Doing Something Different, But Not Really

Accidents Happen When Bond Is Around! 


Lately I’ve been thinking about doing something artistic or creative for a change; maybe get that “single hair” tattoo in my armpit finally, or change my middle name to Edwardo. (now it’s just Edward)

Seeking inspiration, I asked myself, “What’s important in life?”

Clean air, ample food, fresh water, shelter, peace, love, and understanding are all very important; … but Al Gore and Elvis Costello seem to have all of those ones covered.

Then I thought, “What’s important to me?”

Stupid Stuff and Trivial Crap!” were the first things to pop in to my head. (not necessarily in that order)

I like that stuff! It’s what’s in my head and makes my eyeballs go wide!

T-shirts and coffee mugs are pretty trivial! I bet I could combine them stupidly and trivially somehow!

At first I thought “t-shirt coffee mugs” might be pretty creative.

bad idea #1


Then I thought “coffee mug t-shirts” might be very original.

bad idea #2


Finally. I decided to go mainstream with stuff people can actually wear or drink out of.

With a tremendous amount of help from nathaliewithanh (because I’m a lazy bastard) …

 I have now officially opened a little shop over at  Zazzle

 because there aren’t any online businesses called “Zezzle, Zizzle, Zozzle, Zuzzle, or Sometimes Zyzzle”.

 scandalously clad


Don’t worry, I’m not going to quit my day job:

… like I did when I tried doing a Karaoke World Tour
… or when I tried selling shoes that came in pairs of threes (just in case one wore out)
… or when I got sucked in to  promoting the Y3K protection packages.



I guess I am a merchant now like that guy in Venice.
I think things worked out well for him.


LL Cool J


I am a bit disappointed they don’t offer any “2 ounce commuter coffee mugs” for people who live really close to work, but I guess it’s not a perfect world.


Nevermind The T-Shirt!


And I’m still working on the “I’m with Che Guevara Hawaii ’09” line of t-shirts: I can’t decide which way the arrow should point.


If you’ve got time and are interested in seeing what all this amazing stuff looks like, click here

Let me know what you think: any suggestions, ideas for future stuff, or scathing comments would be greatly appreciated.

*Each product line is over in the right hand column with a subsection for men’s, women’s, children’s, mugs, and mousepads.
If you click around enough, every design can be put on most t-shirts, mugs, or mousepads.


note: I know I’ll be the first on my block spilling coffee from my planetross mug on to my planetross t-shirt.

double note: the above images were made with the Parody Motivator Generator with photoshopped celebrity photos by nathaliewithanh and captioned by me.

triple note: The drawings were done by me with my left hand … because my right hand doesn’t draw so good. They were made a million times better by nathaliewithanh ! If you haven’t looked back through “Children’s Stories” up in the header, you really should: just to see the fine cleaned up drawings.

14 responses to “Doing Something Different, But Not Really

  1. Cynical Scribble

    congratulations…of sorts. Remember me when you’re burning money!

    Hope it works out for you.

    I take another look later and come back with some scathing comments!

  2. I like the Kelly Pettit t-shirt!!! No more “unplugged” tours for me for a while. Too difficult.

  3. LMAO!! Ingenius idea and kudos to Nathalie. I’m telling dear hubby I want planetross gear for an anniversay gift. Tooth pickles…LOL!

    You should contact John Lydon to endorse your products. I’m sure he isn’t doing anything.

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  5. Yeah Ross!!!!! Let’s face it: today you have officially entered the very private club of venture capitalists. The suit and tie are next. Your life as you knew it is now over.

    I so hope this works out for you!!! I’m placing an order right now and I hope my friends like your stuff because that’s what they are going to get for gifts for a very long time 🙂

    @ Tammy: thanks but the man is giving me too much credit! I just clean up the left-handed stuff with my right hand.

  6. This reminds me of my Cafe Press days! Except your illustrations are more fun. I think you should add to the list with a new one incorporating what you wrote in the beginning of this post: What is important in life, to me? (We are all thinking that these days) and your planetross answer, “Stupid Stuff and Trivial Crap.”


    It’s your niche and you are not mean spirited like so many. (Except of course when you make fun of old women bent over from osteoporosis although i have to admit it would make a great illustration)

    Anyway, good luck and if you could cut down one the choices of product , target two or three of your favorite illustrations, see how it goes, and then add more if it seems to be catching on. I suggest this from my own experience with Cafe Press as well as it might make it easier for some to navigate through it. When I saw there were 40 pages of product, I said, “Whoa, the boy’s been busy!”

    Good luck.

  7. I love the “rubber chickens make me gag”, I thought I was the only one.

    All joking aside, I’m sure that such designs would be marketable and I think that goes double for Japan where they love all things cute.

    Ganbatte masu!

  8. It’s a crime to cover up Daniel Craig’s torso like that, even if it is with one of your appealing designs!

    I just skimmed the rest of the post (congratulations & good luck) but will come back later to actually read it and leave a more useful comment.

  9. Thanks for all the comments!

    Cynical Scribble: When I’m burning money with Sir Branson and Mr. Gates I’ll let you watch from behind a secure barrier. hee hee!
    Most likely I’ll just be burning my own money on buying this stuff for myself and a few friends.

    Kelly Pettit: I think you have a birthday coming up next month: just act surprised when you open your gift.

    Tammy: thanks! I guess John Lydon will always be called Johnny Rotten … no matter how old he gets: kind of cool really.
    I have gear now! I never thought of it like that. cool!

    nathaliewithanh: I don’t feel any different … I thought I’d feel different … but I don’t.
    No one said anything about a suit and a tie!
    Thanks for all the help; everything looks great!
    Yeah Nathalie!

    w1kkp: thanks for the comment and advice. There are a lot of pages, but clicking on the product lines over to the right helps narrow it down a bit.
    Thanks for the well wishing!

    razzbuffnik: I think S. Le over at I Feel Unusual made a comment about the rubber chicken and I thought it might be a good one to try out. I was thinking of the “perspectacles” as well … maybe later.
    I’ll try to do a bit of PR work over here as well.

    pannonica: I agree … in a manly way; but when asked who would look good wearing these shirts, the first person I thought of was James Bond. I was going to title that one “The Sunblock is Not Enough“, but went for the pee joke instead.
    Any comments would be greatly appreciated.

  10. I just thought of an alternative slogan for the rubber chicken illustration:

    Don’t eat rubber chickens……..

    they taste like condoms.

  11. Pammy always makes a singlet look better

  12. Dude you are coming in to your own!
    Love the drawings!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  13. Brilliant! I’ll have the Daniel Craig. No, not the shirt silly!

  14. Thanks for all the comments.

    razzbuffnik: hee hee!

    Tony: welcome back!

    Media Bistro japan: thanks!

    S. Le: that seems to be the general consensus so far.

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