1 Who is Suburban Geek?
2 What does Suburban Geek stand for?
3 Suburban Geek’s Art training
4 Why Suburban Geek t-shirts don’t have transparent backgrounds
5 The Suburban Geek Digital Press Kit
1 WHO IS SUBURBAN GEEK?
I’m Andrew Goulding, formerly a behind-the-scenes, Television Industry employee and long-time amateur writer.
2 WHAT DOES SUBURBAN GEEK STAND FOR?
Truth, Justice & the American way.
Or at least my interpretation of what that stands for – probably some fairly non-specific expression of egalitarian ideals, combined with the societal wisdom of equal opportunity. My guess is that, politically, that would now place me so far to the Left of the Alt-Left, that I’d be considered off the scale, baby!
3 SUBURBAN GEEK’S ART TRAINING
I’ll be candid, I have none but I’ve bypassed my technical inadequacies by harnessing the talents of numerous freelance artists from around the world. Sometimes they’re by teenage kids, talented, enthusiastic amateurs, recently graduated Art students and sometimes, professional artists of some years. I’ve greatly enjoyed seeing my ideas take form and occasionally, new meanings, through the filters of other minds.
It’s the same with music – I’m a complete amateur and I usually work with musicians to get musical ideas out of my head – or, through the luxury of the internet, use a pre-made music bed. That being said, I certainly consider myself a lyricist – my inspiration is the “words someone could have spoken” style of Hal David (from Bacharach & David), tinged with Oscar Hammerstein ll’s (from Rodgers & Hammerstein) disciplined understanding of Romance. Nevertheless, my great love is 60s & 70s Top 40 Pop and my favorite song lyric, EVER, is the disassociated, almost-malevolent psychosis of Lennon – McCartney’s I Am The Walrus. Make of that, what you will.
NOTE: Whenever possible, I’ve tried to provide links to, or info about, the artists, musicians & producers who I’ve collaborated with.
4 WHY SUBURBAN GEEK T-SHIRTS DON’T HAVE TRANSPARENT BACKGROUNDS
Our designs are quite unlike most modern t-shirt designs, in that they don’t have transparent backgrounds, in which designs blend into the shirts, such as the almost-ubiquitous NIKE branding. Intentionally, I wanted the opposite – I wanted the art to be at the forefront, I wanted Suburban Geek designs to be an approach, a feel, not a brand! Further, I didn’t even want the designs to have a Suburban Geek logo branding on them. Commercially that might be ill-conceived but I feel quite strongly that doing so might ruin the aesthetics of many of the designs.
NOTE: We do have a mascot, Suburban Geek’s tomcat alter-ego, but he only appears on specific publicity-related items.
5 THE SUBURBAN GEEK DIGITAL PRESS KIT
I figured that if bloggers or journalists ever wanted to know about Suburban Geek, I might as well create a Press kit. It contains our first series of ads, a number of our music videos, an interview, in which I provide a bit more detail about the Suburban Geek business and chat about future possibilities + a bit of a rave about a movie script that I’ve written.