First…a test. Study this term and answer this questions:
Definition of “Artist” – a person who displays in his work qualities required in art, such as sensibility and imagination.
Question: Are you an artist?
Ok…now although we are TRULY fond of who you are, no REALLY! TRULY FOND! It’s not your turn to talk until a little farther down the road. So stop being an attention whore, shut up and listen to me.
Eh well…it’s what you asked for. We’ll get back to that particular question and answer in a hot second.
“So what does IMO Ink stand for (both the acronym and the company)?”
The IMO (In My Opinion) acronym, when used in forums and chats, represents someone who has either just spouted off an exorbitant amount of un-asked for but mostly useful information, or someone who’s goal is to be a think-they-are-witty Pain In the Ass (also known as a troll).
As a company, IMO Ink combines these definitions to become a collection of snarky, happy, honest and tired photographers who wanna show you how to be snarky, happy, honest and tired too. IMO Ink…well, IMO Ink tell’s it like it is. We use humor to help small business owners prepare themselves for the thrilling, bumpy, germ infested, vomit filled theme park ride ahead.
Although we will TRY not to be asses…we are certainly not afraid to SAY the word “asses”. Get our drift? We are photographers and artists…not Brini Maxwell clones. (I totally said that to cover my men/women bases.)
So you answered the question above, I am assuming, with a “Yes. I am an artist.”
Now the test.
How often have you read an article or watched a documentary about an artist who was AFRAID to offend? Don’t worry…you’ll catch where I’m going in a hot second.
How many of these artists insisted on portraying a public persona that was SO perfect, that not a pin drop of paint could be seen off of the canvas…not a single bottle of whisky was found in the vicinity of their writing desk…and they always met the reporters for the local newspaper at the door with a clean suite and a martini. Zero. Zilch. None!! Artists are free spirits! They forge their own road! They offend as often as they can!
“But…but we have CLIENTS! We are commercial artists!! We CAN’T offend!!!”
True…we have clients to make happy. And if your client is slightly more soft spoken and well behaved (like yourself), then we HIGHLY recommend not saying “Ass” at your first meeting. (Huh…the “cat” game from “Super Troopers” keeps replaying in my mind and making me giggle).
If, like me, you have a bit more of an insane personality…or are at least a tiny bit less reserved, we STILL don’t recommend saying the word “Ass” to your clients on your first meeting. We DO, however, recommend working with clients who won’t send you packing if the word happens to make an unexpected appearance.
By the time Billie and Bob’s wedding rolls around, you should fit their festivities like a freakin’ Isotoner. The IMO Ink blog will help mold you through articles, videos, books and workshops on small business topics with attitude. We help you break out of this “Stepford Wives” and “Terminator” (what?? I couldn’t think of a good mindless clone robot movie for dudes) attitude.
“What are these videos you talk about?”
Our YouTube channel is filling up pretty fast with a video series we call “Camera Caffein”. (This rate of growth is actually because I get all hyped up on sugar and talk semi-fast without breathing.) The topics are always quick question’s I get from photographer’s email queries… Sometimes I ramble a bit, get shiny object syndrome and get a bit sidetracked (think rainbows, unicorns and then all of the sudden LAVA LAMPS!!!!)…but most of the time these gleaming gems of ”stray” are just as informational as the core content.
Through doing these videos, I’ve learned that the combination of talking to yourself while alone in a room, laughing at what you’ve just said and recording it for posterity is, all-in-all, a VERY strange custom of our society.
From time to time we may also put up interview videos, product videos, or videos of embarrassing moments in daily life. Hmmm…April could be a VERY fun month on the YouTube channel.
“So what do you want from us readers?”
Wise question, oh wise one from a wise planet! From you, we need interaction.
*Leave comments on the posts!!
*Start crap (I mean discussions..). Don’t be trolls, though. We don’t like trolls. We kill trolls with pitch forks.
*Send us questions for our video feed at email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org.
*Tell us what you like. What you don’t like. What you agree with and what you don’t.
*Comment on our videos.
*Buy our books.
*Suggest topics for new posts! Suggest topics for new books!
*Or even ask to be a guest blogger!
There’s tons of rolling in the mud to be had…so have at it you bunch of asses.
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