Vendor Village Pt.2

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“I know there is strength in the differences between us. I know there is comfort, where we overlap.” Building a Community Since the beginning of Hattast-ique, we have always had a strong sense of community. We understand that the struggle of being on the road, living out of a suit case, working events day and night (sometimes as long as 15 hour days), is easier when you have a good support system behind you. It is easier when you can relate to and make friends with your fellow vendors. There is more to the life of a vendor than setting...

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Malabad Images

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"We are making photographs to understand what our lives mean to us."  For the last few months we have highlighted several small businesses. These family owned businesses show us what it takes to start from scratch and work your way up. The perseverance and dedication it takes is inspiring to say the least.  Hattast-ique is in it's third year of operation. Over time we have gained experience, friendships, and life lessons that we will carry with us through the next decade. Before we started down this path of a family business, there was Simplicity Photography. Now known as Malabad Images. ...

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Nudgepudge Face Painting

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It has been said that creative people don't see things for what they are; they see them for what they could be. Creativity flows through us all. It is that spark of inspiration. It is that burst of motivation. It is a powerful force that shapes our lives. When we learn to harness this force, amazing things begin to happen.  A few months back we attended the Rockabilly Reunion Music Festival, in Lake Havasu, AZ. It was a fun weekend filled with great music, great fashion, and amazing vendors. In the booth right next to us, I met the creative...

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Solstice Ink

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"Art is something that makes you breathe with a different kind of happiness."  The art of tattooing is a way of self expression and a graphic form of story telling. It doesn't matter if you have one tattoo or a hundred, each piece illustrates a part of who you are or who you've been.  Among the world's greatest tattoo shops, there is Solstice Ink. Right out of Denver Colorado, Shawn Denoyer is the incredibly skilled artist behind Solstice Ink. Here is his story "I began tattooing in 2007 as soon as I gained control and strength of my left arm...

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Malabad Made

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Steampunk and Creativity If you follow the Hattast-ique family, you know our love for steampunk is the inspiration behind all that we do. The heart and soul of steampunk is creativity. If you can imagine it, you can create it. We all carry a spark of creativity. It is just a matter of allowing that to flow out of you and into whatever it is that you are creating. Steampunk is just the name we've given to this form of art.  Since the beginning of Hattast-ique we have always been tinkering with new ideas for the family business. These are our...

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