Archive for August, 2011

Knock, knock…

August 16, 2011

August 16th is National Tell a Joke Day!!

Whether it be in person, over the phone, or even by email – spread some laughter today with a couple of your favorite funnies. There’s nothing that makes my belly laugh harder than a funny, semi-inappropriate card, so I’ve gathered a few from Zazzle that made me “LOL!”

Share your favorite jokes in the comments below! Because my favorite kind of time is a knee slapping kind of time :D

Rick Perry Announces Candidacy, Steals Spotlight from Bachmann and Paul on Zazzle

August 15, 2011

Iowa did it again. This past weekend’s Ames Straw Poll helped to narrow the field of Republican hopefuls by cutting Tim Pawlenty (and probably Rick Santorum) and bringing Michele Bachmann and Ron Paul into the spotlight. But, the big story of the weekend wasn’t Ames; it was Rick Perry’s announcement for the presidency. Why does Rick Perry trump Bachmann and Paul? How do I know these things? See below and learn young political grasshopper…

Politics on Zazzle

The above chart is political searches on Zazzle for the first two weeks of August. Perennial favorite Ron Paul dominates searches and shopping on Zazzle while Palin and Bachmann share smaller portions of the pie. Rick Perry is in there, but nothing compared to what he is now…

Politics on Zazzle

Look at Rick Perry go! By announcing his candidacy he DOMINATED the other candidates on Zazzle, taking half of the political searches. Palin and Paul were the biggest losers from Perry’s announcement, while Bachmann picked up a little steam. Judging by the interest around Perry right now, Palin might want to consider getting in the race soon or be left in the election dust. It will be interesting to see what happens with Rick Perry’s popularity over the next couple of weeks/months, but right now he’s the clear favorite according to how Republican voters are searching/shopping on Zazzle.

Who do you think will win the Republican Primary? Share in the comments!

It’s Foto Friday Time!

August 12, 2011

Check out this week’s Foto Friday!

What’s Foto Friday? It’s our weekly blog post of customers enjoying their Zazzle products. Want to join in the fun and earn $5 towards your next Zazzle order? See details on how to participate in Foto Friday.


A Shark Tee Shirt


Superman Comic Panels Print


Pure heart, strong body, beautiful soul t shirts

Join in the fun now! Learn more about submitting your photos and videos to Foto Friday!

SOMBRERO CHALLENGE: The Three Amigos

August 11, 2011

It’s been two whole weeks. Lisa, Erik, and I are still in it to win it. Erik says he’ll wear it until he’s dead. Holy guacamole. No need for Halloween costumes this year I guess.

Here is another trio of sombrero enthusiasts – having way more fun than we are. Enjoy!

Zazzle Featured Seller Interview with handcritters

August 11, 2011

Dyango, from the Zazzle store handcritters, talks about his unique characters and his time as a Zazzler.  Check out the interview below and don’t forget to check out his store handcritters!

Hand Badger T-Shirt

Zazzle: Give us a brief bio, where you’re from and when you started making art.

Dyango: My name is Dyango Chavez Cutiño, and I am from Havana, Cuba, where I lived until I moved to the US in 2003. Growing up, I was the typical kid who drew and read a lot. Even though my parents probably wanted me to have a more mainstream career, like a lawyer or doctor, I got a degree in graphic design from the Superior Institute of Design in Havana. I am currently a freelance designer in Boston, specializing in branding, illustration, web, flash and interactive design. My online portfolio is at dyangochavez.com

Zazzle: If you could be a superhero, what would be your super power?

Dyango: Tough one. I love superheroes. My favorite is the Hulk, but I would not choose super strength, because if you get too bulky then you don’t fit through doors… so, no. I think that I would love to fly. I know, it’s not the most exciting, but it beats driving for sure.

Zazzle: What’s your inspiration for your designs?

Dyango: I have many sources of inspiration. The most important one: my 2 year old daughter. It is such an experience to have someone so new to the world walk beside you and be amazed by everything: animals, words, objects, colors, etc.

Zazzle: A lot of your work seems to be vector illustrations, when did you start doing illustrations? Are there other styles of art you enjoy as well?

Dyango: I like photography, and would love, love to make animations. There are a couple of animations that I made with the Hand Critters, but they are kind of simple. I think that I prefer illustrations because they allow me to use just a few elements to (hopefully) say what I need to say – unlike this answer, which is going around, around and around.

Zazzle: How do you eat a Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup?

Dyango: I don’t think I have eaten one yet. I’ll go soon to try one, though, just in case it’s one of those “you have wasted half of your life” things.

Zazzle: What has been your favorite design you’ve created, and why?

Dyango: This is a hard one, because every new design I make immediately becomes a favorite. I am currently working on two presidential campaigns that I am very excited about. Imagine politicians who are honest and tell you exactly what they are going to do if elected. They are the Hand Critter candidates for the 2012 elections.

2012 Elections the Honest Candidate T-Shirt

Zazzle: What’s your favorite Zazzle product to create?

Dyango: T-shirts. I just love the idea of walking on the street one day and seeing someone with one of my designs. I think that I will probably cry and hug them. They will probably call the police on me, but by the time they arrive I will fly away (with my super power).

Zazzle: What was the first product you ever sold on Zazzle?

Dyango: I think it was a t-shirt with the Hand Death, one of my Hand Critters. I was so happy!

Zazzle: What got you interested in selling your art on Zazzle?

Dyango: We all have a bit or a lot of creativity in our brains. Zazzle is a great way to show that creativity at work. It’s also a very friendly community that offers advice and support to the artists.

Zazzle: What tips can you give someone who is just starting out on Zazzle?

Dyango: – Be patient.

- Be passionate about your work, believe in it and enjoy what you do.

- Create, create, create: the more the better.

- Don’t compromise the quality. It’s you in those designs.

- Be patient.

Thanks Dyango!

Goin’ Greek for Back to School – Become a Sage-Master

August 10, 2011

I remember going back to college as a second year member of the Greek community and thinking “This is…awesome!” I was no longer the “new” guy. I was now a sage-master (highly technical name) ready to teach the new members of the fraternity about the history and culture of our house. It was a great year, but something was lacking. Something that starts with “T” and ends with “Shirt…”

Thankfully Zazzle is here now! For those that are about to become new sage-masters, go back to college in style with Zazzle’s Greek Shop! We don’t want those uppity freshmen thinking that you’re just a sage-learner so we launched the officially licensed Greek Shop to get you everything from Alpha Chi Omega t-shirts to Sigma Pi iPhone cases for your return to campus. Check out some of the fraternities and sororities featured in the Greek Shop below or go to Greek Shop to shop all national organizations. Trust me, dress as the sage-master and you will be respected as the sage-master.

What fraternity or sorority were you a part of? Share in the comments below!

US Stock Market Down, Zazzle Searches Up

August 8, 2011

With the US stock market in a sharp downturn today, many see failure/panic and the blame game has begun. But, on Zazzle, Zazzle Sellers see promise and opportunity and have buckled down to start sharing their ideas on products. Just as quickly as the S&P500 started to tumble, the searches and product creation for “US Debt/Financial Crisis,” went up (even before the markets opened in fact). It’s amazing to see the opinions of hardworking, ingenious, and industrial Zazzlers from around the world in real-time as they react on products like US debt t-shirts and stock market t-shirts. Below are some of my favorite reactions today. I love how Zazzle Sellers can take these “lemon” situations and turn them into lemonade.

Foto Friday!

August 5, 2011

Check out this week’s Foto Friday!

What’s Foto Friday? It’s our weekly blog post of customers enjoying their Zazzle products. Want to join in the fun and earn $5 towards your next Zazzle order? See details on how to participate in Foto Friday.


Zodiac leo art nouveau silhouette shirts


Rage guy fuuu fuuuu mugs


OMG! another stencil… Custom Shoes

Join in the fun now! Learn more about submitting your photos and videos to Foto Friday!

Happy Jersday!

August 4, 2011

They’re back! Get crazy, get wild y’all!

Tonight is the season premiere of my not-so-guilty-pleasure, Jersey Shore! This season, the tan guido (and guidette) crew will be exploring the streets of Italy. Hilarity will ensue, guaranteed. How do you say “fist pump,” “grenade,” and “guerrilla meat-head” in Italian? I’m sure we’ll find out soon.

Check out the Zazzle Jersey Shore store and be sure to watch the idiocracy tonight at 10/9c on MTV.
It’s t-shirt time:


Zazzle Featured Seller Interview with thebloggess

August 4, 2011

Jenny, from the Zazzle store thebloggess, talks to us about her humor, her blog, and her time at Zazzle.  Check out the interview below and don’t forget to check out her store thebloggess!

Perfect for Play-dates T-Shirt

Zazzle: First off, tell us a little bit about yourself.

Jenny: My name is Jenny Lawson and I have a blog called thebloggess.com.  It’s bafflingly popular in spite of being about nothing even remotely categorizacle.  Also, I am aware that “catagorizacle” is not a word.  I’m using it anyway because it’s fun to say.

Zazzle: When and how did you first become interested in art? How long have you been making art?

Jenny: If by “art” you mean “really bizarre drawings and bizarre statements that make 90% of the world uncomfortable” then I would say I’ve been making art since I was in elementary school.  I was an early bloomer at being a strange misfit.

Zazzle: What’s your inspiration for your designs?

Jenny: My life.  Most of my designs are inspired by a dead taxidermied boar named James Garfied, a giant metal chicken named Beyonce, and a terrifying stuffed monkey named Copernicus.  They’re like my posse.  My terrible, terrible posse.

http://thebloggess.com/2011/06/and-thats-why-you-should-learn-to-pick-your-battles/

http://thebloggess.com/2011/07/would-you-like-to-buy-a-monkey/

Zazzle: If you could be a superhero, what would be your super power?

Jenny: I’d like to have really great hair.  I know that’s not technically a super-power, but from what I’ve learned in comic books any super-power I had would be immediately taken advantage of by the government.  I doubt the government would want to co-opt my gorgeous, shiny hair.  Also, I’d like a pony.  And to make people who were mean to me immediately gain 10 pounds and have no idea how it happened.  That would be an awesome superpower.

Zazzle: What has been your favorite design you’ve created, and why?

Jenny: The Giant-Metal-Chicken photo sculpture was my favorite, simply because so many people read the initial post that it was based on and decided they NEEDED their own giant metal chicken…even if it was just a desk-sized tiny one.  I’m getting pictures from all over the world of people with their tiny, giant metal chickens.

Giant Chicken Photo Sculpture

Zazzle: If Hollywood made a movie about your life, who would you like to see playing you?

Jenny: Mindy Kaling.  Love her.

Zazzle: What got you interested in selling your art on Zazzle?

Jenny: A few years ago I sold hand-made wild-boar greeting cards and it was hard as hell and I threw out my wrist.  The next year I turned to Zazzle.  It went so well that I ended up donating the money to people who needed help buying Christmas presents for their kids, and then that snowballed into an accidental adventure where my readers gave over $42,000 in gift cards to strangers in need.  It was weird.  But awesome.  And very hard to explain, here.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/01/03/todays-huffpost-greatest-_n_803561.html

Zazzle: What tips can you give someone who is just starting out on Zazzle?

Jenny: I would tell them to have fun.  I just make things because it’s fun to do.  Even if I don’t sell a thing it’s a fun process to make Christmas cards covered with profanity and giant boar heads.

Thanks Jenny!


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