Talk is Jericho Recap w/ Ryan Barkin – Creating Pro Wrestling Tees, Unheard Stories of Young Bucks & Steve Austin, Who’s Their Best Seller? More!
Jericho welcomes Pro Wrestling Tees founder, Ryan Barkin to the show.
Barkin informs that they started Pro Wrestling Tees as an independent business and now they’re making shirts for “Stone Cold” Steve Austin, Chris Jericho, Mick Foley and a lot of huge stars. New Japan Pro Wrestling in their biggest client, but if you’re not working for WWE odds are you’ve had a shirt made by Pro Wrestling Tees. Barkin informs that they sell roughly 3000-4000 pro wrestling shirts each week.
He started One Hour Tees 10 years ago; a shirt design company that provided custom design t-shirts for people with a variety of requests. He points out that this company took off somewhat, but not as much as it should have and his partner left the company. He decided to change his pricing model, and focused on quick turnaround times and things started to grow. He has a digital printer that can make shirts in 2 minutes, and this was a big part of One Hour Tees’ growth.
He points out that his start in the wrestling business occurred when Colt Cabana needed a shirt to wear on Smackdown that said, “I broke Big Show’s hand”. After that he began providing bulk orders for independent wrestlers so they could sell merchandise at their weekend shows, but he knew there was a way for wrestlers to sell merchandise all over the world throughout the week as well.
They started ProWrestlingTees.com and the rest is history. He recalls making a shirt for Kevin Steen in the early days of the business, and it was a big deal that he was selling one shirt per day. Now they sell 300-400 daily. He says that there are roughly 1000 wrestlers with shirts available on prowrestlingtees.com.