It’s no secret that the graphic tee business has substantially grown in the past few years. With the success of comic book movies along with geek culture becoming mainstream, graphic tees can now be found in every clothing store and worn by fans of all ages and backgrounds.
Beginning in 2009, RIPT has brought 3 brand new tees daily for fans all across the globe. While some fans may have 1,2, or even 10 shirts, we think that we may have found the ultimate RIPTster.
Meet Ryan: Possibly the biggest RIPTster and t-shirt fan we have had the pleasure of meeting. So without much further ado, let’s get to the interview!
- Tell us a bit about yourself. Where are you from? What is your occupation?
My name is Ryan and I’m from New Jersey. I’m originally from South Jersey but now live in North Jersey (not far from the Big Apple), with my loving wife, Tina, and 5 yr old daughter, Anza. I’m an entrepreneur by heart, having started my first company, an automotive trade show business, prior to my graduation from Rutgers University. After a few years of running that business, I wanted to change tracks so I got my MBA in Finance from American University in Washington, DC and then did the corporate grind for many years. Right now, besides being a full-time Dad, I’m a landlord and RIPT rep! For the latest awesome pop culture tees, check out RIPTapparel.com and use code ‘RIPTRYAN’ at checkout for 10% off of your order! Sorry, I’ve been pitching RIPT to almost everyone I run into, including the tree guy that came to my house this morning and asked about the RIPT gear I was wearing, so it just kinda comes out LOL. Our family also has an art gallery and music studio in Linwood, NJ, Nashville North Studios (Home of NNS Records) which you can check out at NashvilleNorthStudios.com.
2. When did you first hear about RIPT? What was your very first t-shirt?
I first heard about RIPT when I saw a Facebook ad in October of 2015. The ad featured a design mash-up of two of my favorite things, The Nightmare Before Christmas and Pumpkin Spice beer! This was my first time ever seeing a daily shirt site and with some trepidation watching the clock tick down, I placed the order! The shirt is King Jack’s Pumpkin Spice Burton Ale by Zac Atkinson, which I still have and is still one of my favorites!
3. When did you decide that you wanted to collect t-shirts, and why?
It’s kind of funny, but before I got into graphic tees I was not a fan at all! I can remember saying to more than 1 person over the years, I don’t understand why someone would want to wear a design on their shirt that is going to cause people to stop and stare at them. Now I can think of nothing better than displaying and sharing creative art that you love right on the front of a shirt. I’m not sure exactly why my feelings changed on this, but I think it had something to do with having a kid and rediscovering the joy of all of the books, toys, cartoons, and movies that I grew up with. Now, when I see an adult with a boring plain shirt, or even an uninspired or unimaginative graphic tee, I feel a little sad for them and have the urge to tell them about RIPT Apparel!
4. Do you have a favorite shirt?