Archive for May, 2012

Zazzle Bay to Breakers Week – Let the ZOMG Begin!

May 14, 2012

Zazzle Bay to Breakers is HERE on SUNDAY! Zazzle Team members are just everyone else the week before ZB2B: we’re planning our outfits and costumes, coordinating with friends, and celebrating the oldest footrace at ZOMG events! Starting today and ending with the running of the race on Sunday, Zazzle is hosting events throughout SF to celebrate the race and the creative/exciting people that make it such a unique event. Each event is designed to get you in the mood for the race without making you wake up at 7AM. Check out the complete list of the events below and be sure to head to The Showdown tonight for the ZOMG kick-off.

  • Monday (5/14)
    Venue: Industry Standard @ The Showdown
    Address: 10 Sixth St. (6th/Market), San Francisco, CA 94103
    Time: 7pm-2am
    Age Limit: 21+
    Price: FREE
    Details: Featuring resident deejays:
    Mike Apocolypse
    S u b t e x t
    Johnny Venetti
    TROUBLEMAN
    ZOMG drink specials! Buy one get one free well drinks!
    $3 Fernet Branca
    $3 Trumer Pils
    Showdowgs menu available until 10pm!
  • Tuesday (5/15)
    Venue: ZOMG Karaoke @ The Cat Club
    Address: 1190 Folsom (@ 8th), San Francisco, CA 94103
    Time: 9pm-2am
    Age Limit: 21+
    Price: FREE
    Details: Special ZOMG Karaoke night with award winning KOR KARAOKE, and CARITAS KARAOKE every Tuesday.
  • (2)Tuesday (5/15)
    Venue: Damn Gina @ The Ambassador
    Address: 673 Geary St, San Francisco
    Time: 10pm-2am
    Age Limit: 21+
    Price: FREE
    Details: All beers and well drinks $3 + $150 bottle service for ZOMG participants
    Featuring resident DJs Kool Karlo
    Chris Fox
    & special guest DJ to be announced.
  • Wednesday (5/16)
    Venue: 620 Jones
    Address: 620 Jones x Geary, San Francisco
    Time: 7-10pm
    Age Limit: 21+
    Price: FREE
    Details: Download the Coaster APP for drink specials!
  • (2)Wednesday (5/16)
    Venue: North Beach Pub Crawl
    Participating Bars:
    North Star Opens at 1pm. Happy hour 1pm-7pm. $3 drafts and well drinks.
    O’Reilly’s Opens at 9am. $2 Tecate, $2 Michelob.
    The Boardroom Opens at 4pm. $2 Tecate, $2 Pacifico draft, $7 shot of Jameson and Tecate, $5 nachos.
    Grant And Green
    Columbus Cafe
    Amante
    Tupelo
    Time: Running early-late!
    Age Limit: 21+
    Details: Featuring various ZOMG drink specials and shenanigans!
  • Thursday (5/17)
    Venue: Art Show @ Place Pigalle
    Address: 520 Hayes, San Francisco, CA 94102
    Time: 8-10pm
    Age Limit: 21+
    Price: FREE
  • (2)Thursday (5/17)
    Venue: Popscene @ The Rickshaw Stop
    Address: 155 Fell St @ Van Ness, San Francisco
    Time: 10pm-2am
    Age Limit: 18+
    Price: $12, special 2-1 promo for ZOMG participants, more information coming soon!
    Details: Look out for a special deal from SCOUTMOB!
    Featuring DESTRUCTO (headlining DJ set) founder of HARD FEST (LA) and on Boysnoize records + REALBOY (SF) and AARON AXELSEN (popscene/Live 105)
  • Friday (5/18)
    Venue: Eye Heart SF @ The Warfield
    Address: 982 Market St., San Francisco
    Time: 8pm-1am
    Age Limit: 18+
    Price: $10 adv
    Hosted by Lyrics Born
    Music by Clockwork
    Audrey Napoleon
    Prototype Raptor
    Music For Animals
    Robot DeNiro
    Team No Sleep
  • Saturday (5/19)
    Venue: Mission + Hayes Valley Pub Crawl
    Participating Bars:
    Marlena’s Opens at 9am. $3 Fat Tire.
    Place Pigalle
    Rebel
    Elixir
    Delirium
    Dalva
    Blondie’s
    Casanova
    Phoenix
    Dr. Teeth & The Electric Mayhem

    Time: Running early-late!
    Age Limit: 21+
    Details: Featuring various ZOMG drink specials and shenanigans!

  • (2)Saturday (5/19)
    Venue: Special ZOMG Bootie Mashup @ DNA Lounge
    Address: 375 Eleventh Street, San Francisco
    Time: 9pm-LATE
    Age Limit: 21+
    Price: $10 b4 10pm / $15 adv / $20 door
    Details: Look out for a special deal from SCOUTMOB!
    Featuring SF’s finest mash-up DJs A Plus D — aka DJs Adrian & Mysterious D!

NAPP Political T-shirt Design Contest Winners

May 11, 2012

Zazzle recently teamed up with NAPP (The National Association of Photoshop Professionals)  to host a Political T-shirt Design Contest  where members could show off their Photoshop skills after the recent Photoshop World Conference. Thank you to everyone who entered! All of the entries submitted were great, so choosing the winners was quite a challenge… but here they are!

Our Grand Prize Winner:

Nick Russo – “Love Thy Enemy”

Runner Up:

Lara Randolph – “Remember What I Stand For”

And here are the Honorable Mentions: -

Contes – “Digital Art”

Surfer2171 – “Your Country Needs Your Vote”

Raichel White – “Boom Boom Pow”

 

Congratulations to the winners and a big thanks to all who participated!

We Love Our Moms!

May 11, 2012

It’s the Friday before Mother’s Day, a great time to celebrate the moms of the world. The Zazzle Team loves their moms and so do Zazzle customers! Check out the Zazzle customers and their Mother’s Day purchases below. Happy Mother’s Day!


Happy Mothers Day: Love you A lot Greeting Card

Did you get a Zazzle gift for your mom this Mother’s Day? Share in the comments!

It’s Happy Bunny!

May 10, 2012

Zazzle just launched the official It’s Happy Bunny store, and you’re sure to get a kick out of these designs. Happy Bunny is a small, smiling bunny who loves to insult you. His comments may be offensive, but they’re sure to make you smile!

Check out these adorably offensive Happy Bunny t-shirts, phone cases, and mugs!

Zazzle Featured Seller Interview with SincerelySam

May 10, 2012

Samantha, from the Zazzle store SincerelySam, talks with us about her artistic ambitions for philanthropy as well as her aspirations as a new Zazzler. Check out the interview below and don’t forget to check out her store SincerelySam.

Zazzle: Hi Samantha, tell us a bit about yourself.

Samantha: I am an art major at Western Washington University with big dreams and even bigger passion! I love making people smile with my art; especially my sister. She is autistic and my whole world- so one day I hope to raise awareness for autism research with my art. Perhaps I’ll do this through fundraisers, drawings, events – who knows! All I know is that autism is an important topic many people know very little about and I want to do my part to help raise funds for research.

Zazzle: How did you become interested in art?

Samantha: I have been drawing since I could pick up a pencil. My poor grade school teachers could never keep enough paper in their classrooms.

Zazzle: What’s your favorite medium to use?

Samantha: My favorite medium is colored pencils, which I feel reflects the playful child-like feeling of my art. However lately I have been dabbling in watercolor.

Zazzle: How would you describe your style?

Samantha: Hmmm… I’d say my work exhibits a dash of realism with an overdose of spontaneity!

Zazzle: Any artists you look up to when it comes to designing?

Samantha: The Art Nouveau movement in the early 1900′s really inspired my style; though I cannot say any one particular person greatly influenced me. I just really enjoyed the nature elements, fluid movements, and interesting colors used in art during that time period.

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

Samantha: Actually a friend told me about Zazzle. He had lurked around on the site for a long time and was shocked that I hadn’t heard of it yet! He proudly showed me a physics shirt he purchased and then the rest was history – I signed up that day and uploaded my art that night.

Zazzle: Being a newer seller on Zazzle, what are you most looking forward to?

Samantha: I am looking forward to exploring a whole new venue of customizable art – making usable works rather than just paintings on a wall.

Zazzle: Can you give us a sneak peek of future designs?

Samantha: Oh yes! Here are some small snippets of works in progress, actually:

Zazzle: Thanks for sharing Samantha and good luck!


Pink Cookie joins Zazzle!

May 9, 2012

With summer on the way, it’s time to stock up on some cute new tops and tees! Pink Cookie just launched on Zazzle, and they have tons of trendy designs that are perfect for a day at the beach. Sport a stylish new top, carry your towel in a hipster tote bag, and rock out on the beach with a cute skull speaker!

Check out more designs here in the Pink Cookie store on Zazzle!

Mars Attacked!

May 8, 2012

Zazzle has been invaded by the hideous and cruel martians from Mars Attacks! This cult classic is here to stay with a vast collection of original artwork from the famous Mars Attacks series. Remember those awesome trading cards? You can find all the designs here! Pick your favorite and get it on an awesome print!

Also, be sure to check out the t-shirts, mugs, and magnets in the new Mars Attacks shop on Zazzle!

 

ZOMG Pink Gorilla Epidemic Sweeps Bay Area

May 7, 2012

For those that don’t live in the San Francisco Bay Area, you haven’t had to experience the horror/terror, skull-crushing fear, or strange dancing of the pink gorilla epidemic sweeping from Marin to Palo Alto. In a growing trend that one can only assume leads up to the running of the Zazzle Bay to Breakers, these beastly creatures are taking over everywhere and…everyone. See below for this completely real news report that objectively looks at the pink gorilla phenomena.

Learn more about what to do if you find yourself in the Bay Area during the 101st Zazzle Bay to Breakers!

Foto Friday!

May 4, 2012

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.


I competed in a 500 mile bike race through death valley called The 508. I had a support crew of three friends and I wanted to give them a little gift. I tried to shop at a local store but it was difficult to see the results and I was not sure if the white background of my images would show up. So I went to Zazzle and ordered the shirts and sweaters. The preview feature sold me and though the price was higher I was confident that I would get the perfect product in time for the race.


Chillin Tshirt


Lines In Motion Poster

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

Zazzle Featured Seller Interview with tashatzazzle

May 3, 2012

Natasa, from the Zazzle store tashatzazzle, talks about her dreamy imagination and her love for Zazzle. Check out the interview below and don’t forget to check out her store tashatzazzle.

Zazzle: Give us a brief bio. Where are you from and when did you start making art?

Natasa: I’m from Ljubljana, the capital of Slovenia. I have been creating art for as long as I can remember. Pencils and colored pencils have always been my favorite toys.

Zazzle: Your style is very much your own. What’s your inspiration?

Natasa: My inspiration is everything that makes me smile and laugh, which are mostly expressions and behavior of cute and funny animals and people. I also get a lot of ideas from that almost sleeping state of mind, before I fall asleep. And as those ideas are almost like dreams and as such can be forgotten very easily, I always have a sketchbook and a pencil within a hand’s reach to sketch those ideas the second they pop up.

Zazzle: What’s your favorite medium to use?

Natasa: My favorite media are pencils, pens and a digital graphic pen. And I just love color blending that can be created with watercolors.

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

Natasa: My favorite design is usually the one I created last. But at this point my favorite design is my bookworm bookmark profile card design. I have ordered packs of them for myself and I have just received them recently and I am super happy with them, because this bookworm is one of those characters that make me smile. He has this superior attitude expression, like he’s saying: “It’s so good for you to have me, you wouldn’t know anything without me.” And he is designed in such a way that his eyes peek out of a book when he’s used as a bookmark. I use these bookmarks for my sketch books, because I always have a hard time finding sketches, and now my little peeking-out bookworms show me where the sketches I am working on are. As I always have one of my sketchbooks with me, I now always have my peeking-out bookmark profile cards with me which makes it handy in case there comes a chance to give one to someone.

Zazzle: How do you get out of creative ruts?

Natasa: Everything in life has its own biorhythm. So there is a time to create and there comes a time when creativity is set to low. During this period, I usually spend more time on my bicycle in nature. And after a day or two (or three or four) without creating, ideas usually start popping up in my head again. But it’s ok even if they don’t, because then it’s time to go through my sketch books. I’m always surprised by how many unfinished ideas are waiting there for me to complete.

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

Natasa: I created a design that I wanted to print on a black t-shirt so I was looking for all possible print shops. I came across Zazzle and its great and easy-to-use platform for putting your designs on products. I remember I ended up creating products on Zazzle the whole next day, putting all my designs I could find on products and I was amazed by how cool it is to see your design on a product. Not to mention my happiness when I started to notice that there are people appreciating my art enough to buy my products. So it was love at first sight with Zazzle. And it still lasts and is even growing stronger every day.

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

Natasa: It’s a good idea to learn how to set proper titles, descriptions and keywords right from the beginning. It won’t take you much time to learn this but it can save you tons of it, because you won’t need to return to fix this after you have a whole lot of products. Titles, descriptions and keywords are the link to potential customers and if they are set right, people can find your products. On the other hand, if they are set poorly, no matter how great your design is, there is no way people can find it among millions and millions of other products not only on Zazzle but on the whole net as well.

The other thing is about creating. I know it’s inspiring to see all of the amazing products other people are creating but if you spend too much time admiring other’s people work, you can get into a state of: “Wow, they create such awesome things, I could never create something as awesome as this!” And you can then start creating things similar to those you’ve seen and admired without even being aware of it. So it’s better to minimize the time you spend admiring all the amazing products and rather spend more time creating your own. Because everyone has something to show in a unique way that’s special and only theirs. And the more time you put into creating, the more of your authentic you will start showing through your creations.

And yes, building up a shop at Zazzle will take at least a year or two. And that’s only the beginning. So don’t try to rush it. It takes time and a lot of work. So spend this time in creating with joy and take a lot of time for yourself in between…  and follow forums, people there are really very kind and helpful and share really valuable information. And somewhere along the way of doing what you really love on Zazzle, you’ll find out how very rewarding this relationship with Zazzle is.

Zazzle: Can you give us a sneak peek of future designs?

Natasa: Of course! Here’s one.

Clever! Thanks for sharing Natasa!


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