Back in 2008, I had just gotten my first full-time job and was starting to feel really confident about my work. So I decided to try and drum up some new business by handing out stickers to people I thought might like my work.
I got to meet the metal band Meshuggah at Relapse Records and I was pretty excited. I had a bunch of CD’s with me, and I had been listening to them for about 5 years at that point. I wasn’t, and still not, the biggest fan of them in the world, but I really enjoy their work. I also want to point out that I was also there to try and get some work as an artist. Now, anyone VERY familiar with Meshuggah will know that the band members actually do a ton of the art themselves. Well, at least, the art direction. That said, I wanted to at least try.
It was my turn to meet the band, and the cool thing about Relapse Records and the meet & greets was that you could actually meet and hang around the band for a while, so I took my chance to smooze a bit. I handed out my stickers to the guys in the band, and they had this puzzled look on their face.
“Oh, these are just a little something I cooked up. I’m an artist myself.”, I said, grinning at my work.
The guys in the bands started talking to each other in some language I didn’t understand.
That’s when I realized my mistake: I had given out stickers about the 2008 US Presidential Race to a bunch of people who lived in Sweden.
Needless to say, I never heard back from them, but they all seemed to take it in stride and we all had a good laugh. Oh, and I got all my CD’s signed as well as a massive signed Obzen poster, so alls well that ends well!
PS: Oh, and on the off-side chance that the guys in Meshuggah read this… I’m still available for freelance work! – Hey, can’t blame a guy for trying, right?