Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Bitch & Kitsch - Ed Polish and Ephemera - 30 Years of Sarcasm Served Daily!

If laughter is the best medicine, then Ed Polish and Ephemera provide a prescription-strength antidote for ailing attitudes in these trying times.

2010 marks 30 years since Ed started his business that uses the juxtaposition of sweet vintage images with jarring, modern slogans. Polish grew up watching Jerry Lewis and reading Mad Magazine (we share a common fan-boy love of Alfred E. Neuman and his famous quotes). A life-long collector and influenced by the punk-rock movement, Ephemera got it's start creating buttons. The line has since vastly expanded to magnets, mugs, napkins, calendars and the wonderful world of publishing.

"Pissing off the world one person at a time"

When asked about any 30 year celebrations, Ed is surprisingly low-key. "It's only time..." and while he has nothing planned for this auspicious anniversary, he did have a party for his 28th year in business. He has no real explanation but I couldn't help but make the correlation of 28 being 4 in dog years due to his "bitch"-laced themes. Let's see if there's a 35th year (5 in dog) Gala.

We were also curious how Ephemera comes up with a seemingly never-ending supply of pure comic gold. In addition to "writing a lot" they also take suggestions from writers and comedians. If you are an aspiring humorist, there are guidelines on their website but be forewarned, the odds are against you. Only 1 out of 1,000 submissions are used.

As we were ending our interview, I asked for any words of advice (words to live by) and Ed left me with this gem...
"Being weird isn't enough" - Ed Polish 6/22/10

Oh Boy! postscript:
We would be remiss in not mentioning that we have a nice assortment of Ephemera products for sale on our humble website!

P.S.S. - I've just been schooled in Math (by my younger sister). 28 Human Years = 196 in Dog Years and 35 Human Years = 245 in Dog Years. This totally voids my correlation made above. It also shows how Mathematics is not one of my strong suites. And it totally blows what I thought was an awesome "bit".

Monday, June 14, 2010

Oh Boy! Father's Day is Coming!

Father's Day is just around the corner! This coming Sunday, June 20, it's that time of year to show Dad you know where your allowance comes from. When dad's retro ties and power tools don't cut it anymore, show him how you really feel with a gift just for him.

Dad's are like beers. No two brews are the same. And let's face it! Fatherhood requires an extreme sense of humor. So what better way to tickle dad's funny-bone than by giving him a hand-crafted gift for a home-brewed man. As a bonus, we offer special gift packaging and a tailored card for each gift purchase. Dad will really have to think hard about those extra chores he was scheming up.

For orders that are being sent as a gift, we offer
a gift enclosure card and special packaging free of charge.

Need more help? Why not try our sister site? Baskets By Bonnie

Perhaps the best way to dad's good side is through his sweet-tooth. At our sister company, Baskets By Bonnie, you have the ability to choose from a wide variety of items where the basket can be completely customized by your own hand-picked items. Just give us a call, and tell us what you want and how much you want to spend. Presto! Dad has a basket personalized just for him!

Don't forget about Dad! Give him something to really make this Father's Day a special day!