Welcome to Geek Shirts HQ T Shirt Brand Undressed, where we strip the brand down to the bare essentials to really get to know them.
This week we have Crazy Dog T-Shirts, a brand born out of Rochester, NY.
Crazy Dog T-Shirts has a large range of cool humorous t shirts. A brand that is not settling for second best and always striving to do better.
Crazy Dog T-Shirts has a mixture of cool custom designs and licenced t shirts. This is a t shirt vendor that has some of the most original tees I have seen at an affordable price.
Geek Shirts HQ welcomes Crazy Dog T-Shirts, the latest brand to get undressed!
I heard when not running Crazy Dog, Bill (the owner) has a fetish for watching Scooby Snax, this gives him the drive and get up and go to run his online empire. Personally, energy drinks do it for me!
The team behind Crazy Dog T-Shirts like to work hard and and play even harder, so when they are not working hard at Crazy Dog Shirts, they are often going away for weekends in Syria to play a little Dodgeball.
Guy's that is not a ball! its ticking put it down and get away as quick as possible! We have an interview to finish!
Who are the people behind Crazy Dog T-Shirts clothing? Can you start by giving some background about yourself? Where you are from? Who creates the designs? How did you get into shirt design?
Our owner and fearless leader Bill Kingston actually created Crazy Dog T-shirts as a project for an e-commerce class in college, left it up online and found to his surprise that the site to this day has never stopped taking orders!
Several years, lots of hard work and many, many Mountain Dews later, Bill and his wife Brie run the operation out of a 7,000 square foot warehouse in the quirky cool Neighbourhood of the Arts in Rochester, NY – home of Genesee Beer, Garbage Plates, and a really nice water reservoir.
Our team of 10 belligerent – err, that is, creative – employees all work hard together to make customers’ t-shirt dreams come true every day, and we all spend time brainstorming fun new designs every week to keep the website’s variety and selection as fresh as possible.
We know that sometimes the ideas sound funnier in our heads than they really are, but our philosophy is throw it out there and see what people like.
We love getting feedback from our customers on Facebook and Twitter, so we get our customers involved in the process too! Like the time they told us that the shirt with mistletoe at the bottom, right above the belt line, was a bad idea for a Christmas shirt, and would land us on Santa’s Naughty List. We still think that might have been a good one, but oh well…
To mix up the offerings, we also wholesale licensed designs from popular movies like The Hangover, TV shows like its Always Sunny in Philadelphia, and other cultural phenomena like Chuck Norris. Add to that our full line of men’s and women’s Halloween costumes, and we have something for everyone!
"This past New Years I stopped at a friends house to say hi and eat some snacks but ended up there till 3am.  We played Boys vs Girls Flip Cup and pretended like we were real cool by chanting the Flipadelphia ditty during play."
 Where did you get the name Crazy Dog T-Shirts clothing?
The real answer is that Bill pulled it out of his ass! He needed to name the website for his class project, and that’s the first thing that came to mind. Dick Teez was a close second, but we all think it’s for the best that he went with the first one.
It all worked out perfectly, because now Bill and Brie’s trusty Shih-Tzu Maltese named Rocco greets all of our customers at the door when they come in for custom shirts.
When people ask if he’s the “Crazy Dog” the company was named for, sometimes we say yes, sometimes we tell them the real story, and sometimes we joke that the company was supposed to be called Dick Teez, but that the FDA wouldn’t allow it. Okay, we don’t really say the last part – especially since the FDA has nothing to do with t-shirts.
"Inspired by music lovers everywhere, our new Headphones tshirt depicts classic headphones resting over your shoulders.  The Headphones t shirt is printed on a heather grey shirt with black ink for a vintage look and feel".
Can you tell me more about the brand Crazy Dog T-Shirts clothing?
We are the number one source online for funny t-shirts that help you stand out and get noticed. Our brand is all about being outside the box, fun and quirky – we live that every day, and we think it is reflected in our shirt designs and our approach to doing business.
What process do you follow when designing a shirt?
Taking inspiration from pop culture, silly YouTube videos, prehistoric hijinks, and stupid things that the crazy guy who wanders around outside our office says, our in-house graphic design team will do “magics” as our communications guy Pete says, and turn them into funny, cool t-shirts on the site.
We don’t mind rolling the dice every once in a while and taking a chance on a design that might be too out there, or not quite a hit – you never know what’s going to take off and what will be a dud, so why not try it out either way?
We like taking a gamble every now and then. In fact, if we weren’t making t-shirts every day, we’d probably be making a living gambling at casinos, the racetrack, so either way we’d be making money, but at least people get the benefit of looking snazzy in our funny shirts this way!
"Chuck Norris isn't to happy when people don't buy his gear and Walker Texas Ranger might come after you"
When getting your apparel printed what is the process that you prefer?
We produce all of our original designs and custom apparel right here in-house.
The majority of the shirts are screen-printed, but we also have a direct-to-garment printer that allows for efficient, more cost-effective printing of any designs beyond 6-colors, as well as one-offs, so we can print any order, whether it’s 1 shirt or 1,000 shirts with the same degree of ease for our customers.
What brands of apparel do you prefer to print on?
Right now we are big fans of a brand called Next Level. They create really high quality, super soft shirts that give you a nice vintage fit and feel. Their heathered tri-blend styles are extremely popular with our customers right now, and we do a lot of distressed designs that give the shirt that look of an actual vintage tee.
I’m pretty sure we could even print a hobo playing a xylophone for nickels by a street corner on one of those tees, and it would still sell well – hey, actually, that’s not a bad idea! Wait, yes, yes it is.
"It's the Honey Badger t shirt, the most feared animal on earth.  The Honey Badger shirt is printed on Black Ink on a soft heather gray tee in Mens and Womens styles, but do you think Honey Badger cares about that?  No way!"
What makes Crazy Dog Shirts different from other Apparel Vendors? What is your USP?
We have such an incredible mix of capabilities that very few, if any, other shirt retailers can boast: we sell hundreds of our own designs, the funniest licensed tees, and brand new Halloween costumes every year, and on top of that, we are a full service custom apparel printer too.
Where else can customers go to buy a funny shirt for them or for a gift, and have shirts printed up for their business or event. We try to be a “one-stop” shop for anything and everything t-shirt related!
What’s coming next for Crazy Dog T-Shirts?
We have done a lot of research in the past year regarding the user experience on www.crazydogtshirts.com.
So what’s happening now is we are in the midst of a complete overhaul of the website – creating a sleeker, more eye-catching interface for the customer, that’s also more efficiently laid out and overall leads to a more enjoyable user experience. This is happening concurrently with a transition to a new back-end store management system, so we are doing everything we can to improve all facets of the website.
"Do you know the right combination to get your daily dose of bacon?  Scientists agree it can really help boost your metabolism! Over one hundred elements, and this combination of 3 this is our favorite, not to mention tastiest!  This Bacon Tshirt is printed on a soft maroon tee with white lettering, starting your morning off right!"
Where do you see yourself in 10 years both for yourselves and your business?
Basically we feel that if we’re not improving some aspect of our company every day – whether it’s the website itself, our customer service, our custom apparel printing procedure – and then we’re moving backwards.
Constant improvement is what we’re after, and it doesn’t necessarily take a huge blueprint or map to success or five year plan, it’s more like, let’s see what one or two or five things we can do better today? And then we do them better!
To quote Doc Brown: “Roads? Where we’re going, we don’t need roads…”
But if you want a more specific answer – Pete sees himself 5 lbs. lighter. Seriously, he loses a pound every six months. It’s really weird because he’s super unhealthy. But if nature continues to take its course, he will be 5 lbs. lighter and presumably much more aerodynamic.
What would a customer expect when ordering a product from you?
Our unique original designs help our customers express their individuality through the t-shirts they wear, and we work hard to make sure each and every customer is completely satisfied by their experience with us.
With the licensed tees, we seek out and hand-select the best humorous, pop culture and vintage t-shirts, Halloween costumes and other novelty t-shirts in the hopes that we can provide something from everyone, covering a wide range of tastes and personalities. Nobody offers this type of selection, plus the original designs and custom t-shirt services like we do.
We have fun every single day doing what we do, and we hope that our t-shirts help our customers do the same!
Geek Shirts HQ: "This is one of my favorite t shirts from the Crazy Dog Shirts range"
Anyone you want to give a shout out to?
There is another local t-shirt printer here in Rochester that we are a huge fan of right now – Sharp Shirter! His designs are super cool, and even though they are very different than ours, we love his sense of humor and share the same goal of spreading joy and happiness through the art of printing t-shirts. Check it out here!
Is there anything else you want to add?
Stay in school kids! You never know what might happen if you do – you may even end up accidentally starting a massively successful t-shirt company!!
Oh, that and bacon – always add extra bacon to everything.
Where is the best place to find your designs and buy some of your shirts? And of course get in contact with you
Thank you for a really cool interview. If you have not checked out Crazy Dog Shirts you can head on over to their website and check out some of their tees
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