Tangent #2: Shark Tank Thursday

As you can see, this post is not about my dissertation. That will come later today. I did, however, want to share a press release that I wrote about my dad’s small business and our experience trying out for shark tank. This post should come as a refreshing departure from my last theory-heavy post. My facebook followers probably have already heard the story, but just in case there is anyone out there with connections to small business publications or advice on how to increase small business visibility, I wanted to put this out there. Note: I have received quite a bit of valuable feedback. Thanks to everyone who is following my blog, and please share with others!

Apex “Elder”preneur™ Pitches Line of T-Shirts in Hopes of Making Big Splash at Shark Tank Casting Call

Long time NC Resident Hopes to Take State-Themed Shirts Coast to Coast

Jud Patterson Shark Tank T-Shirt

Apex, N.C. – At 60 years young, Apex resident Jud Patterson shows no signs of slowing down as he and his son Jay traveled to Greenville, North Carolina last week to pitch the former’s new line of ink-free T-shirts in hopes of landing a spot on an episode of the upcoming season of Shark Tank.

The T-shirt line, branded as “State”ments™, are made using custom cut stencils and a special bleaching solution that removes the dye from the shirt, leaving an image of one of the 50 U.S. States on the shirt with an appropriate quotation inside the image. Using music lyrics as the primary theme, Jud pitched three of his more popular shirts – “Carolina In My Mind,” “Mississippi Queen,” and “California Girls” to the Shark Tank talent scouts early Thursday morning. His son, Jay, assisted by creating a musical mash-up of the three songs that corresponded to the shirts Jud was wearing, one underneath the other. During each musical transition, Jay peeled the shirts off of his dad one by one. After the clip of “California Girls” ended, Jud revealed his final shirt with one simple message: I “heart” Shark Tank.

While the ultimate goal is to strike a deal on Shark Tank in order to put the shirts in stores nationwide, this unique line of T-Shirts has already proven popular. Jud Patterson has sold nearly 400 shirts with minimal marketing at the Raleigh flea market. Recently, the “elder”preneur has seen a rapid surge in the interest of his product as he just received a wholesale order for 300 shirts to be sold in American Beachwear and Aloha Gifts, a specialty store located in Tybee Island, Georgia. Additionally, Jud’s shirts are slated to be featured at a tradeshow in Las Vegas next month which attracts wholesale buyers from all over the nation.

“Getting to pitch my product at the Shark Tank casting call was by far one of the greatest opportunities I have ever had to really launch my product into mass markets,” said Jud Patterson. “Making it to the next level would be nothing short of a dream come true, and it would prove to fellow ‘elder’preneurs that it is never too late to pursue your passion.”

Jud sells his “state”ments and other specialty shirts for $20.00 – $25.00 dollars (depending on size and style), which includes free shipping and handling. Discounts are given for orders of 24 or more shirts.

On most people's 60th birthdays, they begin planning for retirement. For Jud Patterson, he was just working on his next big idea.
On most people’s 60th birthdays, they begin planning for retirement. For Jud Patterson, he was just working on his next big idea.

For more information and to see pictures of available designs, you can visit his website at www.statesments.com. To place an order or request a custom design, contact publicist/PR Manager Jay Patterson at 919.810.8135 or by e-mail at patterson.reynolds@gmail.com. You can also visit our Etsy Store entitled KreativeTees (although shipping and handling is not free through this platform). You may also contact Jud directly at 919.810.7472.

Business updates and new products are featured regularly on Jud’s Twitter account, @beerhopper.


Sunday Funday: Academic Glutton’s Top Picks

Each Sunday, I will feature a book, magazine article, TV Show, Artist, Song, or any other product or service that I believe everyone needs to experience. For this week’s top pick, I provide for your pleasure a song: Jimmy Fallon’s cover of Iggy Azalea’s “Fancy” done in the style of Neil Young accompanied by Crosby, Stills, and Nash. Now that is what I call talent.