Mackryn Designs are Undeniably Delightful

I’m trying out a new format for these small-shop features, so let me know if you like it!

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!

Club Mickey Mouse at Disney World: Marshal Freaks

As we know, I love Club Mickey Mouse. Like, to an obsessive degree. Seeing this crop of mouseketeers on Instagram and Facebook everyday has brought me so much joy. It brightens my day and makes me want to roll around in a mountain of plush Mickeys. I love it so much!

The music has been on repeat on my phone and in my head, I am adamantly trying to copy the mouseketeers aesthetics, and I’m trying to pitch Oh My Disney through social media to let me interview/meet/party with them. (Side Note: It hasn’t worked yet)

So, to my surprise, I ended up having a Disney day planned for the Magic Kingdom the same day the Mouseketeers would be at the parks. This past Saturday, September 30th, I made my way to the parks with one goal in mind: To see the Mouseketeers.

Now, I had seen on Instagram the night before that they’d be the Grand Marshals for the parade, but I wanted to see them just roaming around the park. I had Boomerangs planned if I had the opportunity to ask for a picture. I was NOT playing around.

I eventually saw that the Mouseketeers were at different parks and I was all kinds of bummed. I wanted to do the Mickey Mouse Club March choreo with them! I decided to suck it up and get a prime spot for the parade.

They came down the parade route in the Grand Marshal car as the Mickey Mouse Club March blasted down Main Street and I was STOKED. The pink banner leading the way (above) is something I’d gladly hang on my wall. Y’all don’t even know. I was singing and jamming and my friend was over it almost immediately. BUT IT’S SO GOOD!

As the Mouseketeers went by, they pointed and shouted at me as I was jamming. I was the only one along my area of the parade route showing ANY emotion, so they seemed to appreciate that. I was THRILLED to be their biggest stan.

So, I had an Instagram Story detailing the day’s events and my various freakouts over seeing them, but I went and accidentally deleted it and I am devastated. It went from an all-time high to an all-time low mighty quickly.

Overall, I freaked and loved seeing the Mouseketeers live, I cannot wait to see more music from them, and Oh My Disney, in the words of Meredith Grey…

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We Wants The Redhead, but also, like, No Insinuated Rape?

While the great wave of anger has mostly passed, I still thought I would share my thoughts on The Great Pirates of the Caribbean Debacle of 2017.

For those unaware, the Disney Parks Blog recently revealed that Disneyland Paris’ version of the ride would reopen with some changes, including the auction scene changing from women to items stolen by the pirates. They then snuck in that during the CA and FL rides’ refurbishments next year, they would also be receiving the switch. And then all the white men went NOOOOOOO and then a giant wave hit the eastern seaboard and acid rain fell across the country and then the apocalypse was confirmed and we all died.

There seems to be a thing amongst the Disney fandom where people are thrilled for changes, unless it’s a ride they like, then don’t you lay a damn finger on it or so help me god. I have to fess up as I have done it in the past. Tower to Guardians in CA had me angry, but then the ride was presented to us and I was totally fine with it. (Sans the outside of that building. Woof.) We’re all going to be bitter about different things, but this time around, things became vile.

This announcement had people up in arms more than usual as if someone was going to pull a Sophie’s Choice on their children. It was insane. There were people claiming the legacy would be lost with the change, there were people saying the mechanics of the ride story would change enough to hurt the attraction, there were people claiming “too PC,” etc.

The scene, for those of you ย who are somehow unfamiliar (No judgement, honestly impressed you’re reading this anyway. Welcome!), the scene features a banner reading “Auction: Take a Wench for a Bride,” along with a pirate barker trying to sell a group of tied-together crying women to a bunch of drunken pirates. The crowd watching the auction at one point yells “We Wants the Redhead!” who is a sexy woman in red satin standing next in line and showing a little ankle (OOOO GIRL, GET IT!).

The new scene will have the redhead become a pirate and join in the selling of the stolen goods to the crowd watching across the water.

For some reason, this is the thing that has people going crazy and I don’t understand why. Sarah Sterling made a great point about it on Twitter, stating that we, as Disney fans, are used to it at this point. However, if you were to ride fresh right now, you’d probably think “Um…isn’t this just a rape auction?”

Writer Kate Abbott also had a fantastic thread on the ordeal:

For some reason, a large chunk of fans are fine with this, because “That’s what pirates do!” This is an argument I do not understand. Then, I’d like the Donald Trump audio-animatronic to be groping women as the curtain at The Hall Of Presidents opens, because that’s what he does! I want to walk by the Mexico pavilion at Epcot to see a human sacrifice taking place on the steps because that’s what they did! The argument does not hold up.

I think everyone angry at this needs to look at it from all sides. Can you imagine going on a Disney ride and going past a scene insinuating pirates raping your gender? Imagine it flipped, where they are auctioning off men for pirates to castrate. Would you feel the same way then?

We should be celebrating Disney realizing a problem within a classic attraction and taking the time to change the narrative. The redhead is still front-and-center, just in a new role. We will still have an auction, we will still see pirates doing pirate things. We will still have the beloved attraction just without rape and that should be a win for us all.

Main Street Press Reveals Their New “Mine Train Union” Line

Main Street Press has officially unveiled (after many social media previews and hints) their newest design: Mine Train Union.

This adorable Seven Dwarves inspired line is centered around a really adorable logo and as someone who has always thought the dwarves deserve more merchandise, this is perfect.

The line goes live for purchase on their website August 16th at 8pm EST through a password sent out to newsletter subscribers. There will be two t-shirt colors (Topaz and Peridot), two tank top colors (Sapphire and Ruby), a pin, and a patch.

Be sure to head over to The Main Street Press to pick these new items up for your next trip to the mine!

Magic Kingdom OOTD: Purple Wall Posing

Let me quickly break down this photo:

I changed outfits during my recent day at the Magic Kingdom because 1) It was uber hot and I needed to change into non sweaty clothing and 2) I’m extra af.

I went to go take a picture in front of the wall, ’cause duh, but it was already closed for the Fireworks dessert party.

The ENTIRE walkway is closed, even though the party is only on the Tomorrowland Terrace seating area. I got to wall and had a mini breakdown over the wall closure…so then I had to deal with what I had.

“Look ma! There’s the wall!”

So, there it is. The story of this picture.

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Anywho, I now have a Purple Wall specific outfit, ’cause I’m THAT Disney fan. The shirt is from The Lost Bros and is so funny. The wall has a shirt. It’s ridiculousness makes me laugh. It is currently on sale and all proceeds from the shirt go to Give Kids the World, so it’s a great purchase on all counts! The shorts are, randomly, from ASOS. I was searching the site recently for cheap shorts and came across thee Purple Wall shade and freaked out a bit. ASOS has become my new go-to place for color matching.

I guess next up is finding purple shoes and/or a Bubblegum Wall outfit? Or, ya know, have social contact with others instead. That’s good, too.

Everything Changes: The Fandom and its Freak-Outs

July 15th, 2017. A day that will live in infamy…for the Disney fandom. The Parks & Resorts panel, for the first time ever, actually exceeded expectations. Known for a whole lotta nothing, this year the team at the Parks division of the company finally delivered.

The above is a comprehensive list of every announcement made at the panel. It was a LOT. I was actually at the Magic Kingdom during the panel and went on Peoplemover just so I could have a relaxing time while constantly refreshing my Twitter feed. With every refresh came a new announcement, it was insane.

The changes announced received a lot of trepidation throughout the community. Now, this isn’t a new thing. However, fans usually pick and choose. Disney fans are a contradictory bunch by nature and I firmly own up to it.

One of the biggest arguments coming out of the Expo was the characterization of Epcot. By that, the original vision of Epcot was more adult, more edutainment based, and with a lack of characters. However, looking towards the future of the park sees characters popping up all over the place.

My own contradictory nature came into play with the Epcot announcements as I adore the old school mentality of the park, but I am fine with characters. The reveal that Ratatouille would be coming to France was a double-win, as it seems that we are also keeping Impressions De France. Score! We get to keep the beauty of the Epcot films plus a new fun family attractions based on Ratatouille. I am here for it. Yet, on the flip side, the reveal of Ellen’s Energy Adventure closing to make way for a Guardians of the Galaxy ride was a double blow. I adore Ellen’s Energy Adventure and I hate Guardians, so it was a multi-layered bad news item.

I was mad at Tower of Terror leaving at DCA for Guardians. I’m confused at the choice of Mickey design for the new Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway. I’m bummed about The Great Movie Ride leaving, but I get it. I’m excited for Tron. I’m absolutely stoked for the new theater on Main Street.

Every Disney fan is going to have their own opinions about the future of the theme parks. That is a known fact. That being said and known, I am tired of how the fandom treats those who don’t agree with them.

The amount I saw this weekend with people viscerally angry at those excited for Ratatouille or those not looking forward to Guardians of the Galaxy was crazy. It defeats the whole purpose of Disney itself.

I know I’m going to get flak for going full cheese, but it’s true. This community is one that is filled with joy because of their belief in the power of dreams and magic. So, when people within the community yell at each other for their own warranted opinions is ridiculous.

We all appreciate different things about Disney and their theme parks. Let’s coexist within the community and understand everyone’s opinions. So, while I can be mourning the loss of Ellen’s Energy Adventure, I understand if you are excited for the future. Come on, Disney Fandom. In the words of Hayley Mills, Let’s Get Together!

 

Magic Kingdom OOTD: Brer Rabbit DisneyBound

I had a super fun day at the Kingdom recently and decided to try my hand out at DisneyBounding the Splash Mountain hare. I’m really trying to up my DisneyBound game, especially since men have less options to work with as far as accessories and such.

This time around, I looked at what I had available and tried to work out a DB based on what I already had. It’s harder to do, as you don’t have a specific character in mind to start, but thought this was a perfect Magic Kingdom choice. However, I did feel out of place outside of Frontierland!

I had a plain J.Crew Pink V-Neck T-shirt lying around, along with a pair of Abercrombie & Fitch Royal Blue shorts. Now, just the color blocking needed something else to help scream “Brer Rabbit,” so I went on Amazon for some inspiration. I ended up finding this Red and White Polka Dot Headband on Amazon, which reminded me of his sack he carries around with him. I decided to wear it on my wrist instead, since putting on my head made me look like a straight up idiot. Well, more than normal.

It was a very quick bound, but fun nonetheless. I’m hoping to find more outfits already in my closet, ’cause I am on a BUD*claps*GET.