Welcome To The Latest Geek Shirts HQ T Shirt Brand Undressed Interview
….Where we try to uncover what really goes on behind the t shirt brands.
Here is a brand who video games influences can be seen everywhere in their brand from their logo to their packaging. And of course their designs.
A brand that exudes quality using the finest quality t shirts, inks and bespoke packaging that is unique to Godmode.
Geek Shirts welcomes Godmode Clothing………..The Latest T Shirt Brand To Get Undressed
Who are the people behind Godmode? Can you start by giving some background about yourself? Where you are from? Who creates the designs?
First off, I’d like to say thank you for having us. It’s pretty cool that you'd like to hear our ramblings!
Godmode is administrated by Chris and Yousef.
We belong to a small, two man occupation force located in both the Boston area and NYC. Having been friends for about 8 years, we even have matching friendship bracelets and occasionally finish each other’s sentences.
My background is mostly shrouded in lies and deceit, however what I can tell you honestly is that I’m a former redundant computer tinkerer, photographer, and thrall of the entrepreneurial spirit.As of late, I spend most of my time driving the creative force of Godmode, laughing at YouTube videos, lurking websites, listening to philosophy, and dealing unsuccessfully with a horrible/glorious Skyrim mod addiction.
Supremely competitive gamer and accomplished internet troll. I primarily handle business related ventures and management and keeping Chris' absurd mind in check, while simultaneously antagonizing him to become more weird.
As far as the designs go, Chris created some unreleased tees, "Overpowered" and "Godmode Prime" (as Yousef looked on making reassuring nods accompanied with sustained hums of approval), but everything else was handled by contracted professionals. Thus far, we’ve had the pleasure of working with Karen Hallion, Suffoca, Peachbeach, Travis Lampe (unreleased), and Timba Smits.
Though, we thoroughly enjoy making ridiculous photoshops, videos, pictures and music, we prefer to have real artists do the heavy lifting. Despite the fact that this company is mostly fun and games, we do have high standards when it comes to quality.
This cool designed was created by Karen Hallion
How did you get into shirt design?
Chris worked in the tee industry for a number of years as a computer nerd, working in nearly every aspect of the business. After finding himself unemployed, Chris realized he had most of the skill sets needed to run an independent brand without actually competing with his former employer.
It feels good to no longer hang from the teat of someone else's achievements and managing to find your own path. But successfully starting and administering a company alone is not an easy thing, and thus enter The Yousef.
What process do you follow when designing a shirt?
Generally speaking we play a lot of video games, sometimes under the influence to get an unbiased perspective, make fun of said video games, perform dark rituals, and then the ideas are syphoned into our consciousness from other dimensions. Some people refer to this as brainstorming but that's far too cerebral.
Where did you get the name Godmode?
Traditionally Godmode refers to the classic invulnerability cheat, but to us it means so much more. It’s about being so good at something that people think you’re cheating.
Everyone has these Godmode moments where they don’t even know how they pulled something off (Think Bruce Willis in every film he's ever been in). We prefer to live in that realm.
Each shirt of this design is tagged with a color coded rarity. 60% of the stock is Uncommon, 30% Rare, 9% Epic, and less than 1% Unique.
Can you tell me more the brand Godmode? What makes Godmode different from other Apparel Vendors? What is your USP?
Godmode spends an inordinate amount of time and resources attempting to reach the highest level of quality within our financial scope.
We hire our favourite artists, produce excessively detailed packaging, and spare no expense when it comes to the fabric, inks, processes, and materials we use.
We think a lot of people are thrown off by this. Most gaming tee companies follow the standard throwaway tee route. We don’t want to sell a 10 dollar tee, we want to provide an experience.
Each Godmode shirt is contained in a painstaking recreation of the NES packaging, and is tagged just like loot drops from various RPGs.
Godmode Clothing Packaging
60% of our shirts are tagged Uncommon, 30% Rare, 9% Epic, and less than 1% the glorious Unique.These Unique shirts are quite literally one of a kind, due to alternate art, different colour-ways, and print processes like colour changing ink or glow in the dark, etc.If you open your Godmode box and find a unique shirt, you are the only person in the world with that variation.Each shirt is packed up, randomized, and sent out without knowing which rarity is in the box.It’s like blind box toys for t-shirt heads.
What’s coming next for Godmode?
We’re aware that some people don’t really care about rarity or packaging. They just want to buy a shirt, and we respect that.
We’re working on releasing a second type of Godmode shirt called a Common. There’s no rarity table, packaging or limited numbers, just a straight up ultra-high quality tee that costs less to produce, therefore coming in at a lower price point. This is a direct result of customer feedback.
However, don’t mistake the lower price point for lower quality, we plan on using all the same ingredients, arcane sacraments, and spirits we normally use in their production.
Where do you see yourself in 10 years both for yourselves and your business?
We just want success for everyone involved.
Ideally, we’d like a small warehouse/office in a beautiful suburb, filled with a small team of highly motivated, well paid friends/employees, who love their job, life, and family.
We don’t really want Godmode to expand to the point where there’s too many people and problems.
We just want it to be a relaxed, fun filled, hardworking, environment that no one wants to leave.
We would like to venture into a wider range of apparel at some point (Wizards robes are a must), but obviously keeping the shirts the bread and butter. Or beer and cigarette, if you're so inclined.
Designed by Suffoca
How much importance do you place on Facebook Twitter and similar sites when marketing your brand?
Facebook and Twitter are great for interacting with people, but that’s as far as it should really go. Using social networks as an advertising platform seems to just annoy most people.
Growing up in this environment, many people have learned to tune out the constant flow of advertising that follows us everywhere.
I place more importance on genuine interest in the brand, whether it’s a site like this that chats with us, or someone telling their friends how awesome their Godmode shirt is. It’s all about word of mouth.
When getting your apparel printed what is the process that you prefer?
Whatever process gets the job done best. It’s truly dependent upon the design.
We tend to avoid using plastisols, but sometimes you can’t get around it. I suppose I prefer when the design seems as though it’s part of the shirt itself, such that you can run your hand across it and it feels ingrained in the fabric.
What brands of apparel do you prefer to print on?
American Apparel is really nice. They’re USA made, high quality, smooth, and very recognizable when it comes to sizing.
AA is the standard for a nice tee, and many people know how it fits before buying one of our shirts. The blank shirt alone tends to be more expensive than most printed tees, but the quality and longevity is well worth it.
Most feedback we get about the fabric is that people love the soft, strong feel of it and Yousef uses the shirts exclusively for pillow covers.
Designed by Peachbeach
What would a customer expect when ordering a product from you?
Quick order processing, quick shipping, excellent quality, superb packaging. Perhaps a hand-written, perfumed love letter, we've sent a few of those.
Anyone you want to give a shout out to?
We'd like to say thanks to Steph (aka Nibbler), Henrog, our families (Hi mum), Parker, Peter, Farrah, Ricky, Shirt Greg, Packaging Greg, and Chuckie Earle.
And of course geek shirts. Those guys are the best.
Who are your favourite designers and/or brands?
Favourite brands at the moment are Actual Pain, Supreme, Burberry, Levi's, and Carhartt.
Who are your influences?
Samuel Ichiye Hayakawa, Terry Gillaim, Nana, Zack de la Rocha, Ekhart Tolle, J.R.R. Tolkien, Aleister Crowley, Han Solo, Mike Krahulik, Roger the Alien, David Icke, Jerry Holkins, Douglas Adams, and Mike Giant, Yousef Debs.
Is there anything else you want to add? Where is the best place to find your designs and buy some of your shirts? And of course get in contact with you
Thanks for taking the time!
The best place to find us is at www.godmodeclothing.com
In fact if it's not your homepage within 36 hours let's just say you won't have the option to change your home page anymore.
Yousef can be found in person on the corner of 9th ave and 36th Street between the hours of 11pm and 3am Fri-Sun.