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Meet Feodor Boev of CosmicolorsLA

Today we’d like to introduce you to Feodor Boev.

Hi Feodor, so excited to have you on the platform. So before we get into questions about your work-life, maybe you can bring our readers up to speed on your story and how you got to where you are today?
A few years ago, I never would have imagined that I would be running my own screen printing shop. I discovered screen printing in 2018 when I was helping my fiance with her own startup business. With no one to guide us, I took on the challenge of learning how to screenprint. For months I researched all about various printing techniques and the challenges that one could expect. In the meantime, I was also visiting screen printing shops in Los Angeles and asking questions to anyone who would listen. Finally, in late 2018, I took the plunge and began printing signs and wedding invitations. At the time, I was also an accounting student at CSUN, so I loved having a creative outlet where I could work with my hands after class.

At CSUN, I was a member of many clubs that would give t-shirts to their members every semester. I was never satisfied with the quality of the shirts, and that’s when I decided to try printing on t-shirts! I had to learn to use new types of inks, invest in screens and equipment, and learn about the composition of many different fabrics. It was challenging because the startup required a lot of investment before I was able to even attain clients. After a few months, though, I began printing t-shirts for many local organizations and businesses. In 2020, I decided to turn this side-hustle into my very own business. That’s when I began CosmicolorsLA! I expanded my workshop and invested in even more machinery. Today I not only continue to print custom t-shirts for local businesses and clubs, but I also work with emerging apparel companies to print branding on their products.

I’m sure you wouldn’t say it’s been obstacle free, but so far would you say the journey have been a fairly smooth road?
There were many struggles along the way that I had to conquer. At the very beginning, I received my first job before any of my screen printing equipment came in. I was on a deadline so I ran over to a nearby hardware store, bought a bunch of wood, and tried to build my own printing machine. It came out looking pretty cool and actually was somewhat functional. After spending two days building my machine, I crossed my fingers and gave it a go. The first color I printed came out looking great. I was so proud of myself! The second color I printed was a disaster — the details didn’t line up and the print wasn’t clear. I spent hours trying to correct it but my amateur machine just wasn’t designed to handle the kind of detail that this job required. I had no choice but to put things on pause until my equipment arrived. When I finally received my machine and did the first sample print, I couldn’t help but laugh when I thought back about how much I struggled with my homemade device. I learned that patience is one of the most important parts of being a business owner.

Appreciate you sharing that. What should we know about CosmicolorsLA?
At CosmicolorsLA, I specialize in screen printing and heat transfer on apparel. This includes printing on t-shirts, sweaters, jackets, masks, socks, pants, and more. My clients range from business owners who need employee uniforms to entrepreneurs starting their own clothing line. I’m known as the person who loves helping my clients find the best product for the best prices. I believe customer service is the number one product that any company could offer. It’s all about knowing the client and delivering exactly what they want. I also have the passion and attention to detail to deliver supreme quality to my clients so that anyone wearing CosmicolorsLA products is always satisfied.

Do you any memories from childhood that you can share with us?
Growing up in Virginia, my favorite childhood memory was running my own landscaping business. One of my household chores was to cut our lawn on a weekly basis. One day while cutting the lawn, my neighbor asked if I could do theirs as well. Even as a child, I always had an entrepreneurial spirit, so my instinctive response was, “I’ll do it for $20.” He agreed and I was ecstatic! It wasn’t long before I started offering this service to all of our neighbors. Soon I hired my best friend, who was also ten years old, to assist me. We would spend our Saturdays cutting lawns in the summer and raking leaves in the fall. It’s one of the most memorable parts of my childhood, not only because I used all of my income to buy Pokemon and Magic cards but also because it helped me develop a strong passion for business and the value of hard work.

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