I got up around 2:30am to fine-tune these some more and to provide other options based on other suggestions from you guys. (Heather – is “one breath at a time” good for the “om” one? You’re the yogi!) I woke up excited which means I’m on the right track. I never got the original tattoo because something seemed off to me about it. Now that I’ve fine-tuned this one I think my problems with the original were:
1) the font. The “r” was too “2nd grade handwriting textbook” to me and
2) the balance. I felt like the words on one side weighed wrong for me for some reason.
And since the “one mile at a time” is my personal mantra – to the extent that I have it on a custom necklace – I thought I’d try adding that in. And…now I’m excited! No handwriting textbook “r” and a balance of words! Win/Win!
Of course, I still have NO idea what to do with it. I mean, obviously my goal is to sell stuff with the graphic on it, but I’m not sure about using places like Cafepress because I’m worried about not “owning” my graphic. Also, my MAIN goal is to make running shirts with the logo, and you can’t do that on CafePress. They don’t do tech shirts. I’m looking to talk to someone that our local running group used for their first batch of shirts. They weren’t as high quality as Brooks or Nike or something, but they were decent tech shirts and I think they were affordable. I ran in mine several times for 2 hours or more with no problem. Since my graphic is one color, then cost should be minimal. But what about coffee cups? Or water bottles? If my goal is to raise money for a running trip, then I need to – you know – make money, so I’ve got like four more days to hash out a plan. (That’s when registration opens on the race I want to do which is FAR AWAY and also EXPENSIVE for someone who does local/small scale races like 50Ks that cost 30 bucks.)
Anyway! Thanks for helping me out! Anymore suggestions or critiques? Have you raised money for non-charitable causes before? I mean, this is basically me selling stuff to take a running trip. This is not me selling stuff to save the world. So, you know, I don’t want to glamorize it. I just really want to take this trip and we have no money for a family vacation, much less a personal trip across the country the week before my husband’s Ironman.
(But damn if I don’t hate watermarking. Why do people have to be careless about finding graphics on the internet to sell in their Etsy shops? I mean, I was FLATTERED when people got the tattoo, but when they started trying to make money off of it? BLERG.)
(Not to be confused with BLERCH, obviously.)
(See what I did there?)
(Once again! Parentheticals! The finger-quotes of the blogging world! Over-used and mostly unnecessary!)