Closing Clink

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Hey Clinkers,

After over 5 years of The Clink Room, Jason an I have decided to put Clink on hold for the foreseeable future. We’ll keep the site up, as a record of all the fun stuff Clink accomplished. However we’ll no long be posting new content and the shop will eventually wind down and stop selling product. As you have probably observed, we haven’t been able to keep up with posting quality content, producing quality hats, running contests, and interacting with Clinkers in a way that a community like this one deserves. 

Hopefully you’ll understand how difficult this decision is for us. Clink has been a labor of love and has provided us with wonderful memories. We’ve made great friends, we’ve found incredible talent to help us out at Brandiose, and we’ve got to collaborate with incredible brands, designers, and artists. But hands-down, the best part of the past 5 years has been getting to know you Clinkers.

As you may know, Clink has always been a side project. Brandiose takes precedent in our working lives. When Brandiose was busy, Clink’s energy would wane. That rhythm was fine for the first few years of Clink. In the past couple years a few things changed that have made it clear it’s time to put Clink on the shelf. Three years ago Jason and I started Boomaphone, the app company that builds and manages MiLB’s Inside The Park. It has blossomed into a great business for us with exciting opportunities on the horizon. Opportunities that require more and more of our attention. The second development has been our growing families. In order to be the attentive husbands and fathers that we want to be, we can no longer work the late nights that Clink used to consume. In the early days, I would be up late into the night packing orders for the following day. Jason would be working on Shopify readying product for launch. Now, it’s more important to be home to read to our sons before bed.

Over the last few months, Jason and I had actually been working on plans to reboot Clink. With new investments, new talent to help with the workload, new technology, even a new business model. For a while, it looked promising and we got really excited about the potential new directions for the project. In the end, it never gathered the steam that we look for when starting something new. Disappointingly, excitement and planning only got us so far.

While Clink’s sales never broke records, Clink always turned a small profit. It was always self-sufficient and that does feel like an accomplishment. But when we reflect back on the last 5 years, we would have ran Clink for free due to all the unexpected benefits we’ve gained. Writing a blog post nearly every day improved my writing (or so my wife tells me). We learned a lot about retail (it’s a tough business). We built something from scratch with very little investment (shoutout to Shopify, WordPress, and Mail Chimp). We got a few new baddass clients and got to work with talented people at incredible companies (thanks Ian and Jamie). We connected and became friends with fantastic designers (big shout outs to Samm, Kai, Erik, Aaron, Efra, Kevin, Chris, T.J., Aussie Ryan, Martin, Tom, Danny, El Jeffe, Gyula, Jesse, Chad, Justin, Patrick, Jamal, Whittier, Nathan, Josh and many many more). We partnered with super talented people (thank you Nai, Strictly Fitteds, New Era Cap Talk, Nikki, CouldBe Studios, Mikhail, Juan-Carlos and Kixpo Crew, Jay, Paco, and Blaze) And we formed very close friendships and partnerships with the great folks over at Hat Club (we love you Paul, Steven, Ryan, Jon, and Ashley).

There’s a lot of loose ends to tie up, please be patient with us. If you email me with a specific question about some business that we still have left to sort out, I promise you we’ll do our best to resolve things.

You may be asking yourself… well if Clink presented you with all these benefits and you’d run Clink at a loss, why not just keep Clink going? To that, all I can say is when you know it’s time to shelf a project, you know. It’s time for Jason and I to concentrate on other opportunities.

As a final parting message to all our Clinkers out there, keep making awesome stuff, work on stuff that you love, we hope we inspired you guys with some of our behind the scenes stuff and stories. We hope you got a kick out of designing, purchasing, and wearing our unusual designs. Thank you for supporting Clink in all the ways that you have. We love and appreciate you all.

Kick this weekend’s ass Clinkers.

Jason & Casey

Clink X BP Mercenaries

We have a very exciting announcement Clinkers! For a limited time, when you guys buy a hat from the Clink Shop we’ll throw in a limited edition copy of The Clink Room X BP Mercenaries album (Yes, a whole album!) that includes 9 tracks of songs written and performed by BP Mercenaries, Blaze Rock and Pac0naut. These 2 Clinkers totally blew our mind when they sent over an entire album of songs inspired by the design work of Brandiose and Clinkers from around the World.

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I can’t thank Blaze and Paco enough for what they created. We just love the music and are truly flattered. Clinkers are the best!

PS. If you want to hear the album head over to the BP Mercenaries Band Camp. Be sure to check out BlazeRock.com as well!

Jetter Green X Hat Club

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Hey Clinkers! Check out one of our latest styles in the Clink shop. It’s a 5 panel strap back constructed with ripstop nylon and printed with our friend Jetter Green’s incredible artwork. The front of the hat is hit with an embossed black leather “Unequaled” patch. Take a look at more of Jetter’s work by heading over to JetterGreen.com and see Jetter’s work featured in the new Juxtapoz Psychedelic book. To grab one of these incredible works of art, head to the Clink Shop to get yours.

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Sklar Bros. Interview

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Today is the premiere of The Clink Room’s partnership with the Sklar Brothers’ podcast Sklarbro Country! Yes! We love Randy and Jason’s unusual mix of comedy, sports, positivity, and twin-ness. To celebrate our partnership with Randy and Jason, we interviewed them to get their take on sports uniforms.

Casey & Jason: Hey guys! We’re excited to be sponsoring Sklarbro Country & County! We love the Expos uniforms that you guys are rocking in your Twitter avatar! Do our eyes deceive us or are those blue pants?

Randy & Jason: Expos Uni’s were perfect for St. Louis. Wait, what? Still, we rocked them like the STL was an MTL and the rest is history. Check out or Mexican porn staches in our avatar shot. It’s enough to make a guy fly private.

Casey & Jason: When we were kids, we loved getting our new uniforms at the beginning of the Little League season. Do you have any memories of your Little League uniforms? Favorites? Least favorites?

Randy & Jason: Loved getting the new unis for the little league team. We had two great uniforms growing up: 1 we were the Landmark Bank Green Machine, sponsored by Landmark Bank with green satin jackets. We were ready to roller skate, bitches!!!! And the second we were the Royals, (again weird for St. Louis to be touting the Royals), but the blue satin jacket, and the Astro’s like blue rainbow up the uniform made this one our favorites. We wore the full uniform with cleats to school I believe. Good times. The worst one was when were sponsored by Sweet Dreams mattress store. The dull maroon with the Sweet Dreams on the back made us the least tough team in the history of little league.

Casey & Jason: We know you guys are Cardinals fans, they’ve got some great uniforms but they’re also a little nuts. Not one, but 2 birds on the front of the jersey! Any thoughts on the Cardinals’ looks over the years?

Randy & Jason: Love the Cardinals uniforms through the years. That logo brings up so much positive emotion. Just love it, in every incarnation. We have the throwback Oquendo jerseys from the 80’s and the logo is perfect. Two birds on a damn bat. Beat that! You can’t.

Casey & Jason: What are some of your favorite uniforms in baseball? Historically? Current?

Randy & Jason: Favorite uniforms of all time: 80’s powder blue Cardinals. 80’s padres, yellow or brown and orange: Astros gay friendly rainbow of fruit flavors early 80’s uniform and I’d say the Detroit Tigers from ’84, the orange, grey and navy. Classic, simple. The Pirate’s weird flat top, riverboat pinstriped hat from the late 70’s is close behind these, along with the Mariners from the 80’s. Favorite current uniforms: love the SF Giants, again, simple and classic, and kind of like the Washington Nationals. They have a bit of a Senators vibe going, which is nice.

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Casey & Jason: In your opinion, what sport has the best uniforms? Soccer, baseball, hockey?

Randy & Jason: This is tough the best uniforms come from which sport. There are great uniforms in every sport. I think baseball has the best. Football Jerseys were the best in the late 70’s, they’ve definitely gone the way of the zubaz pant as far as who they’re appealing to these days. Hockey, again, the old school hockey jerseys were phenomenal, but now you have teams like the Bluejackets and the Hurricanes and the Lightening, which ruin everything. And it’s always weird to see a dude wearing an NBA jersey at a game with no shirt underneath. LIke he thinks if everyone gets injured on the team or thrown out in a brawl, they’ll just look up in the stands, and see that he has his jersey on and ask him to come on down and finish out the game. It’s hard to wear a basketball jersey socially and have people take you seriously. Although, the old school Golden State Warriors and the Nuggets, gay friendly, rainbow jersey may be one of the greatest sports jerseys of all time. I think you have to give it to baseball.

Casey & Jason: If The Clink Room designed a hat for Sklarboro Country and County, what would it have to include? Samurai Swords and throwing stars?

Randy & Jason: If the Clink Room designed a hat for Sklarbro County, it would have two samurai Swords crossed over a waterfall full of handcuffs.

Casey & Jason: Alright, last question and it’s a shameless one. What are some of your favorite hats that we’ve got over in the Clink shop?

Randy & Jason: There are SO MANY hats that we love. The specificity with which you do what you guys do, makes us happy, literally makes us smile, which is why we feel connected to you guys. We do similar things, take serious pride in the smallest things about sport and from that comes happiness. Here are the hats of yours we truly love and there are a lot of them, so hold on to your hats, literally: The Iron Pigs, the Baybears, the Kong, the Pelicans, The Gold Dragon, Charlotte Knights, Asheville Tourists, Brooklyn Bridge, and the Lakeland Flying Tigers.

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Your product is so flipping cool, the hats are just flat out gangster and amazing an unique while still being classic. Great job…Love it. Thanks for the interview.

Thank you Sklars! Keep making work that inspires us! Clinkers, are you listening to Sklarbro Country? Listen here or on iTunes.

Sklarbro X The Clink Room

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It’s no secret that we love podcasts. For designers like us, it’s a perfect fit to be working while fascinating and funny people speak truth through your work day. One of our favorite podcasts is Sklarbro Country and County. Sklarbro is a unique mix of comedy and sports hosted by the Sklar Brothers. The Sklars are twin comedians out of L.A. by way of St. Louis. We love their iconic work and I know you’ve seen them in something. They’re everywhere. They have a new stand up special that’s hilarious and it’s available on iTunes and Netflix.

Starting tomorrow, The Clink Room will begin a three episode partnership with their podcast. We’re super excited to be supporting what they’re doing. To get ready for our first episode tomorrow, head into the archives and listen to episodes featuring guests like Jim Rome, and Will Farrell.

More about the Sklarbro X Clink partnership tomorrow!