Let me tell you a brief story about photoshoots. REAL TALK!
A couple of years ago, I did a photoshoot with a bunch of friends in Alameda, CA - we went to a pinball museum and played games and then went to a tiki bar, and the photoshoot and the people in it were great and we had a great time and there were tons of good photos. My friend Jackson, the photographer, sent me all of the photos, and I suddenly realized that I hated most of the shirts in the shoot. Not the photos, not the models, but the shirts I'd made. This was during a period where I hadn't put out new shirts in a while, and I had just been reprinting stuff over and over like a boring sack of crap (not to say reprinting is always bad - I was just doing it to the point where I felt like a sack of crap about it). Seeing the photos basically gave me a massive anxiety attack about the state of my own work. It held up a mirror and I didn't like who I saw in the reflection.
Most of the photos never saw the light of day - which is unfortunate and I am still a little bummed about - but it prompted me to get my shit together and put out a bunch of new stuff, and discontinue a bunch of designs I disliked (still, it would've been nice to figure this out on my own before going to the trouble and expense of a photoshoot).
So, it had been a long time since I'd done a photoshoot, and the website has been hurting for one for sure.
Last week we had a photoshoot for a new SEIBEI lookbook and it was a BLAST. Basically, I drank Bud Light Lime-A-Ritas with a bunch of my friends on the roof their apartment building and yelled about anime while my friend Emi took our pictures. I'm the guy in the bottom let in the sunglasses, btw (people have met the guy in the bottom right corner, James, and thought he was me, so I thought I'd clear that up!).
I'm really proud of the latest batch of tees - everything I've put out this year, really - and it was great to just have a fun summer party with a bunch of friends while there just happened to be a photographer around.
The new photos will be ready in a couple of weeks - and I'll have put together some new products by then, too - and I'm hoping to premiere a new website then as well. This one's kind of a stopgap, and I think I've figured out the basics of what I want, which I can put together easily enough.
I'm also thinking of doing a bilingual website again.
I'm toying around with the idea of using the Bilingual Shopify Theme, since it has other features I want (good slideshows, responsive to resizing of windows, other crap). YEARS AGO I had a Japanese-language SEIBEI site, and switching between the two was a little clunky (it was technically two separate stores working off of two separate inventory counts), and I think I'm ready to try it again. This new one would be more seamless (you press a button in the upper right to change languages, and it immediately switches to that version of the page you're currently on, quite nice), but I'm debating whether to do Japanese again or to go for French (since Kate knows French and I've been working on learning that as well). WE'LL SEEEEEEEEE