[mk_fancy_title color=”#ffffff” size=”47″ font_family=”Fjalla+One” font_type=”google”]The TUBE DUDE Story[/mk_fancy_title][mk_fancy_title color=”#ffffff” size=”15″ font_family=”none”]The creator of Tube Dude, Scott Gerber, was a yacht builder in Sarasota, Florida. In 2010 when the recession consumed the yachting industry Scott was forced to close his company. This was the worst day of his life. He had to let go of 40 employees who had faithfully worked beside him for more than 15 years. Scott realized he needed something to pull himself out of this dark place. That he needed to offset this horrible feeling and create some happiness.

Never having done any type of formal art he used some of the materials that were used to fabricate the yachts to create the very first Tube Dude. He built it and placed it on his dock. Scott had his annual 4th of July party and the yellow, smiling stick figure standing on the dock caused quite a stir. Everyone would ask, “Hey Scott, who’s the dude on fishing on your dock?” And that is how the Tube Dude got his name.

Shortly after, a neighbor asked if he could make her one to hold a mailbox. The dude on the dock wasn’t seen by many (it could only be seen by boat), but the mailbox was positioned by the entrance to Siesta key beach. One day his neighbor asked him “Scott, what are you going to do now?” He honestly didn’t know. She suggested making tube dudes and he couldn’t imagine who would want to buy one. Within the first week she had 11 notes left in her mailbox asking where it came from. Scott called all 11 people back and sold the first 7 sculptures. The rest is Tube Dude history…[/mk_fancy_title][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][mk_padding_divider size=”100″]

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[mk_fancy_title color=”#ffffff” size=”47″ font_family=”Fjalla+One” font_type=”google”]The TUBE DUDE Story[/mk_fancy_title][mk_fancy_title color=”#ffffff” size=”15″ font_family=”none”]The creator of Tube Dude, Scott Gerber, was a yacht builder in Sarasota, Florida. In 2010 when the recession consumed the yachting industry Scott was forced to close his company. This was the worst day of his life. He had to let go of 40 employees who had faithfully worked beside him for more than 15 years. Scott realized he needed something to pull himself out of this dark place. That he needed to offset this horrible feeling and create some happiness.

 

Never having done any type of formal art he used some of the materials that were used to fabricate the yachts to create the very first Tube Dude. He built it and placed it on his dock. Scott had his annual 4th of July party and the yellow, smiling stick figure standing on the dock caused quite a stir. Everyone would ask, “Hey Scott, who’s the dude on fishing on your dock?” And that is how the Tube Dude got his name.

 

Shortly after, a neighbor asked if he could make her one to hold a mailbox. The dude on the dock wasn’t seen by many (it could only be seen by boat), but the mailbox was positioned by the entrance to Siesta key beach. One day his neighbor asked him “Scott, what are you going to do now?” He honestly didn’t know. She suggested making tube dudes and he couldn’t imagine who would want to buy one. Within the first week she had 11 notes left in her mailbox asking where it came from. Scott called all 11 people back and sold the first 7 sculptures. The rest is Tube Dude history…[/mk_fancy_title]

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