Hey Bookgirl! I'm not a Vermonter, but I've been thinking lately about moving there. I know this isn't what this forum is for, so we can take this chat off the board or whatever, but would you mind talking with me a bit about living in Vermont?
Can anyone recommend good free web hosting providers? I know angelfire, tripod, and geocities, as well as their major drawbacks - does anyone have a favorite among these, or other free providers to recommend? This is not so much for selling, but just for helping a friend get started with a first page. Hope this isn't too far off of the topic, but people tend to talk about web sites here in the business area.
There's a store in Vestavia called Memory Hagler Knitting Etc. that sells lots of high quality yarn and provides knitting lessons. There are (in my opinion) two problems with the store:
1. Everything is really expensive. I've seen much better yarn prices online.
2. The store is hardly open at all. It closes at 11 a.m. or noon or something like that, even on Saturday. That means no after work visits for 8 to 5ers, and a special get up early day for us late sleepers.
I only went by the place once myself. I'm a beginner knitter, and so I wasn't interested in spending that much on projects that I will mostly screw-up on anyway. If you're interested in her place, the address is:
712 Chestnut Street Birmingham, AL 35216
Get a map from Mapquest to find it - it's impossible to locate otherwise.
I'm psyched to visit the new AC Moore. I didn't even know about it until I saw these posts!
Glory be, other people from Birmingham! I never even bothered asking for Alabama locals; I ignorantly assumed that there weren't many of us here on Craftster.
So welcome, ecinue88! Get here quick; we're having an unseasonably cool spring, and you're not likely to experience that again. The "scene" here is kind of odd; it all depends on what you are in to. As far as a craft scene, I'm not aware of one, but Plastictart did mention Collarmoth - I hadn't heard of them.
Plastictart, hi to a fellow Southsider! Good to see not everyone is giving up on this end of town. What is Collarmoth? Looks like they have a web site, but it doesn't provide much info http://www.collarmoth.com/. Their name reminds me of "Isobel" by Bjork: "moth delivers her message/unexplaind on your collar."
A tax ID Number is a 9-digit number that is issued by Social Security to businesses and to non-citizens working in America (I don't know about how other countries use them). In many ways, it is just like a Social Security Number. If you have a registered business name, and a bank account for your business, it is likely that your Tax ID Number was used, not your Social Security Number.
I also agree wholeheartedly with Toast here, the site, Threadless, is a great local t-shirt company here in Chicago and doesn't deserve to get its designs ripped off. Buy a t-shirt from them! Support local, independant businesses! If you really like a design, contact the artist and ask their permission. If you're just fiddling around with things for your own personal use, they may not care. But let artists make a buck when they can.
I applaud your craft skills Tetra, but be carefull of the slippery slope that is copyright infringement.
The funny thing is, I saw this image on threadless.com, and then saw the same woman, only as a photograph (not a stencil or illustration) at gettyimages.com, which is a stock photography web site. When you see the photograph, it's really clear that the person that made the tee simply traced the photo. Of course, if the artist purchased the photo he'd have the right to use it, but it's just as likely that the artist had not bought the photo. So this is a humorous chain of events; a homemade T-shirt copy of a tee for sale that is a copy of a photograph for sale.
Ah well, I think it's funny.
But yeah, Threadless has good stuff, and I wouldn't copy their tees, mostly because I only want to make my own original stuff. If I wanted to wear an Old Navy tee, I wouldn't copy their designs, after all.
Based on the situation, it sounds like they interpreted it as her selling the shirts, because she had produced a number of them. If she gave the guy her number with the indication that she would sell a shirt to him, they have every legal right to get angry.
I know that this is an emotional subject to a lot of people, so I want to state that my point here is not to offend. I personally think it's cool if you make one shirt for yourself to promote a band. That's pretty much free advertising. But I personally don't agree with selling them. Bands make a good deal of their money off of tours and tees, usually more than they make from CD sales (labels charge enormous rates for use of the studio even if the band is signed to that label, and frequently CD sales don't even pay what they owe for studio time).
Also, frequently people want to think that if a band wants money for any products with their names on it, that makes them greedy, and less "indie" than they claim to be. But see it from the band's point of view; if they're any good, they've probably really struggled to get to where they are. This means playing for little or nothing in small venues, touring with nothing more than a van, sleeping in the van or in the homes of strangers kind enough to put them up for the night. I know this sounds melodramatic, but I've known people from bands who did all of this, and all the time they're seeking the opportunity to do this for a living, without having to have a "day job." And most don't make it. So if a band actually finally gets successful, then yeah, they've got a right to get upset if someone else profits off of their name. They may just have their chins above the bar at that point in their career, and simply not need competition from someone selling tees with their name on it for $10 less than what they charge.
Sorry if this comes off as a bit pedantic. I don't download songs anymore either; I used to think it was harmless, but now it appears that downloading has really hurt the indie music world. I don't think sueing the fans is the answer, though, and I hope that things turn out ok for your friend, Breeknee. If she can prove that she did not hurt the band's profits in any way (in other words, didn't actually profit herself), she may not get fined.