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1. How’d you get started?
We actually got started in part because I [Chris] wanted to showcase Taryn’s art. That was the main thing. I am a digital motion graphic artist by trade, so I had the tools, but Taryn is the true artist. She used to sketch even before we were together, and I was always a big fan. Together with our love of Disney, my dream was really to have people wearing her artwork on their clothes to celebrate her talent. So we decided to try to make a business out of it.
2. What’s the design process like?
It used to be a little bit more cumbersome when we first started, but we’ve been able to streamline the process since. Generally, we brainstorm ideas together, ask our friends about what they are interested in, do research on what people are excited about first. Then Taryn sketches an idea on an iPad Pro. We usually go back and forth on a few versions of that and when she is done, I’ll transfer it to my Adobe products and clean it up for print. But, mainly the ideas come somewhat organically from what’s happening around us at the time.
3. Proudest moment thus far?
Running this business together has really taught us how to rely on each other more, so there are a lot of proud moments. But, I think we would both agree that our proudest moment was the release of our Powerline Collection. It was very much a sleeper design in terms of its initial impressions in the market, but as soon as it was released the outpouring of support was overwhelming and something we were not expecting. It really helped validate the hard work we were putting in and drove us to go further.
The support and love from everyone we have interacted with is what keeps us going each day.
4. Plans for the future?
Take over the world! Ha. Honestly, as with most small business ventures, the goal is to be able to turn it into a full-time business. So what’s plotted out for our future is growth growth growth. We want to one day be able to make things ourselves instead of sending them out to a printer, mostly so we can offer more options, ink styles, and extras. And of course imagining bigger and better things to put on shirts people will hopefully love.
5. Go-to item you have to wear at the parks?
I, (Chris) am a huge hat person, so as weird as it sounds I think I’d have to say a hat. I’m a bit of a collector. I’ve kind of made it part of my look at this point. People used to point out my different hat choices when I used to Periscope, so at some point I became the guy with the crazy hats.
I, (Taryn) would say I don’t necessarily have a staple “go-to” piece that I have to wear each time I’m in the parks (besides my Dooney Magic Band of course) BUT almost 99% of the time I am wearing a disney tee or tank with some cut off jean shorts and a flannel wrapped around my waste(I have them in many colors). That’s super silly, but its my go-to every single time I get dressed for the parks.
6. If you had comps and a time machine, what moment in Disney history would you experience?
As much as we’d love to say we would have loved to be there in the 70’s during the opening of The Magic Kingdom (which is our second answer), I think we’d have to be ridiculous and say when Jesse and the Rippers played on the castle stage during the Full House taping. Ha what dorks we are.
Be sure to visit Mackryn Designs to pick up some delightful designs!