Steps to success as an artisan:
- Find a mentor/teacher. Figuring out a craft on your own is incredibly difficult and expensive. I definitely did this the hard way, but watching my apprentice absorb everything like a sponge and skip years of learning curve proves this point.
- Learn to love bartering. Barter for everything. Barter with other artisans. Barter for food. Literally offer up a barter any time money would normally be exchanged. People are overwhelmingly down to barter. Also, you will need to do this because…
- You will be broke. Embrace being poor. The only money I spend that isnt on tools and materials is intoxicants. Poor things into the craftsman, art comes out. Its almost a legitimate expense.
- Dive into the community/target market and get involved. I’m good friends with many of the other artisans, organizers, and other central figures in the amazing little town I live in. I’m also in the mix with circus folk in DFW and heavy metal bands across texas. They give me opportunities to sell my stuff and commission lots of things from me. Its a symbiotic relationship. We all support each other.
- Get help for the things you aren’t good at. I have a wonderful photographer who helps me out quite a bit (Frankenstina - who is also the hottest photographer in the baberhood). I also have an apprentice now, who helps do some of the prep, dyeing, and sewing now while I am teaching her everything. I occasionally lean on other people too.
- Take care of your biggest supporters. Give them the ultra-deluxe version of things or bonus presents. It all comes back around.
- Be OBSESSED with your craft. The only time I take off from making and selling things is to cook for Taco Tribe and to hang out with amazing, talented, and beautiful womenfolk. And even then, I’m usually thinking or talking about leather.
- Go with the flow. I had two days last month where I made significant dollars. The rest was pretty slow. It can be stressful, but when I have any down time, I use it to design new things, make patterns, try different techniques, etc. It never, ever stops.
I’ve been doing this as my main source of income for about a year. I traveled, couchsurfed, boondocked, etc. for 9 months of that. I’m just now getting a steady enough income to pay rent + bills again…but this has been, by far, the best year of my life.
If working constantly and being broke don’t phase you, just go for it.
Denton Community Market
We roll weird.
Shout out to space-laser for the shot
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This is good advice! Share all the things!
Had a great day on etsy. Thanks to all the supporters out there!
As a bonus, if anyone orders anything else from before I wake up in the morning, I will do all sorts of extra art on their purchase for free. So go buy something and you will get the ultra-super-deluxe version. Just mention you saw this on tumblr in the comment.
My beautiful new wallet from Beastman Caravan will last me a life time! Custom design just for me - thank you again
see more of his work here : https://www.etsy.com/shop/beastmancaravan
Finally getting back into making more unique pieces like this one…lots of great stuff coming soon.
Some shots from the shop today
Yggdrasil - Tree of Life Belt Pouch. For the badass viking in your life.
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Oh my god.
Sold another one of these!
Meow Meow is for sale now
Beastman Caravan on Etsy
Fuckin meow meow…best part.
At least somebody gets me jokes.