Andy Boy

I think I am an artist, yet I am currently employed at an assisted care facility in Santa Cruz. I work in the kitchen. I would love to delve into this story further but will restrain myself at this point for a quick side note I found amusing.

The kitchen receives fresh produce daily, and one of the vendors is “Andy Boy Brand” out of Salinas. They provide a lot of lettuce and other fruits and vegetables. As my secret identity was completing another kitchen chore, my real identity, the artist was intrigued by the logo of this vendor.

This is their logo,

I decided that my boys, who are going to college and have grown up around my enthusiasm for odd imagery, would also appreciate the logo. Especially if I could get it on a t-shirt. I think they have embraced some of my ideas and then filtered them through their own punk ethos. So I decided to refer back to some tricks of the trade I learned while working sales and marketing in the high tech industry. If you know how to approach a company, express yourself properly and write a proper correspondence, you can usually get companies to send you free stuff. Companies spend money on marketing material that often ends up sitting in a storage room. If you can find the right person in the organization they are usually more than happy to see their brand further disseminated through any channel just to get rid of the excess swag.

I looked up the company online and called in.

“Hello, I am wondering if you might have any promotional t-shirts with your Andy Boy logo I could acquire?”

“Um, I’m not sure, let me transfer you.”

“Andy Boy Produce, may I help you?”

“Hello, I am wondering if you might have any promotional t-shirts with your Andy Boy logo I could acquire?”

“Um, I’m not sure, let me transfer you.”

Now this is where patience and persistence pay off. I repeated my request through seven transfers. And then I reached Claudia.

“Hello, I am wondering if you might have any promotional t-shirts with your Andy Boy logo I could acquire?” I proceeded to explain that I was hoping to get a couple of t-shirts for my sons as I was sure they would also really appreciate the company logo.

“Well, I am not sure. I know we have some items in the back room, not sure if there are any t-shirts but why don’t you send me your boy’s sizes and your mailing information and I will take a look to see what we have.”

Jackpot! I immediately e-mailed my contact information and thanked her again for anything she could offer. Claudia responded within minutes that she had taken a look and didn’t find any t-shirts but was sending us a couple of hats and a few other items. Wow, I was stunned at the response. How cool is this, that a simple phone call, an exercise lasting no more than 10 to 15 minutes of my time and I had funny stocking stuffers for my boys.

I couldn’t believe that a package arrived two days later. I was so excited. Not only at the idea of getting some cool “logo” swag for my boys but at the success of my venture. I tore open the box and pulled out the hats. O.K., so this was a bit of a glitch in the fun. When I looked up the company online I noticed, but didn’t take much heed to their prominent support of the “Breast Cancer Research Foundation”.

http://www.andyboy.com/

A fine and noble cause without doubt. And I am in no way disparaging this cause or community with this blog, but I am not sure my young college age sons will think it is quite as cool to wear this logo around San Francisco,

But I don’t know. Perhaps I am seeing presumptions my sons won’t. Perhaps they will wear their Andy Boy- pink ribbon hats proudly and confidently.

Wouldn’t that be great.