We had the good fortune of connecting with Eric D and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Eric, how do you think about risk?
I feel like everyone has some sort of amazing creativity in them but people that are willing to take major risks, people that are willing to fail, those are the people that shine in the end. You can stand on top of a diving board and talk about jumping all day, but you’re not going to get wet unless you jump. I moved from Boston to LA 6 years ago to pursue this career and lifestyle. I left everything I knew behind, my friends, family, and job. It was absolutely terrifying. Luckily I wasn’t alone, I made this journey with my now fiancé, Rebecca. We came to LA with around $1,000. I know for a fact I wouldn’t be anywhere close to where I am now in life if I hadn’t taken all of the risks I’ve taken. Risk is mandatory for growth. Sometimes you have to just jump.
Please tell us more about your work. We’d love to hear what sets you apart from others, what you are most proud of or excited about. How did you get to where you are today professionally. Was it easy? If not, how did you overcome the challenges? What are the lessons you’ve learned along the way. What do you want the world to know about you or your brand and story?
What sets us apart… We lean heavily on comedy, a lot more so than other clothing brands. I try to test the limits of what I can get away with on a shirt, how insane it can really get. Also, I’ve tried to create more of a MethSyndicate “world” instead of just a brand. We do small skits, we have running gags, recurring ridiculous characters, you name it. It’s really immersive and fun, and it makes me happy to see how many people get involved with all the craziness. You just have to see for yourself. What I’m most proud of… One of the things I’m most proud of was (Pre-Covid) we sponsored a bi-monthly show called Shimmy Shimmy Ya at the Comedy Store with my friend Josh Adam Myers. His show is so funny, such an amazing line up of comedians always, and every show my comedic heroes would be giving out my shirts on stage to the audience. The audience would lose their shit because the shirts were always the funniest/craziest ones that I had made. How did I get to where I am today… Constant perseverance and risk taking. We’re coming up on 9 years as a brand, and no one cared until 3 years ago if that gives any context as to if it’s easy or not, haha. What do I want the world to know about me/my brand… Life’s short, we’re just trying to make you laugh.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Favorite Bar – Rainbow Bar and Grill Favorite Music Venue – Roxy Favorite Comedy Venue – Comedy Store Favorite Outdoor Activity – Hollywood Forever Cemetery Favorite All Around Good Time – Dave and Busters on Wednesdays 1/2 price Game Night
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
My fiancé Rebecca and my cats, Fang and Greylord