Making Room

January 28, 2015 | Leave a Comment

Over the years our collection has grown from just 4 different tees to almost 200 hundred different products. While we hate to say goodbye to any of our products, we have to make space for all of the new stuff that we have planned for 2015.

Now’s your last chance to snag the final stock of the following tees before they’re gone for good. Sizes and quantities are limited. Grab them now for only $19 each. Click here to shop the sale.

2014 Year in Review

January 8, 2015 | 3 Comments

2014 was our biggest year yet! We released more products, sold more products, had more website visits, and set a new record for our annual Charity Drive. These past 6.5 years have been a fun journey and we’ve had our ups and downs, but thankfully more ups than downs.

Thank you to everyone who has supported me and allowed me to continue pursuing my creative passion. I’m incredibly grateful that I get to wake up every day and continue pushing the brand to new heights!

Here are some of our favorite moments from the past year:

Here’s to an even bigger 2015!


2015 Charity Drive Total

January 2, 2015 | Leave a Comment

This year’s Ugmonk Charity Drive was our biggest one yet! Between your orders, generous donations, and the private donor match we’re donating a grand total of 16,557 meals to kids around the world through our partnership with Rice Bowls.

It’s exciting to see be able to give back more each year and see the real impact that it’s having on so many lives. We can’t wait to visit some of the kids again in person. Thanks for all of your support!

Check out some photos from our past trips here and here.

The Beauty in Keeping Things Small

December 22, 2014 | 2 Comments

I was honored to do an interview with about my approach to how I run Ugmonk. Even though our culture seems to promote fast growth as the way to success, I prefer limiting things and growing at a slower pace. We’re not growing a hockey-stick growth, but we’re growing enough. We’re building a loyal fan base and we’re in it for the long haul. I’m able to keep Ugmonk small and handle almost every part of the business, which does limit me on the creative side sometimes. I can’t release a hundreds of products every year or speak at dozens of conferences. I have to be selective and limit everything I do.

But I’m okay with all those things right now. I choose to keep it small, lean, and profitable. We don’t have any outside investment. Our ”small” might grow in the next couple of years, but we’re not really focused on trying to build out a huge global team…

Read the full interview here

Read the full interview here

Last Day to Order for Christmas

December 18, 2014 | Leave a Comment

Only 7 days until Christmas. But don’t panic, you have one last chance to place an order. And to help you out we’ll even ship it for free! (USA only). Order by 11:59pm PST December 18 with code FREESHIP and we’ll get it to you by Christmas Eve. Go to the shop >


December 1, 2014 | Leave a Comment

Our lives are full – full of stuff, full of responsibilities, full of distractions. Anyone who works with plants knows that sometimes the best thing for a plant is to prune away everything but the most healthy branches. In the process the gardener will seem to be pruning branches that are good, but if left on the plant, they will steal away nutrients from the best branches.

Our lives could all use a pruning – an evaluation of what is and is not important – and a reduction, leaving us healthier in the best parts of life.

Minimize what’s not important so that you can maximize what’s most important.

Buy Some & Give Some

We’re continuing our collaboration with our friends at Rice Bowls with our 7th Annual Charity Drive to help feed kids in need. Starting today through the end of 2014, each item purchased provides 3 meals for orphans around the world.

You can also contribute directly to the Charity Drive and have your donation tripled by a private donor.

New Products

Lots of new goods just hit the shop: crewnecks, tees, canvas pouches, prints, and new messenger bags. Check out all of the details below or head over to the shop for more photos.


Special Holiday Sale

Through Monday (Dec. 1) use code MINIMIZE20 to get 20% off everything in our shop. Get your holiday shopping done early and save big.


November 4, 2014 | 21 Comments

Iceland is magical! There’s no other way to describe it. My wife and I recently took a trip to Iceland and explored some incredible spots along the southern coast and around Reykjavik. I could go on for hours about all of the amazing sights we saw, but in this case pictures and video are truly worth more than words. If you ever have the chance to visit, do it!

I shot and edited this short video to recap some of the highlights from our trip. All shot on my new Olympus EM-10 with f2.8 12-40mm lens. I’ll be writing more about my new camera setup in the future, but it was a lot of fun to put it through its paces on our trip.


I put together 25 of my favorite photos that you can download here. I’m giving these away for free, but if you’d like to support me just head over to the shop.


I shot a well over a thousand photos throughout the trip I posted some of my favorites below. We had an absolute blast and barely scratched the surface of what Iceland has to offer and hope to go back in the future. Follow me on Instagram for more photos.

New Colors for Fall

October 31, 2014 | Leave a Comment

Fall is a beautiful time of year here in Pennsylvania and as the leaves change color so are a few of our favorite products. We’ve added 3 new tees, a new cranberry color zip-up hoodie, and black versions of our popular leather wallets. Check out all of the items in the shop and pick up something new to freshen up for fall.

Ugmonk Turns Six!

September 23, 2014 | Leave a Comment

Six years ago I launched Ugmonk almost on a whim, with no intention for it to become anything more than a creative side project. Here we are six years later and it’s been an incredible journey and more than I could have imagined. There have been struggles, surprises, and successes but in the end there’s nothing I’d rather be doing. Whether you’ve been following Ugmonk for years or you’ve just recently discovered it, I thank you for allowing me to share my passion for design with you.

For this year’s 6th Anniversary Set we decided to go even more minimal with the design. The simple 6-dot design represents the six years of Ugmonk and is carried throughout each piece of the set. Only 200 of these sets exist, so once they’re sold out they’re gone for good.

6th Anniversary Tee

This ultra-soft triblend heather black tee is printed with the gold anniversary design and special screenprinted anniversary tags. Made and printed in the USA.

Solid Brass Dice

Precision cut from solid brass, these dice feature the 6-dot anniversary design and the Ugmonk Ampersand. These are not your average dice. They are heavy and feel incredible in hand. Take them with you in the handy velvet pouch or keep them on your desk as a show piece.

Woven Patch

Easily attach this 2.5″ woven patch featuring the 6-dot anniversary design to your bag or jacket with the heat seal iron on backing or simply sew on with matching thread.

The Packaging

Each tee is rolled and shipped in a special 2-piece telescoping tube. The large gold foil 6 beautifully contrasts against the matte black tube. Display it on your shelf and be the envy of your friends, or use it to store things like pens, coffee beans, or other odds and ends.

Numbered Card

Finally, the set also includes a hand-numbered card making each set truly unique.

Anniversary Sale

To celebrate 6 years of Ugmonk, we’re running a special 20% storewide sale. Use code: 6YEARS and get 20% off your entire purchase (yep, that even includes the new anniversary set)


Things Don’t Always Go as Planned

August 27, 2014 | 9 Comments

As you may know, we were planning to celebrate six years of Ugmonk with the new Limited Edition 6th Anniversary Set this Thursday but sometimes things don’t go as planned. We’re super excited about this year’s design and have been working hard these past few months to bring it to life. We did everything in our power to get it here on time, but we ran into multiple production delays and issues that are out of our control.

Assuming we don’t hit any additional speed bumps, we’ll be releasing the 6th Anniversary Set in approximately three weeks. Sign up for our newsletter for more updates:

We hate to make you wait, but we wouldn’t want to release anything that’s less than perfect. We think you’re going to love the finished product. As the saying goes, “Good things come to those who wait.” In the meantime, here’s a special sneak peek:

We’ll be sharing more details about what we’ve learned through this process. Thanks for your patience and support!