As we wind down to the end of 2016, and the holiday festivities rev up, looking back on this past year starts to occupy more of my thoughts. It has been an incredible year of creativity, growth, new relationships and business opportunities. But first, let me just get this out in the open: yes, I am hoping you’ll consider giving the gift of Gearhead product this holiday season. It is not too late. Read on for freebies and last minute sales!
The year began with the long-awaited issue No. 19 of Gearhead Magazine. If you missed it, you can still buy physical copies to flip through at the discounted rate of $3 now until 12/31/16. For those of you who dig the digital format, get your FREE digital copy to peruse at your leisure! Click here to download now. Ends 12/31/16.
New t-shirts and accessories have abounded this year as well, necessitating extensive appearances at various car shows including the infamous Viva Las Vegas and Mooneyes Xmas show. Check out the photos on Instagram and Facebook.
Taking a break from May through July, a litter of corgi pups made a guest appearance, produced by shop dog Twix. Gearhead went on hiatus until these little rascals were old enough to go to their new forever homes. Miss Cool Luci Fur stayed behind to become the newest Gearhead Mascot, joining Dooly and Twix in patrolling the grounds and protecting the shop. I posted a day-by-day update on my personal Facebook; Click here for pictures! It was alot of work, but one of the most rewarding productions I've been involved in.
Gearfest 2016 rocked at the end of September with knock out performances by the reformed Red Planet, Roxy Suicide (featuring Dave from The Mansfields) Pat Todd and the Rankoutsiders (former Lazy Cowgirls), Sacramento’s Troublemakers and a guest performance by Leesa G from The Creamers. Hot rods, and a Ms. Gearheadcontest rounded out the outstanding night. There will be a series of videos coming to You Tube in 2017, I promise. But till then, check out the photos here.
Renewing relationships with some of our best retail customers rounded out the rest of this year. Click here for a full list of stores carrying GEARHEAD products.
I firmly believe in celebrating the famed Twelve Days of Christmas. It’s so much more fun to get gifts through out the end of the year. According to the Music Business Association, Compact Discs are still the most popular music gift given at Christmas! Stuff your stockings with some good ol’ rock & roll; many Gearhead Compact Discs are now only $2! This sale ends Monday Dec. 26, 2016 so order today!
Back issues of Gearhead Magazine are also on sale for $1 so stock up and have some weird and wild stuff to read while you hang out for the holidays! This incredible deal lasts through the end of the year, 12/31/16.
And finally, all orders placed will receive a free digital download card stuff with great GEARHEAD music, as well as a reusable tote bag, while supplies last!
Thank you all for sharing this ride with me. I am grateful for the support you have shown through out the year. Your wonderful letters and purchases this year have fueled this journey and I can’t wait for the fun stuff coming in 2017, including some new records, a new magazine and some killer new threads.
Wishing you all a very happy prosperous holiday season filled with joy and health, and remember,
Live Fast, Be Weird!
Happy Thanksgiving from all of us at Gearhead.
We are grateful for you, our customers, friends and fellow hot rod and punk enthusiasts.
Wishing you and yours a very special Thanksgiving holiday!
It seems like it was just yesterday that we celebrated Gearfest back in September, and now it’s almost Thanksgiving! I guess the saying time flies when you’re having fun applies in this case; we’ve been having a blast here! Those of you who weren’t able to join us for Gearfest can check out the pictures here and the write up here. We’re already working on next year’s party, but more on that soon.
The holidays are right around the corner, which means it’s time to start thinking of those special gifts for family, friends and of course yourself! Spend your cash at the big box stores and black Friday sales, or support local, unique, and kustom? Those questions loom larger now than ever before.
It’s been crankin’ here at GEARHEAD HQ, getting kustom products ready for the winter season. How about a warm Gearhead hoodie, a handcrafted oil-tanned leather biker wallet, or a custom banner for your buddy’s shop wall? These are just a few of the new items out now for the holiday season!
And while supplies last every order gets a free digital download card full of GEARHEAD tunes to keep or use as a stocking stuffer.
On a final note, our deepest condolences go out to Miriam and the Norton Records crew with the passing of head-honcho Billy Miller. Our scene wouldn’t be the same with out the work those two have done digging up obscure wild rock and roll. You will be deeply missed Billy.
Wherever this Thanksgiving weekend takes you, be safe, listen to some great tunes, and know that GEARHEAD is here, keepin’ things cool and interesting till you get back around it. We are thankful every day we get to keep our finger on the pulse of the coolest rock, the baddest cars and the weird and wild world of kustom kulture. Happy Thanksgiving!
Live Fast, Be Weird! #livefastbeweird
Wishing you and your loved ones a wonderful holiday season, filled with the blessings of love and good cheer! From your friends at GEARHEAD!
Hey Team Gearhead! The Holiday Season is upon us now, and things are really revving up! Many thanks to those of you who stepped up and supported GEARHEAD during our Kickstarter Campaign. With your help, the goal was reached and passed! Interested in this story? Read More Here!
Curious about what this new issue of GEARHEAD will look like? It will have a similar look to the previous issues, with black and white insides and a full color cover. It should be back from the printers by the end of the year! This was a learn as I go project, but I think it turned out pretty great. You can read further about this here!
To say thank you for hanging in there with me, head over to the GEARHEAD webstore and enter code GEARHEADXMAS2015 for your 50 % discount on everything in the store! All T shirts, vinyl, magazines and everything else in the store is on sale until Dec.26, 2015. Use the code GEARHEADXMAS2015 at check out to get your 50% discount! SHOP NOW!
In honor of the holidays, I’d like to leave you with this cool hot-rod themed classic, written by Ronald L. Cherry & Kelly Cherry ©2005Sidepipes roar, are you listnin’?
In the lane, slicks are spinnin’,
Ya better hang tight,
The rear end is light,
Cruisin’ in a Winter Wonderland
From my fuzzy family to yours, may your holiday season be filled with good cheer and lots of rad stuff to celebrate,
Xo Rev. Michelle
I love that American Express has launched all these ads encouraging consumers to celebrate local small and independent businesses this holiday season! It's the cool little independent boutiques and shops where you find the creative, the unique and the inspiring gifts for this holiday season. Not that malls don't have their place, but honestly, how many times can you shop at a Walmart or a Target and find something unique and kustom?!
Gearhead is honored to be among the rank of small local businesses and even though I closed our retail boutique several years ago, you can still shop our online store for tons of cool stuff!
Take advantage of the Small Business Saturday discount now and use code SBSNOV2015 at check out and receive 25% off your entire order! Really, it's that EASY!! But hurry, this deal ends Nov. 30, 2015.
To say I am grateful for the support I've received would be an understatement. GEARHEAD is not just a brand, it is a community. So I share with you all a grateful heart, and the words of my pet punk rock liberty-spiked turkey, Happy Thanksgiving!
xoxo Rev. Michelle
Automotive Journalist, Editor and Publisher of Gearhead Magazine, Gearhead Records, Gearhead Apparel, DJ, Punk Rocker, Master Gardener, Minister, Environmental Activist and Animal Lover... who IS this person?!