in DC say to me, “MS needs people like you to effect change”. I love this state of mine and desperately want to be part of seeing change resonate like the sound of cicadas in the summer.

How do you think what you are doing is helping to shape your local community as well as the image of Mississippi?

Sheesh, this thought provoking. I think bringing recognition of the good things happening in the state helps others see it as a beautiful place to visit or even live. I think on a smaller scale, what I am able to do (and what I’m passionate about) is preserve the heritage of my clients by creating imagery that will be cherished for generations to come.

 

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The last photo was captured so perfectly by Beth. A moment of raw love and happiness in one amazing black and white photo. Gives us CHILLS! We know you want to see more of Beth’s work! Check her out here: 

 

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We all know that traveling abroad can be one of the many joys in life. But packing for it, on the other hand, seems to be a GIANT headache! The “don’t make me do it” type headache!

Today, we’ve rounded up some finds that will hopefully give you some guidance for packing so your experience will go a lot smoother! We hope! 

 

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Where are you headed this summer? 

Happy Travels! 

xo, 

Team Thimblepress®

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Happy #mississippimonday! A day to bring you an artist, maker, brand, doer, creator or location in the great state of Mississippi! Our state is filled with so much talent and beauty, we HAVE to share it each and every week! Today we are bringing you a dear friend and RAD artist, Donivan Duffy! The founder of Donnie Wahl, brother brand of The Wahlstreets. Read on for more info about Donnie and what he has brought to our community!

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Who/What exactly is Donnie Wahl?
First let’s discuss the name. Donnie Wahl was born out of a long drive placing everything I saw or heard behind “Donnie” until I found something that not only made sense but sounded good. And I mean everything! Donnie Asphalt, Donnie Radio, Donnie Cloud, Donnie Carcass, Donnie Deer etc. At some point my dad phoned to check on the progress ending the conversation with “sometimes you just hit a brick wall!” It still didn’t hit me until later that night but “wall” just stuck once it did. At that point I played around with spelling variations of “wall” deep into the night. The next day I went to the mall with my top three choices written on a piece of paper and asked upwards of 100 people to pick the one they liked best. “WAHL” was a unanimous winner!

When I returned from an extensive 4 year travel to anywhere a plane would take me outside the U.S., I took a job working a 3:30-midnight shift data entry job downtown. Miserable is an understatement. Shirts was more of a passion project during that time because passion didn’t keep the lights on but after a very messy termination, passion was all I had left. Jobs were nil in the area. This situation gave way to the real answer of Who Exactly is Donnie Wahl? 

It’s no one, it’s your dreams materialized, a means to improve your situation for the better and never look back. Whether you’re a bank employee who sings in a band, a coffee shop barista who writes screenplays or a bouncer at a night club with dreams of being an actor, that’s your Donnie Wahl! 

 

How did you get started and what was the inspiration for taking the small business leap? 
I knew nothing about tees other than how to wear them. An ex girlfriend introduced me to an up and coming designer/artist who helped create the first graphics. With that aspect secured I found a local screen printer online and struck a free labor deal to learn the screen-printing process and cut costs on future shirt runs. I’d work for several hours spending the last hour being tutored in Illustrator before racing home to shower and dress to earn a couple hours overtime at the data entry job. When that data entry shift ended it was Youtube tutorials till 3 or 4am only to repeat that process for several months. It was rough to say the least. Afterwards, through a series of fortunate events, I was able to acquire my own equipment, a work space & website which is where we are today still continuing the push for more success. 
As for the inspiration part of the question… Living out west I’d become a huge fan of the branded tee, designer jeans & Vans or Chucks (think not of Ed Hardy & gaudy back pocket designs but more statement tees with diesel, citizen or sevens). In MS I found nothing that inspired me so I set about to make my own. 

 

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How does MS play a role in your business?
The people of MS play the largest role. This questionnaire for example is a great testament to that statement. Thimblepress is known nationally with a couple hundred thousand following on all social media accounts. Featured on Good Morning America. Despite the success, time is still found to reach back and shine light on those around them. MS is also a great word of mouth market. Everyone knows everyone. It takes the right person wearing a shirt and boom! 

 

What are your goals for your brand? 
Sustainability. I’m a one man shop. Graphics, marketing, web design, purchases, ordering supplies, shipping, customer complaints etc., all fall on my shoulders. Mind you this in addition to working a full time PR gig as well as running a screen-printing business in addition to having a social life and failing miserably at dating. The biggest goal now is to simply stay in the running as well as remaining relevant in hopes that the hard work delivers an expansion where other people can lighten the load finally. Oh and to get Jay-Z snapped wearing a shirt! 

 

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What is your background?  
I’m not sure what to write here. My college degree is Business Management & Marketing. Born and raised in Jackson, MS. Traveled a bit. Now I’m back?  

 

Where do you find inspiration? 
Everywhere. In conversation. People watching. An old poster hanging in a friend’s grandmother’s basement. An outtake from a song. A person who’s had too much to drink. The young kid bagging groceries. So much inspiration is also found when you turn off the world and just be. When you can rediscover the inner kid in yourself repeatedly. I also try to stay as organic as possible in my inspirations which is why I follow no graphic designers, typography blogs or shirt manufacturers on social media due to not having my creativity influenced by their own. Some people will disagree with that sentiment but my feeling is that in order to lead you must create original content or as close to original as possible. There’s no greater feeling than releasing a design that people respond to with enthusiasm, knowing within that you used your vision completely. 
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What do you like to do when you “aren’t at the office”?
People watching! I write screenplays so people watching provides great source material in addition to stellar entertainment. I also watch a ton of movies, older movies, think Powell & Pressberger’s, “The Red Shoes” older movies. Nothing beats some good porch drinking with the boys. If there’s a pool table or corn-hole on the table good luck getting me back to the office. I’m the guy that’s willing to go a little further on situations than most because the threat of missing a good story to tell or write about later is simply too much to bear! 

 

What are you favorite local places to shop & dine?  
Coffee: Sneaky Beans would be tops because it also serves as my office away from the office. Drinks & dining: Some people would say I live at Fondren Public but I like to correct them in saying I only rent. Yes that made no sense but you got the point regardless. Apothecary & Saltine are also strong showings for me to drink and eat. Shopping: I shamefully admit I shop mostly at J. Crew. 
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How do you think what you are doing is helping to shape your local community as well as the image of MS? 
I’m basing this response off the number of people I’ve helped start their lines or offered advice in starting. Being one of the first in my area to start a line I’ve been able to steer others clear of the lessons learned in dollars I faced. Competition drives me. I welcome it. Helping another brand grow to square off against in future is beautiful because you both or all push each other to create better content. Proportionate to that sentiment is more product in the marketplace. With more product in the marketplace from capable designers and printers aided with the current social media climate, one of us are bound to get noticed and help those not yet noticed become noticed as well. Thus MS is further cast into a positive spotlight. 

 

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Want to know more about Donnie? Maybe buy a t-shirt (or THREE?) Check him out below for updates and new designs! 

 

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