How We Got Here
And how you became the inspiration for what we do
We are delighted that everyone who gets one of our decals knows that they are getting an authentic Bitchen Stickerz product, an item worthy of a Starship Captain, and something that you will always look at and think, “Wow. That is Bitchen.”
Before I created Bitchen Stickerz…
I was a comic shop owner. Comics are so cool, but you have to sell LOTS of them to pay the rent, so I also had another job at the same time.
Twelve years later…
I began to feel the strain of what boiled down to two full time jobs. I sold my comic shop and continued to drudge away at my day job, until eventually, I lost that job. What to do, what to do? I searched for something I could do that would fill the void left by my comic shop. Past customers knew that I had been a graphic designer, and often called to ask if I could help with a project. Maybe I could do something along those lines?
I was a little worried…
that I wouldn’t be able to use the old equipment I’d used for my comic shop and graphic design business before. It was old and I wasn’t sure it would be precise enough for what I had in mind.
Still, I needed some kind of income, so I decided to give it a whirl. I created a bunch of cool decals using the Old Machine (you Mass Effect people will appreciate that).
I talked to my comic nerd pals… People just like you – into different fandoms!
And then I set out to create the nerdiest, best quality vinyl decals for the most elite of customers: Nerds! Not just any nerds – Nerds who are proud to run up their flags and declare their nerdiness to the world, through their love for the whole spectrum of fandom! People who wanted special stuff they didn’t see everywhere else!
It turns out…
the road was a little rougher than I thought it would be.
First of all, my equipment was old. It worked ok for some things, but I wanted to create some intricate and unique items no one else could offer; for those things, my old gear just wasn’t cutting it. Second, my eyesight just isn’t as good as it once was, and creating these stickers can be very exacting work, because some (multi-color) need to be assembled by hand.
So I bit the bullet and bought a new machine. I sat down and designed stickerz. And I got a magnifying lens that had a light attached. And then I faced more fears.
We didn’t have a store. Would anyone see our products? Would anyone buy them?