My Uncle Joe and Granpa Freeman opened Freeman Screen Printers in 1989 and it's been a part of our family's fabric ever since. We were always the family taking care of the team's sweats, tees, and jersey orders. When I was 19, I designed and sold through "Beach Week" tees even though I misspelled Myrtyle Beach. Some years later I did the same thing for the Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival and the endeavor again paid for the trip. In fact, I did so well, the next year I expanded the operation, printed three times the amount, and hired a couple of buddies to help peddle the merch. This time, all three of us were busted in the first hour. Life's lessons.
In 2005, I partnered with Uncle Joe and took to the business like a duck in water. Within a year I'd learned how to operate a screen printing company, balancing the sales/procurement office, art department, and screen printing facility. It was a juggling act, so I learned how to do all of the jobs in case we needed to pick up the speed or work late into the night to finish a big job. After years of perfecting the process, I started experimenting with outside the box print techniques that resulted in my own line of designer tees, called N/O/D, Nod Original Designs and directly led to meeting my future wife. But that's another story for another time.
Nod as Jimi Hendrix
House Warming Party, 2008.
In 2012, I opened my first fashion retail store, Nod & Rose in Boulder, CO with my partner Elizabeth Rose. Original plans included an exposed print shop, to be called Pursuit Uniform and Shirt Co. that never quite materialized in the brick and mortar sense, in part because we stocked such great designer tees from brands like Deus Ex Machina, Iron & Resin, and Mollusk.
In 2017, I was hired to open and operate the flagship retail store for the local outdoor apparel and gear brand, Mountain Standard. Soon I began spearheading the production of their graphic design tees. Off of that effort Pursuit Uniform and Shirt Company was re-established and I began servicing friends who owned small businesses in and around Boulder like Ned, Kaiut Yoga Boulder, Downtown Boulder, 14erfest, Upward Movement, and Sweep Balayage Bar.
When not creating custom apparel, I can be found raising my two kiddos, going to live music shows, or playing drums in the psych Americana rock band, Sun Jr. I also provide an array of community-centric businesses including music and event management and fashion retail and styling consultation. Please contact me with questions about custom apparel, or any other offered services, it would be my pleasure to help you with whatever your pursuit is.