INSPIRE ME: Guest Post - Mr Crypts Curiosities


Like the title states, the purpose of these posts is always to bring someone to the board who has inspired me in some way or another. It's a little chance for that person to shine and chat about the things that they love. It's to show we are all completely different and approach health & happiness in various ways. I can tell you now, no one has inspired me or deserves it more than this person. And that is one of my favourite people in the whole world, Rob Crypt aka Mr Crypt's Curiosities! 

Rob runs his own business creating a huge variety of Vegan pieces, art workout and painting from mugs, phone cases, key rings, prints, coasters even ukuleles! I absolutely love Rob's work, it's so different than most I've seen. And that is exactly what I adore, he has his own lil niche. But I will add if you don't like to odd bit of swearing, it ain't for you, haha. 

Before me and Rob became close friends, I was lucky enough to have won one of Robs 'Vegan as Fu*k' mugs which I'd secretly been wanting for ages. I literally felt like an excited child on Christmas! I had watched his business growing for some time and I genuinely didn't believe he would notice me. Since then... I cannot express how much love I now have for him! He has helped me in so many ways with advice and guidance, support and genuinely (as a spiritual person) one of the nicest souls I've come across. He is truly one of the closest, most special people in my life. He just doesn't realise it and will probably hate me for being so damn soppy. Haha. 

I cannot wait to share Robs answers with you where he talks about his business, starting your own business and of course giving us an insight into what makes him happy. He's a little diamond and I hope you love him like I do! (PS. Remember to check out his beautiful work!)


Anyway... On to the questions...

1. What does being healthy mean to you?

For me, health isn’t a specific look or lifestyle. There are obviously certain foods and activities that are generally agreed on being ‘good for you’ but that doesn’t work for everyone. On a personal level, me being healthy is getting enough sleep, pushing myself physically and mentally and learning to roll with the bad times. Eating well is a bonus but there are going to be times when I find it difficult to maintain, and that’s fine. It’s about balance and being happy. I won’t force myself to eat/avoid certain foods or activities if it’ll make me miserable.

2. What inspired you to start your own business?

I set up Mr Crypt’s Curiosities almost four years ago now, and it’s hard to say exactly what inspired the decision to go down that route. I’d got my degree in Business Management and ended up in a call centre for three years. My mental health took a dramatic turn for the worse and I started attending therapy, being signed off, on medication etc. In that time I was spending a lot of time at home and as a result of that I saw a lot of people going down the route of setting up businesses or doing smaller projects to bring in some money, and I figured I’d give it a go to see how it went. There was a lot of initial trial and error as I tried new things to see what worked for me, but seeing people continuing to prosper kept me going.

3. Do you have any advice for anyone wanting to start their own business?

At this stage I feel like I could write a book of advice. Work to your strengths but, especially in creative industries, be aware that people won’t necessarily just come to you. Just creating stuff isn’t good enough, you need to know how and where to market yourself and sell your product. Know your market, know who will be using your product, know when they’re online, be prepared to evolve your product to suit people’s needs, and most of all remember to enjoy it. Assume it is a job for life and keep doing what makes you happy.

4. What keeps you motivated?

I have a crushing fear of failure and I’ve been running my business for so long now that any failure (even a perceived failure on my part) would be a public one. That drives me pretty hard, I often tell myself that it has to work out and that I won’t allow myself to fail.

On a more positive note, I love seeing people at a similar level as me doing well. As well as it being great for them, it reminds me that it is possible and that if it’s working for someone it can work out for me too. For example, if I see someone get a feature in a magazine or on a large Instagram account, it gives me a kick up the arse to see if I can achieve something similar. Alongside that, any time I succeed in any way it drives me to keep that momentum and try to streamline it in some way.

5. What’s your favourite meal of all time?

Since going vegan three years ago I’ve experimented a lot with various recipes, particularly in attempts to recreate junk food classics. I’m too far away from V Rev in Manchester to eat there regularly but I used to take inspiration from their daily specials. Before they moved premises they used to have a “chicken” burger with chillis and peanut butter. That stands out to me. It’s difficult to have a favourite of all time, because a lot of the meals I had before I went vegan may have tasted amazing but they’re not something I’d go back to eating now.

I say that but, let’s face it, you can’t go wrong with a veggie lasagne.

6. Who inspires you?

My main inspirations all come from the punk, hardcore and heavy metal scenes, it seems. The names I always mention are Henry Rollins, Nick Cave and Rob Zombie. Within that subculture you find a lot of very intelligent, very driven people. They generally don’t come from a lot of money and find themselves in circumstances where their chosen career paths don’t initially make a lot of money. I’m sure it’s the same for a lot of people outside of those scenes too, but I’ve seen a lot of artists, musicians and bands make things work so they can keep doing what they enjoy.

The names I mentioned are particularly relevant to me because they’re all older (at the time of writing they’re all in their 50’s) so rather than living alongside me and sharing the “Times are hard aren’t they?” experience I find it easier to look up to people who’s timelines are ahead of mine and who have done the work and can reflect to show me they lived a life comparable to where I’m at now. It reminds me that it takes time and work to get where they are. I think that’s something a lot of people forget. We expect instant success, forgetting the people we idolise probably didn’t do it overnight. Yes, there are a lot of people kicking ass in their teens and twenties, but the main thing for me is staying power. I don’t want to be an overnight success that fades away by the time I’m 30.

7. What would you describe as the perfect day?

In my current circumstances, a sunny day filled with lots of orders, lots of ideas, a fun live broadcast where I create an awesome new piece of work that sells instantly and lots of cuddles with my dog!

Fast forward a couple of years and I’m saying the same thing, only with a wider engagement, more sales and more dogs.

8. What 3 foods/ingredients could you not live without?

I’ve left this question until last because it’s by far the most difficult one to answer. I have a real sweet tooth and love pineapple so that’s definitely top of the list, alongside dark chocolate and cinnamon. I could probably live without them all but life definitely wouldn’t be as fun.

When I was out for dinner recently I had pineapple fried in chillis and cinnamon for a dessert and holy shit, it was perfect.

9. What things do you like to do to stay active?

At the moment my chiropractor has banned me from the gym because of a shoulder injury, so there’s a lot of long walks playing Pokemon Go happening at the moment to get me out the house and keep me moving.I enjoy the gym though, I like lifting heavy stuff and intense cardio. When I’m allowed to train properly again I’m planning on starting to go bouldering more often. I’ve done that a few times and I really enjoy it. I’d love to try a few new things too. Anything weird that feels a bit dangerous is always a winner for me.

10. What makes you happy?

Seeing my friends and family succeeding, on their own terms, with a smile on their face.

11. Lastly, what is your favourite quote?

“Forever more than just surviving. This is my life and this life is my diamond.”

There are a lot by Jiddu Krishnamurti too. I’d highly recommend anyone seeking to understand compassion and human experience look into his teachings, lectures, interviews etc.

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