As I count numbers, contact my CPA, and take stock on what we have… I can’t help but think about all of the progress I’ve made, places I’ve been, and people I’ve met this year! It’s staggering to think that all has been accomplished, while being a full time student in college. Epyon Royal has been the driving force in my life for these past 4 years. Just thinking about the craziness that’s taken place, it’s unbelievable.
Where do I start? I guess we can begin with our trip to New York. Early 2012, we were invited to attend the 2 day long music festival “Beatdown Fest”. Kyle Keeton and I packed up our small car and with a fist full of wishes, made the best we could with what we had. We learned so much, saw so much, and met so many cool people! We we’re welcomed openly by the Barefoot Brothers, and made friends with the dudes in LIONHEART. We sold a lot of product to people, who we would never guess would be so receptive to us and our gear. We also attended over 100 other events, concerts, contests. Including Spark Fest, Motor City Fest and We had a blast at all of the Fractured Insanity shows, including Fractured Fest! We were invited by Close To Home to come out to Scream It Like You Mean It. Made really close friends with them. Had a impromptu photo shoot in the parking lot, and have been promoting each other ever since.We’ve been working more extensively with our friends in SycAmour who always help us get onto good shows, and promote for ER. I couldn’t have done it without Devin Foreman, Brian Lowe, and Kyle Keeton.
Speaking of events, we hosted a few of our own! We linked up with the awesome people over at Transitions Skate Park, and hosted the very first Epyon Royal, 6FU Productions BMX and Skateboard contest. We made close friends with the awesome owners of City Coffeehouse, and hosted our first two “Pop Up Boutiques” there. We also added a few new riders to the ER BMX team, Kyle Barnhart and Zach North. Our team rider Jamie Thayer traveled with the Monster BMX Stunt Team and performed all over Michigan. So we’ve been everywhere!
With all of this being said, We moved! We keep growing, selling more, meeting new people, and getting more awesome gear. So we figured it was time to move from our humble offices in Shelby Township, to a location a little more hidden, in Sterling Heights. More space, more privacy, and a higher quality of work space. I can’t forget to mention, we brought our signature color scheme along with us. All of which was severely needed, and we’re utilizing everything we’ve got to climb our way to the top of the MI apparel scene.
Did I mention we sent a ton of packages to a ton of states and countries? We still killed it in Michigan, sending ER to the U.P. and west coast. You name the state, I’ll tell you a name of someone who lives there, and wears ER Apparel! Out of the USA? Man, China, Canada, Japan, Mexico, to name a few of places that have been heavy supporting Epyon Royal. We’re aiming for the planet, and we will continue to grow outside of these boarders!
Epyon Royal has always been a dream of mine since I was a little kid. It just seems like my hard work has led to a lifestyle that I’m happy with. I’m proud to see kids rocking ER. I love who I work with, where we go and what we do. If you have a dream, just follow it. Quit your job, and chase that dream relentlessly and you will be exactly what you want to be. Don’t take advice from anyone who isn’t living the life that you want to live. Only you can know how to get to where you need to go, when you’re out there running the streets. I had so many people talk shit, doubt me, telling me to quit… The truth is, most of those people work in places they hate, with people they hate, and make money that isn’t good enough for their ideals. Forget the haters, go find yourself out there in this world. Your life is out there waiting for you to take the wheel.
I love everyone who wears ER. I got this logo tattooed on my arm for y’all. It serves as a reminder of all of the friends I’ve made during my dream chase. E.R.S.S. for life, literally! Hope to see all of you beautiful people at the ER4 Anniversary show!
Tim “Beezy” Bagwell
CEO, Dream Chaser, Owner of Epyon Royal Apparel
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