Pop-Up Shop at THE SHOWDOWN – Finals Night

Monkey & The Bee will be setting up shop at the FINALS of THE SHOWDOWN – Round II.

It’s The Showdown – Round TWO! A 12-week contest on Tuesday nights after Dance Lessons. A total of $2000 in cash prizes! Hosted by Daphne Rio and judged by Ross Johnston & Domita DeBaun Sanchez

NO COVER! LET US KNOW YOU’RE COMING Get your tickets now!





Wigs – Wine + Dine: LIVE EDITION

Wigs - Wine + Dine: LIVE Edition

Join Cedar Springs Tap House and Monkey & The Bee for:

Wigs – Wine + Dine: LIVE
Dinner & A SHOW with your host: Onyx Anderson.

JOIN US FOR A GREAT NIGHT OF LIVE SINGING FROM SO MANY LOCAL TALENTED FOLKS INCLUDING:
Jada Pinkett Fox, Eva DeLeon, Michael Duane, Jasmin Indigo, Alvaro Ramalho, Chris Sanders & Zach Thomas (aka Gloria Devine)
On the Turntable: DJ Christopher

Come for the wine, the food, the music, the entertainment and the shopping! It’s going to be a party and we’ve got something for everyone! You never know who else might be performing!

Let us know you’re coming on Facebook:

https://www.facebook.com/events/2715870671786584/

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TRBU24 – Recap

We can not thank the participants, vendors, and organizers of TBRU24 enough. This is our third Texas Bear Round-Up and every year we have such an amazing time. We have to give a special shout out to the Dallas Bears for putting on such an amazing event.

 

Monkey & The Bee launched 3 New shirts this past weekend and had a great time in our “photo booth” getting pictures of all the guys with guest appearances by Domita Debaun Sanchez & Mona Massakre.

An extra special thank you to all of our current customers and new customers that we met over the weekend and we look forward to seeing you soon!

We love all of the support from everyone at this event and are always welcome to hearing your feedback. If you have any suggestions please feel free to email us at: info@monkeybeetees.com and see you next year!

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Thank you Honey Pot!

Honey Pot Bear Fest 2018 | Monkey & The Bee | Oh Honey Tee
Honey Pot Bear Fest 2018 | Monkey & The Bee | Monkey / Bee & Glenn

THANK YOU HONEY POT!

Thank you to Charlie McDonald & Honey Pot for inviting us to set-up during your event this year at the Round-Up Saloon. Such a fun event with great people, amazing entertainment from Joseph Veazie + Steven Shedd, and a warm welcoming atmosphere! We are super excited to have launched our new Oh, Honey design at your event and are even more excited that THEY LIKED IT … THEY REALLY LIKED IT 😛

Honey Pot Bear Fest 2018 | Monkey & The Bee | Oh Honey Tee
Honey Pot Bear Fest 2018 | Monkey & The Bee | Eros Artist Collaboration Tee
Honey Pot Bear Fest 2018 | Monkey & The Bee | Oh Honey Tee

Don't forget to tag @monkeybeetees

Honey Pot Bear Fest 2018 | Monkey & The Bee | Piece Of My Heart Tee
Honey Pot Bear Fest 2018 | Monkey & The Bee | Feed Me Tank

Shop our SALE ITEMS too!

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Introducing: Artist Collaborations

EROS Artist T shirt | Hand-Painted T Shirt | Long Sleeve T shirt | Unique T Shirt | Limited Edition T Shirt

Proud to introduce a new line of Tees called our Artist Collaborations. Similar to our Artist Edition tees that we auction off for the TRUE COLORS FUND each year, these tees will donate back to charity, but will be produced in a larger (yet limited) quantity.  These tees will take a graphic element and combine them with the vision of the selected artist to create wearable art.

Our first venture is with Dallas Artist Ven. Monkey & The Bee has taken a piece of one of his paintings and had it screen printed onto a long sleeve white tee. The print wraps around the neck collar to the back as well as from the front side to the back. What truly makes these t-shirts unique, is after the screen printing process, Ven hand-painted in a similar style to the original painting on each of the shirts. Each one of these shirts is a real piece of wearable art and a collaboration between Monkey & The Bee and Ven.

25% of the proceeds from the sale of each of this shirt design will be donated directly to the Youth First Program at the Dallas Resource Center.

EROS Artist T shirt | Hand-Painted T Shirt | Long Sleeve T shirt | Unique T Shirt | Limited Edition T Shirt
EROS Artist T shirt | Hand-Painted T Shirt | Long Sleeve T shirt | Unique T Shirt | Limited Edition T Shirt
EROS Artist T shirt | Hand-Painted T Shirt | Long Sleeve T shirt | Unique T Shirt | Limited Edition T Shirt

Join Monkey & The Bee and Ven at:

Obituary – A FINE ART EXHIBITION BY VEN

and grab up one of these limited edition shirts!

Art saved my life. I was lucky to have found something to get me through my childhood.  Knowing the statistics, not everyone in our community is as luck as I was. I want to make sure programs like this continue to thrive, supporting our LGBTQ youth as they face the battles that we know intimately. Youth First is actively giving LGBTQ youth the tools to not only survive into adulthood, but live quality lives as adolescents by providing safe spaces to be themselves.  It is only by donations that they are able to fulfill their purpose. – Ven

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The only thing we like better than a graphic tee i…

Love Unconditionally: Awareness Tee | Monkey & The Bee | NAVY | Front worn by actor Michael Russell
Join The Tee Party | Monkey & The Bee | Gay Owned T shirt Company | Dallas, TX
Join The Tee Party | Monkey & The Bee | Gay Owned T shirt Company | Dallas, TX

The only thing we like better than a graphic tee is ripping it off the hot guy wearing it.

But we also enjoy sporting them ourselves nearly every day as part of our “writer uniform.”

So we’re proud to introduce you to one of our favorite new gay-owned businesses, Monkey & The Bee. The Dallas-based company produces a variety of wearables with several pride-themed shirts and even a grrrrreat lineup exclusively for bears.

Older guys can show a little grey pride with the Silver Fox shirt, and we totally dig this Thirsty tank top. The offerings have expanded quite a bit since we first learned about the company, so we’re thrilled to see them continue to grow. (We love things that grow!)

They’ll definitely be a go-to resource for holiday gifts, too. Heck, we’ll probably even leave an XXL t-shirt with our milk and cookies for Santa on Christmas Eve.

Gotta take care of our number-one bear, right?

Read the article at He Said Magazine!

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Inspiration & Interactions: part 1

Eagle Houston Annual Pride Street Party

We do pop-up shops … a lot of pop-up shops. So we thought … why not share with you some of our inspirations and interactions with the people that we come across during these events.

Pop-up shop, trunk show, vendor market, guerilla retail … these are all terms that we’ve learned to embrace in the past couple of years and have really come to enjoy. Every month you can check out our EVENTS page and find out where we will be next and when you can get your next dose of Monkey & The Bee (+ Glenn and “The Lady Debra”).

With this being the first, of what I hope to be many posts, we are going to share just a few of our favorite stories.

Domita Debaun Sanchez wearing custom Bear Hugs

Monkey & The Bee | Domita Sanchez | TBRU | Gay T-shirt Company
Monkey & The Bee | Domita Sanchez | TBRU | Gay T-shirt Company

INTERACTION:

One of the BIG events that we look forward to each year is TBRU (Texas Bear Round-Up) hosted by the Dallas Bears!

We chose TRBU as our first MAJOR event because each and every year “The Monkey” would come home from his “real job” boasting about what a great group of guys the TBRU guys are. We often do “BEAR” themed shirts and what better place to showcase them then at Texas Bear Round-Up. So we put together our first major display and headed out to see if we were “onto something” with our shirt line.

One of the best feelings during our first TRBU, was watching the doors open on the first full day and having customers from all over (including Australia) make a B-LINE straight to our booth. They seemed to really like our designs, the quality of the t-shirts, and the fact that we often offer sizes up to 4XL.

Another stand-out was this past TBRU, Miss Domita Debaun Sanchez took one of our Bear Hugs Tshirts and customized it for her drag aesthetic and hung out in the booth with us. She took pictures with customers, helped sell some shirts, and even helped do some folding. Domita has become a great customer, promoter, and best of all friend of Monkey & The Bee! #domita4bears

After our second year with TBRU, we knew that this would be an annual event for us. It’s already on our calendar for 2019 … and we are working on having new shirts, new accessories, and some new ideas for the weekend. We can’t wait to see everyone again and can all agree that these guys know how to have a good time, shop, and are a very supportive customer of ours.

Pogonophile Tank | Model Jay Fuertez | Photography Jay Fuertez

Awesome photo by Jay Fuertez

INSPIRATION:

Pogonophile … ??? What’s a Pogonophile? Where did you come up with that?

The Bee” was set up at the Dallas Eagle for Bear Lockdown in the pouring rain. Luckily, we brought our tent and everyone was keeping in good spirits. The best thing from a vendor stand point about having the rain is that everyone crowds into your booth. Well, this was just the case. The patio at the Eagle was getting pretty packed. We had probably 10 people browsing our merchandise while shielding themselves from the rain. This one woman kept look at the “The Bee” and finally approached him and asked:

Can I touch your beard?

Thrown off a little, “The Bee” hesitantly replied … “Are you gonna buy a shirt :P?!?

“I can’t help it … I’m a total pogonophile?”

The woman explained that a pogonophile is an admirer of beards. “The Bee” let her touch his beard and continued chatting with the woman for a while. She was very sweet and after a long talk … “That’s going to be our next shirt!”

“The Bee” always tries to come up with something new when he’s out at vendor markets. He often gets inspiration from his surroundings and interactions with customer for new designs.

So who knows? Maybe next time you see us at a pop-up shop … something you say or do might become the next Monkey & The Bee tee!

Honey, Kiss Me Tee

Pride Fox | Monkey & The Bee | V-Neck Tee | Tshirt | LGBTQ Tee
Pride Fox | Monkey & The Bee | V-Neck Tee | Tshirt | LGBTQ Tee

INTERACTION:

Last but definitely not least … Dallas Pride! Talk about an amazing event to really boost your confidence.

2017 was our very first Pride event and we were completely unprepared. Tommy and “The Bee” arrived at set-up at 8:00am and began unloading all of our typical pop-up shop stuff and taking it to our designated area. When we arrived we noticed that all the other vendors had TENTS! You would think that this was something we would have in our inventory. But, since most of the events that we had done so far were all indoor events, we never even thought about having a tent.

Luckily Tommy decided that we would make the best of it! He convinced “The Bee” to set up our shop as a pass through between the different vendor rows. This allowed for people to walk through the middle of our row instead of having to walk all the way down to the end of the aisle of other merchants to move on to the next aisle. As a pass through, we probably got more attention that we would have if we were just set up as we normally had.

BUT … That’s not the story!

During the day, we met a ton of people and sold a lot of shirts! One of the best things about Dallas Pride is that there is a TEEN PRIDE AREA and we noticed quite a few younger people with their parents doing a little shopping and having a good time at PRIDE. This one kid kept walking through our shop. He’d stop and look at the designs, chat for a minute, and then move on. Really nice kid … but he didn’t purchase anything, he just kept coming back … would chat for a bit … and then move on. Towards the end of the day, the same kid comes back and is REALLY LOOKING at our PRIDE FOX design. He asks “The Bee” if we had it in an XS. Luckily, we still had one left. He said “GREAT!” And then LEAVES!!!

Tommy and I were both a little surprised by his departure but decided it was about time to get ready to pack up and load up the truck. We start breaking down the shop, putting away merchandise, and taking down our signs when we hear:

“Wait! Stop!” coming from a female voice.

The kid and this lovely lady are speed-walking toward the booth! Of course, we stop packing things up and wait for them to get over to the booth.

The mom asks, “Do you still have that Fox shirt in the XS? It’s the one my son REALLY LOVES! This is his first pride event and I want to be the one to buy him his first pride shirt!”

UGH! My heart melts and I wanted to just GIVE her the shirt. She insisted on paying for it, which as a small business … I appreciated. I hand the shirt to the boy and he immediate takes the shirt out of the bag and throws it on.

Who knows? Maybe next time your story will end up as part of our INTERACTIONS & INSPIRATION!

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Artist Editions are a hit!

We wanted to take a minute to thank everyone who participated in the Artist Editions Live Auction. We were able to raise almost $600 for the  True Colors Fund from the auction of these Tank Tops.

Summary: Monkey & The Bee return with: Artist Editions. We had local artist, Cherie Fruehan , hand paint ONLY 5 of our “OUR AMERICA” Tank tops to auction off Live on Facebook & Instagram.

Thank you Walter Lee (aka Jada Pinkett Fox) for co-hosting with The Monkey (aka Frank), you are always there for us when we need some support and we truly value your friendship!


A special thank you to Artist Cherie Fruehan for hand-painting our “Our America” tank tops and donating your time and artistic vision to create something truly one-of-a-kind for us. You took our tanks as inspiration and really captured the spirit of what Monkey & The Bee is.


And our HIGHEST BIDDER for the Our America Freddie Mercury Tank was Brent Allen Love … who graciously donated $200 for this tank top. Thank you Thank you Thank you! You are an amazing guy and your donation is greatly appreciated!

Artist Edition Liberty | Our America | Monkey & The Bee | Cherie Fruehan
Artist Edition Lion | Our America | Monkey & The Bee | Cherie Fruehan
Artist Edition Lady | Our America | Monkey & The Bee | Cherie Fruehan
Artist Edition Disco | Our America | Monkey & The Bee | Cherie Fruehan
Artist Edition Freddie | Our America | Monkey & The Bee | Cherie Fruehan

We will continue with the Artist Editions Live Auctions
and in the future we’ll work out some of the kinks like getting a microphone for the camera 😛


THANK YOU ALL FOR PARTICIPATING!

Missed the Auction?

You can still donate directly to the True Colors Fund on our

Fundraising Team Page!

Join us in helping raise some $$$ for a good cause!

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5 Things Happening at Monkey & The Bee

The Monkey & The Bee got married in July!

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The Monkey & The Bee got married in July!

Love Wins!

Everyone has been asking when new designs will be coming out … well … a lot has been happening … The Monkey & The Bee got married in July!

We started Monkey & The Bee as a way to potentially help pay for our wedding. We did it! We have had tremendous support from our customers for the past 8 months and are excited to take the next step in our journey with you.

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This isn’t just monkey business | Dallas Voice | Monkey & The Bee

We’re famous (kinda)!

In the news … We were humbled by the request by the Dallas Voice to do an article about our company for this years’ Pride edition.

Instfamous … or at least we felt that way when the article came out. Want to know more about Monkey & The Bee … this is a great article that tells you more about what we are about and how we are involved with the lgbtq community in Dallas.

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Monkey & The Bee hit the road and set up shop at RMC in Longview, Texas.

EAST TEXAS STYLE … 

Most recently, The Bee and Tommy & Glenn, hit the road to set up shop in Longview, Texas at RMC. This was our first venture outside the Big D and boy was it a great trip. We left Dallas on a Friday night a couple weeks ago, drove out to Longview, set up shop, and mingled with the crowd at RMC, then headed back home. It was a long night but well worth it! We had a great time meeting new people and of course selling some tees and tanks!

Everyone at RMC, from the owners, staff, and patrons of the bar were so very welcoming and supportive of Monkey & The Bee. We can’t wait to go back with new designs and styles!

Out and about! Of course, we have been setting up shop all over Dallas for the past couple of months. Some of the great businesses that have allowed us to set up shop include: The Round-Up Saloon & Dance Hall, S4 – The Rose Room @S4, and Cedar Springs Tap House.

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#monkeybeegotme Monkey & The Bee Got Me Promo

Got me!

The Monkey has been out and about with our Monkey & The Bee GOT ME! bags … hitting the streets and handing out our special promo bags.

You never know when this will be happening or when he’s going to pop up and get you!

Make sure to follow us on Instagram and of course like our Facebook page to see what we are up to next and where we will be.

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Monkey & The Bee | Gay Pride | Gay Owned Business

And last but probably most important to us …  we are gearing up new designs for 2017 Dallas Pride Festival (Official)​ we wanted to reflect on the amazing support we have received from our customers so far this year. We are truly thankful to each and every one of you.

Giving back to the community is very important to us. Although we are a small company (started late last year) we do everything we can to give back in some form or fashion (pun intended) to the community.

So far this year we’ve been able to contribute to:

True Colors Fund​
Legacy Counseling​
Resource Center​
Angie’s Friends​
2017 Miss LifeWalk Pageant​

As well as gift basket donations to many different fundraisers and benefits.

#givingback #awarenesstees #supportsmallbusiness #shopsmall #monkeybeetees #monkeyandthebee #graphictees #lgbtq #gaypride #dallaspride #bigD

Where will we be next ..

Check out our events page on Facebook

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What a whirlwind!

Chance | Swain Artist Management | Monkey & The Bee | Artist Editions

WOW! Thank you is all we can say!

The last few months at Monkey & The Bee have been amazing. Not only do our pop-up shops continue to introduce us to more of the dallas community but you all keep coming back for more!

Here’s a quick recap of what’s been going on:

THANK YOU ALL AGAIN FOR THE SUPPORT! We will continue to bring you new and fresh ideas on tees/tanks/ and more!

 

#monkeybeetees #monkeyandthebee #shopsmall #smallbusiness #pride #monkeybeeEVERYwear #dallas #graphictees