The 5 W's

Aloha. About Us pages are always weird so here goes...

 

WHO:

My name is Kellie Graebner, I am a home-made and home-based screen printer. I guess I could be considered as a "one-woman-show". I do everything in the biz from the graphic designing, to the screen printing... to the emails, social media, website design and maintenance, blogging/vlogging, packaging & mailing off orders, etc. But I cannot get enough...I love my biz! I love all the menial tasks that go into it just as much as the fun stuff like designing and screen printing. And I am so grateful for the interaction with you. 

I'm a military brat, so grateful to have grown up in the 80's and 90's. I was born at Edwards AFB, California and have spent most of my time living in Florida, California, and New Mexico. My hubs Kurt is retired USMC EOD and while occasionally modeling for my online store (begrudgingly) he helps me with design ideas and business management/planning. My 2 bull terriers, Homer (RIP buddy) and Hera spent most of their days the passed several years chilling with me in my studio. 

About Us BombBullie

   

 

WHAT: 

Silkies!!! aka Ranger Panties is our main garment I screen print on. As far as design themes, I'm going to start off doing America and Freedom, and some USA military themed ideas/designs and we'll see where that leads us.  And if there are certain design/themes you want to see on Silkies, check out our Good Idea Fairy Box here and I'll see what I can do ;)

 

WHERE:

I run my studio and office out of our home in Niceville, Florida. . Growing up, both of my parents were in the Air Force so we lived in NW Florida off and on since I was a young kid. I grew up here, I died here (yeah but I'm back so watch-out haha!), I met my hubs here, I love the culture here, and 'dem beaches are quite nice! This place holds a certain magic for me. I love the Florida Emerald Coast

BombBullie Studio

 

WHY: 

In 2015, we packed up our family (2 extra special bull terriers, Homer and Hera) and moved back to my hometown of Niceville, Florida. I was in "prove it" mode and took on every screen printing job I could to gain experience and get myself out there. Within those endeavors, I started our sister site, EODStuff.com where I screen print EOD (Explosive Ordnance Disposal) themed designs on a plethora of garments. I started doing some work with the EOD Warrior Foundation which led to one of my most cherished relationships with CrabZone, whereupon I sell some of our merch at their store in Palm Plaza, Niceville, FL. 

My work with the EODWF & CrabZone synchronistically led me to start screen printing on silkies (aka Ranger Panties). I don't know why, but I was hooked. I loved screen printing on these skimpy yet classy, beautiful, silky smooth, shorts. Seriously if you have never worn a pair, do yourself a favor and start living by owning some (hahaa!).

I continued to challenge myself with screen printing on silkies. They're not the easiest garment to print on because they're made of very shiny, silky 100% nylon material....that burns very easily!! So doing more than 1 ink color is not easy. But easy things aren't always the best, right? 

From 2016 - now, I've been running my EODStuff.com store which I plan to keep doing, but I had a burning desire to focus on silkies, screen printing with silicone inks, and having a place to explore designs related to things that also matter to me...Freedom, 'Merica, and fun!

The current state of our country (and the world) is frustrating, confusing, and a bit scary. But I cannot sit on my ass, eyes glued to the news growing with anger and fear, trying to discern what is my truth vs. what is being what is force fed. My truth and my message is this:  We're Human, We are American. Let's stand together and take care of ourselves and each other. No one is gonna save us, except We The People.  Enough with the division and judgment. I value what America stands for: freedom, opportunity, unity. The majority of who speaks "for" America's right now, that less than 1% of "us American's" is not America. Do what you believe America stands for. 

Now is Your Time - a motto I try to live by every day. Honestly, I was a little scared to start this leg of the BombBullie Journey. How many of us were conditioned to "Be Seen and Not Heard" since we were wee little ones? Conform, fit in, tribal survival, don't cause a ruckus...the list can go on. And yes, I used to fall victim of people pleasing to my detriment.  But, I won't be scared anymore and I'm ready to lighten up, have some fun, speak my truth (respectfully & to my best ability, tastefully), and screen print some beautiful designs and messages on SILKIES, and yes, I'll also make some comfy tees and hoodies for ya!   

 

WHEN:

I started screen printed back in 2015.I lived in Oceanside, CA where my hubs was a US Marine based at Camp Pendleton. He was deployed, we were slated to PCS (move) to Florida when he got back, and I had the glorious and most appreciated opportunity to start a business and give it a go. I had a year's worth of moolah saved up to support me while I gave it my all.

 

HOW:

To make a very long story short, I "stumbled" into screen printing back in 2014, watched every screen printing and graphic design video that I could find on YouTube, signed up for a screen printing course up in L.A., taught myself Adobe Illustrator, and started screen printing with my Bull Terriers out of our spare bedroom in O'side, and haven't looked back.