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Claassen Art Tour On Google Maps And How To Make Your Own Custom Map

I made a map on google where you can see all the locations of my artwork. There are a couple of galleries on there, some businesses and even a couple of public outdoor pieces.

View Claassen Art Tour in a larger map

As a bonus, I decided to write a brief tutorial on how to make your own. Although, before I get into that, you might be asking yourself, “Why do I need a custom map?” Well, here are a few ideas of things you might want a map of. Also, you can share your map, which can come in pretty handy.
Your personal favorite:
– restaurants, cafe’s, etc.
– art galleries
– clothing boutique’s
– bars/clubs
– public parks/pools
– atm’s
– book stores
– local landmarks
– public art
– transit stops
– tattoo shops
– skate spots
– and of course, your favorite brothel’s

As for business’s, say you own a clothing company. You could make a map of all the retail stores where your merchandise can be purchased. The possibilities are quite endless.

Google makes is so simple to make your own custom map that you will slap yourself with a wet noodle for not making one sooner. In fact, it is so simple I feel slightly stupid for taking the time to make these screen captures. Oh well!

1. make sure you are logged into Google.
2. Go to
3. Click the “My Places” link.
make a custom google map

4. Click “Create Map”.
make a custom google map

5. Make up a title for your map and write a description. I predict that my idea of mapping your favorite drunk spots will be all the rage in the near future.
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6. Now it’s time to actually map your locations. I should have labeled these A, B, and C, but I wasn’t thinking. So, part 1 of this step is to type in the address or business name in the search bar. 2 and 3 are pretty much the same thing. If you click that little drop down arrow on 2. some options show up and you want to choose “save to map”. Or do it the easy way and click “save to map” where 3 is.
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7. When you are done adding all the locations you want on you map click the “My Places” link and you will see your map listed, like so.
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8. When you click on that you will see your actual map in all of it’s drunken glory. You know, if your map is one to show all your favorite spots to get intoxicated. To share your map with friends, family, co-workers, and random people you’ve hooked up with at these designated locations, click the little chain icon and you will be given two options. You can copy the link and paste it wherever you’d like. For example, you can text the link to your homies, post in on your FB wall, tweet it, tumblr it, whatever. The second option is to copy the embed code, so you can post the actual map on your blog/website like I did above.
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9. Pat yourself on the back.

Custom Buttons: Promote Your Art, Band, Photography, Clothing Line, Etc.

Get 100 Custom Buttons With YOUR Designs
100 buttons with your logo/desgin, 1″diameter
$30, plus shipping
To order please visit:

Get 50 Custom Buttons With YOUR Designs
50 buttons with your logo/desgin, 1″diameter
$15, plus shipping
To order please visit:

Hello All!

The Claassen Gallery is now offering custom buttons! We’ve been using them for years and love them. Now we want to share all the button goodness with you. Buttons are a terrific way to promote your business. Here are just a few ideas of things you can promote using buttons.
– bands
– artwork
– photography
– retail boutique
– your etsy shop
– restaurant
– clothing line
– tattoo shop
– skateboard company
– yoga studio
– funny phrases and inside jokes
– politics
– religion
– you name it, the list goes on and on.

I’ve used buttons as price tags on clothing in my retail shop and I’ve seen friends of mine use buttons to indicate sizes on their screen printed tees. People use them as party favors, teachers use them as prizes in the classroom and a plethora of other things.

Ready to get your custom buttons?
Here’s how it works, in three easy steps.

1. Once payment is received for your order I will email you a design template. Sending a simple round image isn’t good enough because some of the image wraps under in the pressing process. The template will show you the “LIVE AREA” where your design needs to be. You will receive further instructions in the email with the template.

2. You design your button using the template and email it back to me at 300dpi in jpeg or pdf format.

3. Once your design is received your buttons will be put into production. Most orders ship within 3 days of receiving your final design.

If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to ask.

Here are a couple examples of buttons done for past clients:
buttons for Sink Or Swim Tattoo Shop
Sink Or Swim Tattoo Shop

buttons for Dead Dollies
Dead Dollies

If you are ready to get some buttons made please order through our etsy shop.
– place an order for 100 custom buttons.
– place an order for 50 custom buttons.

Hope to hear from you soon!
Button makers are standing by!

As always, thanks for looking!

Another Reason To Support Local Business

another reason to support local business

Our Young Entrepreneur

Our eleven year old is a real go-getter and has decided to go into business for himself. The other day he designed an ad for himself and his new business adventure.

Ad For James

It says, “Hello, my name is James and I am asking for something to do for the rest of the summer!”

“50₵ per time”
Then his mom’s phone number and his age.

When we asked him what kind of jobs he was looking for he told us that he was going to catch flies, sweep, wash windows, food delivery and run errands.

Lemonade stands be damned! This kid is going to kick ass at life.

The Claassen Gallery Nerds Out And Saves Money Thanks To Square

My true nerd has been manifested in the last couple of weeks and I couldn’t be happier about it. After all, nerds are awesome.

Just nerdin out

It all started when I had to transfer my phone line to the new gallery space. Assuming the new space was all set up with a phone line I should have been able to transfer without a problem, at least from the perspective of the phone company. However, there was a problem. And the problem was all mine. The actual wires from the phone jack that lead to the source of all things telephone had been ripped out. This is one detail the phone company would not have known. It was something I didn’t even realize until I plugged my phone in. Hmm…no dial tone, why isn’t it working? Oh, I see, there should totally be some sort of wire coming out of that box that goes outside and connects to a telephone pole somewhere. It was with this desperation that my full nerd was able to infiltrate my being and oversee what has now been dubbed “Operation: What The F Am I Supposed To Do Now?”

I had enough smarts in me to expect a 2-3 day processing time for the phone line transfer to take place, so I had found this app called “Square“, that would allow me to process credit card transactions on my phone.

square app on iphone
(Square on iPhone)

That’s right, part of my nerd manifestation required me to buy an iPhone. For awhile I thought not owning an iPhone, or any smart phone for that matter, made me a little bit cooler than other people. Wait, that’s a lie. My true belief was that it made me way cooler. I had transcended the necessity of owning an expensive phone that so many others had fallen prey to. I’ve learned now that gaining cool points in that fashion is a bit misguided. Kind of like how people brag about being an insomniac. There is nothing cool about not being able to sleep, people. Sleep is freaking awesome. For reals. And there is nothing cool about not owning an iPhone. The real selling point for me on acquiring a new phone was that the unlimited data plan offered by Verizon was coming to an end. The loophole, of course, was that if you already had an unlimited plan before the deadline you would be able to keep that plan while new customers would be left in the dust with a measly 2 GB transfer limit. Those poor souls. I refused to be part of that gang.

Ok, so now I had the overpriced phone (worth every penny). This gave me access to the Square app which would allow me to process credit card payments during the few days my store would be without a phone line. I thought I was so smart.

Little did I know, I was getting smarter by the megabyte. And trust me, I transfer googols of megabytes. It wasn’t long before I added Square to my iPad and by golly, wouldn’t you know it…Square on the iPad changed my life. On the iPhone Square is great. You type in the total of the sale, the tax gets added automatically (which is something you set up beforehand), you swipe the customers card, they sign on the screen of your phone with their finger and the last step is the customer chooses to receive a receipt by text or email. It’s awesome!

receipt from square
(text version of receipt)

While Square is great on the iPhone it’s a powerhouse on the iPad. The app transforms the device into a digital register complete with images and descriptions of my products, priced and ready to ring up.

Square on iPad
(Square on iPad)

One small problem, my iPad only connects to the internet through a wifi connection. Because of password protected neighbors (jerks) and no phone line/internet in my place of business the opportunity to take full advantage of what Square could offer me on the iPad was totally lost. Or was it?

Somewhere in the scrolling of sites I remembered reading something about the iPhone’s capability to be a hotspot. Voila! One simple trip to the Verizon store later, my phone was set up with hot spot capability. Now I could use Square on my iPad as well have internet access for my computer.

When it comes to math I’m about as gifted as a ballerina at boot camp. When money is involved, especially mine, I start to grasp the concept quite a bit more. If I end up with a higher number of dollars in my pocket than when I started it cheers me quite a bit. That’s the kind of math I can get behind. So, here’s a little breakdown of how my nerdiness has let me keep more dollars in my pocket than before this whole phone line debacle.

Warhol Dollar Sign
(Dollar Sign painting by Andy Warhol, who happened to know a thing or two about money.)

My typical phone bill (land line) was in the $20 a month range, which was strictly used only to process credit card transactions. On top of that was an additional $30 for the internet. So, my total phone bill was $50. I couldn’t live without the internet because of my Twitter and Facebook addiction. Ha ha, just kidding…what am I, thirteen years old!? C’mon people, I’m a professional and use the internet only for business. I have no time whatsoever for those silly sites. Now, FOLLOW ME and FRIEND ME! Add the “Statement Fee” from my credit card processing company, $10, and that puts us at a total of $60 for the luxury of having a phone line to accept credit card payments and the internet. I won’t calculate in the percentage taken from each credit card sale because each card takes a slightly different percentage and equates pretty close to the same amount taken by Square, which is 2.75%. The bonus with Square is they accept all cards for the same percentage. If you’ve ever wondered why a store won’t accept your American Express card it’s because the percentage they take could be best described as rape.

The cost of having my phone be a hotspot is $20 a month. The hotspot allows me to accept credit card payments on my iPad as well as connect to the internet on my computer for all of my business needs. Yes, people, BUSINESS. I’m saving $40 a month using my phone as a hotspot, not to mention the cost saved if I would have had to hire an electrician to fix my messed up phone line.

Ching! Ching!

Now, Square up!