Feet meet Elbows = Love!

We were so honored to be asked to sponsor the Northbrook Speed Skating Club's 60th Annual Short Track Open last week!  

This club is notorious for pumping out Olympic Speed Skaters since the 1950's! Check out this impressive list of Olympians!

So how did a SpeedSkating Club from a Chicago Suburb get involved with a Hoodie Shirt Company in Northern California?

Well,  NBSSC contacted us after a group of their kids discovered our shirts, and then discovered how wonderful they are to practice in! 

So, they decided they wanted to help promote MouthMan while raising funds for their annual open, and maybe even, one day soon we could make MouthMan SpeedSkating Skins

How could we resist?! 


  

 

So we sent a check, some artwork and a bunch of MouthMan Shark shirts that they decided to use in place of traditional trophies for time trial winners.
They had them all embroidered with their logo!

    They became highly coveted!!

Even the Officials got in on the fun! 

Our cash donation was well spent- at $350 per hour for an eight hour event, the ice time alone was a huge expense! 

Our sponsorship included some goodies for us too!
~Naming rights for the event- It was now the 2014 MouthMan® Northbrook Short Track Speed Skating Open .
That looked really good on the giant banner in front and on the press release that was sent to all of the local News Stations.  
T-shirts with all of the Sponsors logos were made- with the most prominent position and size reserved for MouthMan.   
We have two 44X 60 Banners and 3 crash mat ads displayed at the rinks for the entire year.
We gave Olympic 
Speed Skaters Brian Hansen and Mitch Whitmore a few of our favorite Hoodies to give them a boost of fierce, and they ended up taking the trip to  Sochi with them!- All in all, we got tons of exposure during the meet, we made any many new friends, and even got some recognition from US Speed Skating Association!
We'll be 
sharing more photos of this newly forged relationship in the next few weeks as the Olympics wind down- in the meantime we created some special Chompbucks for people to use and share. 

One dollar from every order that is placed using this code will be donated to Northbrook Speed Skating Club- so spread the word! 

Get'em! Use'em! Share 'em! #chompbucks are virtual dollars in the form of a#discountcode that spend just like money on our website!
This chomp bucks code is CHOMP10nbssc and gets you 10 bucks off anything!!

Plus, every purchase using this code gets $1donated to Northbrook Speed Skating club!

 

 

 

#mouthman #mouthmanusa

February 16, 2014 by Suzsanna Kormos

HI!! Its me, Ross!

Greetings Mouthmaniacs, The Ross Zoners and JourneyFriends, one and all!
In California, It is the Eve of the Day. I don't often post here but, I should take this time to thank all of you Mouthman, Journey and Ross Valory fans for your heartfelt support over the years. It is with your patronage that my crazy idea of putting giant mouths on sleeves continues to capture the imaginations and elbows of so many... and the band continues to be, as I so often call it, "The Energizer Bunny Mutant Ninja Turtle Rock Band that won't go away"! 
Happy Holidays and THANK YOU all, again for your hearts and loyalty. 

God Bless,
Ross Valory
December 24, 2013 by Ross Valory

Give a Bumble, Get a Bumble, everybody Bumble Bumble!

Just in time for Christmas!  


We are so excited to be launching our FIRST officially licensed Mouthman® Hoodie Shirt and couldn't be more tickled that its one of our favorite childhood Christmas Story characters!

Bumble the Abominable Snow Monster® can go from shy to RRAWWRR with just a quick hug to yourself!
And to celebrate our new product launch- we're hosting! a Rafflecopter giveaway for your chance to win one of the first ones off the production line! 

 

Of course if you just can't wait-- or dont want to take the chance on our selling out of stock on this first limited run- you can always just order one! 

FYI-- did you know 2014 marks the 50th Anniversary of the iconic television show so many of us grew up watching? 

Wow! 

50 YEARS!!
How do they stay so young looking? 

 

Good Luck on the giveaway folks!  Hurry quick tho- its over soon on 12/12! 

Love, Suzsanna (Suzie) :) 

USA! USA! Jingle all the Way!

 

Woo hoo!! 

Its that time of year!

When we feel all goose bumpy and charitable, and closer than ever to our families and friends.

When we also feel stressed,  pressured, and torn between finding the best deals and finding the best gifts!

This year, more than ever... adding to the pile of emotions and decisions we are processing, is the growing awareness and commitment to buying Made in the USA products-- including from the good folks running smaller, more obscure businesses straight from  "The Heartland ".  You know...those businesses sprinkled all over the country with great products, low budgets, and dreams!  

Dreams that come in all sizes! 

To some- growing a small company into a successful enterprise that can support many other dreams is the end goal.   To others making enough money to take care of themselves/ their families, fund vacations, medical bills or college tuitions is plenty to dream about.   Others just have a great idea that they want to share with the world. For many, its all of the above!

These worker bees (like us!) are up early, up late- and working weekends in their shops, their offices, their basements/ kitchens/ garages,  small factories and even their cars, (no texting while driving, people!).

No matter where we work from or what stage of growth we are in, we all have one thing in common though-  we are all trying to bring our versions of the perfect holiday gifts to your door. To your loved ones!

And though there are many great products that are manufactured in many different countries, to us perfect starts with being made right here in our home country.
We believe that supporting our local affiliates, providing jobs for our community, and manufacturing our products with personal care and attention to quality and overhead, allows us to bring you the best possible product at a reasonable cost- with an acceptable profit for us.   

Of course, we have a lot of other reasons we believe OUR product is a perfect holiday gift, but today this blog is not about just us-
----its about the leagues of businesses- from small to big- who are committed to bringing you quality products made by your neighbors, your friends and your families- right here in the USA . 

There is so much involved in bringing a business to life in the US- to creating successes that will help us feed our families and nurture our communities.
Supply costs. Packaging and shipping costs.Taxes. Legal costs for filing and protecting trademarks and copyrighted designs. Possibly fighting infringements, patent pirates, and cheap copycats. Wages, energy and real estate- all cost more in the US.  Government regulations are tougher. And then the fees, fees and more fees!  
Advertising and marketing is a cost that most small businesses can't even consider because its very expensive... and often hit or miss.
(Yay for social networking- a time suck yes, but its free and connects us to our customers in a way no ad will - ever! )
 

In the end, most small or new businesses are just barely making ends meet, or worse- losing money - as they try to create success. 

But they persist.

Its the passion and dedication to one's craft, or belief in one's product, that drives most of these businesses to continue! 
And despite the numbers, you'd be surprised at how many give a percentage of their marginal sales to local, regional and national nonprofits, or donate product to local causes, schools and fundraisers. 

(I am proud to say that since 2009, Mouthman has donated hundreds of our shirts to Parents of Autistic Children and K.I.D.S (Kids in Distressed Situations)  Kids Are 1st, UNC Bears Athletic department (to support scholarship fundraising),  Relay for Life , and many elementary schools, sick kids and Secret Santa requests.  As well, a portion of sales go to Critter Pass Ranch and  Make a Wish foundation

So while you are challenging yourself to find the best Black Friday deals, or challenging yourself to create the most magical holiday for your family- please remember the incredible challenges these companies have to endure every day of the year to compete for a piece of the American Dream, and challenge yourself to at least spending a portion of your holiday budget on Made in the USA products.  Bonus good juju for safe, eco responsible and ethically made!  

To get started, 
click here to see our list of some wonderful and unique things we love.  Feel free to add your comments,  favorite products or links to other great lists!  Check out places like Etsy or just google what you're looking for but add "made in the USA" to your search term and see what pops up!  In other words, make your list if you have to, set your budget if you need to... then at least try to see if you can find those or comparable USA made products first. 

When you do that,  know that you are doing good for someone...and how wonderful that makes you feel too!  And isn't that what having a magical holiday is all about?

Here at Mouthman I have accepted the challenge and vow to spend most , if not all,  of my holiday spend on locally sourced, innovative and wonderful gifts made right here in my home country.
      *Cue "Star Spangled Banner"!  No wait ... "Jingle Bells'!......hmmm..

Okay, new challenge!
Someone please write a "Jingle in the USA!" song!  

 

Happy Christmas , Merry Hanukkah and have a Joyful Kwanzaa too! 

Best wishes to you all!

 ~Suzsanna

General Manager

PS: Hope you all have Mouthman shirts to send a hug and a chomp or to hug yourselves with!  
If not, heres a code to help you save some of your holiday dough- MADEUSA20. That will get you 20% off your entire order of 100 bucks or more!

Good through Cyber Monday. USA orders only.  

You can also accept your Shop USA challenge with one of favorite supporters right here!  

American Made Holiday Gift Guide

Superman Sam

I don't know why this little boy entered my life - He and I have never met personally, but through his families blog posts and photos I have gotten to know more about him than many people I have known all my life . Some people leave such incredible, indelible impressions as they pass through this life . Superman Sam was one of those. On Dec 14, Sam traded his cape for wings -- and but has left behind a community of immense love- courage mongers, keepers of faith, holders of hope and gratitude for the now- who will forever be changed by the blessing of having him cross our paths and leave his imprint in our hearts. Our psyches. Thank you for showing me so much I had no idea I needed to know little Sam. God bless you and your incredible family - you truly were a superhero.

http://supermansamuel.blogspot.com/2013/12/what-im-missing.html

November 15, 2013 by Suzsanna Kormos

Rainbow skeletons and why Aliens are our friends!

We love Skellies!!!

-- who knows why-- maybe because you all keep buying so many!

Or maybe because they subconsciously make us feel a little thinner when we wear them?  No matter why-- we are introducing yet another color to our closet full, just because.So now, besides  Black and White X-Ray, Purple,  and the very popular Pink, you can put a little groov-y in your chomp with this Rainbow colored TIe-Dye Guy!

 And lucky ! You can enter to win one of the first ones in the batch right here! <----Yes, click that!! 

 BTW, Mouthman Skeleton now tops the list as our number one selling shirt! So we figure we won't be done with this one until we give you few more color options too. Have a favorite? Let us know- But soon, I'm sure we'll have a yellow, blue and green and red..... Seriously though- we really should be making so many OTHER cool and fun designs!  Each of us here at Mouthman have our own a list of wannas- and we have an ongoing list of "hey you guys should makes" from our fans!  Tops is  Pink Hippo, Lion, Eagle, Horse, Walrus, Gorilla, Polar Bear, Bat, a Straight Jacket, Monster Truck, B52 Bomber,  Venus Flytrap (Thanks M Peters!) and of course  a cast of  licensed characters and seemingly endless sports mascots. Why,  in the scary monster realm alone we need to make a Mummy,  Dracula,  Godzilla,  Zombie and an Alien- (wait- are Aliens scary? Are they Monsters?  Why have we been taught that Aliens are scary anyway?  Shouldn't we be giving them the benefit of the doubt? What have they ever done to give us a bad first impression!!?  Didn't our parents teach us not to judge a book by its cover? And whats wrong with the cover anyway?? 

no, Aliens -- NOT scary.   Still cool, though, so we'll still make one. Now, if we only knew what they really look like... ;)  

 

 

Clearly there are many schools of thought on this!! :

like this from Luigi L ...

http://luigil.deviantart.com/art/Alien-Head-Designs-140216713 

 

  and so many others....

 

 

 

So, let us know what YOU think. 

That's one of the things that makes working for Mouthman so rewarding... the ideas and inspiration for our shirts come from everywhere- including YOU.

 And thats pretty cool too. 

 

Now, go enter the contest , win yourself one of the neato-est (and only CHOMPING ) skeleton shirts around- and we'll catch you back here soon! 

Peace Out! 

~Suzsanna

 

 

 

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November 10, 2013 by Suzsanna Kormos

Some days you save, some days you spend...and some days you WIN!

 

We understand how hard it is these days to get  great quality, non toxic,  eco friendly AND made in the USA- which is why we stand firm on what a great value our shirts are.  But every so often we like to reward our fans with a great deal to get their elbows flapping!  
So...  We have an awesome flash sale/giveaway going on at one of our favorite coupon sites- Hip2Save.com.

 Colin is relentless...here you will find a constant stream of deals, steals, coupons, reviews and giveaways!
 Here you will also find a chance to win one of ten of our shirts, and  our best deal yet- 25% off  any order,  or buy 2 get one free on any combo of TREX, RAPTOR and Original Shark.  Follow the link to get the code! 

http://hip2save.com/2013/10/11/giveaway-10-readers-each-win-mouthman-hoodie-shirts-colorful-and-animated-apparel/#.UlmXpROB4tY.facebook

Happy Chomping all! This deal goes away OCTOBER 15!  

 

 

 

October 12, 2013 by Suzsanna Kormos

Go ahead...make my day!

When I arrive at work at 8:30 am, I usually hang up my purse, glance at the phone to see if the little  orange 'messages waiting' light is blinking, ( it usually is..)  then turn on lights, my computer, and finally myself  by brewing a nice little espresso from the Kuerig for my daily latte. 

Today, when I noticed the light blinking on my phone,  for some reason I decided to listen to the one message before heading off to to the kitchen.

It was a customer. And she wasn't happy. 

Now I can tell you, I am normally a very nice person, but having a conversation with a frustrated customer before having that first cup of coffee could be, well...  a bit risky!  Potentially spirited and possibly regretful!
  But this woman's voice message seemed a little more urgent than the usual, so I knew I just had to call her back right away. She genuinely seemed frustrated and confused, yet, hopeful in her message -->"Hello, Mouthman?? ….Is it possible this is a good number, and that you can help me? I've called three times already! I'm really at my wits end! "  

Well, I don't like to leave people hanging at their wit's end if I can at all help it… so no coffee for me- instead, I just sat down, took a deep breath and dialed.

Sue W from Baltimore told me she recently bought our shirt for her grandson from a catalog.  When she discovered it was too small,  she called the company for an exchange to one size bigger.  They told her they didn't have any more sizes.  They told her her only option was to return the shirt. Since her grandson had already tried the shirt on ( and of course immediately went into giddy chomping mode ecstasy! ), she was horrified to learn that she was going to disappoint him - a lot!  The company didn't even bother to connect her to us- in fact telling her the shirts are no longer available. She was left in the dust..to fend for herself on her quest to find a replacement Mouthman shirt.

Now this lovely lady admits to having no relationship at all with the internet-  so she looked to the shirt for clues.  Bless her heart for believing that we DO still exist! She found our name on the tag, then triumphantly found our phone number through her yellow pages iPhone app.   She called early this morning with no idea that out here on the west coast there are many of us who are still sleeping at 6am and nowhere near our desks! (although once I actually fell asleep at my desk..but thats another fun story) 

I told her yes, of course we could help her! That we are the inventor/owner/manufacturer and yes proud sellers of our own beloved MouthMan shirts. 

And that no,  her grandson will absolutely not be left without HIS own beloved MouthMan shirt!  

And how sorry we are that she had to go through that letdown with the catalog seller...

And that some companies aren't all that great at referring a sale- even if it is to their own supplier and at the expense of a maintaining a positive relationship with their own customer. 

Needless to say, we had a wonderful conversation- we laughed and chatted like old/new friends.  I could tell she wanted to talk- and we enjoyed sharing stories about how Mouthman came to be,  our Journey connection, our families, our nationalities, and more. She shared her story of having Alopecia since childhood- having lost her hair as a teenager. She made fun of herself, yet all I could hear was how beautiful of a person she is. Not complaining just sharing and being gracious and extremely grateful for the time we were spending on the phone chatting it up. Her problem was solved by me insisting on sending her a free shirt in the size she needed for her grandson, on the premise that she please share the smaller shirt with another child. She got so excited to know she could do this, and immediately thought of giving it to her grandson's kindergarten class for their raffle- and promised to buy more shirts and tell everyone she knows to check us out.  She even offered to send a note to the catalog seller who wouldn't take the time to help her, to remind them that indeed we are still in business and they should be more helpful to their customers if they want them to order things out of their catalogs in the future. 

We hung up giggling, and promising to keep in touch as she told me how I absolutely made her day.

 

Well, Sue W from Baltimore, I know you probably cant read this, but  indeed you made mine too. And then some.

And in case I haven't said it enough to all of our friends and fans out there who ordering shirts,  sharing our story and rooting for our small company to succeed,  
You all make my day too. Every day. 

 

 

Now, time for my coffee! 

Suzsanna Kormos

General Manager/Brand Director. 

 

October 01, 2013 by Suzsanna Kormos

Take My Panda Out to the Ball Game

-- No words needed here..just giggles, lots of giggles..