Today on day seven of the 12 Days of Christmas #WishList; We bring you an interview and showcase of the works of online t-shirt store Angry Mongo. We recently got a chance to talk to the man behind the brand, Mike and I discuss who Angry Mongo are, why are they so angry? and What their #WishList for Christmas is in 2010.
Hi Mike, It’s great to introduce yourself to the Design Juices readers. Why don’t you tell us how Angry Mongo came together and what you bring to the world of online t-shirts.
Thanks for having me. Angry Mongo was born out of a failed business idea for a website. It’s a long boring story. In the end, I was looking to be able to express my insane pop culture rants and musings while making some extra money on the side. As to what I bring to the world of online t-shirts? Mongo brings nothing to the table. I’m just trying to give people a look at the world of pop culture and life, in a humorous way. I also want to promote the idea that anybody can start an online business and be successful if they really want to and I try to help them do that.
You sell your designs over several online POD stores, such as Zazzle and Cafepress; What would you describe as the main benefits in using the online pod stores?
At the end of the day, I still have a full time job outside of this gig. I wanted to prove to myself that I could be successful with as little overhead as possible and without devoting 40+ hours a week to it. Outside of what I pay for my CafePress Premium shop and basic Internet access, I have minimal costs. Online POD stores afford me the ability to not have to worry about things like inventory, shipping, security of ordering, and a host of other things an independent outfit has to take into account. Of course, the downside is control over branding, usage, and my identity among a sea of POD designers, but that’s the price I pay for keeping my bottom line so low.
Is Mongo always angry? and How did this unique name come about for you?
Mongo is always angry about something. Actually, I try to be very easy going, but I admit I get cranky from time to time. Mongo came about because I can be a clutz. Think of a bull in a china shop with all the dexterity of an oven mitt. Fine manipulation skills elude me sometimes. To go with that imagery, I was torqued off one day about a movie remake and sort of just voiced this monosyllabic stream of consciousness that resulted in the phrase, Mongo Angry! Mongo Smash! It was just sort of a pop culture cry of frustration against the way Hollywood seems to love destroying my childhood memories. My blog rants gave way to shirt designs and it was all downhill from there.
How has 2010 been for Angry Mongo tees? Is this a breakout year? or do you expect bigger and better things in the future?
As far as sophomore efforts go, 2010 has been fantastic. I don’t think it’s a breakout year, unless I end up quitting tomorrow. I’m still relatively under the radar. Last December set the bar very high and I’m hoping to do just as well if not better this year. I know I’ve put a lot more work into the social media aspect and I attribute the bulk of 2010’s success to being a part of the design and t-shirt community. You all have made it very easy to learn to walk. I’m limited by my own laziness and fears of failure so, to have come this far, in such a short time, is pretty exciting and humbling at the same time.
Will Angry Mongo being doing anything special for Christmas and New years?
Apart from being involved with this giveaway, which I really do thank you all for letting me play your reindeer games, I plan on having another giveaway like I did for Halloween. I gave away some pretty cool, non shirt stuff, like movies and signed autographs from horror movie actors and I have plans to do the same for Christmas. By New Years, I ought to be wrecked, so maybe I’ll take a nap.
Complete this sentence: “All i want for christmas is…”
“All i want for christmas is… a very special person to be with us again.”
I have to explain that a little. My wife lost her mother this year and the world has been a little dimmer since. Christmas was her mother’s favorite holiday and I just want my wife to be able to enjoy it this year. Hey, way to end it on a downer. Ok, I’ll be here all week, folks. Tip your waiters.
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Thanks to Mike of Angry Mongo, for talking his time out with this interview today. Tomorrow we will be interviewing and featuring Othello Industries and Rizzo Tees. #WishList
Don’t forget to enter the second part of our #WishList giveaway with some photo fun, which will be judged by Jason Sadler of I Wear Your Shirt.
Special thank you to Greg Wilson of @Your_Say on twitter, for event social media consultation.
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