Today we’d like to introduce you to Tina Creswell.
Tina, let’s start with your story. We’d love to hear how you got started and how the journey has been so far.
I had been working at a naturopathic doctors office doing patient service management for a few years. At first, it was fulfilling because I am passionate about naturopathic medicine and helping others. But after a while, something was missing. I got to a point where I reached a ceiling, I started as an intern and moved into management and at that point, there was no more room for growth for me, I had nothing left to learn or a higher position to achieve. I was going to work every day to make someone else’s dreams come true. I felt that I had achieved success because I wasn’t tripping on paying my bills but I knew that managing an office wasn’t my calling in life. So, unless I was going to pull the trigger and invest a hundred thousand dollars in going to school for naturopathic medicine, I had to keep it moving. I quit my job, did my second yoga teacher training and did some self-discovery. With all my free time, I started working on art projects again and realized how much better my quality of life was. I’ve always loved fashion and felt it was a way to artistically express our soul. The name Death Trip means complete loss of ego resulting in rebirth, it was inspired by one of my favorite quotes, “It’s necessary to wish for death to truly know how good it is to live.” I liked this concept for what I’m doing because I’m taking clothing that have been thrown away and giving it a new life. Right now, I’m selling at various markets such as Kobey’s Swapmeet, Cleanslate Swapmeet, and other farmers markets and art shows such as Connect San Diego and the one and only Instagram. Currently, I’m working on getting Death Trip into a storefront you can come in and shop the collection at.
Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
“The victory is sweeter when obstacles are either sidestepped or crushed on the way to the door.” Nothing in life worth having comes easy. Being an entrepreneur is an ebb and flow. The biggest struggle I faced was having faith in myself and dismantling negative belief systems and self-fulfilling prophecies. My best advice is to go for it and to surround yourself with people who inspire and motivate you to do more and to do better. Failure is the stepping stone for success. Good things fall apart so better things can come together. This has been true in all aspects of my life, some of the worst things that have happened to me have turned out to be the best things. Death Trip was a concept long before it launched and the only regret I’ve had is not going for it sooner.
Please tell us about Death Trip.
I sell eclectic vintage and second-hand clothing and am working on creating my own line but that piece is still in the process of coming to fruition. I like the idea that clothing doesn’t have a gender, if it looks good, if it feels good, wear it. Clothing should be non-binary. Fashion is a form of art that allows us to express our true self, or not so true self. It lets you be whoever you want to be. I love seeing the look on peoples faces when they try something on that they don’t think they can “pull off” and they realize they can pull off anything that makes them feel good. This is why I do this. Helping other people look and feel good. However, beyond making people feel good, and making money, it is important to me that I have a career that is soul work, something meaningful and impactful. Death Trip is an ethical slow fashion company. Buying used clothing increases the life of the garment by two years which reduces emissions by 70%. I am passionate about social causes, right now I’m working on projects to help raise money for different issues. Currently, I am working on a graphic tee for a fundraiser event “Hoodstock” being put on by the organization people over profits SD to raise money to build “The Peoples Lot” in Barrio Logan. Support your community!
Are there any apps, books, podcasts or other resources that you’ve benefited from using?
I don’t utilize too many apps for business, I prefer an old fashioned paper planner and excel spreadsheets (the free google version). Some rad podcasts are SoulWork with Adi Shakti (shout out to one of my many teachers), and The Joe Rogan Experience. Some of my favorite books are Welcome to the Monkey House by Kurt Vonnegut, Fluke by Christopher Moore, When Will Jesus Bring the Pork Chops by George Carlin and the Gita.
- The value of vintage and second-hand clothing ranges greatly. The average price point for my collection is typically around $25 dollars.
- Email: email@example.com
- Instagram: @deathtripapparel
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Death-Trip-Shop-294268331159965/
Wes Wigman – photo of me