Quick, scroll down and look at the right side of the page. See the link for The Rally Monster? Today we’d like to formally introduce you to Emily, who is personally handling our shirts and decals here-on out. Thinking about a GBXM shirt or decal for Christmas? Get to know the gearhead who will be making it for you!
What’s your name, where do you live, and what do you do for a living?
My name is Emily Rinearson. I live in the middle of the woods out in Duvall, Washington. I love the Pacific Northwest and couldn’t imagine living anywhere else. My “real” job is at an animal hospital, but I recently started up my company, TheRallyMonster.com, and as much as I love working with the critters, I’d love to be self sufficient and make my business my priority in the near future.
Weapon of choice? (Vehicle-wise) How long have you had it?
My weapon of choice (if you can even call it that) is still my first car, a ’98 Buick Regal… pretty embarrassing, but at least it’s supercharged!
…However, The Rally Monster is now accepting donations of brand new STIs.
How did you come to get involved with Subaru and rally?
I’ve always liked Subaru and I knew a little bit about rally, but I have gained the majority of my knowledge in the last three years or so since meeting my boyfriend. He also runs his own business (TSSFAB) doing steel fabrication–mostly rally suspension and parts. I never really pictured myself as a car kinda gal, but he took me to my first rally shortly after we met and I have been hooked ever since. His work – and rally – pretty much consume his life, and I can see why now!
Why did you decide to open up a decal/shirt shop online?
I have always fancied myself an artist, and it’s always been a goal to make some kind of profit off of my art and designs (easier said than done these days). The boyfriend originally got my vinyl cutter to do some stickers for his own business, but that was short lived – as soon as I learned how to operate the cutter, I pretty much took over! At first I made stuff just for fun, but soon realized there really is a market for clever, well-made stickers and shirts. And why not cater to one of my favorite crowds – the car guys! I also just launched another site with the same kind of products but for my other love, dogs (stuckondogs.com).
Why have you decided to partner with Gearbox Magazine?
I chose to partner with Gearbox number one, because they’re awesome, and number two, because I am always looking to further develop my business. I am always open to custom work (stickers, shirts, etc.) and the kind of partnership that we are getting started with Gearbox is definitely the kind of thing that I created The Rally Monster to do.
Why do you think gearheads matter?
Gearheads matter because without them, we wouldn’t have the kind of die-hard fans that make rally (and of course other motorsports) such a good time.
Where can people connect with you online?
People can contact me directly through my site, TheRallyMonster.com. You are also welcome (and encouraged!) to “Like” us on Facebook for up-to-the-minute updates on new products and news. I also post semi-regularly on RallyAnarchy.
We’re very excited to be partnering with Emily at The Rally Monster to bring you guys GBXM shirts and decals. Emily is in the process of adding our stuff to her site as we publish this, but rest assured, we’ll be ready to go very soon – starting with a simple, limited edition “IPO” shirt design – the proceeds from which will help us make some investments in doing even more good for the global gearhead community.
In the meantime, please join us in welcoming Emily to the family. And, if you should run into The Rally Monster at an event on the west coast of the US, please let Emily know you heard about her here!