Acerca de Pride and More
Millbrae, CA, United States
Tienda abierta en 1/20/2009
Descripción de la tienda:
Proud gay male and 3rd Generation San Franciscan. Living in Millbrae, CA with Peter, my partner of over 7 years. MY CREATIVE HISTORY I’ve always been very creative since I was a child, but I started with crafts back in the later part of 1998, which began with decorative boxes. I then moved on to jeweled eggs as my own version of a Faberge egg. Next, it was decorated ladies’ hats with silk flowers and ribbons. After that, I went on to make “Showgirl” type masks with feathered headdresses and I styled and added hair extensions to them to look like a real hairdo. It was in the summer of 2007 when I began making jewelry. I started by making filigree earrings with Swarovski flat back crystal embellishments. Soon, I was making bracelets out of semi-precious stones and quite often Swarovski crystal beads. Before long, I was working on intricate and ornate pieces that some have said were like “Nordstrom quality” pieces. Well, I never shop there, but I’ve always appreciated when it was said. Still, I like to think of my work as individual and unique. I had a lot of success making Swarovski crystal and Sterling Silver Awareness bracelets, primarily for cancer after my father had been diagnosed at the end of 2007 with lung and kidney cancer. I made these bracelets with a Sterling Silver Awareness Ribbon charm. They sold for $20 each and 50% of the proceeds went to the American Cancer Society or another charity if it was requested. I ended up raising over $500, which I don’t think is too shabby for doing it single-handedly. Sadly, dad passed in May 2011 and we miss him a lot, but at least he is no longer in pain. I took a break from jewelry making and all other crafts in 2009 and started up again this year, which I’m really enjoying. I’m now including wire-wrapping into my work which I’m finding is great. I’m still learning parts of it, but I’m pleased with my wire-wrapped pendants and earrings so far. I started playing around with graphic artwork in the early 2000′s and then began making custom logos for people. This turned into designing custom websites where I made a business out of it from 2002 to 2004. This also extended into designing and producing custom publications like business cards, brochures and more. In 2008, I discovered Zazzle through an online friend, where I learned that you could add your own designs to their products and when items sold, you would make a royalty percentage and receive a check each month. I became very busy with that from the start, opening my first shop called Pride and More, a store dedicated to LGBT designs. After I found some success with that store, I moved on to open a second store called Melrose Place San Francisco, which later was changed to San Francisco Glitterati, which features various fun designs and humorous tshirts. Later, I opened another store called You’re So Strange, which is all things odd. Most recently, I opened a shop called Imperial Palace, which is dedicated totally to drag queen products. There is one more store called Libidinous Artist, which features some of my homoerotic male artwork, but it’s a PG-13 and R rated store, so you need to change the store settings when you view it so that you can see all products. In early 2012, I discovered my passion for homoerotic male art. I began producing homoerotic art and then regular graphic artwork, which is currently an ongoing passion which I have been absolutely loving! I also came out with a series of virtual drag queens in mid-2012. If you visit my website, it is my homoerotic artwork blog site and please note that it is intended for persons over the age of 18 only! Visit my friends!
When it comes to graphic artwork, I can’t say that I have one major influence. Men, or the male being, are a great inspiration to me. Drag queens have always been a huge inspiration to me because they are ever-evolving artists where there are no boundaries. That’s the kind of art that I like and the art that I want to produce. My passion for making jewelry comes from a few aspects of my life. First and most important is my mother, who has always looked fabulous and never left the house without being fully made up with makeup and jewelry, along with her beautiful wardrobe selections. Mom has always had a beautiful collection of jewelry and that was the biggest part of my inspiration. Secondly, I was always in awe of jewelry seen on TV shows such as Dynasty when I was younger. Joan Collins wearing those over-the-top pieces with those stunning Nolan Miller fashions always fascinated me to no end.