We have a special interview this week with Bill Hesse from Columbus, Ohio. He is a gay designer, ginger, animal lover, and like the Plastics from Mean Girls wears pink every Wednesday. He is the creator of Geek Straps. The sexy, geeky and dorky jockstraps for gaymers. Yes, you can be Nerdy and Sexy at the same time!
So tell us a little bit about yourself, Bill. Who are you and what do you do?
Who am I? If you must know, I am Batman. No… I wish. I am just a regular, geeky, fun-loving guy who likes to be creative. I’ve got a fantastic, supportive, sexy, geeky boyfriend who loves comics and games. I currently work a full-time job as a director at a nonprofit.
What makes your jockstraps different from any other ones?
I think the products speak for themselves! They’re something fun for adults to wear that usually only kids would have those prints of. I don’t get why clothing manufacturers haven’t realized that adults like games and comics too!
What made you wants to create these jockstraps in the first place?
I was looking for Pokemon underwear for my boyfriend as a gift, and I couldn’t find any. So I started looking for other video game themed underwear or jock straps for adults and didn’t come up with much and figured why not create some?
What was the scariest experience of creating your product and how did you overcome it?
Whether they would fit right! Since the prints currently available are non-stretchy cotton and not the softest, I needed to make sure the inside was lined properly and that there were a few pouch sizes that could fit a wide range of people.
What do you hope your product will help do for your customers?
I hope this product can help my customers express their inner geek/gaymer in a fun and sometimes intimate way.
What memorable responses have you had to your product?
My first customer was a mutual friend. He came to my house to check out the product and try it on before he purchased it. His first response to seeing them was “Really? These are cool!” and then when he got done trying them on, the first words out of his mouth were “Wow, you do good work.” It was extremely satisfying knowing they were going to work out.
What’s the best piece of advice you’ve been given?
Never give up. I’ve been through a lot in my life, more than could fit anywhere here. When things get difficult, you’ve got to push through. Find solutions and make things happen. If I gave up on anything, I wouldn’t be where I am today.
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