Barbara Walters: Good evening. I’ve interviewed a lot of people in my lifetime but no one has ever made me shiver in my pantaloons as much as “Chris” of the nostalgic website and eBay store “Holy Idea Tees”. Chris, how are you doing today?
Chris: I’m good Barbara. Thanks for having me.
BW: First things first, would you please take that ridiculous pizza hat off of your head?
C: Oops, sorry. I work from home and am used to wearing this all day.
BW: That brings me to my first question: Why did you decide to leave Corporate America to work from home and pursue a dream of fame and fortune through the vintage T-shirt medium?
C: Well, it’s simple really. I hated working for “The Man”. He (The Man) always had HIS best interests in mind. They were really stupid, boring ideas. Mine were better and more exciting. I got tired of doing things that only squelched my creativity. So… I quit. Now I get to do what I want while wearing a pizza hat all day.
BW: You bring up your creativity, what are some of the things you do to feed that animal?
C: Not enough things honestly. I’ve spent the better part of two years building my store so I’d have a foundation to build upon. It isn’t until just now with over 1,800 vintage tees in my store that I feel like I have something to market. I would have been hitting the marketing/advertising side a lot more often but when you’re just one person trying to build something you have to prioritize. With that being said, you can expect a lot more activity from me on Instagram, Facebook and on my blog in the next month as I really try to build those avenues. I’m also toying with the idea of a YouTube channel.
BW: I see. So, you’ve had no one helping you? You’ve been doing this all on your own?
C: Well, that’s not entirely true. I have my business partner who also happens to be my beautiful wife who I go to for business advice and second opinions. She also handles all the shipping if and when I have to go out of town. She moonlights as a vintage T-shirt torso model as well so I get to take pictures of her in the vintage tees for the website from time to time.
BW: Do you enjoy taking pictures of her torso?
C: Yes. Yes I do.
BW: Do you think that perhaps you enjoy it a little too much?
C: What do you mean?
BW: You know what I mean.
C: HAHAHAHAHAHAHA! I get you. Yes, I suppose I do. She has a very nice torso. HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!
BW: HAHAHAHAHAHA *BEEEEEEEELLLLLLLCCCCH*…………..
BW: Oops, sorry about that. I had a giant pastrami sandwich for lunch. It was delicious. It gave me a little indigestion. It was about this big.
C: I’ve never had pastrami before.
BW: It’s fantastic stuff. You should try it.
C: What the hell are we talking about?
BW: I belched and everything got derailed after that. Let’s get back on track. So, your wife helps you, is there anyone else?
C: I have an assistant named Barb. She a nudist doll who identifies (in any number of unique ways) flaws that may be present on the tees in my eBay listings. She gets looked over quite a bit but she’s a very pivotal part of the team here at Holy Idea Tees.
BW: I see. That’s very, uh… creative.
C: It’s an untraditional way to stick out in someones mind. No one else uses a tiny nudist doll to point out issues.
BW: You’re right, I can’t say I’ve seen that before.
C: I also use more traditional methods to “stick” out.
BW: What are you doing?
C: I’m putting all these high quality, weather resistant, die cut Holy Idea Tees stickers on my face.
BW: Aren’t those going to hurt when you pull them off?
C: Well… I didn’t quite think that though.
BW: Do you need some help getting those off?
C: No. That’s okay they should come off fairly easilaaaaAAAAAAHHHHHAHHHHHHH….
BW: Wow. Those are some pretty high quality stickers. Where’d you get those?
C: From this place online called StickerApp. All you have to do is upload your image and within a couple days they’ll have as many stickers as you want delivered to your house. I put a Holy Idea Tees sticker with every vintage tee that’s purchased from my eBay store. My goal is to have a sticker on every car in the U.S. by next year. I’m about one trillionth of the way there.
BW: What’s the name of that place again?
BW: Okay, I appreciate you taking the time to let me ask you hard hitting questions. Sorry for belching pastrami leftovers in your face. Before you go to soak your face, let’s take a photo together.
C: Thanks Barbara, it’s been a pleasure.
Did you know I was also interviewed by Diane Sawyer? You can read that interview by clicking here.