Hawking heraldry on the road
Scott Jones of Dalton, Georgia sells spirit for a living.
He is in Park City this month with the Triple Crown softball tournament. Nearly every weekend from March through September he attends softball and baseball events selling team spirit on shirts, hats, helmets, sweat bands anything that will sit still long enough, he said.
Jones is a professional screen printer who specializes in fan wear for high schools in his area. When class is out, he travels the country pitching customized airbrushing at tournaments.
He paints mostly batting helmets and T-shirts with team logos or names and jersey numbers of athletes. The customized work pays well and several members of his family are also in the business, he said.
This is his first trip to the western United States. The recession has been taking its toll, so he ventured out of his traditional territory from Texas to Florida to Maine to sell his service at the Triple Crown tournament in Summit County.
His family, C. J. Gordon and 11-year-old Grace Patterson, come along and view it more as business travel than an extended vacation. It’s not fun being on the road so much, but it is fun seeing the country and meeting people from around America, he said.
But they do love to watch softball.
Gordon coaches Patterson’s team back in Georgia and Patterson said she never gets tired of watching the game.
"I play a lot. If I didn’t play, I wouldn’t do anything," she said.
Gordon said she observes all the different coaching styles and finds it interesting.
Meanwhile, Jones is picking up on what designs will be big sellers with that day’s crowd.
Wednesday morning, behind Treasure Mountain International School (TMIS) he was replicating a team’s jersey onto a T-shirt for a parent to wear during the game.
This is Jones’s tenth year traveling the country attending tournaments. He’s traveled 3,000 miles in the past three weeks living out of hotels and camping a bit in the Rocky Mountains.
"My family thinks it’s crazy, but we enjoy it," he said.
Jones and his Stargaze Helmets & Apparel booth can be found Saturday behind TMIS, but he’ll move to various fields throughout the county during the remainder of the tournament.
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