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Made By Makers - Save the World, Kill The Corporations 
21st-Jul-2012 07:17 pm
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It occurred to me you guys might find this cool. All of the stuff we sell in our cart is hand made by independent artists and craftsmen. Every single thing. Our CD's are of course written and recorded by us, and they are mastered by a guy named Brian Hazard who has a world class mastering suit in his house. When he's done, he sends them to a friend for replication.

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Things like t-shirts and scarves...anything "printed"...are made by our friend Gabe at Gryphon Art. Gabe is just a guy with shirt printers in his basement, but he does a flawless job for us, and has for years and years.

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Goggles are currently made by Mac. He makes 'em all by hand...and you can see him at nearly all our west coast shows.



Fancy leather work like this High Altitude Mask is made by Thomas, who is the dude behind Brute Force Leather. Again, he's got a big ass workshop in a basement, and hires his friends to help him build and ship stuff.

Even our shipping girl Dizzy is just a friend who works from home (I'd do it myself, but I suck at it.).

The reason why I'm mentioning this is because I think its important to know that when you buy something online from a PERSON, your money is not feeding the corporate machine, its helping artists follow their dreams. Another important thing to know is that since everybody works at home, nobody is driving to work. "No driving" means less traffic, and reduces greenhouse gas admissions. Buying from a small business often is helping save the environment!

Buying from Abney Park helps Abney Park follow our dreams, and all the other artists we support! And in a small way its helping the environment while its helping give people a better life. That's really worth something, ya know?
Comments 
22nd-Jul-2010 07:33 am (UTC)
As a "one person business", I can see where you're coming from. Still, you seem to be missing something from the other side of the equation.

At what point do YOU become a corporation? 100 sales, 1,000, a million? What happens if you start playing Wimbley Stadium and your ticket prices have to go up to $350 a seat to cover expenses? What if you have to start selling through TicketBastards? Are you still an artist, or have you crossed over into corporate territory, or both?

People tend to forget that a corporation is nothing but a large collection of people, started by a person with a good idea and a lot of hard work. If a corporation provides a valuable service at a reasonable price, using responsible business practices and fair employee policies, then where is the evil?

The people who work at corporations do things like provide goods, pay taxes and support their families, and are in no way less deserving than the individual aritsan. Heck, I don't WANT to weave my own fabric or tan my own leather, do you?

Things that make you go "Hmmmmmmm...."
22nd-Jul-2010 07:35 am (UTC)
BTW, I have tried to tan my own leather, and dear Bob it stinks!
22nd-Jul-2010 07:42 am (UTC)
Whenthey employees go to work and have miserable jobs and lives, there is a difference.

Been there, done that. There is a difference. I'm not talking "less deserving" I'm saying "less happy". Unless that WAS your dream, then go you! Serve the man!
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22nd-Jul-2010 03:55 pm (UTC)
If ya work for a huge company, it's hard to fathom what your missing, but it comes down to absolute freedom. When any of these guys wake up in the morning, it's totally up to them when and if they do any thing that day - and they only go places and dress a cretin way when it fun for them (normally steampunk, going to a con or festival!)
22nd-Jul-2010 11:48 am (UTC)
I think the sticky wicket is, how many major corporations actually hold to that sort of ideal? You could say that Google qualifies, but I'd be hard pressed to name another.
And most are very far indeed from even the vaguest nodding acquaintance with good behavior.
22nd-Jul-2010 03:51 pm (UTC)
...and I could tell you horror stories about google. My sister worked there. Apple is too. Ya get big, and ya get evil.
22nd-Jul-2010 11:47 pm (UTC)
The great big 'un:

Love or hate Alex Jones and his films, the one that boasted a posting with over 6.5 million views was actually removed by them: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eAaQNACwaLw

Or (if one believes such), the poster must have removed it himself to set up a publicity stunt in cooperation with the infowars bunch...
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