Yes, that’s right, “Patshead.com” has a Tindie store. I’ve been following him on Twitter for a while and thought that anyone using a spinning head as his Twitter icon had to be worth getting to know. When I pinged him for an interview, he let me know that he’d be interested in an interview, but was, “A little worried that [he’d] be completely the opposite of the average Tindie user.” Obviously was going to be interesting!
First of all, I needed to know where Pat’s head came from.
I don’t remember all the exact details. A bunch of us from work used to sometimes gather at a bar/restaurant that was between two of our offices. This was back in ’99 or 2000. We somehow get very excited about the idea of turning my head into a spinning gif, and we got the idea that I should register patshead.com. For most of its life, patshead.com just hosted my email, some makeshift photo galleries, and a page with not much more than my spinning head.
I still get terribly excited when a website or social media network spins my head. I’m still grandfathered in with an animated gif on Twitter. Our makerspace, TheLab.ms in Plano, is very active on Meetup, and our pages on Meetup are often teeming with tiny spinning heads. When new people show up in person, I often hear, “I recognize you! You’re the spinning head on half of the Meetups!”
Though perhaps a little offbeat by “normal” standards, Pat seems like exactly the type of person that might sell on (or write for) Tindie. How is he different from the average Tindie user?
I’d probably be happier if no one ever bought anything from my Tindie store! Everything in my store is a 3D printed object that I designed. All the designs are Open Source. I’d much rather see people print their own, or find a local makerspace that can help them out.
I wasn’t selling anything for a long time, but I regularly had people reach out to me asking where they could acquire one of my breadboard vises. I don’t want to be in the business of manufacturing, but I quite enjoy the idea of real people making use of the stuff I design. With the breadboard vise, I tell people that this is too much money to pay for $1.25 worth of ABS plastic.
Talk about a low-pressure sales pitch! So if you want something from Regan’s inventory, just print it yourself. On the other hand, if you don’t want to do that, Tindie presents another alternative!
Since you’re probably wondering: