Thanks for the feedback, abbiegrrl! Yea, thats my friend Jeff, the goof. He had alot of fun posing! What was confusing on the main page - the categories being up at the top of the page? Should we move them to another spot on the page?
Hey! My husband and I just launched our website....It's a mixture of vintage, used, and reconstructed items. I was wondering if I could get some feedback - on the items, photos, prices, website...etc? Thanks so much! Here's the link:
Lots of Cranberry juice and kiwi fruit. I heard that kiwi has the highest amount of vitamin c of any fruit, and ever since then we eat lots of kiwi when we're sick. Seems like we're feeling better quicker than we used to, but maybe its just me. Super hot Thai food works wonders for colds and runny noses, too.
I agree with Emilyflew that Special Effects seems to work much better and is longer lasting than Manic Panic. Another tip: The trick to making any unnatural color last is "baking it in". Let the dye set in your hair for an hour or so, and then take a hair dryer or a curling iron you don't mind destroying to it. Heat your hair until it is crispy and dry (it does hurt your scalp a little, as it takes a while). Then let it cool back to room temperature and set another 20 minutes. When you wash your hair that first time, use cold water. The heat opens up your hair follicles so the dye seeps in deeper, and the cold water tightens them back up. But make sure you really want that color for a long time first, it will be near impossible to get it completely out.
I've been trying everything I can think of the get a perfect cut. Dremmel tools, different power saws, heating it up, different knives. The best way I've found is using a tile cutter. We remodeled our bathroom last year and had one from that, and it is much easier that the exacto knife and ruler. A tile cutter runs on a straight line and you can just run it over 5-6 times and then snap it off. You still need to sand the edges down, though. Tile cutters can be a little pricey for a good one, but if you are going to make a ton, it's a time saver. As soon as I get some pics taken of mine, I'll put up my notebooks with a tutorial. By the way, if anyone doesn't feel like making one, you can buy one from me soon! I'm a vintage buyer by trade, and an aspiring crafty girl at heart. My website is coming soon, http://www.rewarevintage.com .
Secondly, and Please don't think I'm trying to pick a fight or put down your beliefs. I personally think that Hot Topic has alot of stupid, and ridiculous stuff too. But I would like say what I think.
Punk Rock, the fashion and music, did start off as a corporate money making machine. Maybe not in America, but it did in Europe where the music and scene really took form. The Clash and the Sex Pistols who I think all of us would agree are punk rock, and who are some major influences on the bands we listen to today, were signed to major labels. The Sex Pistols were formed together by Malcolm McLaren to make him (and his uber-expensive clothing store) money - kinda like the Spce Girls or most poppy boy bands today. They jumped from label to label to make more and more money, and bragged about exploiting the system and people in general to make loot. The Clash were sons of politicians who may have sang about being poor and on the streets, but believe me, they had and wanted to make money. Look at most of punk rocks originators (Ramones, Talking Heads, The Damned, Buzzcocks, Blondie, Social Distortion, etc) and notice they all are on major labels and most (especially the Misfits) sell their licenses to Hot Topic to make money. I think that Hot Topic's clothing may not be great, but they ARE following what punk rock was and is all about. Exploiting people who are too stupid to know any better that want to buy an image. And maybe it's a little pricey, but look at punk rock clothing's inventor, Vivienne Westwood. Her clothing is a lot more $$$.
I agree that it is alot more fun to make your own stuff and I think it's cooler to be an original. But Hot Topic is not a sell out or a corporate demon. They are merely doing exactly what punk rock was meant for all along. Please don't spout off that I am ignorant or any number of profanities. I'm just making a comment. I respect everything that everyone does here alot more than anyone designing for them. Thanks.