HOW DID YOU GET STARTED WITH YOUR CLOTHING LINE?
Robert: Rockin' Bones Clothing stems from 2 independent businesses. I started Rockin' Bones Video in 2002 and Kendra started Devil Bunnies Apparel in 2003. We noticed that we had a lot of crossover customers and since we always helped each other out with our small businesses, we decided to merge in 2005. I did some t-shirts for Rockin' Bones Video with the skull logo before the merge. Back in high school (in the 90s), I would make bloody shirts and shred stuff up too.
Kendra: The Summer of 2003 I was bored at my work-study job in college and I stumbled across a couple of indie designers on eBay named Shrinkle and Becca Vicious when I was surfing the net. Prior to that I never knew that running a business could be done on my own. I was so inspired by their DIY spirit and unique designs, that I rushed home one day determined to teach myself how to sew so I could start my own line. The eBay platform gave me the chance to show my work without having to come up with a lot of money to front. The community was very small back then too and everyone involved was very cool.
Robert: Coincidentally, we both wanted to be entrepreneurs from an early age. We started our businesses as undergrads. We loved the college lifestyle so much that we became nervous about working 9-5 after graduation, so we put a lot of effort into running our own business.
ARE THERE ANY FAMOUS CLIENTS THAT HAVE WORN OR MODELED YOUR CLOTHING?
Kendra: Courtney Love, WWE’s AJ Lee, Wayne Static (Static X) and Tera Wray Static, Josie Stevens from E‘s Married To Rock, Ashlynn Yennie of The Human Centipede, scream queen Linnea Quigley, and Masuimi Max are a few that come to mind.
I'M FASCINATED BY THE PROCESS THAT SOMEONE CAN SEE A FLAT SHEET OF MATERIAL AND SOMEHOW KNOW HOW TO TURN IT INTO CLOTHING. CAN YOU EXPLAIN HOW THAT WORKS?
Kendra: Robert and I design together. We both imagine our concepts and then verbally explain things to each other until the concepts mesh. Sometimes it takes a crude drawing or two to get things out. As far as construction on the cut-and-sew designs goes, I cut the pattern out of blank fabric (typically cotton or cotton/spandex blend) and hand it over to Robert.
Robert: Then, I silkscreen our graphics onto it and seal them up when they’re dry.
Kendra: Finally, I sew them together and add any addition ornaments/decoration as well as the care tag.
FETISH WEAR IS POPPING UP MORE AND MORE IN MAINSTREAM ENTERTAINMENT AND EVERYDAY LIFE, HOW DO YOU FEEL ABOUT THAT?
Robert: Good. People need to lighten the hell up. We grew up in a really conservative city (Corpus Christi, TX) and it was like “Invasion Of The Bodysnatchers” if you wore something besides the display at some preppie, run of the mill mall chain store. If fetish wear becomes a bit more of the norm, that will trickle down to places like that and the world will be a little more tolerant in that respect
DO YOU COME FROM A BACKGROUND OF TRAINING IN THE ARTS?
Robert: I majored in radio/television/film. I had a lot of artistic hobbies growing up like drawing and I played a little guitar and bass too. I used to be in some bands, but only one of them gigged because I usually just joined up with friends jamming.
Kendra: I majored in fine arts. I used to play violin, piano, guitar, bass, and drums. Robert and I jammed in some bands years ago. I still like to paint and draw.
ARE THERE ANY OTHER CREATIVE MEDIUMS YOU WORK IN?
Robert: I'm usually pretty busy, but I like to occasionally edit some videos or conduct video interviews with artists (see rockinbonesvideo.com). I also occasionally silkscreen some art onto canvas and various surfaces.
Kendra: I'm getting back into painting this Winter and drawing again after a long break (9 years haha). I used to participate in gallery exhibits and small shows when I was in my early twenties. I hope to get back in to the swing of things with that soon and possibly combine some of the visual art on canvas and paper that Robert & I produce with Rockin' Bones. Maybe portraits on one of a kind pieces or art shows combined with fashion. Ideas are still brewing...
WHAT KIND OF MUSIC DO YOU LIKE?
Robert: I always go blank when someone asks that because I listen to so much and quite a variety at that. Right now I'm listening to a lot of The Damned, The Ventures, Opal, Jet Black Berries, Gary Trainer & The Sin Walkers, B-Movie, Kiss, Heart Attak, Ditch Witch, The Go-Wows, Noisem, Dead Now Evil, OFF! and Broken Teeth.
Kendra: Right now I'm listening to a lot of Alice Cooper, Bad Religion, ZZ Top, Devo, Agents Of Oblivion, Motley Crue, David Bowie, Cradle of Filth and Iggy & The Stooges. My musical tastes tend to fluctuate randomly.
WHAT DO YOU LIKE TO DO FOR FUN?
Kendra & Robert: Pinball!
Robert: Also, I like record collecting, grilling, checking out weird midnight movies, and concerts.
Kendra: I love to cook big dinners, painting/drawing, and practicing yoga.
See more of Rockin' Bones Clothing:
Model: Kendra Jimison, photo by Robert Jimison
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Model: Jordanlehn, photographer: Rockin' Bones
Model: Katie Nicole Lamon, photographer: Rockin' Bones