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WELCOME “THE JOEY CAT” DESIGN – AN OFFICIALLY LICENSED PARTNERSHIP WITH JOEY JORDISON & OSCAR MARTINEZ – OCTOBER 31, 2022

Joey Cat design with Joey Jordison and Rebellion Republic
 

Joey Jordison and Oscar Martinez, owner of merchandise company, Rebellion Republic, developed a friendship in the summer of 2004 while Joey was headlining the second stage at Ozzfest with Slipknot. Oscar, at the time, was working for Century Media Records. The two of them ran into each other at various cities during that summer and they began talking and building a friendship that would continue throughout the years.

Both Oscar and Joey shared a love for extreme metal, movies, and cats, all of which were integral parts of their friendship. In almost every text conversation, they mixed in photos of their pet cats and kept up to date on each other’s furry friends. It wasn’t until the Spring of 2020 when COVID was in full effect that they found the time to work on something fun together that would combine their mutual passions. With Rebellion Republic in full swing, a shirt design started brewing with the plans of releasing it through Oscar’s company. Rebellion Republic had a black metal cat design that donated a portion of the proceeds to various animal groups, so he offered to do something similar with a design both he and Joey would create.

Oscar comments, “From the get go, we wanted to do a design based on a cat because we wanted to give proceeds of the sales to an animal shelter of our choosing. Because after all, we owed it to places like that who gave us our fur babies so it was the least we could do and it felt excellent to give back to the places we adopted from.”

The initial ideas were of different styles of cats and after a few examples were made, Joey’s response was, “He’s too cute. He needs to look like he gets into fights, lives in an alley and drinks motor oil.” Once the initial designs were out of the way, they solidified the direction and The Joey Cat Shirt was on its way to being created. There were multiple revisions to the hair on his tail or on his back, and tweaks to get the elements of the design that resembled Joey just right. They agreed that this was their cat, their own little creation, and both wanted to make sure the end result was perfect.

Once they were happy with the design and it seemed like everything was moving forward, life happened and sadly, their collaborative design went to live in a folder on Oscar’s computer. At that point, only Joey, a few family members, and a handful of artists involved in the creative process had a chance to see the final design. When Joey passed away in July 2021, Oscar decided he wouldn’t release it since he couldn’t do it without his friend by his side.

After the one-year anniversary of Joey’s passing, Oscar was speaking with one of their mutual friends, Mr. Jed Simon. Oscar says, “I don’t know how this came about, but I showed him the design and I told him the story behind it, figuring he would enjoy seeing it too. Jed loved it and when he later spoke to Joey’s sisters, he found out that Joey had actually spoken to them about the design and how excited he was to be working on it. After hearing that, it was like it gave our Joey Cat another life. It felt like it was meant to be and after I talked on the phone with his sisters and shared stories about Joey, as well as talking about the design process of the cat, we all mutually agreed that we should release it. This is something Joey had his hands on and was happy and passionate about. We decided to follow through with the initial idea and it brings me joy to have a way of honoring my friend. Most people know Joey from his amazing musical skills and that unmatchable charisma, I was lucky to know that Joey, as well as the thoughtful and caring person with a sweet soul that would text randomly to check in, share a funny cat picture, and recommend movies or music.”

Joey’s sister, Katie, comments, “In 2020, when everyone was in lockdown, Joey and I talked often. One night in the spring around his birthday, we were texting back and forth and I asked him what he wanted for his birthday. He knew he wanted a Dax Riggs shirt but couldn’t decide on a specific style. Eventually, he settled on a Ouija Board design and I ordered an Acid Bath, ‘Paegan Terrorism Tactics’ shirt for myself. That’s when he mentioned, ‘Speaking of shirts, check out what I am working on.’”


Texts about the Joey Cat design by Joey Jordison and Rebellion Republic

 The Joey Cat Shirt features the final artwork Oscar and Joey created on the front, Joey’s number on the arm, and Joey’s logo on the back, and Joey’s logo which was lovingly created for the project by Marcelo Vasco. The design is printed on a soft style 100% cotton shirt and can be purchased at Rebellion Republic’s website through pre-order with the shirts expected to ship out before the December holidays.

A portion of the profits will be donated to the Animal Rescue League of Iowa (ARL) and The New Hampshire Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (NH SPCA) in honor of the original plan between Joey and Oscar. Both organizations have meant a great deal to each of them and are where many of their cat buddies were rescued from. It’s their hope to support places like ARL and NH SPCA so they can continue to support the thousands of animals needing their help every year and continue introducing people to their new best friends. Both Joey and Oscar hope your next cat or dog is a rescue!

A massive thank you to the following friends who helped make this project possible: Joey Jordison, Kate & Annie, Oscar Martinez, Jacob Clauson, Marcelo Vasco, and Jed Simon.

These are officially licensed items between the Joey Jordison estate and Rebellion Republic.

To purchase the t-shirt and hoodie CLICK HERE.

For more information, please visit:

Joey Jordison:

www.nathanjonasjordison.com

www.instagram.com/joeyjordisonfamily

www.facebook.com/joeyjordison

www.youtube.com/channel/UCVOdolktnk0wQnjcDddqQuQ

Rebellion Republic: 

www.rebellionrepublic.com

www.instagram.com/rebellionrepublic_official

www.facebook.com/rebellionrepublic

Animal Rescue League of Iowa (ARL):

www.arl-iowa.org

The New Hampshire Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (NH SPCA):

www.nhspca.org

REBELLION REPUBLIC WELCOMES OZZY OSBOURNE & TODD MCFARLANE TO THEIR SAN DIEGO CONIC CON 2022 BOOTH FOR AN EXCLUSIVE SIGNING – July 2022

OZZY OSBOURNE MAKES HISTORIC, RECORD-BREAKING APPEARANCE AT SDCC SIGNING WITH TODD MCFARLANE AT STERN PINBALL/REBELLION REPUBLIC BOOTH – AND DRAWS LARGEST CROWD OF THE YEAR ON THE MAIN CONVENTION ROOM FLOOR WITH FANS LINED UP FOR HOURS FOR A CHANCE TO SEE THE ROCK LEGEND AT THE ANNUAL EVENT

 THE TWO DEBUTED COVER ARTWORK FOR THE MCFARLANE-DESIGNED COMIC BOOK AVAILABLE IN LIMITED-EDITION ‘PATIENT NUMBER 9’ PACKAGES FRIDAY (JULY 22) ALSO MARKED THE RELEASE OF “DEGRADATION RULES,” THE SECOND TRACK FROM THE ALBUM DUE OUT SEPTEMBER 9  

OZZY OSBOURNE made his SDCC debut this past Friday (July 22) setting a record for the largest signing of the year on the convention room floor (with fans lined up for hours) at the annual event when he teamed up with collaborator Todd McFarlane at the Stern Pinball/Rebellion Republic booth at the sold-out convention. Prior to the signing, the two revealed the artwork for the McFarlane-designed comic book (available in limited edition album packages, with details on all pre-orders here) before signing a poster of the McFarlane album artwork. 

Friday also marked the release of “Degradation Rules” (featuring Tony Iommi), the second single from OZZY’s upcoming album PATIENT NUMBER 9 out September 9. The song marks the first time that Black Sabbath co-founder, guitarist, and riff-master Tony Iommi appears on an OZZY solo album. Revolver noted that the single–written by OZZY with Andrew Watt, Robert Trujillo and Chad Smith–features “Iommi’s signature heavy riffery and even some wailing harmonica [by Ozzy] hearkening back to classic Sabbath” (7/22), while Guitar World praised the “gargantuan power chord electric guitar riff that could only come from the mind of Tony Iommi, and a face-melting wah-flavored solo” (7/22).

“Degradation Rules” follows the album’s first single, the album’s title track which debuted at #1 on Billboard’s “Hot Hard Rock Songs” chart which also topped the “Hard Rock Digital Song Sales” charts.

PATIENT NUMBER 9 is the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee and Grammy®-winning singer and songwriter OSBOURNE’s new album and the first since his critically acclaimed, worldwide, chart-topping 2020 ORDINARY MAN release. Produced by Andrew Watt (who handled the same duties on ORDINARY MAN), the new album marks OSBOURNE’s 13 the solo studio album. It’s heavy, it’s hard-hitting, it’s historic–it’s everything you’d want from an OZZY OSBOURNE record and maybe more. Working with producer Watt for the second time, OZZY welcomed a dynamic A-list featured guests. The record boasts guitarists Jeff Beck, Eric Clapton, Mike McCready of Pearl Jam, and longstanding righthand man and six-string beast Zakk Wylde who plays on the majority of the tracks. For the bulk of the album, Chad Smith of Red Hot Chili Peppers held down drums, while the late Taylor Hawkins of Foo Fighters appears on three songs. Old friend and one-time OZZY band member Robert Trujillo of Metallica plays bass on most of the album’s tracks, with Duff McKagan of Guns N’ Roses and Chris Chaney of Jane’s Addiction supplying bass on a few songs. 

Rebellion Republic was honored to have an exclusive PATIENT NUMBER 9 vinyl color available at their booth as well as an exclusive t-shirt. There may be some remaining stock left if you head over to the Ozzy Osbourne store in their shop (see link below). 

EXCLUSIVE PATIENT NUMBER 9 VINYL and T-SHIRT HERE 

 

MESHUGGAH RENEWS MERCHANDISE DEAL WITH REBELLION REPUBLIC – January 2022

Swedish heavy hitters MESHUGGAH are continuing their relationship with Rebellion Republic to bring fans more of the merch they’ve been loving since the partnership began in 2019. With reissues of old designs, recreations of their album art, and a whole new merch line around the “IMMUTABLE” album that’s on the horizon – Rebellion Republic (RR) is honored and excited to work with the band as they prepare to drop new music that’s sure to be one for the books after a long hiatus.

The anniversary of “DESTROY ERASE IMPROVE” and “CONTRADICTIONS COLLAPSE” allowed for RR to bring back designs fans haven’t had access to in years with short sleeves, long sleeves, hoodies, patches and more. Alongside those reissues, the team brought in puzzles that became instant collectors among the fans and they’re excited for the new album to be in the hands by way of exclusive vinyl colors, CD, and even cassette.

“I’ve worked with MESHUGGAH for over two decades and they were one of the first bands to have faith that I wouldn’t let them down when I created my new company in 2019 so it has been a massive compliment for them to stay on board and I can’t wait for the fans to see what we have planned for them going forward,” says Oscar Martinez, owner and lead A&R for RR.

Fans can find the current MESHUGGAH merch line HERE.

Read more about MESHUGGAH on their website HERE.