The Constant Process of Self-Discovery


Recently, I was asked about my first tattoo, a scorpion sitting on a rock. The tattoo represents both my horoscope sign (which I identify with on a casual basis), and also as the protagonist in the parable, The Scorpion and the Frog. A scorpion and a frog meet on the bank of a stream.  The scorpion asks the frog to carry him across on its back. The frog asks, "How do I know you won't sting me?" The scorpion says, "because if I sting you while you cross the stream, surely I shall drown ." The frog is satisfied, and they set out. But in midstream, the scorpion stings the frog. The frog feels the onset of paralysis and starts to sink, but has just enough time to gasp "Why? Now you shall surely drown!" The scorpion replies: "Because it is my nature." [source] A dark tale about morality and impulse, but one that I resonate with a lot. So many times in my life I have ventured out into new territory, trying to find a new way to approach situations because the "old way" is boring, but … [Read more...]

Branding and Packaging Expertise with Katrina Luong

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Love the show? Subscribe and Rate it in iTunes today! If you've been listening to this show for sometime now, you know that one of the things I've talked about on many occasions is how creative business owners who sell products can improve their overall aesthetic in the eyes of their customers by putting some strong effort into their packaging design. Instead of tossing your item into a padded Tyvek envelope, how about going the extra effort to create a memorable experience for the customer as they engage with your products? This is exactly why I decided to bring my friend Katrina Luong of The Yellow Loft onto the show. Katrina is a branding and packaging design specialist, and because we have been talking branding for some time now, it's about time you got the straight-dope from on of my favorite local designers; someone who really knows their stuff when it comes to packaging. Things I Discuss With Katrina Luong The importance of branding Why layering within packaging is … [Read more...]

Janine Vangool of Uppercase Magazine Can Do Anything!


Please rate and subscribe to the show in iTunes I'm warning you all ahead of time, I will definitely be soaking our guest with compliments this entire episode. Well, maybe not the entire episode, but quite often, to which I'm worried it got a little uncomfortable. I promise, no flirting at all. However, I am stoked to have today's guest featured on the Fresh Rag Show today because she is someone that I have admired from a distance for awhile because of the work she does, and it was only a matter of time before I got her here. Janine Vangool is the publisher, editor, designer and founder of Uppercase Magazine, one of my top favorite independent mags, and it's fair to say that she is responsible for starting a trend in independent lifestyle magazines. It was only after her that I found some of my other favorite magazines, and I'm a happier consumer of paper goods because of Janine. Uppercase Magazine isn't something you would normally expect a strapping, burly dude like myself to … [Read more...]

Aaron Draplin Loves You—Hates Kid Rock!


If you enjoy this episode, subscribe and rate in iTunes Today is a momentous day because I'm talking with one of my design heroes. It seems weird to consider someone who is a peer a hero, but I appreciate Aaron Draplin for all he does, and that goes beyond the scope of his design skill. Aaron has a gift for telling it exactly as he sees it, and whether that's him edifying Kid Rock, or embracing the greater aspects of Americana and punk rock, you know whatever you hear during this interview is 100% genuine Draplin, and we wouldn't have it any other way... even with all the F-Bombs. Pre-Rollin I've opened the doors for pre-order on my program, Life After Christmas. This training is all about helping you build a sustainable, year-round business that become impervious to the sway of seasonal sales fluctuations. Relative Links Life After Christmas! Draplin Design Co Field Notes Notebooks Music - Side FX by Denetia & Sene Rate and Subscribe to the Show … [Read more...]

How Downton Abbey Can Change Your View on Business

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When it comes to serialized television, I'm a little slow to the take. In my house, we don't have traditional cable anymore, opting for streaming services only, so when people are talking about the next hot television series, I'm pretty much out of the loop. I'm always a season or two behind on Mad Men and Sons of Anarchy, I haven't finished Breaking Bad yet, and finally binged watched all seven seasons of Californication in the last few weeks. As you can assume, I don't get to excited about the new stuff unless it's House of Cards or Orange is the New Black, because those I can watch in real time. I'd heard people talking about Downton Abbey for awhile, but I just didn't feel the need to get into it. I have never been big on period pieces unless it was a Western, and the British aristocracy stuff made my butt clinch, so Downton had a hard row to hoe if it was going to win me over. I found myself at a weak point, and I started to watch it one night. The first episode was ok, … [Read more...]

Tara Gentile – Fresh From the Vault


Digging deep into the archives today with this one, but still one of the best conversations I've had with anyone about creative business. Today, I'm sharing my chat with creative business specialist, Tara Gentile, and aside from the original gangster audio quality of this episode, I think you'll enjoy this one quite a bit. Tara Gentile is blowing up with, among other things, her deep immersion classes on Creative Live, one of which I going through right now, and like those courses, Tara brings a legitimacy to doing business online that a lot of would-be business coaches can't touch. So, enjoy this throwback and absorb the awesome. I promise, you will walk away smarter. I did, and this is my second time around. Relative Links Life After Christmas Pre-Order Tara Gentile's home base Tara on Creative Live Music - Jogalong by Rozi Plain Rate and Subscribe to the Fresh Rag Show Sign up for juicy stuff right in your inbox … [Read more...]