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Loc Tran
  • Columbus, OH
  • United States
  • mixed media
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Loc Tran replied to Janetta Smith's discussion Oklahoma City - Barely Used Showoff Art Canopy, 3 Display Panel Walls & more
"Hi Janetta, I will be on my way back to Ohio from Austin TX on morning of March 17. I could swing back and pick up the entire setup if we can work out an agreement. Please email me at and let me know what a fair price would…"
Mar 4
Loc Tran replied to Sheri Kowalski's discussion What do you do with your inventory after you throw in the towel?
"The other thing you could do but would take a little effort is find a few galleries or gift shops (even coffee shops) that have wall space that would be willing to take your work on consignment. You check back with them every 3 to 6 months and split…"
Jan 29
Loc Tran replied to Susie Brand's discussion Selling Light-Dome
"Hi Susie, I'm very interested. How old is the Light Dome? I'm just in Columbus. I can leave a paypal deposit if you can hold for me til Feb. 8 (will be doing an event at Sharonville Convention Center) and can pick up then. Can reach me at…"
Jan 22
Loc Tran replied to CA Kaminski's discussion Wholesale pricing
"Richard offers a good explanation of how to determine the 'cost of goods sold' and establishing prices. You then need to determine a profit margin to get your wholesale price. Depending on type of product I can see a 75-150% markup from…"
Nov 30, 2018
Loc Tran replied to Barry Bernstein's discussion Posting at AFI
"Hey Barry, You are one of the 'rock stars' of this website. Keep on posting. Your experiences will educate others. And it's good karma."
Nov 8, 2018
Loc Tran replied to Lynnette Shelley's discussion Sugarloaf Crafts Fall Oaks Show
"I really like the style of your review. Very informative and descriptive and you really get into the heart of what artists care about. Nice work!"
Nov 5, 2018
Loc Tran replied to Connie Mettler's discussion Home/Studio for Sale, S. Central Michigan
"Best of luck Connie! I thought I had read that you were close to selling in a previous post? It's a beautiful home, very inexpensively priced... "
Oct 18, 2018
Loc Tran replied to Joseph Moss's discussion Contemporary Art Festivals
"To paraphrase what's already been said... I would focus on putting myself in front of my 'target market' instead of following any particular 'successful' show. Whether it's a $50 church festival or $2000 trade show,…"
Oct 8, 2018
Loc Tran replied to Cindy Welch's discussion Back Home from Mobile, AL
""Vintage Market Days" for art/craftspeople that recycle/repurposed home related antique/vintage goods?... not sure if I'm doing the description justice but... think HGTV. I believe they are franchising their brand in different cities…"
Aug 29, 2018
Loc Tran replied to Cindy Welch's discussion Back Home from Mobile, AL
"Congrats on completing another show. I know how grueling it can be especially when you feel like you didn't make the $$ you should have earned by all the work you put in. I set-up/broke down 2 shows on the same weekend a week ago. One show, the…"
Aug 27, 2018
Loc Tran replied to Kathy Klenk's discussion Application fees
"Hi Kathy, I think you are asking if there is a correlation between higher booth fees and higher sales? And the short answer is 'not necessarily' but certainly possible. If you are paying less than $100 for booth space, chances are you are…"
Aug 27, 2018
Loc Tran replied to Terry Corcoran's discussion PUBLIC DOMAIN do you really know?
"From what I understand, you may create an original one-of-a-kind work of anyone. It becomes an issue when you start mass-producing that work. Then the person or estate can come after you for 'damages'. I've always thought the rule…"
Jun 5, 2018
Loc Tran replied to Kelly Meska's discussion Buy and sell
"I agree it is assemblage and could be considered art. Pop art in particular... think Warhol's campbell soup cans or Duchamp's "Fountain". As far as trademarks, they are totally within their rights to use it that way. Imagine…"
May 30, 2018
Loc Tran replied to Larry Sohn's discussion Trailers 1 axle or 2 Decisions
"I could be wrong but most likely your car tire won't fit your trailer tire. What are the chances a garage will have a 'specialty' tire that will fit your trailer? Trailer tires are anywhere from 12-16". Your Avalanche is likely…"
May 21, 2018
Loc Tran replied to Larry Sohn's discussion Trailers 1 axle or 2 Decisions
"The size of trailer you mentioned 5x8,6x10, I'm not sure if it's available with double axle? But I don't think it's necessary for what you will be using it for. Single axle should be fine. If you get brakes for the trailer,…"
May 21, 2018
Loc Tran replied to steve mill's discussion Thanks & hit a sharp turn on way to first show.
"I had to look up an idea for you since I thought it was obsolete but another option is a manual imprinter. For $25 on amazon, you can buy a old fashioned swiper but you will still need to find a credit card processing company to sign up with. Not…"
May 2, 2018

Profile Information

Your Medium
mixed media
Years in the Art Fair Business
First show ever
NA... I hope to do one in the near future. Building up my portfolio now.
What is your website?
What are the best things about art fairs
Being a professional artist has always been a childhood dream. I am considering art fairs as a hobby/supplement income. I currently have a similar business but more commercially focused. I create t-shirt designs that is marketed to the pet industry and pet lovers. There are many similarities of what I do as compared to art fairs. I do about 15 shows a year setting up a 10x10 booth for 3-4 days in different cities. I think I can provide valuable input from a business standpoint. Have been in the business for 10 years full time.
Best show ever and why
My best show (not in $) but in terms of solidifying my resolve for my business was the end of my first year. I took a big risk in driving a cargo van filled with t-shirts from Ohio to Long Beach CA to exhibit at the national dog show. I had no idea what to expect as the previous dog shows I had participated in had done well but would it be worth it to make a 35 hr trek one way?. I exhibited for 4 days and was able to gross over $11K. Ending my first full year with the best show helped my confidence with continuing on my professional journey.
Worst show ever and why
Similar show as my best show but this one was recent. I trekked to Pasadena a year ago to do a show where I basically broke even. I signed up for a piggy back show in San Diego (so I could visit my former residence) and it became the worst sales show ever. Total sale of 5 t-shirts in 2 days. I can laugh about it since it was a show I could afford to lose but had to chalk it up as a self-exiled vacation.
Who referred you to Please be specific.
Google... after searching for art shows, there must have been an article that led me here.
What is one fun fact about yourself?
At least one of my dogs (usually my bulldog) travels with me to most of my shows.

Loc Tran's Blog

People really do NEED art.

Posted on January 21, 2017 at 10:30pm 8 Comments

As an art fair outsider, I aspire to be an insider someday soon. I create designs that are screen printed on t-shirts, magnets and stickers and cater to mostly pet lovers. I’ve been doing this full-time for 10 years. I’m resigned to the fact that my business is relatively microscopic to the marketplace and it’s certainly not changing anyone’s life. But I spoke to a customer the other day that made me re-think what I…


Comment Wall (5 comments)

At 11:39am on January 18, 2017, Christina L. Towell said…

Hello Loc,

Welcome and thanks for jumping right in with comments!  We're delighted to have you and hope you'll continue to participate in discussions.  Thanks and continued success.

At 11:54am on January 18, 2017, Christina L. Towell said… husband and I have toyed with the idea of printing some tee shirt designs but we're not sure how to get started.  So glad you finally took the plunge, I know you'll like our community, it's fun and informational...enjoy!

At 7:53am on January 19, 2017, Christina L. Towell said…
Thanks, Loc, I'll keep that in mind...appreciate the offer.
At 9:48pm on January 24, 2017, Connie Mettler said…

Welcome to Art Fair Insiders, Loc. We’re so glad you joined us. I hope you’ll find the site helpful and that you’ll share your ideas and experiences, ask questions and join the discussions. The site is only as good as the members make it. We have a lot to offer one another, experienced and newbie alike.

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At 9:49pm on January 24, 2017, Connie Mettler gave Loc Tran a gift
Congrats Loc on being awarded the Post of the Week - 1/23/2017

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