Final Four tees on the way... next week.

I really hate making people wait longer than they should have to for things they've already paid for, so I'm more than a bit anxious to update everyone by saying that printing is happening next week, considering it's already been a couple weeks since the Big Game in the first place. I realize this is not the window I advertised nor that people would have expected, and I apologize for that.

Thankfully everyone has been super, super accommodating of the less-than-ideal delivery speed. I have not gotten one angry email out of more than 100 orders, which in this day and age is, frankly, insane. Conversely, within a few days of the DJ Khaled preorders going up in December, I had people emailing and asking "Where's my stuff?," already up in arms, because they didn't know me from a hole in the ground, and were concerned about being scammed. With TC, thankfully we got to establish more of a long-term connection with customers over the years and repeatedly prove that we were in this to make ourselves and others happy, not rip people off, and that built trust. In this case, as with those former TC sales, that trust is felt, and I really appreciate it. 

At this point, all I can do is wait on the printing to be completed, but as soon as I have the shirts in my hands (and former TC store manager Carlos Tovar's hands) they'll be folded and shipped out to their new homes. My goal is to get orders shipped by next Friday (a week from tomorrow) or that weekend (4/30, 5/1) at the absolute latest.

If you're moving between places (like leaving campus or moving to a new area) in the next couple of weeks and planned to have gotten stuff before now, please shoot me an email at to update your shipping address to whatever it needs to be. 

Once again, thanks for the patience and my apologies for the delay. Peace peace.

Making Monsters.

Sharing is a difficult concept to master when you're huge and green.

Sharing is a difficult concept to master when you're huge and green.

Working at Nugget affords me the opportunity to do a lot of cool things, and among those things is overseeing the illustrations for our website, packaging, social media... alla that good stuff. 

Unfortunately, I'd recently found myself in a rut trying to find a style that worked for Nugget. I scoured Instagram and the web for inspiration, and although I found a couple artists I really liked, my subsequent work only succeeded in making me feel like I was copying those artists.

Times were dark. Morale was low. 

But then, like a beacon of pure, heavenly light, these monsters came into my life today. I can't say these are finished by any stretch, I can't say that mini monsters are even the answer for what Nugget needs, all I can say is that these guys feel like the start of something good, something actually creative and not heavily derivative — in other words, a breath of fresh air. If you have any feedback on these little creatures or thoughts on what I should keep in mind as I make more, please let me know! Whatever characters I land on, Nugget is really going to lean on them, so they need to be good. 

If you're interested in what/how/why we're shipping foam couches in a single box all over the world, follow @nuggetcomfort on Instagram and Twitter! The accounts aren't particularly active right now since most of my time is going to building out our full site, but pretty soon they'll be filled with foam forts, creative videos and mischievous monsters (if I end up actually liking these guys).

The Local News Comes To Nugget HQ

Our full website may not be ready to launch (and won't be up for a few weeks), but Nugget is ready for its BIG MOMENT on the local news. That's right. WNCN, the local NBC affiliate that is imminently changing to a CBS affiliate, came out to our warehouse to shoot interviews with us, do a tour, and see how we make Nuggets. It was a good time, and good training for when Ellen comes calling. 

Reviews: Napoleon Wright II and NANCE for INDY Week

Had the opportunity to write a quick review about a guy who is a huge inspiration for me here in the Triangle, Napoleon Wright II aka Nap Wright. The guy refuses to be pinned down in one lane, albeit in this case I was writing specifically about the music lane. His new instrumental LP features verses from Tab-One and Charlie Smarts, and it's really good. Check out the full review on INDY Week right here, and listen to the album below. 

Speaking of Raleigh hip-hop artists, I also did a review of a new song from NANCE, featuring Tab-One and Drique London. It's a fun song to nod your head to, but long story short, I think he can do better. Read that one here, and listen below.

Start Your Sunday With TMZ Countdown

More than a year after designing this mock NFL logo in response to the elevator video of running back Ray Rice brutally attacking his fiancée, we are now being treated to Greg Hardy, a known domestic abuser, playing professional football on a weekly basis. Hardy continues to play even after Deadspin published more than 40 images of injuries sustained by his former girlfriend, Nicole Holder, in a fight with Hardy. 

The more things change, the more things stay the same: we still refuse to believe the testimony of DV survivors unless there's a video of it. 

Review: Big Sean & Rapsody at DPAC (for INDY Week)


Thanks to my coverage of local hip-hop over on Super Empty I've been given the opportunity to regularly contribute to INDY Week, the ubiquitous Triangle alt-weekly based in downtown Durham (right under the Nugget office, actually).  

My first assignment was to head over to the stately DPAC auditorium to review a concert from Big Sean, who I once loved and have since come to more or less ignore (this is the usual cycle with me and most rappers, it seems). That said, the show was amazing, and shortly afterwards I was back at home giving his latest album, Dark Sky Paradise, a few more spins. Particularly Paradise (Extended). Lord knows I can't stand MikeWillMadeIt but GOT DAMN that beat is amazing. 

The show was for NC Central's "Ultimate Homecoming," and also featured Rapsody (who was good) and Rich Homie Quan (who was horrifically bad). Read all about it right here, and leave comments about how good of a column it is.

Youaintryan Lives!

After months and months of putting it off, I finally have my own little bit of online real estate. It's not much now, but I'm excited to keep it going (and growing) as time goes on. For starters, get a primer on what Super Empty is all about, take a look at some of my non-Thrill City/Nugget work, and get yourself something nice in the shop. Re-release Thrill City items won't last long!