Friday, August 7, 2009

Welcome back.

Yay. I'm back again... and yet, the sh*t hasn't stopped. Why, you ask? I dunno. Cuz we're in Mexico... and to get things done... is well, a challenge.

We're getting ready for the Tattoo Expo in Mexico City and are hella excited. I have the honor of being one of the tattoo judges, along with a well known painter, and the editor of Lowrider Arte Magazine. Hubby will be giving out a few seminars, and wonderfully, his seminars are already pretty full. We are going with a gang of tattoo artists and friends to see the pyramids. I'm hella excited. Since my last trip to Mexico City wasn't all that fabulous, I have high expectations for this one. Or at least, on Hubby. Why change a good thing? ;)

Hubby has been printing shirts with his designs and shop logo for this past year and every tattoo expo we've gone to, has sold out. He came up with a new design and bought 100 shirts to take this week to Mexico City. The SAME guy as last time printed them up. Said, 'yeah, no problem. I've done this style before.' He dropped the finished shirts off yesterday and was waiting to be paid. We did the same as always... opening the box and checking them out. He starts panicking. The first 3 shirts, not bad. Fourth, uh... why is there a pink stripe going through the middle of the shirt? Fifth, sixth, seventh... Why is the center hella faded? Eighth, ninth, tenth.... WTF?!? The guy starts panicking... moving toward the door. 'I gotta move my car...' We pulled out the bunch. Holy crap, the ones on the bottom of the box were HORRIBLE. Manchas all over the place, the design crooked, the background f*cked up. DAMN right, he better panic!!! And then, he books it.

SOB was waiting to be paid, and then book it. He never returned. Hubby was livid and I don't blame him. Every time we have had to print shirts, it's been a hassle. Someone's always waiting to be paid, and slack on the service. Why is that? We later called the guy and asked for all of Hubby's designs back. He said that he had never really done that style of shirt before. He dropped of the designs this morning.

All the tshirts will be burned. Hubby obviously doesn't want to put out a shitty product and we all know in Mexico, if you throw something's on sale in San Juan de Dios, the next day. What I don't understand, is if you haven't done something before, why say that you can? And even if you think you can do it, great. Try. But don't go through all freakin 100 shirts and then realize that you can't. Why can't you suck up your pride, come back, and say "Look, I really can't do them."

How hard is that?


Mama of 4 said...

Sounds like you got a lot of fun stuff coming up, hope you enjoy and kick ass at the Tatoo Expo in Mexico City!

Sunshine said...

Post more picts of ur nre house...great to see u here again

On Mexican Time said...

Goood luck at the expo!!!

Oh and I have to agree, why do they tell you they can do it? Waste our time and their's when they knew they couldn't in the first place!!

Anonymous said...

YES; why can´t they just TELL u some point before *según* being ready to *entregar* the "tipo-finished product" - the *indirectas* in México kill me, and I think they are a lot more um, common there...why I can´t really say, but I was reflecting on this earlier today....even a sorta delayed "sabes que, siempre no" shoot, lie to me and say you had a "pendiente" come up......even if u don´t tell me the "pendiente" is you realizing you are clueless...anyways....HAVE FUN at the Expo..and poooost piiiictures-of your casa and the expo....once it happens!

Leslie Limon said...

Best of luck to you and your hubby at the Expo! Too bad about the t-shirts. I don't know much about GDL, but there's a great t-shirt guy in my pueblo! He does t-shirts, stickers, bumber stickers, the works!!!

Amanda said...

I hate to hear about the shirts but Im sure you all will get some great advertisement regardless. Have fun on your trip.

Gringa-n-Mexico said...

Hi, I can't believe I found someone like you! Like ME ! My husband was deported to Reynosa Mx over a year ago and I moved down here to be with him 9 months ago.

I've been looking for a forum or something, you know, like a place to talk about it, and I stumbled across your writting and blog address.

Wow. Hi. :)

Ok, and I'm sorry, GOod luck at the Expo, :) I can't wait to read more of your blog. Thank You :)

Gringa-n-Mexico said...

Ok update ! I read your entire blog yesterday (obsessed much?) You wrote about things that the folks back home can never understand AND the street windshield washer dudes!!! :P

I look forward to keeping up with you, have a good one. :)

Sandra Rdz said...

It's definitely the culture. They want/need the work. But not only that many have the mentality of "Sure, I can do anything." I have tons of family in the state of GTO and thats where my parents are from.

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