THE OFB MOBILE CREATIVE WORKLIFE TOUR. NORTHWEST LOOP 2011

Ben Jenkins

Founder & Creative Drover

Year 2 of the OFB Mobile Creative Worklife tour in the books. Burnside Street, Portland USA and back. 7,266 miles. 

 

3 kids in tow. The goal was the same as last year, just longer and slower. Live in our trailer, see the beautiful places in between the big places, live simpler, eat better, sleep more, surf, hike, bike, spend every night by fireside, spend MORE time with family...and well, more proof that the the mobile creative worklife is a good life. 
 
We also do this for a very important business reason. It's real simple. When we get out and see more of the world WE DO MORE INSPIRED WORK. It's true. We do our best work during this time.  When you see more things you make more connections and that gives us more creative fuel. 

This years pics are attached. 500 of them! Sprinkled in a little family fun this time too;) After all one of the primary reasons we do this is to get our kids outside and seeing more country. Work is usually one of the biggest excused people give for not be able to get them out of the house more than a couple times per year. 

One of the coolest people we met this summer was Aaron Draplin of Draplin Design Co in Portland. He wrote a great post about us so I thought I would let him do the talkin for us this year. 

From Aaron's Blog.... 
 
One Fast Buffalo Rolls Into Town
 
Year 2 of the OFB Mobile Creative Worklife tour in the books. Burnside Street, Portland USA and back. 7,266 miles. 

3 kids in tow. The goal was the same as last year, just longer and slower. Live in our trailer, see the beautiful places in between the big places, live simpler, eat better, sleep more, surf, hike, bike, spend every night by fireside, spend MORE time with family...and well, more proof that the the mobile creative worklife is a good life. 

This years pics are attached. Sprinked in a little family fun this time ;)

One of the coolest people we met this summer was Aaron Draplin of Draplin Design Co in Portland. He wrote a great post about us so I thought I would let him do the talkin for us this year. 

One Fast Buffalo Rolls Into Town

ALL THE WAY FROM TEXAS: One Fast Buffalo descends upon Portland! Ben Jenkins is touring America! He's got the whole family with him, too. A gang. Working, playing, seeing, camping‚living! All from their Airstream mobile command unit. Just incredible. It's summer, and they are making good use of it. And I'm just gonna tell you: I'm jealous as hell. Leigh is too. Makes me want to uproot the air conditioned meatlockerism of the shop, pack up the Volvo and hit the motherfuckin‚ road. And maybe never come back. Just go walk the earth, from WiFi spot to Wifi spot, sending off vectors here and there. Damn. 

I met Ben at my Dallas "Tall Tales From A Large Man" road show talk a couple years back. That room was a bit of a tough crowd, but after the gig Ben came up and we got to the bottom of some shit. Helluva guy. You could just tell. His One Fast Buffalo design business is thriving, and, he recently launched the Warstic Bat Co. Bats, people. Good wood! In this big, wild, colorful world there just isn't much cool than an American baseball bat. Hard to beat. Ben's a ballplayer so he knows a good bat and inspects each one. They are for sale here, so get with it.

Not a ballplayer? No problem. We plan on using our Warstic for follows DDC factory floor concerns: Shop Security‚ and ‚ Client Coaxing. Yes. Feels good in the hands. These bats do not disappoint.

It was incredible meeting Ben's family and seeing the firsthand spoils of the paradigm shift that a few us have been tapping into: You can do this stuff from wherever you want.

Think about that for a second. Here's a guy operating out of his Airstream, all over America. I'm no stranger to the open road, with some wild fall tours under the belt from the last bunch of years. I'm not afraid of working out of the driver's side seat, and have sent many a document from a Motel 6 parking lot. (Free WiFi, man!)

Thanks for coming by, Ben. You pretty much are the best thing we've seen all summer. Come back and keep the rubber on the road! Freeeeeeedom!

Smooth sailing to the Jenkins clan!!!

Ben Jenkins

Founder & Creative Drover

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Through many years of experience, and quite a bit of soul searching, we have found a way to live lives that help us generate our best work. It's why we look so happy in pictures. Our dedication to exploration and being uncomfortable keeps us inspired, constantly expands our world-view, and brings us mindful rest to refuel and rejuvenate our creative thinking. To find the balance between long immersive journeys and having the proper time to craft our work… we limit the number of clients we work with annually to fit within our 9 month work season. We also work hard to work with people who also share a healthy outlook on work and life. Having the right clients (not just big ones) is critical for not just enjoying our work, but generating brands that matter and endure over time. Brand building is mentally draining, in a great way, when you have a healthy working relationship with the people on the other side of the table. We expend all of our energy into making new things for people we work with. It requires trust and aligning what you want out of a partner with who we are. Different firms have different styles, different approaches, different goals, different values, and different definitions of success. We are just plain different on many levels. Finding the right fit can determine a lot about what we can create together. We hope we are a good fit for you. Send us a note and let's find out. We would love to hear about what ideas you need help bringing to life, or reinventing.  

 

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