I founded Tommy Blades Creative in Oregon as a regular guy who pursues his passions and is lucky enough to do what he loves for a living. My biggest inspirations have been the mountains, trees and other outdoor wonders of the Pacific Northwest. However, I also lived in Utah for a short period of time, which is where my love of photography was born.
I created my own online business at age 12, and having always been motivated by fashion and art, eventually specialized in street wear. I have worked tirelessly since then to blend my original fashion ideas with my own artwork.
My discovery of photography only served to push me farther in my ambitions. It was my way to escape from the daily grind and lose myself in the unknown. Capturing the diverse natural surroundings of Utah — desert, forest, canyons — became an obsession that gave me shivers when I sat down at my computer later that day to relive the natural beauty. It made me feel refreshed.
The fact that this is a small company is a source of pride for me. It should be obvious there is a person behind the camera and on the other side of the computer screen. That person is me. I want purchasing a Tommy Blades product to be personal and unique. I not only interact with my customers in taking orders, but I’m also involved in packing the order and hand-writing the thank-you notes that customers receive.
My community is important to me, which is why I utilize local Pacific Northwest companies in addition to international companies in the creation of my products. This is where I was born and raised, and I want to do all I can to ensure the community prospers.
Wearing a Tommy Blades hat isn’t like wearing any other hat; it’s a message and a feeling — a way of seeing the world. I want my products and my logo to represent more than just me. I want them to represent a community of likeminded people that is bigger than any individual. When you see yourself in the mirror wearing one of my hats, you should be reminded of our values — the company’s and yours — and the same goes for when you see somebody else wearing one.
I value hard work. I value my family and my friends, who have supported me through everything. I value a healthy lifestyle and habits. I was a Division III soccer player with a dream to play professionally, and I did. After that, my dream company to work for was eBay Inc., and I up and moved to Salt Lake City to work for them and quickly became a part of their leadership. Now, I am focusing all of my time and effort in the PNW on developing Tommy Blades Creative and connecting with likeminded people throughout the world. Nothing can stand in the way of our dreams if we pursue them hard enough.
If that mentality speaks to you, then you are also Tommy Blades material. Join me in pursuing our dreams. Let’s take these next steps together.
Remember: Stay Sharp, Be Different.