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The Symbolism of Eye Decals

1189 Seward Street Studios Winking Eyes decal shown on a helmet
1189 Seward Street Studios Winking Eyes decal shown on a helmet

The eyes are a powerful tool for expressing emotions. Without a single word they can speak of happiness or sorrow, joy or anger. We can look into the eyes of our pets and instantly understand how they are feeling. Eyes are seen as a gateway to the soul, they are believed to reveal a person’s true nature and thoughts.

Eye Symbols in History
Eye symbols have shown up throughout history and across all cultures.

  • The Egyptians had the Eye of Horus and the Eye of Ra. One represented healing, knowledge, and protection. The other power, justice, and the sun.
  • The Mesoamerican culture has a tradition of Ojo de Dios or God’s eye, which is thought to bring protection and understanding of the unknown
  • Across Europe and Asia talismans of the Evil Eye are worn to ward off bad luck and curses.
  • The Hamsa is also thought to protect against bad luck, and also bring blessings and protection to the wearer.
357 Seward Street Studios Hyper Reflective Angry Eyes Decal shown on a car window
357 Seward Street Studios Hyper Reflective Angry Eyes Decal shown on a car window

At Seward Street Studios our Eye Decals give you a way to express a wide range of emotions at a glance. Our Winking Eye decal gives off a flirty vibe, and our Angry Eyes decal tells others to back off.

All of our eye decals can be made in genuine 3M Scotchlite reflective vinyl, combining the safety of increased visibility while adding style to your ride!

 

Every design on our web site is available in
Genuine 3M Retro-Reflective Vinyl
No matter your style, you can add reflective safety to your gear!

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Personalize Your Gear with Custom Name Decals

1230 Seward Street Studios Custom Glitter Name Vinyl Decal Shown on a white helmet.
1230G Seward Street Studios Custom Glitter Name Vinyl Decal.

Do you play sports? Are your kids heading to camp or school? Do you work in an office with a common kitchen? If so, you may have run into the problem of keeping track of which items belong to you.

A fun way to keep this from happening is by adding custom name decals to your items. Sure, you can just use a permanent marker to write your name on everything, but custom name decals give all your gear a more professional look.

Personalization
Custom name decals allow you to add a personal touch to your belongings. Whether it’s your bike or motorcycle helmet, laptop, water bottle, or any other item, having your name or a unique design with your name on it helps you stand out and gives your belongings a distinct identity.

Identification
In busy or crowded environments, such as offices, schools, or events, having your name clearly displayed on your items makes it easier for others to identify and return them if misplaced or lost. It can prevent accidental mix-ups and reduce the likelihood of theft.

790R Seward Street Studios Custom Reflective Name Vinyl Decal. Shown on a white helmet at night with reflection
790R Seward Street Studios Custom Reflective Name Vinyl Decal 

Next Level Gifting
If you are planning on giving a big gift like a bicycle or scooter, you can make it extra special by personalizing it with custom name decals. Or if you have a big family, adding custom name decals to gifts can help each person identify their own items.

Why Reflective Name Decals?
Our custom name decals come in a variety of sizes, styles, and vinyl types, including Genuine 3M Scotchlite Reflective Vinyl. If you ride at night, or if your kids might be out after dark, reflective custom name decals can increase their chances of being seen by motorists.

In workplaces with low-light or hazardous conditions, employees can enhance their visibility with reflective name decals on their safety gear. Reflective name decals are also commonly used by emergency services, such as firefighters and rescue teams, to help locate each other.

Custom name decals offer a fun, practical, and versatile way to personalize your belongings. Whether for personal use, or as a thoughtful gift, they can be an excellent addition to your gear. Reflective name decals can also increase visibility, as well as making you easier to see in low-light conditions.

At Seward Street Studios we have a large selection of Custom Name Decals to match your needs. Each name decal is custom made for every order, ensuring that your name decals will be fresh and unique just for you.

 

Every design on our web site is available in
Genuine 3M Retro-Reflective Vinyl
No matter your style, you can add reflective safety to your gear!

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Why do cars have painted flames?

912 Reflective Flame Helmet Decals Set, shown at night under headlights
912 Reflective Flame Helmet Decals Set

Early Years
While there isn’t one specific origin for adding flames to your ride, the earliest known photo was a car in the 1934 Indy 500. In the late 30’s it was popular to race hot rods in the California desert, and many of these cars were decorated with flames. In those early days it may have been to make a car easier to identify in a pack during a race, or as a way to rebel against the norms of the time.

50’s-60’s
After WWII, flames on cars became more popular, possibly becasue of the flame paint jobs on fighter planes. In the 60’s antiestablishment counterculture was in full swing, and flames were not only painted on cars but on custom vans and chopper motorcycles as well.  This was the heyday of classic cars, and when many of the flame styles we see today were developed and widely used.

70’s-00’s
By the 70’s flames on cars became mainstream with the stock paintjob on the Pontiac Firebird. The symbolism became less about rebellion and counterculture, and became more about power and speed. With the rise of the classic Muscle Car, your car could convey that feeling of power without any additional modifications, and custom paint jobs dropped in popularity.

In the 80’s  three things combined to revive car painting culture.  As cars became more aerodynamic to increase fuel efficiency, they also became more generic, and people were once again looking for a way to stand out.  At this time, airbrush art was very popular, and the airbrush itself became a commonly available art tool.  This coincided with breakthroughs in paint technology that saw an explosion in metal flake and candy paint options.  These things together helped fuel the popularity of custom art on cars, including the classic flames.

1253 Seward Street Studios Motorcycle Tank Flames Vinyl Decal Set shown on a mailbox
1253 Motorcycle Tank Flames

2000’s-Today
The early 2000’s saw a wave of realty tv shows about customizing cars and motorcycles.  This brought the idea of  customization from the edges of counterculture straight into our living rooms.

These days, flames on cars can be considered high art, with complex layered paint treatments and detailed pinstriping. But flames can be added to anything you might want to add a touch of “speed” to, from bike helmets to golf carts, with easy to apply decals.

At Seward Street Studios we have a large selection of Flame Decals  to match your home’s style. Our flame decals come in a wide variety of styles and sizes so you can hot rod your kids bike all the way to a fully dressed motorcycle. All of our flame decals can be made in genuine 3M Scotchlite reflective vinyl, combining the safety of increased visibility while adding style to your ride!

 

Every design on our web site is available in
Genuine 3M Retro-Reflective Vinyl
No matter your style, you can add reflective safety to your gear!

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Why Add Reflective Address Decals to your Home

1274 Seward Street Studios Art Deco Address & Street Name Reflective Decal showing night
1274 Seward Street Studios Art Deco Address & Street Name Reflective Decal 

Most communities require your home to have clearly visible home address numbers. But there are many other reasons why adding address numbers to your home are a benefit besides complying with local laws.

Safety
Visible address numbers make your home safer by helping emergency responders locate your property quickly and accurately in the event of an emergency. When every second counts, clear and visible address numbers can make a significant difference in the speed and efficiency with which emergency services can reach you. This is especially important for medical emergencies, fires, and other situations where time is of the essence.

Convenience
Visible address numbers help visitors and delivery drivers find your property by clearly and accurately identifying your address. When your address numbers are visible and easy to read, it is much easier for visitors and delivery drivers to locate your house or business. This can be especially important if your property is not visible from the street, or if it is located in an area with many similar-looking houses or buildings.

In addition to making it easier for visitors and delivery drivers to find your property, visible address numbers can also help prevent confusion and mis-deliveries. If your address numbers are not visible or are difficult to read, it is more likely that visitors or delivery drivers will have trouble finding your property, or may even go to the wrong address by mistake.

1312 Seward Street Studios Vertical Address Reflective Decal
1312 Seward Street Studios Vertical Address Decal

Curb Appeal
Well-designed and attractive address numbers can add to the overall aesthetic of your home, particularly if they are in keeping with the style and design of your property. Address decals can also be seen as a sign of pride in homeownership and may be perceived as a positive attribute by potential buyers.  In addition to enhancing the appearance of your home, visible address numbers can also make it easier for potential buyers or renters to locate your property. This can be especially important if your home is not visible from the street, or if it is located in an area with many similar-looking houses or buildings.

Why Reflective Address Decals?
In addition to all the benefits listed above, reflective address decals can help make your mailbox more visible at night or in low-light conditions. This can be especially important if your mailbox is located on the side of a road or driveway that is not well-lit.

By using reflective address decals, you can help ensure that people can easily see your mailbox after dark, which will help visitors find our home at night and help delivery drivers know where to deliver your mail and packages. Additionally, reflective address decals can also help emergency responders locate your home more easily in the event of an emergency.

Overall, visible address numbers add beauty to your home with the added benefit of making it safer and easier to find. Reflective address decals carry all those benefits, as well as making your home easier to locate in low-light conditions.

At Seward Street Studios we have a large selection of Address Decals and Reflective Address Decals to match your home’s style.  Each address decal is custom made for every order, ensuring that your address decals will be a beautiful addition to your home.

 

Every design on our web site is available in
Genuine 3M Retro-Reflective Vinyl
No matter your style, you can add reflective safety to your gear!

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This Week at Seward Street – Feb 9

conference badge ribbons
Conference Badge Ribbons

This week we worked on an order of convention badge ribbons.  We don’t promote it, and all our ribbon business is by word of mouth, but we make badge ribbons for several conventions and social groups throughout the year.

In the “normal” business world, badge ribbons are used to identify and categorize people at trade shows and conferences.  You might be issued a ribbon that says Vendor, Buyer, Speaker, or Staff. The ribbon is attached to the bottom of your entry badge so people can see at a glance what role you have at the conference.

This also applies to fannish conventions, like Sci-fi, Furry, or Anime.  But in addition to the “official” ribbons there is also a subculture of personal ribbons to trade or give away.  These are often catch-phrases from popular shows, or funny inside jokes.

This convention requested both sizes of ribbons that we offer, 4″ wide and 3.25″wide.

If you are interested in having us print up badge ribbons for your convention or fan group, please send us an email at ribbons@sewardstreetstudios.com or send us a message through our contact form.

Shiny VIP Special
The current special for our Shiny VIP’s is 15% off our Tiki Decals.  If you are one of our VIP’s check your email for the discount code, it was sent out to you on February 5.  If you want to be notified of our upcoming sales, please sign up for our Shiny VIP mailing list!

New Additions
We have added 4 new designs this week, a Peekaboo Bunny, a Dragonfly, a Sunflower, and Reflective Address Numbers

1168 Seward Street Studios Peekaboo Rabbit vinyl decal shown on a fence background
1168  Peekaboo Rabbit
1238 Seward Street Studios Dragonfly decal shown on a garden background
1238 Dragonfly
1269 Seward Street Studios Sunflower decal shown on a yellow car
1269 Sunflower
1249 Seward Street Studios Reflective Address Numbers, shown in white vinyl, day and night, on a mailbox
1249 Reflective Address Numbers

Upcoming
This Saturday, February 12, we will be sending out a coupon code for 14% off all our Heart Decals.  The sale will run from Feb 12- Feb 18.  To get the discount code, you need to be a SHINY VIP! If you Join today you will receive a code for a 15% discount good at any time, and you will be on the list to receive next week’s discount code!

 

 

Every design on our web site is available in
Genuine 3M Retro-Reflective Vinyl
No matter your style, you can add reflective safety to your gear!

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This Week at Seward Street – Feb 2

1306 Seward Street Studios Spiral Hare decal in white reflective vinyl
1306 Spiral Hare

The cool customer order this week is the Spiral Hare design we added just a couple weeks ago. It was ordered in our white reflective vinyl.

This week we have been mostly just doing what we do, making decals.  As a fun side project, I took that Ukulele design I made a couple weeks ago and turned it into a retro 80’s vacation t-shirt design.  We don’t have the ability to sell t-shirts on our site, so you will have to get it from our Etsy shop.

Ukulele vacation t-shirt art
Ukulele vacation t-shirt

The current special for our Shiny VIP’s is 15% off our Dog Decals.  If you are one of our VIP’s check your email for the discount code, it was sent out to you on January 29.  If you want to be notified of our upcoming sales, please sign up for our Shiny VIP mailing list!

New Additions
We have added 4 new designs this week, a Tree of Life, a Peekaboo Corgi, Custom Reflective Names, and Art Deco Address Numbers

1274 Seward Street Studios Art Deco Address & Street Name Reflective Decal showing day and night
1274 Reflective Art Deco Address
1230 Seward Street Studios Custom reflective Name Vinyl Decal. Shown on a white helmet day and night
1230 Reflective Names
1132 Seward Street Studios Peekaboo Corgi decal shown on a fence background
1132 Peekaboo Corgi
112 Seward Street Studios Tree of Life decal shown on a forest background
112 Tree of Life

Upcoming
This Saturday, February 5, we will be sending out a coupon code for 15% off all our Tiki Decals.  The sale will run from Feb 5- Feb 11.  To get the discount code, you need to be a SHINY VIP! If you Join today you will receive a code for a 15% discount good at any time, and you will be on the list to receive next week’s discount code!

 

 

Every design on our web site is available in
Genuine 3M Retro-Reflective Vinyl
No matter your style, you can add reflective safety to your gear!

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This Week at Seward Street – Jan 26

1226 Seward Street Studios Rubber Duck decal in orange glitter vinyl
1226 Rubber Duck

The big project on our table this week is video.  All the online seller gurus are pounding the drums about tiktok and Instagram reels.  I have resisted for as long as I have because what we do isn’t all that exciting.  Who wants to watch videos about weeding decals?  Well, apparently, more than we thought.  Here is a link to our very first Instagram Reel.

The cool customer order this week is our Rubber Duck  design in orange holographic glitter vinyl. This design was inspired by a customer request, and it turned out to be pretty popular, especially in the glitter vinyl.  This order was for 2 glitter ducks, one in orange and one in silver.

The current special for our Shiny VIP’s is 15% off our Cat Decals.  If you are one of our VIP’s check your email for the discount code, it was sent out to you on January 22.  If you want to be notified of our upcoming sales, please sign up for our Shiny VIP mailing list!

New Additions
We have added 4 new designs this week, an Iguana, a Lotus Flower, Round Celtic Knot, and a Art Deco Address Numbers

1254 Seward Street 1153 Studios Iguana Vinyl Decal. Shown on a red tablet
1153 Iguana
1254 Seward Street Studios Lotus Flower Vinyl Decal. Shown on a flower background
1254 Lotus Flower
1242 Seward Street Studios Round Knotwork Vinyl Decal. Shown on a forest background
1242 Round Knot
1311 Seward Street Studios Deco Numbers showing sizes day and night
1311 Art Deco Address Numbers

Upcoming
This Saturday, January 29, we will be sending out a coupon code for 15% off all our  Dog Decals.  The sale will run from Jan 29- Feb 4.  To get the discount code, you need to be a SHINY VIP! If you Join today you will receive a code for a 15% discount good at any time, and you will be on the list to receive next week’s discount code!

 

 

Every design on our web site is available in
Genuine 3M Retro-Reflective Vinyl
No matter your style, you can add reflective safety to your gear!

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This Week at Seward Street – Jan 19

048 Flying Owl

This week has been filled with emails.  Once the holidays are well in the rear view mirror, everyone’s thoughts turn to Spring.  For gardeners, this is when the seed catalogs come out, and the garden planning begins. For bike and motorcycle riders, this is when you start daydreaming about those first spring rides, and you begin the process of getting your gear prepped and ready.  For us, this means we are suddenly flooded with emails about custom decal orders.

The cool customer order this week is our Flying Owl  design in green reflective vinyl. This design was inspired by some background art in Snow White. In the dwarf’s cottage is a set of stairs that have owl heads carved on the ends.  I like how simple the design was, just a few lines that you only saw for a moment, but , clearly an owl head.

The current special for our Shiny VIP’s is 15% off our Flame Decals.  If you are one of our VIP’s check your email for the discount code, it was sent out to you on January 15.  If you want to be notified of our upcoming sales, please sign up for our Shiny VIP mailing list!

New Additions
We have added 4 new designs this week, an Otter Head, a Tyrannosaurus Skull, Reflective Art Deco Numbers or Letters, and a Witches Knot

1309 Seward Street Studios Otter Head Vinyl Decal. Shown on a blue car
1309 Otter Head
720 Seward Street Studios Tyrannosaurus Skull Vinyl Decal. Shown on a teal tablet
720 Tyrannosaurus Skull
1310 Seward Street Studios Deco Numbers Reflective Night
1310 Single Art Deco Number or Letter
1255 Seward Street Studios Witches Knot Vinyl Decal. Shown on a forest background
1255  Witches Knot

Upcoming
This Saturday, January 22, we will be sending out a coupon code for 15% off all our Cat Decals.  The sale will run from Jan 22- Jan 28.  To get the discount code, you need to be a SHINY VIP! If you Join today you will receive a code for a 15% discount good at any time, and you will be on the list to receive next week’s discount code!

 

 

Every design on our web site is available in
Genuine 3M Retro-Reflective Vinyl
No matter your style, you can add reflective safety to your gear!

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This Week at Seward Street – Jan 12

1258 Seward Street Studios Hamsa Vinyl Decal
1258 Hamsa

This week has finally turned into winter.  Here in the Midwest, it was a warm fall-like temperature all the way through December.  Then bam! We get a big snow storm in Jan, and it’s been bitter cold ever since.   To make things even more exiting, our furnace decided this was the time to stop working properly.  It wasn’t a complicated or expensive fix, but we were quite chilly for a couple days!

Another 11 retired designs have been added back into our Etsy shop. As of this writing, at 591 designs, we are very close to hitting our goal of 600 designs on Etsy. And we added another 4 new designs to our web site.

The cool customer order this week is our Hamsa design in black reflective vinyl. This was another design that was originally a customer  request.  I always enjoy coming up with my own versions of classic designs. We get a lot of good ideas from our customers, so please do not hesitate to reach out to us with custom requests!

The current special for our Shiny VIP’s is 15% off our Fantasy Decals.  If you are one of our VIP’s check your email for the discount code, it was sent out to you on January 8.  If you want to be notified of our upcoming sales, please sign up for our Shiny VIP mailing list!

New Additions
We have added 4 new designs this week, the Shield Maiden Symbol, a fun Ukulele design, a running Spiral Hare, and a classic Jolly Roger

1309 Seward Street Studios Shield maiden Vinyl Decal. Shown on a sky background
1309 Shield Maiden
1307 Seward Street Studios Ukulele Vinyl Decal. Shown on a record background
1307  Ukulele
1306 Seward Street Studios Spiral Hare Vinyl Decal. Shown on a forest background
1306 Spiral Hare
688 Seward Street Studios Jolly Roger Vinyl Decal. Shown on a blue car
688 Jolly Roger

 

 

Upcoming
Tomorrow, Jan 13, is National Sticker Day.  We are having a one-day, 10% off sale on our entire web site.  This is open to anyone!

This Saturday, January 15, we will be sending out a coupon code for 15% off all our Flame Decals.  The sale will run from Jan 15- Jan 22.  To get the discount code, you need to be a SHINY VIP! If you Join today you will receive a code for a 15% discount good at any time, and you will be on the list to receive next week’s discount code!

 

 

Every design on our web site is available in
Genuine 3M Retro-Reflective Vinyl
No matter your style, you can add reflective safety to your gear!

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This Week at Seward Street – Jan 5

987 Seward Street Studios Lady Skulls vinyl decal set shown in reflective gold vinyl
987 Lady Skulls Set

Happy New Year everyone! We all hope you had  a great holiday!  Here is what happened this past week.

Another 24 retired designs have been added back into our Etsy shop, and there are another 4 new additions to our web site.

I spent a chunk of time this week figuring out how to make all our social media talk to each other, along with Hoostuite.com and IFTTT.com.  If you would like to follow us, here are the links to our Instagram and our Facebook.

I made the best pot of chicken soup from rotisserie chicken leftovers. We are going to be enjoying it for days!

The cool customer order this week is our Reflective Lady Skulls Set in gold reflective vinyl.  One of our very first sets was our 5 Skull Set, but sometime later we had a request for something similar, but more feminine.  This was the result, and it has been a popular seller ever since!  We get a lot of good ideas from our customers, so please do not hesitate to reach out to us with custom requests!

The current special for our Shiny VIP’s is 22% off our entire site.  If you are one of our VIP’s check your email for the discount code, it was sent out to you on January 1.  If you want to be notified of our upcoming sales, please sign up for our Shiny VIP mailing list!

New Additions
We have added 4 new designs this week, an Anubis, a cute Toucan, some Reflective Steampunk Gears, and Brains!

725 Seward Street Studios Anubis decal shown on a red tablet
725  Anubis
945 Seward Street Studios Toucan decal shown on a purple tablet
945 Toucan
699 Seward Street Studios Reflective Gears Decal Set shown on a purple helmet
699 Reflective Gears Set
1037 Seward Street Studios Brains Vinyl Decal. Shown on a space background
1037 Brains

 

 

Upcoming
This Saturday, January 8, we will be sending out a coupon code for 15% off all our Fantasy Decals.  The sale will run from Jan 8- Jan 14.  To get the discount code, you need to be a SHINY VIP! If you Join today you will receive a code for a 15% discount good at any time, and you will be on the list to receive next week’s discount code!

 

 

Every design on our web site is available in
Genuine 3M Retro-Reflective Vinyl
No matter your style, you can add reflective safety to your gear!