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I just spent this last month moving out of my printing studio because I’m not going to make tshirts anymore. And I’ve already gotten several concerned calls and emails asking “why? oh why?”

My business took a big hit when the economy went sour. Eventually my business started becoming a very expensive hobby.  And this “hobby” began to affect other members of my family in a negative way. Well, I just couldn’t do that.

So I had to make a choice. Do I love my clothing line enough to sacrifice my quality of life? To give up other things I love like buying books, art supplies, going to the movies, etc.

Sure the economy would eventually recover in about two to three years and I would start to make a profit again. But I don’t care to wait since my clothing line isn’t where my passion is; being an artist and working on a new creative project like surfer girl saves the world is. In the end, I will always choose the most creative path. That’s what an artist is supposed to do.

So that’s why I’m saying goodbye to making tshirts. Thanks for your support and for being a loyal fan and customer.

Please visit my other blog surfergirlsavestheworld.com. I will be documenting the creative process of making my first super hero graphic novel.

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Fail Better by Herter Studio Books

“It would not be better if things happened to men just as they wish.” – Heraclitus

“To be an artist is to fail, as no other dare fail..” – Samuel Becket

“My great concern is not whether you have failed, but whether you are content with your failure.” – Abraham Lincoln.

“We only think when we are confronted with a problem.” – John Dewey

“Failure is the condiment that gives success its flavor.” – Truman Capote

“Every strike brings me closer to the next home run.” – Babe Ruth

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So as I’m scanning through another issue of Time Out, I see this lovely lady wearing one of my shirts as she is trying to get a date. I went online to get a better picture of her and had to post this picture of her wearing the Sunnyside tee.

This Tshirt is no longer available. Ciara ran her clothing company brands Ciara Couture and Queensbound from January 2007 to December 2010. She has ceased all clothing brand operations as of January 1, 2011.

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Men's Queens, New York Graphic Tshirt in black

Men’s Queens, New York Graphic Tshirt

This Tshirt is no longer available. Ciara ran her clothing company brands Ciara Couture and Queensbound from January 2007 to December 2010. She has ceased all clothing brand operations as of January 1, 2011.

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Women's Queens, New York Graphic Tshirt

Women’s Queens, New York Graphic Tshirt

This Tshirt is no longer available. Ciara ran her clothing company brands Ciara Couture and Queensbound from January 2007 to December 2010. She has ceased all clothing brand operations as of January 1, 2011.

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Men's NYC Graphic Tshirt in Grey

Men’s NYC Graphic Tshirt

This Tshirt is no longer available. Ciara ran her clothing company brands Ciara Couture and Queensbound from January 2007 to December 2010. She has ceased all clothing brand operations as of January 1, 2011.

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I have two younger brothers and they are like my children. I helped raise them and I love them to death. We all get along really well together. Chad is the older one and he is more book and science minded while Calvin is the artist. Chad is a social butterfly, has tons of friends and is outgoing. Calvin is a musician, super talented artist, and is on the shy side. Calvin is in his second year in college studying art.

I never really noticed that Calvin was very shy until one day Chad said to me “I wish Calvin would open up to me and talk about art and life the he does with you.” I was flabbergasted. I had never really thought about it. Oh, crap. That’s right Calvin does open up to me because I am another artist and I understand what’s it’s like to be another artist.

See what Chad didn’t understand at that moment was that Chad is kinda guy’s guy. He played football in high school. He was popular. He likes sports. The last thing any artist wants to do is show art to that “guy”. No matter how nice that “guy” is. And Chad is a really nice guy.

So I explained to him like this “oh Chad, don’t feel bad. Making art is like writing a love letter. You’re so raw, you can only show it to so few people, and you feel like crying all the time. And most of the time it’s so bad, you end up  throwing half of it in the garbage anyway.”

I also explained to him as he gets older, he’ll get more comfortable with himself, he’ll begin to open up. He’s learning to become a man. He’ll see. Just give him time.

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