Are you interested in branding/marketing, in graphic design, in t-shirts, in music? Yeah? Me too!

You’ve probably heard of this dude: Johnny Cupcakes. He’s got a t-shirt empire and an impressive philosophy on entrepreneurship. I’ve been a fan of the brand for a while, mostly because the designs are awesome, the company is local and the story is interesting.

Johnny Cupcakes: The Company

Rather than writing about the company history, I’d recommend checking out the Johnny Cupcakes website. But here’s a quick summary: sold t-shirts out of his van, made enough money, employed his friends & family, sold lots of t-shirts, voted America’s #1 Young Entrepreneur of 2008, became a branding & creative icon.

“My goal…is to inspire all sorts of people to persistently work toward their goals. Young or old, students or faculty, entrepreneurial types or not, I show what a simple idea (and a ton of hard work) can do.”

Johnny Cupcakes: The Brand

How does Johnny Cupcakes remain such an awesome brand? He’s got cool t-shirts. Awesome in-store displays & packaging. He interacts with his customers. He’s creative. He’s a real person.

As of Friday, April 2, Johnny Cupcakes is on “tour” to interact with his customers across America. His past events all seem to have been pretty awesome. Whether it’s movie screenings in Boston (video below) or free, handmade ice-cream sandwiches in Los Angeles.

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