Ok, about pages are pretty boring, so I'm going to do this as corny as possible. Extra interweb points if you read to the end....
Once upon a time, there was a car kid.
This car kid was a car kid in spirit only, he didn't have any cash to spend on his car, so instead, he hand-made stickers and played around in ms paint to see what 26" wheels looked like on a VW beetle. What started out as an innocent outlet of vehicular creativity soon grew into something more. From there, the car kid discovered Photoshop and creativity bloomed. Animated gifs were discovered as well as layers, effects and brushes. All sorts of wacky and wonderful things were possible. A v8 in a Mini, a targa top Silvia, a slammed Austin Allegro...
Car kid got a lame retail job, the job was enough to pay rent, but a decision had to be made whether to pay for car modifications, or registration. It was 2008 and it was looking like modified car dreams would be crushed until car kid had an idea; his car club needed some tees - he could design something in photoshop, get them made up and sell for a profit! A design was drawn up and received with much enthusiasm, it was a big process, lots of organisation and lots of legwork, but in the end, rego was paid for AND car modifications were had. **INSPIRING**
Car kid got a job in design and soon discovered a program called Illustrator. Illustrator opened car kid's eyes, he fell in love with it. Although there was no use for it in the design job, car kid spent hours and hours staying back after work to learn how to use it. He drew cars from scratch and soon built a small portfolio of designs which he then uploaded to an online t-shirt store. The tees were all outsourced and car kid soon realised that when someone else is making your gear, you have no control over the quality. He could see that he had to take a more hands on approach.
At this time, car kid purchased a Datsun Bluebird - Burubado in Japanese. Online, people began calling him Burubado.
With an identity, a reputation for great design and an unstoppable drive, Burubado decided it was time to get serious. He saved up and purchased a vinyl cutter, a heat press, some top of the range vinyl and some blank tees and he began teaching himself how to make tees and stickers from initial design through to a completed end product. With a few small sales under his belt he proclaimed "IT IS TIME" and launched the Burubado Facebook page.
Word travelled fast, for every order completed, Burubado saw two more come back. With a popular, high quality product manufactured in house, it was clearly time to Launch burubado.com - an online store for the Car Club tees and stickers. An ugly, cheap, clunky store was built and immediately started moving product. As other car clubs heard of the way Burubado was helping this club, they started asking questions. Burubado made it easy for them to sell their merch online and enabled fundraising without any work on their behalf.
Soon, Burubado had a whole list of clubs selling through his store as well as a large number of people ordering custom stickers and tees through the Burubado Facebook page. Burubado soon went from taking up one room of the house, to pretty much all of it. The current house was sold and another more suitable one purchased, but soon Burubado began taking over the new house too. It was time for a dedicated building. A shed was built and the fit out slowly pieced together bit by bit. Each week a new bench, rack, shelf or table was added until the shed was a well set up, productive workspace.
Work continued ramping up and Burubado was all of a sudden a full time job on top of the day job. Two full time jobs will wear someone out faster than a cheap sticker in the sun. It couldn't continue at that pace, so the decision was made to take Burubado full time. With 10 years at the day job and the resulting accumulated long service leave, it became reality. The leave was cashed in and combined with savings to purchase a Roland printer, vinyl, laminate and a laminator. The learning once again began....
Being able to digital print stickers and tees opened up a world of endless possibilites, Burubado taught himself quickly and was able to finally produce the highest possible quality stickers and tees and soon everyone was raving about them. A new online store was built (this one!) and everything was cranking along superbly. Word quickly spread once again, as everyone saw the new product. A new method of creating special effect stickers was devised and saw incredibly vibrant stickers at a quality usually only seen at the highest end of the market.
Well it looks like we've arrived at today. Burubado is in the shed working non stop still and saving madly for the next step up. What will it be? I guess we'll have to watch this space!
You may be wondering what happened with Burubado's inner car kid. He's still well and truly there, every now and then he escapes and tinkers with the Datsun or the Valiant. He'd tell you it's not nearly often enough, but Burubado step in and tell you that good things take time. Even though building the car has taken a ridiculously long time, it will be worth it in the end, when car kid can be unleashed to throw it sideways out on the tarmac and destroy some tyres. Soooooooooooon.
This isn't an ending, it's a continuing story, be a part of it on Facebook & Instagram.