The nights in Windhoek just seem to keep getting colder and colder. On this particular night we found ourselves sweet talking the guards over at NBC radio. Princess M, one of the radio presenters on National Radio gave us permission to join her in the studio and snap a few pics of her “Running It” on the mic. The only challenge now, was to sneak our camera onto the premises. Something that NBC does NOT allow.
We talked about the weather, plans for the weekend and shared some jokes. But it was the “The Rains In The North Were Really Good This Year” conversation that really set the tone. They instantly liked us so much that they completely neglected to search our green backpack……Mission Complete!
After speaking to the receptionist, Lady M came to greet us and led us to her studio. The lighting was dim, the TV was on Big Brother StarGame and the sounds of “Umlilo” filled studio. We spent a few minutes talking and then she had to read a few announcements. When she sat down on that chair she was a completely different person . The chemistry between her and the microphone was amazing. Then after the announcements, Princess M was gone and Matilda was back.
-Radio Dj/Presenter on National Radio 91.7/92.6 Fm
“We’re back! And this time we mean business”
Those were the very words we used On Wednesday when we went to work on Operation “i.R.T Self Service” after our disappointingly failed first attempt. Even though the confidence was sky high, our fingers were still crossed.
When you work with a pool of Blood, Sweat and Tears all over your face, mistakes like this will most definately happen.
We started pretty late with the whole process, 17:26 to be exact. Andrew was already on site as I rushed through 5 o’clock traffic. He was finalizing some artwork and pleading with Mr.S (the owner of the building) for him not to close for the day until we finished. To be completely honest with you guys, I had no idea what I was doing at first. Andrew and one of Mr.S’s employees were right in it……cutting into things, tearing away at other things and printing even more things. I just stood there, wanting to help but, the sound of Mr.S shouting …”DO NOT WASTE THIS MATERIAL OR MAKE MISTAKES BECAUSE IT IS VERY EXPENSIVE” was ringing so hard in my ears that I didn’t know if I should.
After shaking off the nerves and drinking a painkiller for the damage done by Mr.S, I joined Andrew. A few mistakes were made on my part but nothing major. I guess in life you always have to take some sort of risk if you’re gonna reach a goal. This time it payed off……This time
The day was a success and the next day we completely finished all of the shirts. To make the day even better, we spotted Princess-M sporting an i.R.T top and she was happy enough to take some pics and spend a bit of time with us.
Will post about that very soon.
SO as you all can imagine, we are super psyched about the “Official” launch which takes place in fourteen days time. So to make the day even more special, we decided that we will not only do the designs but, we will actually make the physical artwork and hand press these first shirts too.…..Goin the extra mile.
We found this picture on a wall in the printing place of our choice. I don’t know what the story behind this is but, it looks like some sort of an achievement to have your design up there.
Operation “i.R.T Self Service” ended up being a fruitless venture. We arrived at the printers all swagged out and ready to create some masterpieces, only to find the boss and his staff hard at work. Apparently, career-dependant tenders worth tens of thousands of dollars are more important than helping out two young, moneyless entrepreneurs. So, almost every piece of equipment was occupied for the whole 3 hours that we spent waiting.
At the end of the day, not a single t-shirt got printed, but we still managed to have alotta fun goofing around and exploring the building. This isn’t over though……..
-We’ll Be Back. (Terminator voice)