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!

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!

Main Street Press says “Harambe Locals ONLY!”

The crew over at The Main Street Press is bringing back their adorable Harambe line on August 2nd at 8pm EST.

They have Navy and Berry colored shirts and tanks, pins, patches, stickers, and hats with the super cute design on it, allowing you to prove you’re a stan of Animal Kingdom. Be sure to head over to The Main Street Press here on August 2nd to pick up their restock.

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.

Lucky Rabbit Supply Co.’s Celebrates Halloween Early

Over at the Lucky Rabbit Supply Co, they are already getting into the spirit of All Hallows Eve. They have just released their new line of Halloween products and they are to DIE for. *pauses for pun to set in*

The Ghost pin and Nightmare Before Christmas inspired shirt both are cute additions, but I am SO here for any and all reference of the Boo To You Parade for Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party. It’s bright and cute and covered in candy, so obviously I need it. ADORABLE.

Be sure to check out their Halloween collection (which is going fast) here and the rest of their great products!

The Lost Bros Releasing Some Cool Stuff, Yo’

Formerly known as the Lost Bros Trading Co, The Lost Bros have changed their name and expanded their selection of designs and products once again.

Their upcoming big release is for their 90s Time Capsule box. It includes a slap bracelet, a bottle of bubbles, MAGIC (their version of MASH, your favorite “I’m bored in the 4th grade, so someone hand me a piece of paper” game), and a Glazed by the Belle tank/tee. Colton and Cody always know how to create fantastic designs and concepts, and this box is no different. These go live on July 31st.

😎Alright, alright, alright.😎 🤗The 90s Time Capsule is coming July 31st!🤗 🤦🏻‍♂️Honestly, thank god it's the 90s coming back, and not Cody's middle part🤦🏻‍♂️ 🚨Here is a totally radical run down of what it will contain when it releases:🚨 🍩A sweet Glazed by the Belle Tee/Tank🍩 🍾One of our slammin Slap Bracelets🌞 🙋🏻‍♂️Your very own bottle of bubbles (life is, after all)💁🏻‍♂️ 👰🏼🤵🏻AND a customized MASH (We're calling it MAGIC) board pad (means you can play it like 20 times!) designed by your two favorite lost bros! (Wait until you find out who you might marry and what your Disney job might be!)🏰🤴🏻 😱Gah I'm so excited! Who is ready for this blast from the past?!😱 HI NOTE FROM CODY. I PUT MY WHOLE HEART AND LIFE IN TO THIS VIDEO. PLEASE TAG A FRIEND SO THIS CAN BE MY MOST FAMOUS ART EVER

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On top of that, they have two new shirt designs that are so rad (Sorry, stuck on the 90s box). Their McQueen Florida 500 Tour shirt replicates classic heavy metal bands and is distressed to add that thing that says “I saw them live and it’s so much better than the record,” that makes you feel snooty and others want to punch you in the face. LOVE.

They also just introduced their Olaf’s Snowcone Shack design, which continues their line of sidekick food shirts. They’ve given us San Fransokyo Sushi and Mushu’s Chinese Take-Out, so Frozen joins the game this go around. I love the yellow and looks great IN SUMMMMMERRRRR.

We are big fans of The Lost Bros here, so be sure to check out their newest releases!

Jambo Joe Brings Simplicity to Disney Fashion

Joey, or Jambo Joe on the sosh meeds, thought about taking his love for pop culture and graphic design and creating his own store for people who “get it.” While hesitant about putting himself out there, especially since he was never that person before, he opened up his store and the rest is small-shop history.

When I came across his page during an Instagram follow-hole, I instantly fell in love with the simplicity of the designs he released. This was no accident, as he said he loves minimalistic design and hopes to add it to his own designs as much as possible. His motto for the shop is “less is more,” as the designs create subtle odes to popular Disney films. They are nerdy enough for hardcore Disney fans to understand, while subtle enough to be worn on an everyday basis.

Of course, he loves whenever someone posts a pic of them opening their shipments and rocking their Jambo Joe merch across Instagram (and in person), but he’s looking to expand on what he already releases, like adding more pins and creating more products that represents Jambo Joe as a company.

Now, the two questions I ask every shop owners:

1. What are you go-to items you have to wear on a trip to the parks?

J: Whenever I’m in the parks I always have to wear my Birkenstocks and a Herschel backpack. My Birks are the perfect park shoe because the provide the breathability of flip-flops while also being supportive and comfortable enough for long days spent walking around the parks. I also can never seem to get by with using my clothing pockets to hold everything that I need to survive a day at the parks. Luckily, my Herschel can fit water bottles, umbrellas, snacks, and portable charger, pins to trade, and so much more, all while being super stylish!

2. If you had comps and a time machine, what you experience in Disney history? (This question is an ode to the dearly departed PattyAndEmily.com)

J: If I had the power, I’d go back to the day that the Boardwalk – my favorite resort and DVC home – first opened. I’d love to be able to spend a solid two weeks in the best of the best rooms and just enjoy the sense of comfort and joy that I can only get when I’m there.

Be sure to visit Joey’s shop at shop.jambojoe.com and follow him over on Instagram at @jambojoe and @shopjambojoe.