Updated May 10th, 2013.
1. What’s this blog about?
I post ideas and designs that are hockey-centric. This is a spinoff of my first blog www.davesgeekyideas.com, where hockey often took center stage. In cooperation with Geeky Jerseys, custom hockey jersey orders that feature my designs are offered, which is a popular draw.
2. Tell me more about the jerseys.
I design geeky jerseys that are inspired by popular properties like Game Of Thrones or Voltron, and I try to make the jersey design look as though it belongs to a regular hockey team. I strive for a simple, wearable look. Sort of ‘original six’ inspired.
Selected designs will be made available for purchase as part of a custom team order. This is a non-profit endeavor.
3. I want that jersey! How much??
I’ll post lots of designs, but only a few will be available at any given time. Some will never be available to purchase, due to legal reasons.
However if you really like a design, please like, tweet, or comment. It helps me determine which jerseys are offered in the future.
4. So which jerseys are available?
All offers that are currently available will be displayed on the front page. Jersey offers run for a brief time (about 4 – 6 weeks). Typically I offer 1 -4 designs at any given time.
5. Where do I order?
For the jerseys that are currently available you can head to the Geeky Jerseys store to scoop them up.
Here is Geeky Jerseys’ sizing chart for hockey jerseys:
7. How long until my jersey arrives?
From the day the order closes the jerseys will take 4 – 8 weeks to produce. These are made from scratch and are customized with your name and number, which is time consuming. It’s then another 1 – 2 weeks for shipping.
8. Why so long?
The order window system is to help compile a team order. The order window is typically 4 weeks long to ensure few people miss out.
Once the offer is closed the whole team order is made in one go (again 4 – 8 weeks to make all the jerseys from scratch).
Then shipping takes a week or two (depending on your location).
So in total you could be waiting as long as 3 months for your jersey, but it is completely worth it. You can’t rush custom quality.
9. I missed out! Will it be available again?
Some jerseys are popular and due to high demand they will make repeat appearances. You’ll have to be patient and wait for the next order opportunity. Usually a popular jersey design will take a few months off between orders.
The most popular designs right now are for Game Of Thrones, Zelda, and Tardis; all of which are recurring designs.
For other designs it’s hard to say. But keep an eye on this post for what is upcoming! Also I like to post surprise offers to keep everyone on their guard.
A new option is to head to the ‘By Demand’ section on the Geeky Jerseys’ homepage. There you will find a bunch of listings for jerseys that aren’t currently available. You can sign-up for each listed design to be notified by email when it is offered again.
10. Can you add me to a mailing list to let me know when that jersey will be back?
I’m sorry I can’t. There are too many people who want particular designs, which makes it difficult for me to stay on top of.
Just as I mentioned for the previous question Geeky Jerseys now offers people the chance to sign up for email notifications for specific designs on their Geeky Jerseys website. You can find them in the ‘By Demand’ section on the homepage.
The more people who sign-up for a design the greater the odds of an encore. To date, several designs have already been given an encore, so it’s well worth signing-up.
10. Why are the jerseys so expensive?
The jerseys are actually the best price I can find that allows for my custom designs and the customization of the name and numbers too. Other vendors wanted $130+ for each jersey, and then an additional charge for each letter and number. They also wanted me to use blank NHL jerseys only. Also Geeky Jerseys was the only vendor who would mail to individual customers, while everyone else would only send the whole order to one address (for the team). So pricing and service-wise I got lucky on many counts, not to mention good quality.
Geeky Jerseys can offer jerseys for $60-$65 that are fully-sublimated (printed). However we found the majority of people wanted embroidery and twill numbers and letters and a fully-constructed sweater; that comes at an added cost. We can’t offer different price points for each design, because that would complicate the order system even further — best to stick with one option.
But for those who think these custom jerseys are still expensive, I’d like to compare to licensed NHL jerseys, which start at $130 (with no name and number) and can get up to $300 or more for authentic jerseys.
If you’re new to hockey jerseys $95 for a jersey is a bit daunting, but I assure you it’s a bargain! Especially with a custom name and number included in the price.
11. I need help with measurements.
I recommend you take a shirt you already own and lay it flat and measure. Best to go a bit oversize for a hockey jersey – they look better slightly loose. These are hockey jerseys after all, not dinner jackets.
12. Name and number help?
All jerseys feature custom names and numbers. For the name, there is a 12 character limit (I personally recommend 10 characters to avoid crowding). Hyphens are acceptable, but count as a character.
The number is 1 or 2 digits long. If you want ’07′ make sure you add that ’0′ or Geeky Jerseys will just assume you want 7.
If for some reason you don’t want a name and/or number on the jersey (blank), leave the order fields blank. Geeky Jerseys will contact you to confirm that is what you want.
Make sure there are no typos! Sometimes Geeky Jerseys will catch them and contact you to double-check, but some typos just aren’t that apparent.
13. I need a larger size that is not listed, can Geeky Jerseys help?
Yes they can do custom sizes for adults. You’ll have to take measurements like those shown in the sizing chart. Additional fees apply. Email Geeky Jerseys for a quote. I also want to say they do a bang-up job on custom size jerseys!
14. I want to change my name and/or number for my order! Can I do that?
You may at anytime before the order closes, and there is also a grace period of a few days within the order closing that you can email Geeky Jerseys and request a change.
14. Do you take requests for designs?
Sure! I got bullied into making the Doctor Who jersey that way (kidding). Some designs I can make work, others I can’t (Flinstones? Yabba-dabba-don’t). This blog is here to stay, so I can’t drop everything and make a design for My Little Pony right this instant, but a few weeks or months down the road I’ll post it and you Bronies will be happy.
17. Hey THIEF! How do you get away with this??
I don’t! Again I’m not making any profit, just arranging a custom order of which I am also a customer. I try to keep my designs as vague as possible too. If I am asked to remove a design I will. I’ve also gotten into the habit of writing IP holders and asking for permission – I’ve gotten a few responses (mostly no).
I continue to make efforts to put together legitimate means of offering officially licensed jerseys, and that has yielded some results.
Some of the problems I deal with (beyond Trademarks and Copyrights), are the logistics of putting together custom team orders. Jerseys take time to make due to the customization, the order process is more involved, and they’re pricier (compared to say t-shirts). Right now geeky hockey jerseys are very niche, so very few companies and retailers are interested in them as products.
Right now we’re operating at a small Etsy-like scale. If geeky jerseys continue to grow in popularity we might see them become more commonplace, which could lead to officially licensed stuff. DC Comics hockey jerseys? That would be awesome.
18. Will you design a jersey for me and my friends for our own custom order?
Yes, if you and your buddies want me to make a Power Rangers hockey jersey design for you, I can. As long as you put together an order of at least 12 jerseys and order it through Geeky Jerseys. My fee is that if it’s a cool jersey you can buy me one too. If it’s a jersey I’m not interested in my design fee ranges from $100 – $200, depending on how complex you want your design. These are for team orders that are shipped to one place. Geeky Jerseys can provide you a team order quote. Email them for pricing info.
I can also provide any existing design I have already posted free-of-charge, you just have to buy me a jersey as well!
At this time, one-off jerseys cannot be made. It’s a lot cheaper to just order 12 jerseys!
19. Do you have a spare jersey I can buy?
Geeky Jerseys now makes a few extra jerseys for some runs. They will make them available on their Geeky Jerseys homepage under a section called ‘Geeky Classics’, so keep a watch out for those, they don’t last long. You can stay up to date using their Facebook or Twitter feed as well.
20. Are these jerseys good for hockey?
You bet! Geeky Jerseys outfits many hockey teams, and these jerseys are made from the same DNA. The same rule-of-thumb applies: you probably need to order one size up for equipment. Geeky Jerseys can also add fight straps to hockey jerseys, and can even make matching socks if you need some for your team.
If you have any questions not covered here please email me! Cheers, -Dave