No secret that Dabbin Dad loves to support small / upcoming business all across the united states. While I medicate, often venture on the internet for cool gear and came across 420 Apparel Store. Really enjoyed their designs and asked founder C. E. Kengott if he’d like to share the 420 Apparel Store story.
Tell Dabbin Dad readers a bit about yourself and background.
My name is C. E. Kengott and I have lived in Dallas, Texas for the past 14 years. I grew up in Chicago with 4 older brothers who taught me a lot about respect and integrity. I ended up going to a small college in Illinois and majoring in finance. I moved to Dallas upon a job opportunity and I was soon working with some colleges that were marijuana activists that introduced me to their cause.
What made you decide to start www.420apparelstore.com?
Well, after engaging with my fellow colleges, I was looking for a good way to enter the industry and be apart of the pot community. I finally got the idea for an marijuana apparel store, when my teenage nephew got in trouble for wearing an inappropriate weed shirt to school. I started talking with him and learning about the younger generation’s opinion on marijuana. I began to take the idea seriously when I created my first designs, discovering that I could make a difference.
What are some challenges you have had trying to run a marijuana culture
As more people begin to see marijuana as a wonderful source of health and benefits, the culture can then be accepted into today’s society. Problems within the marijuana community are barely recognized by others not associated with its purpose, making it difficult to ask for support by others. It will always be difficult to be accepted by all people, especially something as new as marijuana. I have experienced my fair share of discouraging onlookers, but the key is to move on keep fighting as this generation is more accepting of new cultures and ideas.
How does an idea for a shirt come together? Do you work with outside artists?
A design always starts with a simple idea and evolves into a complete design that has meaning. Whenever my nephew or I have an idea to for a new design, I make multiple draft sketches, and then digitalize my drawing through an illustrating application on my computer. Our designs are then sent out to be manufactured in California. Our goal for these designs are to successfully express our support and love for the marijuana culture.
Favorite music album to medicate to? Voodoo child by Jimi Hendrix