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Self-promo? Sort of.

Mattmade Skull on Wall
Mattmade Skull on Wall

I’ve made myself quite a few Mattmade branded garments, and the typical responses I get are…

  • “Woah, your name is Matt, and that says Mattmade…Crazy coincidence!”
  • “Do you just like make your own shirts?”
  • “What is that like your own company or something?”

Although they’re all sort of accurate, I’d like to explain. Someone actually thought that all I did was sell shirts with my name on it, and that’s all that I sold (Some people have purchased Mattmade branded stuff, and thank you!). If you’ve been following along, that’s not all that I print. Some folks don’t realize that I made custom shirts for other people.

I do make a lot of different Mattmade shirts for myself, and it’s not because I want to self-promote myself. When I see a new garment that I feel buyers would be interested in, I order in a sample of it for myself and test out the print first. I found that the easiest (and least wasteful) way to test new apparel is to make myself a new shirt! So I designed a “cooler” version of my logo for my testing. For simple prints, I use this guy here…

Mattmade Skulls logo

I’ve tossed that on hoodies, tanks, tees and even die cut vinyls, all things I’d test for production.

Recently, I’ve expanded my print capabilities (more on that another day), so I’ve created a more detailed design to not only test new garments but how detailed logos hold up on these garments.

New Distressed Halftone Mattmade Skulls Logo

When I create something for someone, I want the confidence in knowing that I’m providing a decent product, and making something that I’ll wear, is a fun way to do it.

Although these logos don’t represent Mattmade as a brand (I sell a lot of fun baby clothes), these skulls resemble something that I’d wear, so it makes testing new garments and techniques more enjoyable. And yes, it does create a conversation that leads to self-promo and that’s cool too.


It’s pretty sweet being able to put just about anything on a t-shirt. With a lil help, we’d like to introduce a new way to showcase artwork on a t-shirt, but you could toss a drawing on just about anything. Just watch the video and enjoy.

These would be awesome for occasions like:

  • Mother’s Day
  • Father’s Day
  • Birthday
  • Valentine’s Day
  • Christmas
  • Honestly, any occasion.

Better idea…How about YOU tell ME how you wanna run with this, that might be easier! All I need is a clear scan or photo of a drawing, I clean it up and boom, it’s ready to get on a shirt. Costs vary based on size or print and style of shirt.

For more deets on how to get artwork on a t-shirt, send me an email!

I Got a Nintendo Switch

Nintendo Switch
Nintendo Switch

Why the Switch made sense for me

I don’t play as many games as I used to, but instead of loading up my phone with a stack of games with “in-app purchases”, I figured I’d strip my phone down a lil bit and grab a Switch. There’s more to it though…

I traded in my PlayStation 4

Since I don’t game as much, I decided it was time to cut my losses with my PS4 and trade ‘er in. I was able to stack a good trade-in value along with a Nintendo Switch promo for a sweet deal on a new Switch. I ended up paying $156 (taxes in) for the Switch, Mario Kart and a few extras after the trade-in. Not a bad deal at all.

Nintendo doesn’t stream TV

I had a few decent games for PS4, but I mostly used it to stream Netflix, Prime & Plex TV. So when I wanted to watch a show, I had to turn on my PS4, log in, go to my TV apps and then away I go. The Switch doesn’t do any of that, so instead of using my Chromecast that would tie up my device on streaming, I went ahead and picked up an Amazon TV Fire Stick to deal with the streaming, and dang, it’s way easier than using my PS4, no regrets.

I travel sometimes

Whether it’s just going to visit fam, or taking a work trip, being able to put down a book and play some mindless games totally works for me.

The Nintendo Switch is just awesome

Nintendo did an amazing job at making such a versatile system. Taking it on the road, docking it on your television, it’s pretty amazing. Now, I know I probably don’t fit in Nintendo’s target market for these, but they’ve sold me.

To celebrate, I’ve revised an Etsy Listing

The “Player Set” is a popular Etsy listing of mine, where you can customize which controllers you’d like to have on your shirts. These sets have been popular for dad and babies, however, I’ve made them for couples and siblings too! I’ve added a new option where you can add in Nintendo Switch controllers and instead of using the 8-bit font, I have a Nintendo-inspired font. If you love Nintendo Switch and have a player 2 in mind, check it out!

The rest of my matching sets

I Forgot How To Draw


When I was younger, I drew a lot. I owe a bit of that to being left-handed, I think because it was awkward trying to play sports. I didn’t really have any of my own equipment and my friends’ stuff was usually right handed. No matter, I kept busy other ways and drawing was a heavy past time.

I drew lots up to the age of about 14 or 15 when skateboarding sort of took more of my time, and by then, most of my drawing was on a computer. Now, drawing is a lost art to me, and I want to bring it back.

I recently hopped online to look at drawing tutorials and thanks to so many free resources, I’m going to fast track getting some of it back!

Drawing sparks creativity

When you draw, you can create anything, and when you can create anything, you get creative. When you get creative, awesome things happen.

Back to the drawing board, literally

If I’m going to be able to draw again, I need to relearn the fundamentals and sketch often. I’m going to use my tablet for this and challenge myself by drawing as often as I can.

End goal

I’d like to be able to use more of my drawings in personal projects and incorporate more my work in my Etsy shop items. It feels incredibly good when you’ve finished a piece of work that is 100% yours and even more so when others love it too. I want more of that.