Bigfoot Patrol embroidered patch: a retrospective
Bigfoot Patrol patch on Kickstarter
The Bigfoot Patrol embroidered patch was the design that started what would eventually become Monsterologist and the entire collection of monster, creature & cryptozoology patches, buttons, stickers and all the rest of the artist merchandise lineup.
The Bigfoot Patrol started out as my first Kickstarter campaign almost 4 years ago back in August 2014. Being new to Kickstarter, production, spreadsheets and shipping, I made the funding goal a bit too high and the rewards a bit too ambitious. The campaign didn't fund.
But I learned a lot, got the patches made anyways, and even shipped them to the backers (I did ask for donations to cover expenses, which many kindly did).
The original sketch (above) looks a lot different than the current design, but the original has it's own charms.
Yeti Squad, Sasquatch Brigade & Cryptid Command
That experience led to the successful Yeti Squad campaign, then the extremely successful Sasquatch Brigade campaign which got highlighted as a "Project We Love" on Kickstarter. That brought in more attention and backers, which helped propel things even further.
Vendor Events and Beyond!
Another successful campaign, and by this time I began exploring the world of artist tables and vendor events. The first Mothman Festival opened my eyes up to the possibility of being a full-time monster artist — which was the goal since I was 8 years old!
Of course, a big thank you to all the fans who backed me since all the way back in the Bigfoot Patrol days. It made (and continues to make) a huge difference, and none of this would be possible without your enthusiasm and support. I can't thank you enough!
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