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  • 2016 Olympics Coming to a Close
    August 21, 2016

    2016 Olympics Coming to a Close

    2016 Olympics in Rio

    The Olympics are always entertaining, but the 2016 Olympics have been riveting. From a false robbery claim to a new record set by Usain Bolt, the Olympics were anything but boring. The United States has won a total of 121 medals, 46 gold medals, 37 silver medals and 38 bronze medals.  The Olympics will conclude today and I have to say, I’m not prepared for them to be over. Knowing that I have to wait 4 years to see the greatest athletes compete is heart wrenching! What will I watch on T.V for the next 4 years? 

    I’m sure there are many people out there like me  that are already going through Olympic withdraws. To make this a easy transition, we thought we would keep the Olympic celebration going for one more day! Enjoy our final Olympic Sale- 35% OFF Custom Medals and 30% OFF all other  Custom Products.

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  • Aspiring Musicians; Sharing Their Music Here and Beyond
    August 19, 2016

    Aspiring Musicians; Sharing Their Music Here and Beyond

    Meet our Customer of the Week, Daniel Adams

    Daniel Adams and his band members are aspiring young musicians whose ambition is to share their music with the world. Along with their band theme merchandising they are sure to be a great success!

    Here is our interview with Daniel:

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    The/Studio: Introduce yourself. Tell our readers a little bit about who you are!

    Daniel: My name is Daniel Adams, I am a member of Discovery of an Afterlife  also known as DOAA Band. The band is based in Phoenix, Arizona and all the members are in their twenties. 

     

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     The/Studio: What genre of music does Discovery of an Afterlife play?

    Daniel:  Discovery of an Afterlife is a rock band that creates music and sells our brand-related merchandise. We also perform live shows in Arizona. Our goal is to be able to tour the United States and beyond performing our music.

     The/Studio: What have you learned since starting Discovery of an Afterlife?

    Daniel: So far I have learned that being in the business of selling music is very difficult. We are not connected to a record label so we are technically an ‘independent’ artist. The band members are our only support when it comes to producing musical material and promoting it ourselves through social media and our website doaband.com. Our group is attempting to put ourselves ahead of the curve by establishing our own website and registering ourselves as a legitimate organization.

     The/Studio: What about your band are you most proud of?

    Daniel: The collective we, are proud of Josh Kneisler. He is the drummer for Discovery of an Afterlife and so much more. He was responsible for recording and editing our full length album ‘Something More Than Us’ in his apartment over approximately a six-month period. This accomplishment has allowed us to create music that we are extremely proud of and the only compromises made on the work were amongst the band itself . I am also proud of all the members because we all met each other through the internet as diverse strangers, yet still managed to create a piece of art that somehow reflects each of our inner experiences.

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     The/Studio: What are some of the greatest challenges you face with your band?

    Daniel: The greatest challenge for our business is launching ourselves into a professional setting. There are six members, so as we begin to increase our community of fans and receive more opportunities to perform, it will be difficult for us to balance this work with our actual jobs. Currently the band is an extremely gratifying hobby, but I think we all hope to someday make it into something more than us.

     The/Studio: Where do you see Discovery of an Afterlife in 10 years?

    Daniel: In 10 years I hope to see that Discovery of an Afterlife has released multiple albums, acquired a large international following, and that we are able to tour all over the world performing and spreading our personal message.

     The/Studio: What type of legacy do you want to leave?

    Daniel: The legacy I hope we are able to leave behind is one that continues to promote extended community through music; the courage to confront the struggles that life presents to each of us; and the knowledge that being a dreamer is something positive. I believe that we are embarking on a journey to create community, to overcome our personal struggles and follow our dreams through the creation of music.

     The/Studio: What is the story behind the custom product that you produced with The/Studio?

    Daniel: This custom patch that was designed by Josh Kneisler is one of the first pieces of art that the band used to extend our first album’s meaning. It is the idea of burying negativity, personal doubts, and the fear of death all through self-empowerment via music. These actions can help us become better versions of ourselves.

     The/Studio: How are you going to use these custom band patches?

    Daniel: We are going to sell these DOAA coffin patches on our brand new website www.doaaband.com and at our merch table during live performances throughout the Phoenix area and beyond. We would love to see people at our show wearing them on jean jackets and in other creative ways!

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    The/Studio: Do you have any upcoming events that our community members can attend?

    Daniel: Discovery of an Afterlife will be performing at the Vape Gravy Music Festival  2’ on September 10, 2016 at Club Red in Mesa, Arizona. We will also be opening for Swedish heavy metal band Soilwork on October 24, 2016 at the Nile Theater in Mesa, Arizona.

     

     

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  • August 11, 2016

    One Bike at a Time; Rebuilding Lives

    Meet our, Customer of the Week, Jason Zaideman

    Operation Combat Bikesaver

    A couple of weeks ago, our Sales Representative, Al Belfort sent me an email telling me about an organization and a man that I should feature in our Customer of the Week interview series. Our Sales Representatives assist hundreds of customers every week, so I knew this organization had to be extremely special to catch Al’s attention. 

    Jason is exactly the type of customer we love to feature. His commitment to his community and deep gratitude to our servicemen and women, make him the ultimate role model and pillar of society. Here is his story:

    The/Studio: Introduce yourself. Tell our readers a little bit about who you are!
    Jason: I’m Jason Zaideman of Cedar Lake, IN. My wife and I run a small business called The Zink Factory  where we put together fundraisers for locals in the community. We also founded a 501(c)3 non-profit organization called Operation Combat Bikesaver.
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    The/Studio: What does your organization do?
    Jason: Operation Combat Bikesaver helps Veterans and First Responders suffering from PTSD, TBI, or depression by offering a vocational-type of hands on therapy of working in a shop rebuilding old, tarnished motorcycles. A candidate, once approved, gets to choose a project bike. Learning new skills such as welding, fabricating, electrical, and painting, the candidate resurrects the motorcycle, while resurrecting their own mind. At the end of the custom project, the motorcycle is theirs to keep or donate to another candidate of their choosing.
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    The/Studio: What have you learned since starting your Operation Combat Bikesaver?

    Jason: Everything has been a learning process! Operation Combat Bikesaver just started up in October of 2015 and we’re still working out the kinks and finding new processes of helping candidates. The most important thing I’ve learned is that no two individuals are the same and their learning process may be totally different from another’s. Innovation is key!

    The/Studio: What about Operation Combat Bikesaver are you most proud of?

    Jason: I’d say the changes in the candidate’s attitudes from when they started versus today. A lot of the candidates have never had experience with building a custom motorcycle from scratch. Watching them become more comfortable and excited to work on the bikes and help one another is awesome. The camaraderie with everyone involved helps all of us. We’ve grown together like a family and have a wonderful group of officers, board members, volunteers, and candidates.

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    The/Studio: What are some of the greatest challenges you face with your organization?

    Jason: Right now, our greatest challenge is the lack of work space. We’ve been working out of my home garage while looking for a more permanent place to call home for OCB.

    The/Studio: Where do you see Operation Combat Bikesaver in 10 years?

    Jason: Our goal is to have Operation Combat Bikesaver resorts in every state. We want to better serve our Veterans and First Responders and help get rid of the “22 per day” statistic.

    The/Studio: What type of legacy do you want to leave?

    Jason: Simply to leave the world a better place than I found it in. I want to help those brave men and women who put their lives on the line to protect all of ours, risking the ultimate sacrifice every day.

    The/Studio: What is the story behind the custom patch that you produced with The/Studio?

    Jason: The patch design is our logo. Our logo is proudly worn by supporters, officers, and board members and will hopefully be soon recognizable nationwide.

    The/Studio: Do you have any upcoming events that our community members can attend?

    Jason: Our upcoming events can be located on our website: www.combatbikesaver.org

    The/Studio: Is there anything our community members can do to help?

    Jason: Community members can help by filling out an application online, referring candidates, volunteering their time in our shop, purchasing t-shirts, hats, or patches, donating funds and materials, and simply just spreading the word.

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  • American Giant
    July 29, 2016

    American Giant

    Meet our Customer of the Week, Robert Kava

    At The/Studio we love to introduce our community to true American Heroes. Robert Kava is that of an American Giant. Mr. Kava is a Captain in the United States Army, who wears his patriotism on his sleeves. We are beyond honored to have had the opportunity to interview Robert Kava. This is a man who is committed to his unit and to serving our beautiful country.

    The/Studio: Introduce yourself. Tell our readers a little bit about who you are!

    Robert: My name is Robert Kava, I’m a Captain in the United States Army, and a Paratrooper from 2nd Battalion, 319th Airborne Field Artillery Regiment (AFAR). I am from American Samoa, and graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point in 2012. I played football for the Army Black Knights, and majored in American Legal Studies.  I graduated from Field Artillery Basic Officer Leader Course (FABOLC) at Ft. Sill, OK, followed by graduating from the United States Army Airborne School at Ft. Benning, GA, and reported to my first duty station at Fort Brag, NC; home of the 82nd Airborne Division and Special Operations.

    I was a Company Fire Support Officer (FSO) for Bravo Company, 1-325th Airborne Infantry Regiment (AIR), Battery Fire Direction Officer (FDO) for Alpha Battery, 2-319 AFAR, and recently completed my Platoon Leader time for 2nd Platoon, A/2-319 AFAR.  I’m currently the Battalion’s Civil-Military liaison officer (Special Projects and Family Readiness Leader), awaiting my Captains Career Course for Psychological Operations (PSYOP).

    The/Studio: Wow! You have accomplished a lot! What is your MOS?

    Robert: I am a 13A (Field Artillery Officer).

    The/Studio: How long have you served in the Military?

    Robert: I have been in the army for just over 4 years.

    The/Studio: What inspired you to join the Military?

    Robert: My older brother attended the West Point and helped push me in that direction, it wasn’t until I was shuffled into a room with my classmates on day 1 of Cadet Basic Training, did I truly realize being an army officer is exactly who I wanted to be.  My paratroopers, as well as servicemen and women, inspire me daily.

    The/Studio: What about being in the Military are you most proud of? (there is a lot to be proud of.)

    Robert: I’m proud of being an airborne paratrooper in 2nd Battalion, 319 AFAR, but even more proud of being able to lead Paratroopers in the 82nd Airborne Division. With Fort Bragg being my first post, I’ve only known the airborne way and being with Paratroopers, but that is not to say the soldiers and leaders I’ve met with in other units haven’t impacted my professional development in a positive way as well.  I am proud to be amongst servicemen and women of all branches of the military.

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    Alpha Battery conducting an artillery raid to neutralize an enemy high payoff target

    The/Studio: Have you earned any special badges or medals?

    Robert: The only badge I am wearing on my uniform is my airborne wings I’ve earned after graduating from Airborne school at Fort Benning, GA.  I have earned multiple Army Achievement Medals as a Fire Direction Officer, and an Army Commendation Medal as a Platoon Leader.

    The/Studio: What are some of the greatest challenges you face?

    Robert: My sergeant counterparts are going to laugh at me if they read this, but one of my greatest challenges I’ve had to deal with is keeping up with my Paratroopers and senior non-commissioned officers. The learning curve for a young lieutenant, fresh out of airborne or ranger school, in the 82nd Airborne, is steep! My Paratroopers and platoon sergeants are light years ahead of me in maturity and expertise, I only have one shot, to earn their initial trust and respect; “this officer can actually learn something!” I say initial trust and respect because I have to continually earn their trust and respect, daily.  That means showing up way ahead of time, in the right uniform, with something to write with and something to write on, and learn.  Once they begin to trust you, then they can begin to teach you.  Most of my greatest lessons learned during my young career as a field artillery officer, have come from my non-commissioned officers and young Paratroopers.

     

    Paratroopers of Alpha Battery deliberately occupying a firing point in order to provide close supporting fires in support of 1-73 CAVs maneuver throughout the area of operations.

    Paratroopers of Alpha Battery deliberately occupying a firing point in order to provide close supporting fires in support of 1-73 CAVs maneuver throughout the area of operations.

    Paratroopers from 2-319 AFAR conducting a heavy drop mission in support of the Brigade’s Operation Mungadai, emplacing the howitzer after it dropped from an aircraft, and safely firing over 50 rounds.

    Paratroopers from 2-319 AFAR conducting a heavy drop mission in support of the Brigade’s Operation Mungadai, emplacing the howitzer after it dropped from an aircraft, and safely firing over 50 rounds.

    The/Studio: What type of legacy do you want to leave?

    Robert: Simply, to have my Paratroopers and NCO’s know that I cared about them.  It won’t bother me if I was not their best platoon leader, or best officer they’ve ever come across, as long as they know that they can still count on me for anything, I’ll be fine with that legacy.

    The/Studio: Tell us about your unit.

    Robert: 2-319th Airborne Field Artillery Regiment is stationed at Fort Bragg, NC. Lead by LTC Daniel Gibson, the Black Falcons is composed of three howitzer batteries (2xM119A3 105mm howitzer, 1xM777A2 155mm howitzer), a Headquarters and Headquarters Battery (HHB), and a Forward Support Company (Foxtrot Company).  We are 400 strong, eager and able Paratroopers, trained and proficient in our artillery tasks and drills.  2-319th AFAR provides 2nd Brigade Combat Team with timely and accurate fires.  As part of the Global Response Force, our mission put simply: jump, fight, shoot, shoot fast, shoot accurate.

    The/Studio: What is the story behind the custom patch that you produced with The/Studio?

    Robert: This story is three-fold, so bear with me here.  The unofficial battle cry of the 2-319th AFAR, “Black Falcons Would Go!”, comes from the native Hawaiian phrase, “Eddie Would Go.” Eddie Aikau was a famous surfer in Hawaii who became the first lifeguard at Waimea beach; the natives coined the phrase “Eddie Would Go”, in reference to his fearlessness to battle huge waves to make impossible rescues.  His fighting spirit mirrors that of my unit; send Black Falcons for tough and dangerous missions, not only would they gladly go, they would excel.

    The glider and parachute design dates back to WW2, when my unit was first a part of the 319th Glider Field Artillery Regiment.  This patch holds great significance to the history of our armed forces, because there were only a few units designated as Glider Units. Glider paratroopers distinguished themselves from the rest of the airborne units, not only by the patches they wore, but in the manner in which they went into battle; most paratroopers exited a plane individually with a parachute, glider paratroopers exited a plane, in a glider! The Glider had no parachute, and steering was tough, but the idea was to guide the glider to “crash” as safely as possibly, place your weapon into action and take the fight to the enemy.  Though this idea sounded great, actual glider operations were truly, a thing of chaotic beauty. The guts and glory of these great American paratroopers lives on through the patch and manifests itself in our young Black Falcon Paratroopers today.  Now, actually making a patch, that idea came from my Battalion Commander, LTC Daniel Gibson. He embodies the teamwork mentality, and these patches are small, but good start to bring the battalion together.

    The/Studio: That is beautiful! Thank you for telling us the story behind the patches you ordered. What will these patches mean to your unit?

    Robert: These patches are a force multiplier, I truly believe that. It is my hope that these patches, but more importantly, what the patches symbolize, becomes that which inspires our Paratroopers to perform mountains above what they thought they could achieve.  The patch symbolizes many virtues that every Paratrooper can take differently, it is my hope the warrior attribute is one of them.

    The/Studio: Why are patches important in the Military? What is their significance?

    Robert: When you go through a shared struggle with a group of people in your unit, patches become one of the many things that strengthen your bonds and ties with that unit. Patches promote pride and espirit de corps with your unit, thus driving other units to better themselves, and vice versa.  Patches are these tiny symbols of hope that make Paratroopers hungry to get to the ground faster, because these patches represent their friends, their battle buddies, their families.

    The/Studio: Is there anything our community  can do to help your unit and our Military?

    Robert: Spread the word: 2-319th Airborne Field Artillery Regiment is ready to jump, fight, and win tonight! If there is an order too tall, an order too difficult, a mission too great, call Black Falcons: They would Go. Some free collar’d shirts would be nice too!

     

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  • Fusion of Fashion Design, Music and Short Film
    July 22, 2016

    Fusion of Fashion Design, Music and Short Film

    Being a high quality Custom Products company, we live for fashion! Luckily  for us, we have the opportunity to work with the most talented fashion designers in the industry. Their innovative brands become the inspiration and the muse for our creations. This week’s Customer of the Week is one of those fashion designers who will leave her footprint or shall we say heelprint on the world of fashion. Here is our interview with the Owner and Founder of The brand.

    The/Studio: Introduce yourself. Tell our readers a little bit about who you are!

    Emily: I am a LA based designer. I studied fashion design in Paris at the Instituto Marangoni and L’Ecole de la Couture Parisienne. I came back to LA to start brand of high-end womenswear. Since 2013 I have had runways shows in LA Fashion Week, Paris Fashion Week, and NYC Fashion Week. I take inspiration from the 60s and 70s combining fit and classic tailored lines with modern simplicity.

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    The brand fuses music, film, and fashion and creates short films with each collection. My collections have a story and through film I can share their stories with everyone.

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    The/Studio: What have you learned since starting The brand?

    Emily: Passion fuels everything. It is not easy and for the most part it is a 24/7 job, so it is very important you love what you do and that it makes you happy.

    The/Studio: What about The brand are you most proud of?

    Emily: I am very proud to have been recognized by L’Officiel Paris, as one of 4 LA designers to be making an impact during LA Fashion Week.

    The/Studio: What are some of the greatest challenges you face with your business?

    Emily: Production can be challenging, meeting deadlines, and making sure I have enough time to create each piece. I using draping to create my patterns and sew every piece.

    The/Studio: Where do you see The brand in 10 years?

    Emily: I hope to have my flagship store with it’s own studio by then. I love to keep a personal relationship with my customers.

    The/Studio: What type of legacy do you want to leave?

    Emily: I would love for my company to be one of the lasting fashion houses based in LA, as Dior and Chanel have been to Paris. That it will continue to work and collaborate with other artists in creating something more than just a product but a lasting story.

    The/Studio: What is the story behind the custom patches that you produced with The/Studio?

    Emily: I was inspired by anime and our craze for likes on instagram. I had been wanting to create patches that have a meaning and relate to one another for my latest collection.

    The/Studio: How are you going to use this custom product?

    Emily: It will be included in my Spring Summer 2017 Collection.

    The/Studio: Do you have any promotions you would like to offer our community?

    Emily: They will receive 10% off the products from my collection with these patches.

    The/Studio: Do you have any upcoming events that our community members can attend?

    Emily: I will be doing a showcase this August 18th with RAW at the Globe Theater in LA from 7pm-10pm.

    Tickets will be available soon!

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    For more information about The brand, check out Emily’s website:

    http://emilydaccarett.com

     

     

     

     

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