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What’s in a name? (Or, how Meatbagz came to be.)

If we had a penny for every time we were asked about the Meatbagz name, well, we’d have like five bucks. Which, while not a lot of money, is a lot of pennies. So, here it is, blogosphere: the official story behind the Meatbagz name. Enjoy it, folks, because this is the one and only time we’re going to tell this story on the Official Meatbagz Blog. So sit back, relax, and enjoy the story of how Meatbagz came to be.

It all started here-a table at our favorite coffee-slash-tea shop with plenty of sugary deserts to go around (and, of course, a blt bagel). As we were having ourselves a nice little visit, Mackenzie happened to share a story about she how she had heard the term “meatbags”. We of course fixated on this new addition to our vocabularies-and spent the majority of the evening debating whether it was disgusting, disturbing, or hilarious.

We ended up deciding it was all of the above. And we also decided that it was up to us to make the term “meatbags” a little more awesome.

The first step was of course to replace the “s” with a “z”. Because really-“meatbags” just is not as awesome as “meatbagz“. It’s a fact; look it up.

The second step, which you may have guessed, was to find some sort of “cuts of meat” image and put it on a bag.

Because that’s what Meatbagz should be for.

And thus Meatbagz was born.

Finding ourselves hilarious (as usual), we decided to put up an etsy shop…more for our own amusement than for anything else, really, but soon we discovered that people were actually buying our Meatbagz.

Sure, they were just simple totes, but they were funny. And handy. And they were Meatbagz. How could we stop there?

So we began to expand.

We moved past the simple “cuts” images and iron on transfer paper and  invested in field bags and moved up to screen printing our designs. One thing led to another (as it always does with us), and we kept going.

Nowadays, of course, we’re always adding to the shop with different vintage bags, simpler designs, and even bring our Meatbagz to a craft show here and there.

We feel pretty confident that people love our unique bags and designs, but you know what catches their eye first and foremost?

Our name.

Trust us on this one-we see it on every person’s face as they walk by, see our banner, and mouth “Meatbagz” to themselves. And the best part is that we can see the exact same thought process that we went through when we first heard the term just flash across their faces: “Meatbagz…Meatbagz…Disturbing? Gross? Hilarious? Or all of the above?”

And I think we all know the answer to that.

So there it is, folks, the official story of the Meatbagz name and how we came to be. If you want the unofficial story, well, stop by some time and ask about that-but it will cost you a buck.


About meatbagz totes

Mackenzie is an award winning pie maker, a fast driver, and a screen printing mastermind. Kate is a designer, occasional neat freak, and tea drinking madwoman. They both believe in the power of good karma, air banding as a valid form of exercise, and that getting your hands dirty is a good way to keep your soul clean. Together they make up Team Meatbagz.

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