By Dan on December 19, 2012 12:25 AM
I have added two new features to my site today.
The first is the ability to purchase prints from many of the pages of this site. If you see a green button that looks like you can click it to order a print, well, you can. Most of the model shots, many of the Art shots and some of the 'Other' shots are available for purchase.
The second is a new section called Support My Tribe. This is a new initiative I am starting to help friends-in-need via sales of artwork. Follow that link for more details but in short it means that if you buy something from here you are also committing a social good. Also, to kick this off you can use the promotion code of SMT25 to get 25% off your order for the rest of the year.
There are still many things I want to do on this site but I have deadlines looming for work that will keep me from making a lot of progress until the new year. Some of the changes involve:
- a site facelift
- lots of conversion optimization to provide an improved user experience
- a retooled front page with more emphasis on current news and new art pieces
- the likely creation of a companion site at SupporttMyTribe.com
- disclaimers about how some photography may be slightly cropped to fit the output medium
- new art and photography!!!
Thanks for reading this and I hope you spread the word!
By Dan on November 19, 2012 10:37 PM
Although I started as "Dan Chick" I shifted early on to doing photography under a couple different names. "Right Angle Photography", "MentalSwitch" and another name that preceded MentalSwitch and was around only long enough for me to get business cards printed. This week I made a decision: I am the brand.
My motivations for a pseudonym stemmed largely from the fact that I ran my own business, I was the face of the company, and this company wasn't about my art. Some of my subject matter challenges social norms and this became a problem for my business. At that point my company was most of my world and I retreated under the cover of a name of my own creation. This week I leave that behind. I am, once again, the brand.
I was feeling divided and struggling with my artistic identity. Names and titles come and go. They are associated with a period, short or long. For me the time for a name besides my own has passed. This has resulted in a merging of domains (with mentalswitch.com becoming DanChick.com) and the creation of a new Facebook page for my art. I am who I am and I am proud to be me. My art is continuing, my photography is resuming and my performances are finding some traction. I am not a company. I am not a pseudonym. I am Dan Chick. I am the brand.
By Dan on October 23, 2012 8:45 AM
This is my newest creation, I call it "Skull of Spades". It's designed for a 16x20 canvas print and I'm selling them for $200 + shipping with free delivery to anyone in Denver. Drop me a line if you're interested and we can make arrangements. This print is limited to 50 pieces.
By Dan on October 21, 2012 12:26 PM
I had an absolute blast last night at the 13th annual victorian erotica/fetish ball.
Rather than having specific stage commitments I got to roam and engage people casually and with no time frame. I started off the night doing a tie on the main VIP stage with my friend Dave where we each tied harnesses on one half of a set of twins-of-russian-descent, then tied them together around a stripper pole and then saran wrapped them even tighter.
From there it was over to LaBo where three of the four night's riggers recruited dancers to be rope models and Dave and I tandemed another tie/saran, this time without the stripper pole. It was both of their first times being tied and they had a blast! My rope bottom said she had even considered trying to wear a rope outfit that night, how fitting! I was getting back on the shuttle back to Diamond when Alisha showed up and needed to get tied. At this point her own rigger was late for his next gig so I volunteered. We got up on the stripper pole mount at the end of the bar (stage 4) and I did a partial suspension with her. It was nice to see some tips on the ground when we were done :)
Back to Diamond and I set up shop on the side of one of the rooms. I did five more ties with some amazing people. Sean Hartgrove took some pictures of me tying Ava and then then my second tie with Missy. I got to see them in-camera and they are fantastic! Sean, looking forward to seeing that work.
Alisha, Kevin, thanks for having me for yet another year of good rope fun! To anyone I had the honor of working with yesterday... keep in touch, you were awesome! I had such a great time playing with you and my ropes and I hope you keep in touch!!
By Dan on October 18, 2012 9:19 AM
Here are a few pictures from the new category on here: Mobile Shots. These aren't staged photoshoots, just taking pics on my phone. Full-on phone art will still be displayed in the iPhone category, this one is really just for candids.
By Dan on October 18, 2012 9:04 AM
Check out this picture and more in my new iPad art section. This one goes out to a couple of new friends, I wish them well as they open new doors and explore their newfound interests!