10 reasons to love Pineapples


Doesn’t it just seem like everyone is obsessed with pineapples lately? I mean, we’re not one to talk. As soon as we printed the first tank top with this summer’s pineapple design, we couldn’t wait to slap it on a few more options of shirts to spread the pineapple love. So what’s with all the hype? Well, we’re here to tell you.

1. Pineapples symbolize hospitality. According to legend, after a long journey at sea, a captain would spear a pineapple on a fencepost outside his home as an invitation to visit, share food and drink, and listen to tales of his voyage. Hey, we’re all into adventure afterparties.

2. Pineapples are tasty. Yes, you knew that… but it’s more than enough reason to love them. And they’re even better when tossed on the grill to get them all juicy and sweet. Summertime is just around the corner. Don’t deny your grill the juicy sweetness of a pineapple.

Jalapeno Pineapple Margarita3. Pineapple Jalapeño Margarita. There’s not much more that I need to say about this one. Spicy? Sweet? Boozy? We’re in. Check out the awesome recipe here.

4. Pineapples are hardcore. You can’t make jello with fresh pineapple because it’s so corrosive it breaks down the gelatin and other proteins. I mean, that officially makes pineapple the most hardcore ‘fruit’ you’ve ever known.

5. Foreigners are exotic. The pineapple was first called “anana,” a Caribbean word for “excellent fruit.” However, when it landed in the Hawaiian islands, Hawaiians called it “halakahiki,” which means “foreign fruit.

6. They’ve got the good stuff. Pineapples are full of bromelain which is all sorts of good for you. It’s an anti-inflammatory, muscle relaxant, digestive aid & even prevents tumor growth (hello, that means no cancer).

7. Baby pineapples are sassy. Pineapples begin as a bright pink cluster in the middle of the pineapple plant. And here you thought we just went crazy choosing screen print colors.

8. They’re worth the wait. It actually takes 1.5 – 2 years for each pineapple plant to grow a single fruit, so appreciate every bite.

9. Community of Fruits. A pineapple is not actually a fruit. It is the result of many flowers whose fruitlets have joined around the core. Which means it’s a tiny fruit community. Remember that next time you pillage a pineapple village.

10. Pineapples cause smiles. Not only does eating raw pineapple give you a mood-enhancing energy boost, but wearing a pineapple is sure to bring a smile to your face all day long. (I can speak from experience). So check out our new pineapple tees and snag your own personal pineapple happy pill.

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What’s your favorite thing about pineapples?

Sunglasses at Night Party – Fort Collins

We’re heading back to the Mayor with this season’s new selection of POLARIZED sunglasses. That’s right!? This year, our glasses are polarized!

So $5 gets you sweet new Akinz polarized sunglasses, a ticket for a free beer from local brewery, Horse & Dragon, a chance to win Akinz goodies, free Akinz stickers and live entertainment from DJ N810

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SIA wrap-up

So it’s been a couple weeks since the Snowsports Industries of America show ended, but it has taken us that long to catch up and process after the whirlwind of a show!  This was our 2nd year at SIA so we kinda knew what to expect this time around, but it is always insane.   Load in only took about 500 trips between the 2 of us thru the service elevator since the convention center won’t let you use a dolly (weirdest rule ever) so we were a little tired after move-in day.


But even though we’d been there before, getting that badge with your name and Exhibiting Member at the bottom was still pretty exciting. IMG_3308

The first day of the show was wrapped up with lots of beers (happy hour starts at 5pm on the show floor) then on to pickle vodka at Red Square.


Cutest product of the weekend?  The tiniest size of the Burton learn to ride snowboard boots for all those up and coming groms.


Product I wanted to steal from the show floor?  Jess Kimura’s Capita board from next year… I mean… lightning bolts and flying kittens.  IMG_3343

Day 3’s happy hour was filled with a little game of LCR at the Burton LTR booth that I didn’t win but I did get LTR dice.    IMG_3348

Megan and me sporting the cowl neck hoodie dresses.


And of course no SIA show is complete without a little snow.


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Holiday Hullabaloo 2014

Just a couple days til our Holiday Hullabaloo for 2014!!  This year we’ll have $10 T-shirt madness for you early Christmas shoppers to stock up on presents for people you want to think you spent more on them than you did.  We’re also doing live printing with an exclusive design from us, Allie Ogg and the return of 2 fan favorites from past artists. (details soon).  Plus we’ll have holiday refreshments and entertainment as well as raffle prizes for attendees.

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Hats for the Homeless


We are so excited to announce that we have teamed up with Homeless Gear for this year’s Hats for the Homeless promotion!! From October 15th – November 15th, buy any handmade beanie and we will donate a beanie to Homeless Gear.  Our goal is to reach 1000 beanies to meet their needs for the winter season, so please share the word by telling your friends about our program!  


Homeless Gear’s Mission:  To provide homeless men, women and children with the supplies that they need to survive on the streets and the support and companionship that they need to navigate the path from homelessness to self-sufficiency


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We <3 Handmade

We have met a lot of people recently who were not aware of the handcrafted elements that make our clothing so special. Well, it all started when Suzanne decided to start printing tees herself on the kitchen floor of her studio apt back in 2005. Almost a decade later, with the addition of a storefront and some better equipment, the idea of In-House manufacturing is stronger than ever. Yes we take the time to print up every shirt just for you right in the back of our shop. We make all of our beanies and headbands in house as well. Countless hours have been spent crocheting and knitting but it has been a very cool experience pioneering our own production process that we take so much pride in. We are very excited for the release of our ’14/’15 line this fall and we have some goodies in there so be on the lookout. Viva La Handmade Revolution! photo
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