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      NC State Seal

      NC State Seal

      I've always loved the NC state seal. One lady's like "you want some stuff from this cornucopia?" The other's like "Naw girl. I got steak on a stick."

       

      NC State Seal

      NC BBQ Shirt Origin Story

      NC BBQ Shirt Origin Story

      NC BBQ Shirt

      NC BBQ Shirt

      I guess I really need to get into this one, as it put us on alot of people's radar over the years. I'd just gotten House of Swank really going around 2012ish, and we were setting up a every event possible, and I do mean EVERY event. Farmers Markets, BBQ festivals, Cooke St Carnival, etc.  We went back and counted around 250 events in 2 years or something crazy like that. That's a young man's game for sure.

      Anyway, I was set up a some event (First Friday at Morning Times?) and riffing on some ideas in the booth. I post a ton quick sketches of this kind of stuff on our Instagram account to get people's feedback and frankly just to get stuff out of my head. Some artist types are super twitchy about doing that kind of stuff, but I'm no artist. Whatever.

      So here you have the first sketch of what would end up being our best selling shirt by far. August 3, 2013. 17 likes. WTF?

      I did end up changing the ketchup to tomato as to not to offend delicate sensibilities.

      Image of North Carolina BBQ Shirt - Mens

      North Carolina BBQ Shirt - Mens

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      Speaking of when we first got started, before there was a House of Swank, I had been doing writing and playing gigs using my nickname "Johnny Swank", which I had picked up just before I thru-hiked the Appalachian Trail in 2000. (ed note. That is one long-ass run on sentence) I wrote a column for the Greensboro News and Record and blah blah blah.  Anyway, "Johnny Swank" builds a shitty 3 string guitar out of lunch box and starts playing gigs around town, makes some shirts to sell,... you see where this is going. Here's a pic of the Fritocaster. Without this piece of shit, there wouldn't BE a House of Swank, and I'm not even kidding.

       

      All the best,

      John

      House of Swank donates over $8000 to Helping Hands Mission and NC ACLU

      House of Swank donates over $8000 to Helping Hands Mission and NC ACLU

      Over $8,000 raised for charities from BLM and Good Trouble Sales!

      First off, I want to say Thank you. Thank You. Thank YOU! Your continued support means the world from us here at House of Swank.

      As many of you know, we've been donating 100% of the profits from the Black Lives Matter SHIRTS, FACE MASKS, BUTTONS, and STICKERS to our friends at the Helping Hands Mission of Raleigh. This morning Jess cut a check for Helping Hands for $2491, and I'll be delivering that this afternoon! This is in addition to our first check for $5,163 that we donated about a month ago.  Joel Brown from ABC 11 was there to help celebrate https://abc11.com/house-of-swank-clothing-black-lives-matter-john-pugh/6310325/

      In addition, to honor of Congressman John Lewis, we created the Get in Good Trouble SHIRTS,  FACE MASKS, and BUTTONS. Voting rights are huge here at House of Swank, and 100% of the profits from the Get in Good Trouble gear will be donated to the ACLU of North Carolina to help secure voting rights for ALL. 

      So far, we've collected and donated over $8000 from the sales of these items! I could not be more proud, and it's a testament to the Raleigh community and beyond to pull together in a tough times. 

      All of these BLM-specific items are located at http://www.houseofswankclothing.com/black-lives-matter/ . 

      Again. From the bottom of my heart, Thank You.

      All the best,

      John and Jess

      House of Swank Clothing 

       

      Hey - Let's try and break the new website!

      You know, this little COVID thingee has made our move over to the new website take freaking f-o-r-e-v-e-r and has been a complete dumpster fire, but we finally got it up and kinda functional and everything. If you see something weird, TELL US! Really, I want to know. 

      -John