Fueled by Forbes Magazine ranking Canton ninth in America's most miserable cities list, Canton businessman Mike Nasvadi created a T-shirt business to tout his town.
When Mike Nasvadi, owner of the Buzzbin Art & Music Shop, heard Forbes Magazine ranked Canton in ninth place on its list of America’s most miserable cities, he was shocked — to say the least.
“There’s a lot worse places than Canton,” says Nasvadi, who located his business in the heart of the city’s downtown art district.
Sufficiently riled, Nasvadi was inspired to create a T-shirt that would flip Forbes’ diss.
Buzzbin’s “flagship shirt,” as Nasvadi calls it, has a design incorporating a skull, brass knuckles and the slogan’s “Canton Proudly Number Nine” and “Merciless Dedication.” It’s available exclusively at the shop at 339 Cleveland Ave. NW.
Another clever Nasvadi creation — and Buzzbin’s “top seller by far” — is “Canton Low Life,” which should look familiar to anyone who drinks Miller High Life, he says.
The latest arrival on the racks is a hometown tee in which a vintage “BAT MAN” logo is replaced with “CAN TON.” “It’s brand new. I just made it Monday,” explains Nasvadi, who, in addition to designing T-shirts, is the editor of the free monthly Buzzbin Magazine.
Another T-shirt, “Canton Grrl,” has a skeleton face with pigtails, stars and flowers. There’s also a shirt that takes the indie label Subpop Record’s familiar logo and substitutes Canton. There’s another shirt with Canton bisected by a lightning bolt, for a glam-rock “Aladdin Sane” (David Bowie’s sixth album) effect. And one where the “O” in Canton is a ball bearing.
There are other tees as well, some touting Buzzbin Magazine. One depicts a vacuum cleaner and blunt words aboutNorth Canton’s departed Hoover Co. Another has Han Solo and a beer keg. New designs are always in the works, Nasvadi says.
The T-shirts, available in sizes S to XXXL, and in regular and women’s cuts, are priced at $12 apiece or two for $20.
“I won’t lie, what we’re doing is similar to what Rubber City Clothing has in Akron,” explains Nasvadi, referring to the downtown Akron T-shirt emporium that inspired his own. “We’re a cool little shop that takes pride in the city.”