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John:             
Hi, this is John from CupboardGlassPipes.com and The Cupboard in Cincinnati, Ohio.  We're in Vegas with Hitman, the famous artist that you’ve heard so much about.  Tell us your name and tell us how you guys got started.

Doug:              
My name is Doug, and I own Hitman Glass.  We started Hitman Glass back in 2007ish on the East Coast-- I'm from Boston, Massachusetts originally, born and raised out there.  We started Hitman when my friend Eric was alive, he actually was murdered in 2011, one of business partners, he was like my best friend and ...  Hitman means a lot to me for a lot of other reasons.  It's something that ...  It carries on my friend Eric's legacy, and it's something I take a lot of pride in and I take real serious.  I'm really proud of how far it's come, and it's really come this far because of all the help I've had from so many unbelievable people I have in my social group.  I'm very blessed to have ...  The people around me who are willing to help me.  I can say that we've brought a lot of music festival morals and lot morals and street morals to this scene.  We've taken what we've learned from other places and applied it to pipes.  Pipes are something that I love, and they've become a really ...  It's become a method of expression for me, and I get a lot of fulfillment from seeing people use my glass and getting to use my glass with other people.  A pipe is something that's really ...  It's a really powerful thing, and it's something that is used and shared with so many people, and it's just such an honor to have a label that people respect and use on a daily basis.  It's a tool that people get to share with people they love on a daily basis, and it's something they develop a relationship with.  It's a really beautiful thing.

John:               
That's really cool.  If someone were starting out, and they asked you the question of "I'm thinking of being a glass blower.", what kind of advice would you give them?

Doug:              
Man.  I mean, just like anything else ...  Eric and I kind of dived into this knowing nothing about it at all.  We developed a name or something that represented our crew earlier on.  I think it's really important that you develop something to represent your team or your crew early, and not to be scared.  A lot of times you just got to do it, and jump in without knowing what the fuck you're doing.  When you go that route, there's a lot of curve balls and life lessons-- I've learned more lessons in this industry than I've learned my entire life.  A lot of unique dynamics have come up that have been difficult to overcome.  I would really just say, just go for it, and don't talk about it.  There's a lot of people who talk about shit in this life, and you just got to follow through with it and not be scared.  There's going to be barriers that pop up, you have to overcome.  Things that weren't even in the cards, or you didn't even think could happen, happen, and you have to deal with it and move forward.  It's something that ...  It's been a real fucking journey for us.  Just to get where we're at, and I'm sure there's a long road ahead.

John:               
That's really cool.  Because we're really interested in helping artists get out there and become known, and have a successful life, and make lots of money, and just be happy, versus what's going on years ago.

Doug:              
I guess how we really started is we supported local pipe art, and we supported local artists on the East Coast, and it was really hard for us to get gear and at the time when it was moving from a flower thing to more other kind of vibe, it was hard to get transitions and the right kind of gear on the East Coast for this shit.  That's how it really started.  We wanted gear for ourselves.  It wasn't even about other people.  We were just trying to make gear for our friends and shit.

John:               
We just bought a bunch of your pieces for CupboardGlassPipes.com and The Cupboard, could you tell us about some of those?

Doug:              
Absolutely man.  We recently released all this new fresh tech stuff, which is a different type of color application then what people are usually used to seeing, and were developing that color application and we're going to be dealing with a lot of different patterns and really bringing in artistic development towards it.  I'm really excited for the future of it.  This is pretty much the intro level of it, and I really like the effect it gives the glass, gives it a really unique vibe and energy that I think a lot of people will enjoy.

John:               
IT’S A GREAT EFFECT AND VIBE -  What social media do you guys use? CupboardGlassiPipes  would like to help you stay in contact with your fans.

Doug:              
No problem.  I use Instagram primarily to promote my product and the new stuff we have going on.  My Instagram is Hitmanglassdougie.  We have our glass on a bunch of sites, but you can definitely get my glass at CupboardGlassPipes.com.  They just picked up a bunch of stuff, I'm looking forward for them to have it out there.  You guys to have it out there.  I'd just like to have my shit in more shops and in more outlets all throughout the whole country.

John:               
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