Welcome To A New Interview In The T Shirt Brand Undressed Series.
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This week we have a cool new weekly t shirt site, who have tried something different with this cool new t shirt site.All the tees featured are hip hop influenced. This gives the site an edge over a lot of the daily/weekly tees sites as they cover geek/pop culture and a lot of these sites have fallen by the wayside as they have not chosen to be different unlike Patrick’s site.The designs thus far have been cool, so I am predicting a cool bright future for Pat and his main man!
Geek Shirts HQ welcomes My Main Man Pat
the latest t shirt brand to get undressed.
Can you start by giving some background about yourself?
Well, this probably comes as no surprise but my name is Patrick and I am a lifelong hip-hop head. In the last 15 years I’ve lived on numerous continents, worked/studied/volunteered in multiple fields, and have gone through more t-shirts than I can count.
About the only constant has been hip-hop, so I figured I’d try to make a business from it.
Where you are from?
Toronto, Canada, born/raised/currently occupying.
The Ruler T-Shirt
Why did you start a daily/weekly tee site instead of a ‘regular’ t-shirt brand?
That is a very interesting question, and one that I still struggle with. I started seeing the pop-up concept in the brick and mortar world around 2008, and the concept really spoke to me not only from a business perspective, but also because I get bored so easily.
I love the fact that I am looking at new artwork every week and connecting with a new set of people.
Also, from an operations standpoint I did not want to be carrying a ton of inventory and overhead, so placing orders once a week definitely simplifies things.
Where did you get the name My Main Man Pat?
Ha-ha, well, I think I originally got the idea from Ali G…he would also take about his Main Man Ricky C from Staines and I just started introducing all my friends as such.
When I started this site, I wanted to hang my hat on offering the best customer service in online retail, so the name kind of fit.
Dropping Science T-Shirt
Can you tell me more about the brand My Main Man Pat?
Our motto, and the driving force behind the company is connecting hip-hop fans with hip-hop fans who love art.
The quality of artwork being created that is hip-hop inspired constantly amazes me, and in my opinion is vastly underappreciated.
I try to give my artists a platform to sell their artwork on a household staple, while spending the majority of my days connecting their work with those who are as passionate about the music as I am.
What makes My Main Man Pat different from other similar daily/weekly tee shirt sites? What is your USP?
Wow Asim, you are taking me back to my university days on this one. I like to believe there are several.
Most importantly, the shirts you see on my site will not be found anywhere else and are truly limited edition.
My customers have really responded to the knowledge that they are often the only one in their hometowns with our shirts (just ask Mr-Dex).
As far as I am aware, there are no other hip-hop clothing lines that use our pop-up model, and the fact that our shirts are sold for just $20 CAD (a little less than £ 13) inclusive of free worldwide shipping offers unmatched value to our customers, particularly those in Europe and the UK.
Back In Business T-Shirt
How does a designer get to feature their design on your site?
It’s a pretty simple process, just hit us up at email@example.com with some concepts you’re thinking of and we take it from there.
Most of the information needed as far as artwork goes is on our submit page, and I have a fashion intern that helps me make the final call on what goes up in a given week.
As I mentioned looking at new artwork is one of my favourite parts of the job, so I encourage any fans with an idea to get in touch!
Who are your favourite designers that hope to feature on your site?
Well, that kind of sounds like a trap question so I’ll answer it in two parts.
We’ve been very fortunate to have featured the works of 17 very talented artists over our 9 weeks and are very grateful to all of them.
You can find more of their work by checking out our pintrest page. That said, some of the guys who inspired the idea of the site but I’ve yet to be able to convince to post include Oscar Wilson, Jay Roeder , and Chris Piascik….I hope they read your blog!
As a brand how much importance to you put on marketing on social media sites such as Twitter or Facebook?
Well, I’ll be the first to admit I’m not always the most “social” guy, so at first I viewed really viewed social media as a necessary evil.
However, I have realized there really is no greater tool to connect with your customers, fans of the music, and artists, and it has become a critical aspect to the business and I’ve come to really enjoy it.
I mean, there really is no better way to connect to your core audience than getting vouched for by the likes of De La Soul or Slick Rick.
Where do you see yourself in 10 years both for yourselves and your business?
Well, I certainly haven’t had much time to think this far ahead, but I definitely hope My Main Man Pat will be a mainstay in the hip-hop fans weekly web routine.
Personally I just hope to continue to exploring new places, meeting new people, and listening to great music.
Beats, Rhymes & Life T-Shirt
When getting your apparel printed what is the process that you prefer?
I am a screen printer through and through. You can probably tell from the designs I put up I am a bit of an old-soul, and to me sublimation and heat presses will never match the quality and endurance a high quality screen print offers.
What brands of apparel do you prefer to print on?
I print on the Gildan 6400 as much as possible.
After experimenting with a few blanks in my initial weeks, the overwhelming response from my customers was the fit and feel of the 6400, it was a pretty easy choice. There have been two instances where I had to go with a heavier weight tee to get the blank colour that complimented the design best, but this is definitely my preferred blank.
Ice Cream T-Shirt
What would a customer expect when ordering a product from you?
One thing I definitely strive for is a personal experience. I’ve studied the other daily/weekly sites out there and the one thing they pretty much all miss on is that personal touch.
You place your order, get some generic email, and several weeks later a shirt arrives that you forgot you had even ordered.
I try to connect with each of my customers on a personal level, let them know as soon as their item is shipped, and truly hope you are MORE excited the day you receive your shirt as when you first saw the design.
What happens after a customer places an order? When will they receive their tee?
Once an order is placed, you will get a confirmation email that lets you know when your shirt will be printed and shipped.
We try to print all of our designs within 5 days of the sale closing, but there have been instances when it’s taken an extra day or two to get the print nailed.
I send them out the day their printed, and shoot each customer a personal note to let them know they have been shipped and how long it will take for the shirt to arrive.
If we could swim them over faster we would, but Canada Post usually takes 7-8 business days to ship outside of Canada/US.
Anyone you want to give a shout out to?
BRNK, Zombie Media, Mark13, Steven Parra Jr., Mark Kennedy, Alan J. Thatcher, Ready2Rumbl, Maikeru, Wellesley Williams, RJ Artowrk, Ellen Voorheis, Brett Beusher, Josh Hann, Cruz1, Jinshira, Sei Shimura and all those designers who have submitted great work but we’ve yet to be able to upload.
Is there anything else you want to add?
Many thanks to Asim and the crew at Geek Shirts for the exposure. I love the blog and it has been a very pleasant and professional experience start to finish in speaking with you.
Where is the best place to find your designs and buy some of your shirts? And of course get in contact with you
www.mymainmanpat.com, and I would appreciate any and all feedback from your readers who can reach me directly at Patrick@mymainmanpat.com.