Dire Wolf wrote:
if you dont see mass-produced stuff on lot your not walking through the same vendors that I see at every show. there are the occasional artists who are just that, artists, but the majority of it is stuff I saw at headshops when I was a teenager. look through the majority of tabled vendors and tell me that most of it isn't bought in bulk from the internet or patches made by china or nepalese workers or blown by apprentice glass artists who are practicing their craft. you may sell pins at a show from a converted padded gun case and they may be your design which is awesome but you my friend, I would say are in the small majority of genuine vending artists. a very good friend of mine for the last ten years or more is a vendor and runs a gem, jewelry and glass piece booth and his stuff is not mass-produced either but he's one of only a handful of booths that when I go and work it for him or checkout his new stuff are things that I haven't seen a hundred times for more than the last decade
I am capable of touring myself but only when I eat those PB&J's for the year and work my ass off as a teaching assistant for the geology department, but hey we all know, no work is good work! In fact this november tour and nye will put me offer the 60+ show (for Furthur alone of course) mark by a nice margin
You just gotta poke around, and perhaps by asking maybe we'll find something cool and unique from this site. Besides the custom pins and custom posters, I know at least one board member now tie dies (maybe for fun and self satisfaction?) and I know another vendor who sells some pictures of the band members. And PS - I try not to spend too much on vending, so sometimes a nice mass produced bumper sticker is all I need. It's actually the tie dies I try to buy now, mine are pretty holy at this stage in their lives. Cause I am a hoarder too.