Welcome to the 11th edition of Meet Your Maker. This week it’s the turn of Obscure Hideout from the USA.
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Tell us about where you’re from, what you do, how it all started and why you enjoy it.
I am born and raised in Los Angeles where I currently reside. As a maker my product is the Obscure Hideout OH! Lanyards which are different character heads and body parts from everyone’s favorite comic books, cartoons, movies, and video games over bodies made out of paracord. They can be used as keychains or lanyard beads for knives and other EDC gear. It was all started by my friend Justin @parkssupply created the first character lanyard in 2016 and posted to Instagram. I was really getting heavy into collecting EDC gear including expensive beads and as a lifelong comic book collector these character beads really stuck out to me! I purchased a few right away and instantly I got a lot of comments on my hand dumps on IG and I decided I had to have every character. Justin created maybe a dozen characters before he had to step away from making lanyards to focus on other priorities. After bugging him for new characters for months I finally asked Justin if he would be willing to let me make his character lanyards at which point he told me he had already thought of the idea as well and couldn’t think of anyone better to pass it on to. Several months later on December 4, 2016 Obscure Hideout was launched!
In the over 4 years I have been doing this I expanded the number of character available to hundreds, I have fine tuned and improved over the earlier designs by using more and more complicated body parts, bead styles, and 2 dozen more paracord colors to better match the original characters. I enjoy this because I really enjoy being a part of this community, I am lucky to communicate with those into EDC along with those just into the characters, I have made many friends, my customers who I call Hideout’s have been supporting me for years, I have used the account to give back in giveaways and even raise money for charities, and even though what I do is not always easy and definitely time consuming I love that it keeps me busy!
What are your aims and are there any items or products you’d love to make?
Right now my aim is to continue the way I have been, making lanyards for periodical website drops and I take custom orders where anyone can message me and order characters that are out of stock. There are lots of characters I would love to make or that get requested often however I am limited to what characters are available out there to turn into lanyards. Some often requested characters that are not available yet are John Wick and Transformers characters that everyone always asks about.
What do you consider your greatest achievement in the work you do associated with EDC?
I am really proud of the charity and good-will fundraisers that I have been able to do in the past. We have raised money for St. Jude’s Children Hospital on 4 different occasions, helped out a fallen firefighters family in Southern California, and have donated to EDC holiday charities. through the whole of EDC I have become friends with many makers who make a variety of goods some of who I have personally directly supported or have tried to spread the word in the community. All of this lead to me work at Recon 1 one of the premiere places in the world for high end Custom and Production knives who I was able to exhibit with at many knife shows where I got to further meet the community and spread the word for other makers.
What is the best thing you have made and why?
Everything! Everyone has a different favorite character so that answer will vary depending on who you ask. I think the OH! Lanyards that stand out the most to me are Cthulhu because he has paracord as tentacles, Robbie the Robot because of his box knot body style making him look more like a robot, the original large Thanos I make with the large arm and infinity gauntlet because I had to come up with an interesting way to mount the large arm, Marvin the Martian because I had to think outside the box to get his body parts to work correct, and classic Punisher because his body parts are difficult but he looks so badass when complete!
What EDC gear is in your pockets right now?
My daily carries to work are my Spyderco Matriarch II Emerson Wave edition, Chris Reeve Knives Large Inkosi Insigno blade w/ black Micarta, @Ti2Design Super Shorty Techliner pen, RovyVon Aurora A5 mini torch, Bic lighter with Titanium @29th_element sleeve, and EDC Cooperative hive patch!
What’s the favourite piece of EDC gear that you own?
TUFF TUFF TUFF question!!! I have LOTS of favorites! I think the Ti2Design Techliner pen is my favorite overall because it can go anywhere with me, great size, looks great, writes beautifully, and has a magnetic cap and if you know me you know I love anything with magnets!
What EDC item would you love to own and why?
Currently I am looking for a folding Pikal self-defense style knife with only a handful of options out there.
A random fact about yourself that readers won’t learn anywhere else
I am big into the outdoors which includes camping, backpacking, and hiking where I try go on one small adventure and one larger adventure every year.
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