My name is Kelvin Garcia and I am currently a teenage student, born and raised in sunny side Mountain View California. I thrive on learning art, creativity, and skateboarding. With these elements I’ve been drawn into a world I never expected to be in, sharing my creativity with the world! I’ve always had the vision that I would show people my creative side but I could never verbally express it, so I would draw! I’ve been drawing since I was in pre-school and how I see the world around me, EVERYTHING is art! While I look at the shoes worn to shows, people on tv, and the logos of brands, I was curious how to transform my art from paper to digital form. So I thought myself graphic design and created my artwork in more advanced ways where I can show my creativity. Everything I create and share is inspired by my passion for skateboarding. Oh man, I love skateboarding! There’s a bond you have when you see someone else on a skateboard across the street, or when you’re at a skate park and see all these people connecting because they are pushing for the same goals. One of the absolute best feelings is riding on the streets in the golden hour with the sunset glowing and you’re just moving. The energy I feel for skateboarding and the friends I’ve made from it are my motivation to build my apparel design company.
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In March 2015 I started a skateboard and apparel company called “Buttery Vibes”. The company’s heart is compiled of happy Go-Lucky skaters and artists who care about having fun and making everyday count to it’s fullest and, of course, keeping it Buttery and by keeping it you’re having Buttery Vibes.
The company was started with the soul of street culture. We’ve engulfed ourselves with the skaters, musicians, film makers, photographers, and artists making a difference in our lives.
In the coming years Buttery Vibes is going to be a brand known for its quality, style, and being 100% skater owned and operated. All made in the U.S.A.
“Live Buttery and Stay Positive”
What is the purpose of this loan?
With this loan from Kiva the graphic designs I’ve created over the past year will become a reality. The funds will be used for purchasing fabrics, screen-printing embroidery costs, paying skateboard manufactures, and purchasing film and computer equipment.
I’ve been making my own prototypes and finding the perfect skateboard decks, hats, hoodies, and t-shirts to launch my designs with. I’ve organized the information I need and set up relationships with manufactures, and am so excited to begin production for the world!
The Kiva loan will especially make a difference for the Buttery Vibes online launch, because afterwards when we’re making a change in your lives we’ll be doing Pop-Up shops where if you live in the US you can come out and support and be apart of the team.
As for me, I’m still a teenager taking this big leap to be an entrepreneurship to change the world with the passion for doing what I love which is committing to my craft.
Years in operation: 6 months – 1 year