• Blog posts,  Rough Rat

    Print-on-demand: why we went with third party printing

    Our store operates through spreadshirt and all our designs are sold print-on-demand. While other brands go the whole hog we opted to instead operate this way and have a purely online presence and sell through a third party printer and shipper. With this in mind, it’s the ideal set up for us. Print-on-demand offers us freedoms that we wouldn’t have if we we involved in every aspect of the store. Below are just a few reasons why print on demand works for us.   We don’t have to invest heavily in manufacturing, storage or delivery   If we were in charge of everything then we would be responsible for printing,…

  • Art and design,  Blog posts

    Comics I can’t stop reading that you should be reading

    Comics are probably one of the biggest influences for my drawing and for my art. I’ve been reading them for years and I’ve read a lot of them because I’m a loser like that. They’ve always interested me. One of my earliest memories is sneaking into my uncle’s room when he was still in college to read his stash of Spider-Man comics. I was too young to read but I could get the jest of the story by looking at the art. I was hooked. Still am.   I have comics I love, and comics I hate but I also have a select few that I need to read. There’s…

  • influencers suck
    Blog posts,  Rants

    Influencer culture: self centred or helpful?

    Preface to the below article: I don’t actually hate everyone who is an influencer. That’s silly. Don’t be silly, I can do that well enough for both of us. My gripes not with influencers who have influence from a place of passion. I hate every influencer who has a massive following just for no reason. The one’s who act like they deserve free shit for nothing. Do whatever you want but if you go online fishing for free stuff then get to actual fuck.   The internet’s a big place these days. Everyone has social media now and as a result every platform now feels like my high school canteen.…

  • Inktober is rough
    Art and design

    Inktober 2018: what I learned from my first art challenge

    This year I did my first try at the Inktober challenge created by artist and illustrator Jake Parker. The challenge is simple enough, every October you do a drawing a day with a prompt list either from the official site or of your own making. The challenge is intended for traditional medium artists with a focus on inking but over the years that part of the challenge has become optional. This was my first real attempt at an art challenge and I learned some stuff over the past month. If you’re considering taking on a challenge or are just curious about my time with it then read on.   1…