I design and screen print t-shirts, tank tops, totes bags, and more. All the designs are original and unique. Designs are inspired by pop culture, the Upper West Side neighborhood, or just nonsense that pops into my head.
Designs change all the time, and I usually have at least one new design every week at the Grand Bazaar.
Q: How and when did you get started with vending?
A: I was designing and printing shirts for a local pub on the UWS when some friends at the arts collective asked if I wanted to sell my designs at their house out on Governors Island during the summer of 2017. It went so well that I figured I should apply for the Grand Bazaar in early 2018, and the rest is history.
Q: What did you do before OR what else do you do, workwise?
A: I am a self-taught computer programmer and designer, and started my own software company in my home town of Melbourne, Australia, almost 20 years ago. I’ve single-handedly made about 100 iPhone apps, with a few going top 10. I am currently working with the BBC on a couple of official apps for their amazing, long running, TV series, “Doctor Who”.
I also write, produce, and host, a pub trivia show, which involves building and working with puppets, video editing, etc. On top of that I run several social media accounts for places/people, and until recently, I was bartending one day a week for a bit of fun.
Right now though, I’m really enjoying making shirts and selling them in person at the market. After working for so long in the digital world, it’s very cool to make something you can actually touch!
Q: What is your most memorable vending moment?
A: When I started to see people wearing my shirts out in the wild, that was pretty cool. However, beyond selling my artwork, and seeing people so pleased with their purchases, the most memorable thing is the amazing community of vendors. It’s such a great feeling when another vendor points someone your way, or gives help with your stand freely, or shares a laugh or a shrug in the rain. Market folks are awesome.
Q: Has a celebrity ever bought something from you?
A: During the Ice Cream festival, a Broadway star came to the booth and purchased an “I Really Do Care, Don’t U?” shirt. I had made them in response to Melania Trump’s ridiculous outfit choice, and gave a portion of profits from sales of the shirt to help immigrant families get legal help. (I figure it’s not really right to name her.)
Q: Which celebrity would you like to buy something from you?
A: I’m a big fan of the band Counting Crows, and I’ve seen them perform all over the world. The lead guy’s name is Adam Duritz, and he lives here in the city. He’s always wearing funky t-shirts when they play, so it’d be awesome to have made one of those shirts for him.
Q: Do you have a favorite food vendor?
A: The guys from the Fried Kitchen are awesome, and do things with potatoes I’ve only ever dreamt of before, but my favorite right now is the Pepplish Provisions hot sauce stand. They have a blueberry hot sauce that lifts turkey sandwiches to a whole new level. Turkeys will be extinct if they keep making it.
Q: What is your favorite market in the world?
A: I once got lost in the Grand Bazaar in Istanbul for HOURS. To start with, it was amazing! All the sights, smells, and colors! But eventually panic set in, as it just goes on and on and on and on, and you keep passing that same guy over and over… It’s my favorite because I feel like I lived there for a lifetime, in a day.
Q: When you were a kid what did you want to be, and why?
A: A dinosaur! Because… DINOSAURS!
Q: When someone comes to your booth what should they ask you?
A: Are you from New Zealand? Because they often feel bad when they find out I’m not from New Zealand, but from Australia, and then maybe they’ll buy a bunch of shirts out of guilt!
Q: Do you have any secret talents?
A: I can juggle, but only 3 balls. No flaming chainsaws or anything like that.
Q: What is your favorite thing to do in NYC, and why?
A: My favorite thing to do in NYC is avoid the horrible summer humidity. When you find that perfect spot of air conditioning, it’s just magic.