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Saturday, September 10, 2016

RockResurrectionArt.com Two Year Anniversary!

  2 years ago on August 20th I opened up my new domain for my guitar pick jewelry, Rock Resurrection Art. This also marks 3 years of making guitar pick jewelry. It has grown so much since then and in so many different directions. 

 Moving off of using other sites exclusively like Etsy was a good move to broaden my horizons. I first started with Etsy and as I grew I began to feel the restrictions that all shop platforms have. Don't get me wrong, Etsy is awesome. But if you want your hobby/business to grow you gotta get out of the "Etsy box."

 With my own domain for my expanding guitar pick jewelry came complete creative control. I was also able to do many things like have more control over shipping, related products and most importantly an integrated shopping cart. All my products are under one roof and not separated between Etsy, Square Up and others.

 I started with guitar pick jewelry, then candy jewelry but the ideas only began to pile up. A big part of development that I've always appreciated is getting feedback from customers. When you're 'small time' it's important to use as many resources as possible. Check out my Tips and Tricks for more helpful information!

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Gits Site Changes

  A couple of months ago the first of a few big changes with the Gits site happened. With the
scheduling of the second Gits show came a new wave of energy, and creative lines began to get redrawn. When I first heard about the Gits it was clear that Steve was doing the lions share of the work when it came to keeping the torch lit that is the Gits. While I've always known the other members of the band as supportive, the air of separation was there...and it was thick.

 The Gits website started out as an official website with everything Gits all from the band. In June part of the band wanted to make them as two separate entities; an official site and a fan site.
How Steve explained it in the Gits newsletter: "The interactive site for fans and merch sales and current Gits communiques can be found on the first page, click on the icon FANSITE to visit us and see videos, go in depth into the visual and audio archives and communicate with us or webmaster, Becca and other friends of THE GITS. We will have a new element to our online archive and some distinct content, however, it's all linked. Becca will be there and your comments and insight are welcome."
The Gits Website thegits.com
The Gits Fan Site fans.thegits.com - where you can find the Gits Shop

 While in all honesty I feel like this move creates confusion and estrangement within the Gits...I'm hanging on for the ride. I've been getting a lot of questions about the division of sites and wanted to write a short blog about it. 

Saturday, August 27, 2016

Mia Zapata "Art, Rock, & Revolution" Bi-lingual Graphic Novel


 A few nights ago (on Mia's birthday August 25th) some friends and I went to the project launch of a Gits and Mia Zapata graphic novel. This is something Steve has been working on for a couple of years and I even I knew very little about it. Thankfully now I know more! "Art, Rock, & Revolution" a Bi-lingual Graphic Novel about the tour adventures of the Gits, life stories with Mia and segments with Mia's ancestor Emiliano Zapata a Mexican revolutionary. 

Drawing of Emiliano Zapata by Pat Moriarity 
 At the event was the project's graphic artist Pat Moriarity, who is incredibly talented and has been in the business literally as long as I've been alive (31 years). Prints of Pat's work and Gits apparel were being sold side by side, along with these custom made drum heads that say "Art Rock Revolution Viva Zapata"


Here is a description of the novel from Steve,
"The primary aim is to reclaim the narrative of Mia's brilliant life and tell true story of the years prior to July 7, 1993. It is a bi-lingual Graphic Novel which is part Biography and part Historical Fiction. It includes an international interactive curriculum for youth in Mexico and the Bay Area.

Too often Mia is vaguely remembered as a victim. "The Tragic Death of a Rising Star", read the headline.
What of the art, music and scene she created; her remarkable family history and her transformative lyrics and universal messages. Her true character and contributions have been eclipsed and warped by the media's thirst to exploit victims of 'sex crimes.'"

Mia and Gits prints for sale at the event. Photo by Dave Holmes
 If you can, please contribute to this graphic novel. For more info go to stevemoriarty.org


Video link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=94g8ySqcCzg