Tuesday, December 28, 2010
Anyway we are two days away from the new year. If 2010 was awful, well, it's all over and now you get a new start. If 2010 was amazing, well, it's all over and now you get a new start.
See how it works?
2010 ends forever tomorrow night. Then it's time to start working on an even better 2011, and if you start today, you'll be two days ahead of everyone else.
No Grits No Glory
Monday, December 20, 2010
I love Mad magazine. This is my favorite, Issue 11!! Cover illustration done by one of favorites Basil Wolverton.
I found the perfect piece for the bathroom!! Illustration by another one of my favorite artist, Robert Crumb.
And where would I be with my Maneki Neko. He keeps the luck coming.
Thursday, December 16, 2010
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Thursday, December 2, 2010
With that being said, anyone who has made art and/or has had the good fortune of making love knows why passion is paramount.
Making art is sexy. Making art passionately is even sexier.
That’s why we do it…
Wednesday, December 1, 2010
It has always bothered me how school and societal standard has groomed us to be average, to be like everyone else. Belong. Fit in. Conform. I can't deny that there have been times I did just that, followed suit to get by from job to job, get through one class to the next. Ironically even when I was excelling by these standards and "performing well", an undeniable scent of the status quo covered me. And I hated the smell.
Every job everyone commended me on was actually the subconscious bane of my existence. I wanted out. Internally I was tired of my parents, friends, "mentors", even my then girlfriend telling me "to be realistic" and do something that was deemed as "safe." Nonetheless I accepted it. The mediocrity. In my job, relationships and in my life. It wasn't until after my ex and I broke up that I began to ask myself one question:
What do you really want to get out of life?
For me it was simply to create. To push forward with my art. To design cool shirts. No matter how menial that may have sounded to some, perhaps even most, I simply wanted to make cool shirts. And the first step towards that realization was to stop being mediocre; stop being realistic. In fact it was time to "be unrealistic" and follow my passion.
Every person who tells you to "be realistic" is asking you to be mediocre. They are suggesting you compromise your ideas and ideals in the name of security. But, our mantra at Grits Apparel is No Grits No Glory; We focus on the way things could be rather than the way things were. Some of the best ideas may seem unrealistic, but what would you rather do?... live like everyone else?
Tuesday, November 30, 2010
After working enough jobs you begin to realize that payroll will nearly never pay you your worth. I guess that's why I initially started to freelance and what ultimately led to my entrepreneurialism. I want to be paid for the value I create, not for how much time I spend at a desk, on the clock, nor how many meetings I doodle through.
If your current situation is filled with office politics and 9-5 redundancy, and you don't like it... it doesn't have to be that way.Your life does not want you to hate it. Your life wants to be loved.
But only you can do something about that.
Sunday, November 28, 2010
Thursday, November 25, 2010
BTW Don't forget about the The Grits Black Friday Sale! from 12am- 12pm 40% Off everything!
Tuesday, November 23, 2010
I hate to say that the first couple of spaces I saw were just so/so. That is until I ran into Jimmy Houston. [Yup that's his real name.] Anyway, Jimmy's paintings consist mostly of characters reminiscent of the cool illustrations and cartoons of the 30's/40's. But don't merely take my word for it. Shoot over to his blog and see for yourself. In the mean time, us at the Grits Chatta Box will continue to stay on the lookout for more emerging Houston artists like JImmy, who's definitely servin up some goodstuff.
Monday, November 22, 2010
I often hear people say that they want to start their own business, pursue a dream, follow their passion. If you want to start a business, you don't need a degree, venture capital, loans, business plan or other "essentials" that often become distractions and excuses. So what's really the problem?
Far more than anything else, fear is the main obstacle that holds us back. So instead of pretending to be fearless, while buckling beneath the surface, learn to work it. Believe me it will never go away, but you can avoid letting fear make decisions for you.
Friday, November 19, 2010
Thursday, November 18, 2010
Wednesday, November 17, 2010
On the ride back from Stitched Up, I couldn't help but think about how much fun we had and I realized that this doesn't have to stop. You don't have to return to endless droning about nothing in your career. Well you can. But, all it's good for is making your boss rich, but not much else.
See, most people live check to check. Here is an idea. Instead of living check to check, how about adventure to adventure. I figured if you can’t live life like an adventure, it’s not worth doing.
So, what's my next adventure? I don't know yet. But, I know Grits is about to serve some goodstuff real soon.
No Grits No Glory
Tuesday, November 16, 2010
Monday, November 15, 2010
Friday, November 12, 2010
If you think in terms of your life being a work of art, is yours a masterpiece, or a half-hearted attempt?
Just like a painting or a clay sculpture, you have full artistic control.
You can shape life however you wish.
You can do the things you long to do - you just have to give yourself permission to.
And that's always the hardest part.
Sometimes, when you know what the right thing to do is, but can't seem to get past all of the logistics, the solution is easy: Forget about them.
No time will ever be the perfect time. No situation will ever be the perfect situation. Nothing you do will ever turn out exactly as you planned.
The only thing that IS a sure thing?
Life is not forever.
Yours certainly is no exception.
There's simply no time for half-hearted attempts.
It's time to get out your paintbrush.
You're an artist, whether you knew it or not.
Thursday, November 11, 2010
Wednesday, November 10, 2010
BTW there is also a dope new zine included!!!
Tuesday, November 9, 2010
It was tough at first, but it seems that it eventually paid off for some of us and for the others (including me) it will most likely to do so in the the future. We had no guarantees when we started to follow our passions. All we knew is what we were doing made us happy. So we took that leap and never looked back. And I'm glad we did.
BTW we will have a couple of new tees ... and as usual free zines for everyone!