Merchandise! Gentle Decline Special Edition
In which the writer promotes his stuff.
Hello. This is a special, non-numbered, not-really-an-issue issue of Gentle Decline, because there’s the really only one thing in it: Gentle Decline now has merchandise.
I’m going to spend the rest of this email telling you about the stuff in the shop, but for the impatient, you can go buy stuff here.
Ok, so first, I wanted to have merchandise that’s as environmentally friendly as is reasonably possible (while still maintaining quality). Second, I wanted to have surface shipping. And third, I wanted to have low prices, because I think making a huge profit on merchandise is kind of daft. The place I’m having stuff made, Printful, meets all three of these. They also allow me to pick and choose which items from their fairly vast array I want to actually sell, rather than arbitrarily applying my logo or artwork to everything they supply (which several print-and-drop-ship companies do).
A detail that I’m charmed by is that when you order the GD merch, it gets produced in and sent from whichever of Printful’s shops is nearest you. So if you live in Germany, you’ll have it shipped from Latvia, whereas if I order stuff for myself, it comes from Spain. And if you’re in the US, it comes from California or from North Carolina, whichever’s closest. And so on.
The current spread of stuff in the shop is: a dark-coloured short-sleeve unisex t-shirt with the GD logo, the same in light colours, a similar t-shirt with the 3 Rules on it, a fully recycled tshirt (dark colours only; recycling light colours doesn’t go yet), a pullover hoodie, an enamel mug (suitable for your bug-out bag, camping, etc), and some stickers (for your laptop, skateboard, inflatable lifeboat, whatever).
All the stuff is unisex. All of it is as environmentally friendly as I can manage, and Printful are adding more such stuff all the time. It comes in as full a range of sizes as I can sort out, too, and I can confirm - because I’m wearing one of the t-shirts right now - that the sizes are correct.
Should you want the logo or the 3 Rules on gendered clothing, on… cushions, or whatever else meets your fancy, let me know, and I can see about adding it to the shop. I’m also working up some more artistic bits and pieces for new merchandise, although you should bear in mind that my taste in such things is a little odd. At some point, when I can afford to do so, I will hire a graphic designer so that there’s some sensible filter between the inside of my head and the printed goods, but that’s not this month. As a reward (dubious as to whether it’s a reward, really, or some kind of odd penalty) for reading this far, I present one of the graphics I’m seriously considering.
You might need to talk me out of it. Or, I dunno, you might think it’s great. If you do, let me know. Anyway, the shop is here. Go, buy things, wear things, drink from things. Not the same things.