Q. We heard you had an "incident" on Beale Street in Memphis last year during the RA All Star Event, what happened?
A: Um, I got a ticket for not having my seat belt on while riding shotgun. We all thought it was hilarious when the driver (poor Jen) got one and when the officer was finished he came over and knocked on my window and gave me one too. Turns out it wasn't all that funny anymore.
Q. What is your favorite part of the show season?
A: The end, haha. It means my butt wont be sitting in the dually for a few months. We get to take care of our Christmas season mail order business when we are not on the road. The road really is a love and hate thing! I hate the driving, but the friends I have made across the country are truly the best and I like hanging out with everyone year after year.
Q. What is your best selling T-shirt and why?
A: It's the Warranty Killer shirt. It has been a hit since the day it rolled off our presses. Not sure why it's the best other than it's so fitting for what we all do to our new rides.
Q. How big of an operation is Drop 'Em Wear? You must have hundreds of employees?
A: Contrary to belief, we are small but have impacted the scene in a large way. Some people think we're part of "Corporate America" but really we're family owned and operated. If you have met and spoke with me personally you will understand why we have become as popular as we are. It's about taking pride in what you do and treating your customers right. We have tons of repeat customers some of which are moms, dads, and grandparents that just love calling us up at Christmas time and placing orders for their kids. Everyone likes being taken care of when they spend their hard earned dollars.
Q. You travel so much, what do you like to do when you're not on the road?
A: As sick as this may sound, I keep traveling. We take vacations, etc. We actually travel about 60,000 miles per year. Yuk!
Q. Besides the fact you sell killer threads, you are also a die-hard minitrucker yourself, so we have to ask. Did your Mom really paint your first minitruck?
A: Yes, if you go to our website dropemwear.com you can see the actual pictures. While I was teaching I had limited funds, so I turned to my mom for help. I bought the paint and some plastic and made a makeshift paint booth in the garage, and she threw down some paint on the old Mazda. We didn't have a lot of money to throw around so we learned how to repair things ourselves to save a few bucks.
Q. You used to be a teacher?
A: Yes, I taught High School art. Funny story; while in the middle of teaching, an announcement came across the loud speaker, "Would the owner of a white and purple Mazda low boy please come to the office at the end of the period." After getting a bunch of oohs and ahhs from the students in my class, I proceeded to the principles office. He was embarrassed because of the situation and he thought it was a students truck parked in the faculty lot and was going to have it towed.
Q. That cannon you guys use to shoot T-shirts out of is bad ass, but looks very dangerous, any casualties?
A: Yup! We broke a dude's nose in VA. He asked for it though, luckily he was a friend of mine. It shot out at him so fast he didn't even have time to react to the 90mph T-shirt coming at his face. We all joke about it now.
Q: And of course, the plugs?
A: Go out and support all the shows out there that are put on for you guys! And be sure to visit dropemwear.com and getstroked.com for all your cool gear and custom needs.