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The Changing Landscape of Conventions

The Changing Landscape of Conventions 0

2015 saw a huge change in the way we as an industry, and those outside of it, saw vaping and specifically vaping conventions. What once was our little secret events that drew the attention of very few outside of our world - have now begun breaking mainstream media... and it is mostly bad.

We went from having our own inside jokes - to being made fun of on national television shows. Shows where rooms of comedic writers would take the time to actually come up with jokes about who and what we are as an industry. Sure - this means people know we exist.. but it's the light in which we've been shown in that makes this a very bad thing. We can thank ourselves... but more so the people in the industry without couth, manners, or a level of respect to consider the rights of others - even in the face of the very real shadow that our rights could be taken away at any moment thanks to the Supreme Furher FDA.

One of the biggest travesties of 2015 - was the huge growth in non-professionally ran conventions, meets, events, and trade shows. I understand that most of the people in our industry were not some sort of expert in the same fields prior - but there's a staunch difference in working to become a professional - and just doing something because you think it's worth the money for little effort. You'd be wrong. That, and you are going to ruin it for the rest of us - those of us who's families are fed, who's families suffer time away from us because this is our full time job x10 - those who carry these things on our back for hours upon hours a day for months to make sure the show goes on with out a hitch. For us - you are going to ruin it - and for some you already have.

Vendors are going to be much more inclined in 2016 to frequent less shows - both from the lack of attendance seen in some conventions around the country, and the pure over-priced / under run shows we've seen such as NJ. I speak to hundreds of vendors frequently - and there are many who have expressed fear because of the things that happened at shows like that one, and many others. Conventions thrown by a local brick and mortar owner - when they really don't have the time to facilitate that. Those who think it's all glamour and negate the work necessary - which leads to controversies such as law breaking (NJ I'm looking at you again).

It has to stop - we want the competition! We want to win Best of 2016 like we did in 2015 - but we want the competition to be real. We want to see conventions that people slave over - as we slave over ours. You voted ... our conventions spoke for themselves. We have never and will never grand stand that or shout look at us. Our reputation carries itself - and we are so very thankful for that.

We aren't in this industry to hit it and quit it - if the ship is going down then I'm going down with it kicking and screaming until the last minute, and then past that minute by a day. I have already seen prominent companies, people, vapers jumping ship or openly questioning their options on social media because of the looming regulations - and to you I say good fucking riddance. You didn't believe in what we do - you didn't put your full effort to fight along side of us - so good... get the fuck out. You would have just brought us down anyway. Why do you need a group of vapers to validate the fact that you aren't willing to FIGHT for what's yours? Fuck. You.

The FDA may very well ban us out of existence. It's a very real scenario. We may have just 2-3 years left in this industry. But until that goes into affect and it becomes illegal to do what we do - we will continue hosting VaperSlam and VapeMania - and still give people a place to find hope - learn about advocacy - and join the fight. If in the end we lose, we can at least stand proud knowing we did our part to grow this industry in every realm, from financial, to professional, to economical.  The fight isn't over - and it wont be for a long time.

You can learn more about what's going on at casaa.org or fdaregs.info  

 

The Freeze is one of the team members behind VaperSlam and VapeMania - his views and opinions are of his own and not shared with the sponsors, vendors, or attendees of the conventions. His opinions are not shared with The Vape Association, LLC or any other entity. Copyright 2015.

Vaping and the Laws of Attraction

Vaping and the Laws of Attraction 0

Four years ago I quit smoking... with the aide of a trusted invention, I set about to end my days of outside "smoke breaks" and strange trips to the mood swing- for good. I'm talking about "Blu" Electronic cigarettes.  There was a familiarity to it...despite it's updated sharp black coating and the mysterious blue shine of the pseudo "cherry," Blu's were the closest thing to smoking  without actually doing so.

It was time, I thought, because the hammer had finally come down on cigarette users...even in the sanctity of Smoke country. Once thought impossible, North Carolina was enacting a passed law requiring smokers to get off of their asses and join the rest of the country in the smoking section; located conveniently outside of your favorite restaurant, bar or public hold up.

But not this Blu... this thing was the Steven Seagal of the smoking world... that bitch was above the law. You had to charge the Blu- and that seemed more up-to-date. You had to buy cartridges...and that seemed like smoking ritual.

Four years ago Blu E cigs was my promise of a new me; a better me, ready to look beyond the dirty ashes and muck filled car windows.

But within days I was smoking...

And there I was outside...

Those cartridges? Too expensive to not feel quite like a cigarette...

That Blu light? Some unwanted question censor device that led to a million un-needed questions.

Suddenly the charging was a pain in the ass and the physical using of the device was too much a pain in the throat.

But before I was done with the Blu Cigarette I had an epiphany:  "What would a Store full Of Electronic cigarette's look like?"  

I had never heard the term "vaping" and was completely unaware that a culture was emerging from the DIY attitude of frustrated e-cig users. But my spidey senses were a-blazing. If years in the sales culture had taught me anything it was that; every fad could be adapted to the kiosk business. I envisioned an electronic cigarette utopia of young people in crisp blue shirts; shouting at passers by from their kiosk in the sky...

"You, you, miss!!! Do you smoke? Here try this."

The thought brought tears to my eyes. Who was this "Blu?"

This Blu was quickly in the trash can. The company that owned Blu at the time told me that I would not be able to franchise a location, they didn't do them. Oh, what little even they knew. I saw the writing on the wall, I had told my best friend and he was actually reserved on it. I spouted the profit margins, told him our business would be the returning customers for cartridges, batteries, chargers, upgrades. We looked at each other and suddenly realized the eerie similarity of the future e-cig business and that of Cell Phone sales. And we were right on the money.

Lo and behold, 2 years later our first "mom and pop" e-cig store opened up, and here we are today with 50 or so within a 25 mile radius of our city. Still, no one has really tapped into the mall kiosk idea, and it's about 2 years away. We knew that. We still know it. Instead of coming up with our own kiosk, which we could easily have done, we chose a different route.

The TVA.

We didn't even know what The Vape Association was when we created it. We knew what it could be, and we have since changed it's nature multiple times. It's an evolving business that rely's on the stores and consumers equally. It exists because Mooch and I make it exist, and it's confirmed by our many customers and stores; who have faith and believe in what we do for them, and for us. The TVA has, and is, and always will be a business; never forget that.

The TVA was born because we believed it could be. We decided what it was, we invented the concepts; we invented the rules, and we went to the masses. We work harder then anyone truly knows, and put in more hours then we probably should.

I believe in this thing so much so, that yesterday I resigned my 2 year position with ADT, a corporate company with benefits, phone bill allowance, gas reimbursement, the whole 9 yards. Why? Because the laws of attraction had brought this to my front door, and I wanted to put my life into it. I decided to heed the advice I had heard multiple times "Mind your business, not someone else's" and mind my business. I say mine, but its ours. Its Mooch's and Mine. Its all of our dreams we have ever had about success rolled into one entity. His dream was music and writing, mine was entertainment. With the TVA we can do it all.

The TVA Show:

2 Years ago we decided we needed a podcast. Today, we have the number 1 podcast in vaping; and we hope to reach the people in the world who don't vape, but just want to be entertained.

Why is the TVA Show so popular? We believed it would be. We believed people wanted to listen, and they do. I believed that shaking hands with people would lead to relationships that would help our business, and in come some of the most famous people in the Vaping Community, talking about our brand, our show, and telling people how awesome it is.

It is truly humbling.

But what I have learned, is that through our sheer will, and work hard attitudes, we have turned a little Facebook Group into a growing community for all; a hub for communication of our customers and store affiliates alike to join in conversation. Where people can learn about specials in the world, can learn where to buy things cheaper; can get entertained, and find a place they choose to check out more then their own facebook timelines.

That's me. My regular timeline gets neglected. I'd rather see whats happening in the TVA. It's what I do. It's my full time job, and I love every fucking minute of it.

You can be a part of what we are doing. If you are a store, you can sponsor us, we would love to tell the world about your product. If you are a consumer and want to get discounts, you can join the TVA; we made it cheap enough for everybody. If you wanna be in on contests, we run them all the time; we have the ability to give away free stuff because of the amazing stores and businesses we deal with. It's the will power and attraction that has brought this to us, to pay forward to you.

If not for all of you being so welcome to our ideas, then we wouldn't keep creating them.

Our next endevour, VapeMania 14, is in the works. The dates are all but set in stone. And we believe it's going to be HUGE. We know it will. And as the Laws of Attraction keep proving themselves to us, we know we will see a lot of you there! 2014 has just begun kids, let's have a fantastic year together.

The Freeze is one of the team members behind VaperSlam and VapeMania – his views and opinions are of his own and not shared with the sponsors, vendors, or attendees of the conventions. His opinions are not shared with The Vape Association, LLC or any other entity. Copyright 2014.

How Nestle's Nesquik Is Killing Our Children!

How Nestle's Nesquik Is Killing Our Children! 0

Nesquik began in 1948 in the United States as just a chocolate powder; they introduced a syrup in 1981 and by 1984 premixed death was available on the shelves. It wasn't until 1997 that they became Nesquik; previously they were called "Nestle's Quik"; and by that they meant "Quik Death"
First let's talk about the scientific facts from the CDC (Center for Disease Control). They state in reference to child obesity "Childhood obesity has more than doubled in children and tripled in adolescents in the past 30 years"
Coincidence? I think not. Exactly 29 years ago Nesquik introduced their ready to go drinks, which meant; they had already mixed their "syrup" and "milk" in a bottle, and you could drink it straight off of the shelf. Children had previously been water drinkers; and thus less fat. It seems safe to assume that taking kids off of water and putting them onto a daily dose of Nesquik has quikly caused a problem. (30 years is quik when you think of the entire history of the human species)
More statistics Freeze? Sure why the hell not: By 2010, One in every 3 children or adolescents were overweight or obese (again straight from the CDC website.. Link to the page will be at the bottom for reference) One of their studies found that "In a population-based sample of 5-17 year olds, 70% of obese youth had at least one risk factor for cardiovascular disease" and that "Children and adolescents who are obese are at greater risk for bone and joint problems, sleep apnea, and social and psychological problems such as stigmatization and poor self-esteem".

What that says to me is simple: Nesquik is killing our children and causing them to be depressed and have bone problems. Isn't milk supposed to be all about the Calcium, and the strengthening of bones?
So who do we blame for such flavors as Chocolate, Strawberry, Vanilla, and even DOUBLE Chocolate. And why, in 1998, did they even have to introduce a Fat Free Option? It obviously didn't help. Now you can find Nesquik Milkshakes in a variety of child-appealing flavors; as well as their "Magic Straws" that were released in 2008.
Europe has been on a health kick the past 10 years; and in 2009 shut down the production of this death-inducing substance. We don't have to get into the other Nesquik items of candy bars, fondue fountains, cereal, and other fun, child friendly stuff.
Who's to blame?
This evil motherfucker, that's who.
Would you really trust that this skiing, large overweight bunny to give your kids any chocolate bars? Hey you, get in the van; that's what I see here.
It's the simple facts here: Nesquik is targeted at children with it's many flavors that parents find disgusting like Chocolate and Strawberry; they would never be caught intaking anything with those profiles; so why do the kids love it?
Well silly rabbit, it's the marketing.
What I don't understand, is where is the outrage? Where are the angry parents who's children get these at school rather then wholesome 2% milk or even better, water. Is it not safe to assume, that if we hung this rabbit upside down, beat the shit out of him, and skinned him; that our children would be less fat and therefore, less likely to die from Syrup-Induced Diseases?(SIDs)
Where are more images of this; where it is apparent that Nestle is really Godzilla holding a children's bottle; obviously they are marketing to babies too. Who needs breast milk when you can fatten right on up from the ripe age of birth?
It's the flavors. It's the cartoon, it's all this marketing to our children and we just sit back and let it happen.
I don't know about the rest of you adults; but I only enjoy water or flavorless food; and could never understand the childhood mindset of "flavors". But, since it's only children that love flavors, I guess there isn't much we can do to battle this fudge covered bunny, is there?
  If this all sounds crazy to you; you would be what used to be known as "Accountable." The Nestle Quik bunny isn't killing your children (although your inability to monitor their behavior might), Just as there aren't any e liquid companies concocting plans to stuff nicotine into the mouths of your children. The insinuation that only kids enjoy flavored foods is plain insanity. Let the flavorless food eater among you cast the first stone.
But if you're going to make a case that industries should be shut down for targeting and hurting children...you may want to start with the companies that actually have.
Poptart Vodka
The views and opinions of Freeze, in this satyrical comedic article are not necessarily shared by the TVA 
-Freeze
The Mods of the TVA: Who the Hell Hired These Guys?

The Mods of the TVA: Who the Hell Hired These Guys? 0

Mods of the The Vape Association

First off I will introduce you to Chris, he is our resident "like" expert, and was voted as 2013's "Most Likely To Get a Thumb Cramp"
Chris proudly serves our country and uses his deadly rifle skills to slap children in the faces with paintballs professionally. He enjoys getting sunburnt on the beach, and snuggling his kitty cats. He has gotten his wife and family vaping; and he is always ready to like anything, anyone, at anytime. If not for Chris, posts just wouldn't be liked in the TVA, so give him a round of applause!
Look for him to start contributing his own segment to this blog, " Chris Likes This" where he shares with us all of the new things he likes.
Next up is Sir-Clouds-A-Lot himself, Boone.
When he isn't singing "Baby Got Juice" about his RBAs, he is rolling his eyes and "pffting" at all the inferior clouds in the sky.
Boone is the resident ass kicker; and he will gladly curb-stomp your post if you cross any lines or break any rules (what are rules? well the group page has rules, and Boone will bash your post into oblivion if you break them. You want to join the group? Well you should. 
I'd be scared of this guy too. Armed with his rickety Zmax, Boone is able to go where no vapor has gone before: to the storms that brew on Jupiter, just to show the eye of THAT storm what a cloud really is.
Look for his new blog/vlog coming soon to the TVA Show, he hasn't named it yet but it will probably just be "Hrrrm"
-Freeze
  • Chris Winfrey
What if Vaping Was the Tool you Needed to Lose Weight?

What if Vaping Was the Tool you Needed to Lose Weight? 0

This used to be you:
And now you are this guy:
We all have heard that when one quits smoking they usually GAIN weight; which is true in most cases, as the appetite suppressing chemicals that were once flooding your lungs are no longer present. Nicotine itself is much like Caffeine, in that they are both dieretics, boosting your metabolism. People who drink a lot of coffee find them selves much hungrier when they finish their coffee then before; it's the way the chemical works.
So you quit smoking, and started vaping. The jury is out on whether or not the "Freshman 10" return, there just isn't enough science on that. Does vaping suppress your appetite? In my experience it does not, in fact it's the opposite. It does it's chemical job like Caffeine, and that is push stuff through your system.
But Freeze, I want to look like this:
And you can. But not through vaping alone; but let's discuss how what we know can lead to the deduction that Vaping can help you lose weight.
First of all let's talk about what the vape does to your body. It dehydrates you, and that's why you will most likely notice you are much more thirsty when you are vaping, and often need to reach for a drink. So what if we replaced the higher thirst with water instead of all the gloobity goop we all drink on a regular bases?
Doctors say we need 6 cups of water a day, and if by vaping you are drinking more water then you are already on the path to the weight loss you've been dreaming of! I challenge you, as I will challenge myself, for the next month to drink water when I'm vaping instead of all the sweat tea I normally inhale. Let's see if JUST that makes a difference.
But what about working out?
When you were inhaling carcinogens, carbon monoxide, dioxide, and all the other chemicals; you were reducing your blood flow. It's scientifically known that smokers have worst circulation, with constricted blood vessels, higher blood pressure, and less blood flow to those important muscles and parts (whoa, no one said it, you just thought it). It's the facts, Jack.
So what the hell does vaping do? Well with recent studies from heart and lung associations in Europe, they have found that vaping does not constrict your blood flow, nor does it raise your blood pressure. Your lungs take in more oxygen as the tar and crap is cleaned off of your future pink-again lungs.
We can deduce then, that you are able to take in more oxygen, and your blood can take it to your body and muscles more efficiently with better blood flow and the what not's.
So what? This means your workouts should have two side effects.
1) You should be able to work out longer, as you are getting better oxygen into your system, keeping your muscles moving and grooving at a much better pace; with more sustained stamina.
2) Your work outs should be more efficient. If you are getting all of the blood to those muscles they need, they will be able to put out more work, and therefore build quicker.
WARNING: You may be MORE sore then you have in the past from being able to work out harder and better.
This looks super yummy doesn't it? When we skip eating this to vape it instead, imagine the countless calories you can skip by using vaping to your advantage to satisfy your sweet tooth? Can we not also assume, that if you are vaping dessert instead of eating it, you are going to lose weight as well?
To recap:
You want to be Channing Tatum? Then do this:
Quit Smoking and Start Vaping
Drink a metric Fuckton of Water
Vape your Calories
Workout better
Profit from a healthier you!
It's so easy cavemen can do it:
This message has been brought to you by Trade N Vape.
-Freeze
What Exactly Does it Mean When Playboy Joins the Market?

What Exactly Does it Mean When Playboy Joins the Market? 0

In 1953 Hugh Hefner launched his brand, Playboy on a small $1,000 loan from his mother. For many, many years his empire was considered THE empire of the adult industry. As pornographic images got more and more graphic; Hugh and Playboy somehow were able to keep in business, and grow the business, by staying classy and sophisticated.
But that has all changed, hasn't it?
The internet, which could have easily propelled Playboy even further, has sunk the magazine into the depths of classicism; as the tastes of people has grown and evolved into much more than just simplistic nudity. The truth of the matter is simple: Hugh and Playboy just haven't been able to adapt to the technology of the past 10 years; and because of this the empire is falling.
Hugh should have passed the torch on a long time ago, if things keep going the way they are then there wont be a torch left to pass.
Why does this matter? Because this week Playboy announced their joining of the Electronic Cigarette Industry.
If it wasn't bad enough to be controversial in the 1950s, they are again joining a controversial, yet growing, market in hopes to piggy back off of the success of other cig-a-likes like NJoy and Blu.
But let's be honest, the only thing appealing about this is the free 3 pack condom sampler with every purchase.
I believe it is safe to say, that as far as gas station e-cigarettes and cig-a-likes go; NJoy and Blu have the market completely cornered; as every gas station has at least one or the other. It's dangerous for Playboy to rely on their magazine brand that they spent so many years growing to propel them into this business, but I am not saying it won't work. I'm just saying I don't think anyone cares.
Plus, can you trust the flavors? (Is that REALLY strawberry or is she happy to see me?)
The only way I could care less is if the next cover of Playboy has Jamie Lee Curtis spending the issue as the Playmate of the Month, modeling her new Playboy E-cig while also talking about her success with Activia., although that would be hella entertaining/
Didn't someone else famous fail at rolling one of these out?
I'll be honest, I would rather have put my mouth on these beauties, especially if the flavor "Tiger's Blood" was their flagship.
-Freeze
This Week's Vape: Chakra by Karmic Vapors. A pleasant, and well balanced pineapple upside down cake that really makes it hard to put down.
  • Chris Winfrey