How many times do you hear people complaining about Ohio? I know I do all the time. Through out all my travels when I say that I am from Ohio people don’t always give me the best response. I want to change the negative feelings associated with Ohio. I believe any place you live in life can be amazing, you just have to make it so. I was talking to fellow Kent State student Logan Emser today, who started selling stickers and t-shirts to keep people positive about the great state we live in.
“Stay Stoked,” is something Emser’s younger brother would say all the time, it wasn’t until one family vacation snowboarding that they decided to turn these words into a fun side hobby. Emser started sketching out the design and created these awesome stickers. They had 50 printed and sold 50 already.
“Ohio is underrated,” said Emser, who created the stickers not to make a profit but to get the message out there that Ohio is an amazing place to live. Their future plans for profits made from the stickers and the soon to arrive Stay Stoked t-shirts is to donate the money to a non-profit that supports kids interested in learning extreme sports.
“I love Ohio because one can experience four seasons that bring opportunities like skating, skiing, hiking, and just plain enjoying the outdoors,” said Emser.
Similar to Emser’s belief that Ohio can be a playground to all things extreme, Stuck in Ohio video production company does just that. This is a company based in Northeast Ohio that promotes outdoor sports within Ohio, this means surfing, skating, boarding, and biking. Too many times you hear people say “you can’t do that in Ohio,” this company takes those words as fuel to prove them wrong.
“We understand that our surroundings aren’t ideal for certain activities, but our Midwestern work ethic doesn’t let us throw in the towel just because something is difficult,” says Stuck in Ohio’s mission statement.
The name, Stuck in Ohio, could be taken the wrong way. The name refers to people who live in Ohio and call it their home. If you have lived here your whole life, moved here recently, got stuck here circumstantially, whatever it may be the name refers to you. Life in Ohio doesn’t have to be boring, people just need to see the potential for adventure.
This company believes in the people of Ohio going out and achieving their passions for their craft and the state. If you are living here, embrace Ohio and get outside and try something thrilling. I mean who knew you could surf at Lake Eerie? This company is trying to break the mold of what people think you can and can’t do in Ohio.
Yes, Ohio may not be the most popular state but let’s show the rest of the country that the Midwest is the Best. Ohio is the heart and soul of the Midwest and we need to “Stay Stoked” about where we live.