It took me about five minutes to decide that I wasn’t going to release a range of Christmas cards this year, but it’s taken me a few weeks to work out how to tell you why. I’ve laid big chunks of my life bare on social media in the past because I’ve always liked sharing the good and the bad with you lot, so I felt like I had to do the same now. Plus there are people out there who have been huge supporters and promoters of my work and I didn’t want that to go unacknowledged.
In the end I’m going to cheat you a bit and not give you a reason. Because there are reasons (none of them bad for those of you who might worry), but they’re all my reasons and nothing that I need to share. In a world where so much of what we do is on show it’s nice to keep some things all for yourself occasionally. Suffice to say that you can’t always do everything that you want to, and sometimes you don’t want to do some of the things that you can.
I can’t tell what the future holds, but I have a strong suspicion that this won’t be the last you see of cheesy Samedog humour and pictures of sheep, hippos and assorted versions of reindeer on a Christmas card range. Even when I knew I wasn’t going ahead with them this year I still couldn’t help myself and ended up banking a handful of finished cards that I’d like to stick in front of your face one day when I’ve got more designs to keep them company.
BUT, it seems I found it quite hard to not release anything at all, so I have hit the publish button on one new design. It’s not anything flash, but it says a lot of things I’ve been thinking over the years in a couple of very short sentences, and now seems like a good time to give it its time in the sun. You can check the new design out here, or if you’ve got any favourites from the old lineup that you’d like to buy they’re still available right here. Or, you know, if you need to replace some Christmas t-shirts you can do that here (obviously more of a salesman than I realised!).
There’s only one thing I do ask: if you’re not going to spend money on Samedog products this year, please consider buying Christmas cards and products from other Red Bubble artists. There are so many cheaper options available to you in the supermarkets, but there are many talented artists out there who are doing much better things than the big companies and I’d love it if you could show them some support. I guarantee that you’ll get a unique design and you’ll make an artist’s day somewhere.
Thanks as always for your encouragement and enthusiasm along the way; it really has been a joy to unleash my work on you every year and watch you embrace what I’ve done. I can only hope that you’ll all stick around for the next part of the adventure.