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Saying that I’m “grateful,” seems almost an insult for the amount of joy I feel for the people I know. Some I’ve known for a long time, others family, some are passers by finding something special in the time we’ve spent together. I’ve never felt myself as an important person or one to be held in such high esteem in certain sewing circles. In truth, I’ve sold myself short more often than I should have. Thought myself as a failure at times of mania. My self-worth, happiness, and life reside in the existence of the people named, and even more who will remain nameless. Thank you, sincerely, from the bottom of my toy collection and all that I hold dear. As you read these names below, people from different parts of the planet, understand that these people are your friends as well as mine, and be proud they are. They are some of the best people on the planet. They are the reason I will make art, travel the world, and sleep soundly till the day I fail to breath.

Most of the names below are contributers to the Metal The Brand Kickstarter in March of 2012. Success :)

Theo Clarke (Ipswich, UK) Dan Lipski (Chicago, IL) Jack Hamson (London, UK) Fred and Chris Wieclaw (Sandia Park, NM) Billy Owen (Edgewood, NM) Richard and Pazz Barling (London, UK) Matthew "Road Dawg" Sartain (Brighton, UK) Allastair "Allastud" Keddy (Cambridge, ON) Tobei Kimura-Mathews (Grants Pass, OR) Damien DeMenno (Albuquerque, NM) Sara Jetlag (Albuquerque, NM) MUNEERA ALKHALIFA (Riffa None, Bahrain) Mary Woodyard Cherrington (Youngstown, OH) Randi Petersen (Minneapolis, MN) Chandler McGee (Chicago, IL) Jer Huygens (Cambridge, ON) Dorian Gray (Albuquerque, NM) Joe Ianelli - SelfMade Co. (Staten Island, NY) Clarissa Ubiedo (Lockhart, TX) The Zou (Younstown, OH) Heidi Ragan (NOLA) Matthew Neely (Glenshaw, PA) Nicole Pookie (Durham, NC) Vicente Leyba (Albuquerque, NM) Sal Medrano (Watertown, MA) Michael Kenyhercz (Fairbanks, AK) Vallie (Wellington, OH) Cousin Chad Tibbits (Fairview Park, OH) Natasha Small (Columbia, MO) His lord and Savior, Alfred (Hilliard, OH) Will Dieterich (Aurora, CO) Arthur (Columbus, OH) Molly Louthan (Chicago, IL) is a horrible, wretched person (San Francisco, CA) Tori Thomas (Stow, OH) Aaron Spellman (Younstown, OH) Angela Carpio (Northridge, CA) Will Geusz (Albuquerque, NM) Ric Panning Superstar (Hubbard, OH) Alina Larson (NYC, NY) Whatever your pleasure. Tessa is fine. (Columbus, OH) Mark Krugman (Westerville, OH) I, Michael Wieclaw, love M.U.L.Es (Albuquerque, NM) Darrin Grandmason (Phoenix, AZ) Jack Savidge (Hackney, UK) KT!Face (Spanaway, WA) Gilby (Albuquerque, NM) Hansen JK (Malvern, AU) Michael Beckner (Albuquerque, NM) Derek McBride (Amarillo, TX) Kathy Vockery (Sanford, FL) Jen Amendola (Brooklyn, NY) Kurt "Meatbox" Jakub (Albuquerque, NM) Best Zerg ever Nick B. (Newark, DE) Sushi Irei (Federal Way, WA) Shell "Youngstown Girl" Hartsock Axeforth Von Shreddenstien (Albuquerque, NM) Sean Janzer (Missoula, MT) Joe the Destroyer (Great Falls, MT) Alex Widener!!!!!!!!!!!!! (Johnson City, TN) Mike Oncley (Long Beach, CA) Erin Ryan (Winston-Salem, NC) Kirt Dankmyer (Hyattsville, MD) Nicole Martinez (West Palm Beach, FL) Stephen Bruckert (Brooklyn, NY) Angela Morra (Houston, TX) Charles Lanning (Great Falls, MT) Aaron J. Wimmer (Albuquerque, NM) Jessica Speece (Boston, MA) Brad Filip (San Diego, CA) Nick (Albuquerque, NM) Mutha Fuckin' Andy Dunn (Albuquerque, NM) Emily Sweeney (Midland, MI) Jonathan Dodd (Winchester, VA) Rochelle Cote (Missoula, MT) Joe WIlson (Albuquerque, NM) in teal helvetica neue light font (Hagatna Guam) Cassie Kelly (Charlotte, NC) Chuck Maltonic (Struthers, OH) Pudge Bros. Pizza-Eastdale (Albuquerque, NM) Liz Rossi (Columbus, OH) Ellie Justin Carolyne (Youngstown, OH) David Crowley (Dallas, TX) Vanessa Raquel Martinelli-Hinze Melanie Mitrof (Los Angles, CA) Nikki DeBardlebon (Chicago, IL) Spitfire Higgins (Albuquerque, NM) I usually roll with "Holly Dodd." (Albuquerque, NM) DRUE (Milwaukee, WI) Jenna Miller (NYC, NY) Laura Fong (Stow, OH) Only if you wanna type if, baby. (Chicago, IL) Bethany Tibbo (Wellington, NZ) Dez (Saint John, IN) Mai Huynh (Austin, TX) MaRisa Jackson! (Vevay, IN) Matthew Stingel (Spring Grove, IL) Jayme Martin (Montreal, QC) Jessica Bartek (Youngstown, OH) Cassi Harris (Milwaukee, WI) Kyle Chloe Vaughn Laura Harger (Albuquerque, NM) Ben "Chubbs" Scott (Auckland, NZ) Rachel Dailey (Athens, GA) Girl (Youngstown, OH) Michelle Kania Kathleen Mceuen Jon Daigle Karol L. Morgan (Albuquerque, NM) Krista Prieto Joe Mayo (Brooklyn, NY) Caroline Wojtkowski (Chicago, IL) Alyssa Barrale Joséantonio W. Danner Catherine Y. Fridey (Santa Fe, NM) Lellypelly Kristy Dennis Beatrug Angela Alchesky Shannon Dawn Easton Sam Beckett King of all Geeks Nick Lindsay (Dallas, TX) Ryan Van Etten Garebear (Albuquerque, NM) Brian Botkiller (Albuquerque, NM) Christopher Piatt (Atlanta, GA) Adam "Builds" Ward (Los Angeles, CA) JVal (Orlando, FL) Chris Freeman (Las Vegas, NV) Jason "Bagel" Joseph (Levitttown, NY) Sheel Davé (Boston, MA) Alex Hetlinger (Albuquerque, NM) Elettra Cavendish (San Francisco, CA) Miranda Saucedo (Austin, TX) Senida Trujillo (Albuquerque, NM) Ben Hoffman (Boston, MA) Bad Rabbits (Boston, MA) Edd Gibson (London, UK)