Monday, October 24, 2011
I have always enjoyed KISS from the 70's and for the past few years
have wanted to dress up as Gene,partly due to the success of his GSFJ
show. Due to my busy schedule working two jobs,I never had the time to
make a good costume that would be competitive. Once I found out there
was going to be a KISS Kruise and a lookalike contest would be held,I
put into motion of getting myself a Gene costume made. Everywhere I
searched Barry's name would pop up as being the master of KISS
costumes. I found him on Facebook and after reading his testimonials,I
decided to inquire with him about having one made. Once I spoke with
Barry on phone,I could tell he was the one I wanted to make my costume.
He was very helpful and I felt good about his services. He was there
every step and let me know how progress was coming and made sure I got
the costume in time for the Kruise. He was able to supply me with
everything I needed and answered every question I had. I entered the
contest on Kruise and felt my costume was one of the best there were
and people commented to me on how good it looked. The material is
really first class and you can tell Barry puts a lot of pride in his
work. By the way,as in another previous testimonial,I too am a police
officer,so it must be something about officers wanting to dress up as
Monday, October 17, 2011
YOU WANT THE BEST ??
The Destroyer costume is the most asked for costume .... Do NOT cheat yourself with the imitations.... Treat yourself to the GENIUS of Barry Carr !!!
I am writing this testimonial, as a much happier KISS fan / collector than ever I anticipated I could be. I know that I am not alone when I ask how many people have grown up with bedrooms plastered with KISS posters from ceiling to floor. That was definitely me ! From age 7, when I picked up KISS Alive!, I was immediately hooked, and hooked for life ! My interest continued to grow and grow and once a little more able to come by money and support my “habit” … the collecting began ! I now have a collection worth upwards of approximately $80,000 …. the Bally Pinball Machine, the Tiger Record Player, the Mego Dolls and Remco Makeup Kits … they all filled the void and turned 1,000 heads, but the one thing I could never see myself being able to acquire, was a pair of Gene Simmons Destroyer Demon boots. Now don’t get me wrong, I know I could have bought a pair of the run of the mill, KISS Halloween costume boots for $400, but would that have kept this addict satisfied ? NEVER !
For years I cruised eBay, looked online, and pretty much did anything I could to try to figure out a way to obtain these elusive boots, until the day that I saw on eBay, what made my jaw hit the floor.
A seller was selling a pair of custom Gene Simmons Demon boots, however they were from the Love Gun era. Not exactly what I was looking for, but would I ever find another pair ? Likely not, was my train of thought, until I caught the most important part of the listing’s title … “BY BARRY CARR.”
Now was the question … who is Barry Carr and what does he have to do with these KISS boots that look as if they just came directly off of Gene’s feet ! There was no stopping me now … my first inclination was to search “Barry Carr” on Google, and when I did … Good GOD ! I had never seen anything like the pictures I was seeing in my life … the costumes were so perfect that I don’t think Gene, Paul, Ace, or Peter would have been able to tell them apart from those of their own ! Now was the hard part (or so I thought) ! How do I find Mr. Barry Carr ? Well, like anyone would do in this millennium, I reverted to facebook ! Once typing in a search for Barry’s name, there he was, standing there (unmasked) in his profile picture wearing a full Gene Simmons Love Gun suit … JACKPOT … this is the guy I am looking for !
Once sending a friend request and short message stating the reason for my wanting to track him down, it took all of about 10 minutes before my friend request was accepted, and I was speaking to one of the nicest, most friendly, helpful, and talented people it has ever been my privilege to meet ! We went on to discuss my decades of longing to add a pair of Destroyer boots to my collection, and he did everything he could to be sure that I was as informed as I possibly could be. The deal was struck (for what I thought was a ridiculously fair price, given the time, and talent that goes into these works of art) and Barry was on a mission ! Every request I had throughout the construction of the boots was met, from receiving progress pictures, to prices on future purchases, and even being provided with answers to KISS questions that I NEVER thought I would know the answers to !
I could not begin to express how much I love my boots (which were constructed and at my door within 2 weeks) and how much of an honor it was, and is, to have met Barry ! I am now in the process of deciding on my next purchase ! When working with a pro like Barry, it can almost seem impossible to decide since you can pretty much have whatever you want, at a cost that won’t break the bank, and a quality that you know could never be matched or equaled ! 1,000 thanks to you Barry, for making a dream come true, and for all of the business we have yet to do.
Friday, October 14, 2011
Chicago 2010 Tinley Park, I'm wearing a Destroyer costume I bought from Barry and am sitting in the second row in front of Tommy. KISS goes offstage then as they are coming back out for the encore Gene is the first one back on stage and walks directly towards me. I was so happy that he even acknowldged my presence, then the unthinkable happened. He motioned for me to come to the front of the stage past security and handed me his sweaty towel. I said "Thanks Gene." and he gave me a big grin and a hand sign and said "No Problem." So, I got to meet my hero and out of 36,000 people he called ME to the stage and gave ME his sweaty towel, and it's all because of Barry's costume. If you are deciding whether or not to buy one of Barry's costumes, take it from me, it's worth every penny.
Saturday, October 8, 2011
I just keep pushing..maybe you the KISS army will let Gene & company know you want this stuff not thecheap knock offs they call official
It has always been a childhood dream to work the Gods of rock ...KISS ...I plea to Gene ...take these products work with me and make them official let me show you what a real KISS fan can produce for you..costumes is just a tip of what I got planned ...about to release things to stagger the imagination...and will definately appeal to us old timer KISS fans...the ones than can afford to play your financial games Gene...I too am a business man...and your merchandise of late gene is less than KISS worthy and insulting to the KISS fans that have been with you from the start! I challenge Gene & KISS right now publicly...I will donate a Gene $immons sonic boom armor...proceeds going to wounded warriors...Gene signs it to help bring a better profit....
How about it Gene...stop trusting your bus driver and try out real business!
Your call Gene...but truth is you hate me cause I am the greatest costumer maker out there...the only one capable of giving your fans what they want...and they come to you in flocks proving that...everywhere you go you see my work!...Give me a call Gene...let's get some business going rather than you behaving like an ass as you did in Springfield Ill...coming off the stage to attack us was so childish....we are both too old for games...so I come to you publicly to off a partnership in this ...step up...270-994-7311...you miss me leave a message...do not act a coward like your bus driver Paul.
Sunday, October 2, 2011