When I first posted about Reckon, the Austin poet-slash-awesome-Onesie*-silkscreener in 2006 and then again in 2007, it was because his etsy shop had the awesomest-looking Gena Rowlands, Buckminster Fuller, Krysztof Kieslowski, Wittgenstein, Robert Smith, and Jon Stewart Onesies on the market. Hell, they were the only ones, and they pretty much still are.
Unfortunately, those posts brought in a steady stream of comments and emails from dissatisfied customers who never got their merch, even after months of waiting and emailing.
And yet, to look at Reckon's full-on corporate website, and to see links for retailers and wholesale, and then to see Reckon's Dylan Onesies getting fluffed by Cookie Magazine, you'd think that maybe Reckon has finally got his shit together and is running an actual business now.
It's hard out there for a poet, I know. And the only thing worse than a poet who can't make rent by selling a well-curated selection of hand-screened Onesies is a poet whose bootleg Onesie empire grows so vast, he doesn't have time to write poetry anymore.
Still, as much as I want to support the arts and the indie production, I don't want to inadvertently give people scammy headaches by sending them to makers who can't deliver the goods before the kid outgrows them. So can anyone--retailer or civilian--who has dealt with the New & Improved Reckon Inc. let the rest of us know how it went?
* You know, it's like the second-oldest gag on DT that Onesie is a trademark of the Gerber Baby Corporation, but when a random blogger is more concerned with making the trademark distinction than Gerber's own lawyers seem to be, I say screw it. The Mob has spoken, and the Language has won. The prize: a thoroughly genericized trademark for your use and enjoyment!