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Nov 06 Posted by | No comments

STAY VOCAL All Star: Josh Nelson

STAY VOCAL is not just a brand selling T-Shirts to customers. Together, we are a community. And collectively, we ARE the voice of a progressive, positive world. This interview series features members of our community who are passionately staying vocal about a social issue important to them.

1. How did you first hear about STAY VOCAL?Josh Nelson - STAY VOCAL All Star
I was a freshman in college at the University of Missouri in Columbia, and I heard that The Code, None More Black, Rise Against, Against Me! and Anti-Flag were playing a show together in St. Louis. So, I called the rest of the Bent Left dudes who were still going to high school in Rolla at the time, and we each drove the 2 hours from our respective homesteads to Mississippi Nights (formerly one of St Louis' better venues to see bigger punk shows). Alex was there with a booth set up in the bands' merch area; peddling his original line of "Vocal" brand reuse shirts. I loved the message and I needed a new shirt to replace the sweat-soaked one I was wearing, so I bought one and told Alex I would send him some of my band's music. A few months later, we recorded our first real full-length, and I sent a copy to Alex hoping he might like what we were doing enough to add us to his roster of musical co-promoters (which included Strike Anywhere - one of my favorite bands ever). He dug it enough to put us up on his website and send us some schwag to sell and pass out at shows, and we've continued collaborating ever since.

2. What's the main social issue that you stay vocal about and how do you do it?
The other Bent Left guys and I have put a lot of social and political opinions out into the world through our music and community efforts, but the issue that I'm most personally passionate about is equality. Social stratification is the cause and effect of some really evil shit in this world, and it leaves hard working people like you and me sandwiched between two very powerful masses - megalomaniacal sociopaths and lazy assholes. I'm not a fan of either, so I try to level the playing field by encouraging people to cooperate more, compete less, take responsibility for themselves and get something worthwhile out of the human experience - primarily through leading by example and conversation, but also through music, art and even business.

3. Why is that issue passionate to you? I've had a lot of really great influencers over the course of my life, including my family, friends and educators, and the need for human equality has always been a common thread in their teachings.

4. Do you have something specific that you'd like to share with the SV community: art, song, video, etc?
Here's a video for a song that's mostly about the need to find positivity in really fucked up situations, like being hopelessly caught in a conflict perpetuated by witches and war mongers.



5. So, as you may know, it takes 400 gallons of water just to grow the cotton for 1 new T-Shirt. If you had that much water to use, what would you do with it instead?
Fuck, man. I live in Carmel Valley, CA where it hasn't rained like it's supposed to in 5+ years, so 400 gallons sounds like a ton. I'd keep that shit in my own personal reservoir to use for drinking, cooking and brushing my teeth so that they don't rot out from the ridiculous amounts of fluoride in our system. Then I'd take that same 400 gallons out of our gray water system and use it breathe life back into my very modest collection of fruit-bearing trees and garden vegetables. Then I'd eat the vegetables and hope the carrots cleaned my teeth well enough that I don't have to waste any additional water on brushing them again.

6. Besides wearing our shirts, how do you reuse in your daily life?
I love and live with Ali Morris, the famed videographer from the first half of the Stay Vocal ReUse Documentary Tour, so I reuse and pre-use everything from dishwater to carryout containers to grocery bags and back again. I also live in a community with a lot of contractors and construction workers, and they have a common yard for reusable lumber that people can take from to build fences, decks, sheds, etc. It's really awesome.

STAY VOCAL President George Bush T-Shirt7. What's your favorite SV design of all time?
I'm a big fan of the George W. Bush design where he's standing at a podium with an empty speech balloon floating above his head. I've had some really great fun with that one. My favorite GW quote of all time - "I enjoy a good bologna sandwich."

8. If you could design a T-Shirt for STAY VOCAL, what would it have on it?
I would do something about the amount of water wasted on growing the cotton and tobacco for commercial cigarettes. I fucking hate that industry. It would probably be a set of lungs full of water with a short statement on the belly button and upper back that encourages people to roll their own smokes with sustainable materials.

9. Any last words?
The whole world has been fucking itself to the same pornography for centuries, and it always ends the same - our poor, addicted, ignorant faces get covered in the hideous and unspeakable, and we're forced to repeat the process under the illusion that things will end differently until we're too old to be worth anything to anyone, and then we die. Preserving our resources is the only way to free ourselves of that inevitable fate, so I say we do it. It's way easier than dealing with the shame of endless public defamation and self-sabotage.

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Sep 17 Posted by | No comments

STAY VOCAL Pants? Yep.

A few months ago, I was scrolling through a search on Instagram under the hashtag, "reuse." All of a sudden, I came across something made with T-Shirts that I had never seen before: baby onesies! And they weren't just solid color T-Shirt onesies. There were Ghostbusters onesies, Bob Marley onesies, and so much more. And when I went to the website connected to these images, I found even more: children's leggings and pants made from T-Shirts too! I just had to reach out to the person behind these amazing pieces: Alix Joyal.

Alix Joyal of Joyaltee

Alix has been sewing for over 25 years and conveniently has a college degree in Textile Manufacturing and Marketing, as well as in Fashion Merchandising; both from the Fashion Institute of Technology in NYC. A few years ago, Alix got her start creating onesies and toddler pants for her two children. And as the story goes, people saw them, people loved them, so Alix began selling them.

For the past few months, when I found downtime from the documentary, Alix and I have been going over the possibilities. And today I'm excited to finally announce our collaboration and release the first pair of STAY VOCAL Harem Pants by Joyaltee. This one of a kind pair was made with one of the Water Saver Where There is Love T-Shirts.

Stay tuned. There's much more to come...

Water Saver Joyaltee

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Aug 28 Posted by | 1 comment

STAY VOCAL All Star: Kayle Martin, Vegan and Two-Time Cancer Cowgirl

Today begins a new chapter on our blog. STAY VOCAL is not just a brand selling T-Shirts to customers. Together, we are a community. And collectively, we ARE the voice of a progressive, positive world. This interview series features members of our community who are passionately staying vocal about a social issue important to them.

1. How did you first hear about STAY VOCAL?Kayle Martin - STAY VOCAL All Star
I first heard about Stay Vocal in person, actually. I was attending the Music in the Meadow event at Animal Place (a local sanctuary for farmed animals in my hometown in Northern California) a couple years ago and met the vivacious and rad founder, Alex Eaves, himself at the Stay Vocal booth.

2. What's the main social issue that you stay vocal about and how do you do it?
I am the Founder and Chief Cowgirl of Cowgirls & Collard Greens a cowgirl-themed vegan lifestyle website. The website focuses on my journey with breast cancer and how a vegan diet aided in my wellness and recovery. I write a weekly blog that focuses on review restaurants, vegan events, vegan products and and lots of food. My hope is to spread the message of health and wellness through a plant-based diet.

3. Why is that issue passionate to you? Living healthfully is important to me because there was a time when I was in a health crisis myself and I discovered if you don't have your health, you don't have much of anything. I want to see everyone live long, healthy lives all the while doing the best for our planet and all of its inhabitants.

4. Do you have something specific that you'd like to share with the SV community: art, song, video, etc?
I'd love to share my favorite cancer-kicking fully raw and vegan green juice recipe! Check out my YouTube video where I was featured on The Vegan Zombie's cooking show.



5. So, as you may know, it takes 400 gallons of water just to grow the cotton for 1 new T-Shirt. If you had that much water to use, what would you do with it instead?
Great question! Since I am a huge advocate of eating healthy through plants, I think I would use that 400 gallons of water to grow my own food instead. I already have a small veganic summer garden, but I'd love to expand it and grow fruits and veggies throughout the entire year. I think we should all be getting back to growing our own food as much as possible.

6. Besides wearing our shirts, how do you reuse in your daily life?
I reuse a lot in my daily life! I use Mason jars a lot to store food and drinks instead of using plastic. I am the queen of never taking a paper or plastic bag at the grocery store (that's what a big ol' vegan purse is for!). And, since I am a lover of fashion, always have been, but one of my favorite things to do is shop in vintage and thrift stores for "new" threads!

JFK Reusing Is Wicked Pissah Design7. What's your favorite SV design of all time?
Hmmm...call me old school, but I think I have to say the JFK design. A true classic.

8. If you could design a T-Shirt for STAY VOCAL, what would it have on it?
Well, funny you should ask because Alex and I have talked about maybe doing a collaboration. I think my tee design would have to include a horse on it. It's a must! Or maybe a (vegan) cowgirl of sorts.

9. Any last words?
I so appreciate being able to share a bit of my passion and just want to give a shout out to Alex and Stay Vocal for being so RAD! Keep on being rad. For folks who are interested in what I am up to, they can find more information on my website: cowgirlsandcollardgreens.com

Thanks and yeehaw!

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