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Our Story
Written by: Chad C. Nikolz
I first started printing my art onto tshirts when I was a kid. One day, in art class, my teacher started the day by saying, "Today... we get to learn to SCREEN PRINT!!!" I fell in love immediately. My mom bought me some blank tshirts, my teacher gave me extra access to the school's screen-press, and during recess I used my free time to start a little clothing brand called "Spyder Inc" (even though I had no idea what "Inc" meant).
Chad C. Nikolz
Photo: Brandon O'Connor
Model: Chad C. Nikolz
At first, I didn't make many prints, just enough for me. But, a little light turned on in my heart. Soon, kids were coming up, asking to buy my stuff. All that was cool enough. But, when my little sister (who was very particular about what she wore) asked if she could wear one of my prints, I knew I was onto something special.
Chad C. Nikolz
Photo: Chad C. Nikolz
Seeing an image that's been in my head find it's way onto a piece of clothing, and then onto a living, breathing, body is an amazing experience. My artwork literally walks out the door and has a life of it's own. I LOVE this.
Chad C. Nikolz
Photo: Brandon O'Connor
Model: Chad C. Nikolz
But my path to screen-printing hasn't always been so clear and clean. It's been a LONG TIME since I was that kid, printing tshirts during recess.
Chad C. Nikolz
Photo: Chad C. Nikolz
Life seems to gather a curious momentum. It swoops past, tucking dreams away into the quiet corners of your heart, the roar of grown-up expectations drowning them out.
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Photo: Riain Callahan
Model: Chad C. Nikolz
My return to screen-printing began almost 8 years ago. I was feeling very broken and frustrated with my path. I'd been trying to launch an opportunistic sunglass brand for many years, selling my wares to bike shops, all the while hoping the project would become solid enough for me to step away and focus on my buried passion for screen-printing.
Chad C. Nikolz
Photo: The Danimal
Model: Chad C. Nikolz
After a break-down, I left the city of Seattle on a bicycle. I loaded most of my personal stuff into a storage unit, strapping everything else onto my two wheels. Besides my basic camping supplies, I brought a computer, a camera, and some rechargeable batteries... all the tools I'd need to start building this website, my portal for sharing my dream of NikApparel.
Chad C. Nikolz
Photo: Chad C. Nikolz
I didn't go far, just across the water and onto a friend's land in the woods of Indianola. I set up a "hobo-palace" of tents and got to work designing the website. The situation was comical. Me, a city boy, living in the woods, afraid of squirrels and bugs, working all day on my computer in a tent, sleeping all night on the ground, surviving on bananas and peanut butter.
Chad C. Nikolz
Photo: Chad C. Nikolz
For the next few years, I came and went, living between my girl-friend's house, my car, and the "hobo-palace." I was still quietly working on NikApparel, printing new designs and doing photo-shoots with friends. But despite NikApparel's constant presence, I couldn't seem to pull the final trigger and release it.
Swordfern Village (AKA the home of Chad and NikApparel)
Photo: Chad C. Nikolz
Eventually, I moved into a cabin in Indianola, still coming and going from the city. The cabin was tiny, just big enough for me and my basic needs. With NikApparel still simmering away on the back-burner, I turned my attention towards the cabin and the land it sat upon. I was slowly leaving my city life for the woods. Chopping wood, carrying water, and learning to garden.
The Birdhouse (AKA the tiniest tiny-cabin in Swordfern Village)
Photo: Chad C. Nikolz
After a few years in the cabin, I built another one next door. This one was even smaller. It's purpose was to become my print studio. I still spent most my days working on the land, tinkering on the cabins, squeezing in odd jobs to pay the bills, hoping I'd someday feel secure enough to turn my full attention onto my dreams of NikApparel.
The Print Studio (AKA Sophia-Issabelle)
Photo: Chad C. Nikolz
By this point my theme has become obvious. I'm always preparing, never launching. A lifetime is passing and NikApparel has become a heart-breaking albatross around my neck. My fear keeps allowing me to slip other projects between me and my greatest gift.
The Print Studio (AKA Sophia-Issabelle)
Photo: Chad C. Nikolz
Little did I know that a few months after "finishing" my work on the cabins, I'd surrender to the buried dreams of my inner-kid, once again shaking up my lifestyle with intentions of finally giving NikApparel the light it longs for.
Chad C. Nikolz
Photo: Chad C. Nikolz
As if my body and my mind split, I suddenly made some dramatic choices and let the cabins go, returning them to the family I was slowly purchasing them from. I also gave away most of my things and moved back into a tent, keeping only what I'd need to create and run NikApparel.
The Sleeping Cabin (AKA Christopher-Alexander)
Photo: Chad C. Nikolz
As I write this, my bed is a hammock, my home is a yellow and white circus tent, and my days are lovingly filled with NikApparel stuff. I adore this project. I'm also petrified by it, scared that no one else will care. My passion has been buried below years of expectations. But slowly, one screen-print at a time, I'm steadily burning away my baggage.
Chad C. Nikolz
Photo: Chad C. Nikolz
I don't know where I'll sleep or print once it gets cold outside. All I know is RIGHT NOW. And right now it's time for NikApparel!!!
Chad C. Nikolz
Photo: Chad C. Nikolz
Thank you for checking out NikApparel. May you feel stunning while wearing our creations.
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Thank you from Chad C. Nikolz