The other rumors, however, are true. PT is coming under new management, who currently wishes to remain anonymous. I wanted to plan a fitting farewell post, but got lazy, so I guess that’s the most fitting thing I could have done. Pete Goddamn, however, is a much better man than I, and I’ll leave you with his words.
“Brothers and sisters…. We are gathered here to today to celebrate in the loss of the evil and sinful website known as PT.” We all saw it coming but we never officially admitted it. We fought the good fight but too many circumstances got in the way – whether it was life, technology, massive amounts of merch, competition – it just happened.
I will keep this very short and very simple. Whatever happens with this site, I wish it the best of luck. A lot of work went into it over a good chunk of almost 20 years, so I hope that the new ownership continues that legacy. Aaron, Tom, James, Chris, Chris, Brendan…. All good brothers who helped out on this end of things, as well as every single person out there who ever contributed any pics or info to the site, joined the message board, or did anything to help it grow. A few of us provided the bones, but everyone else helped it grow.
PT wasn’t RJN or FLH but I truly believe it was right behind those two (sorry, TheSixth). As the memories flow back, a handful of things that will never get taken away from PT’s legacy – my name is in Behind the Paint because of PT, which still shocks me; PT was mentioned on Dark Lotus’s “Dot Com;” PT had an audio interview with Monoxide that made it onto one their EPs; PT got a lot of heat from Twiztid when the Green Book came out; PT helped develop merch – all of these things happen regularly now but it was a huge deal for this site to hit those milestones when it did.
I wish the best to whoever picks up the ball and runs with it in the big picture of the Psy/MNE Universe. Maybe that’s the “Museum” group on Facebook; they don’t do exactly what we did, but they blew up and are doing their thing and I respect that. I wish that our paths crossed earlier and we could have had a joint venture that serviced the entire community. Maybe it’s someone else. Maybe it’s the new management here. ICP and Twiztid are still going to keep pumping out merch, people are still going to buy it, people are still going to look for old stuff and will want to buy/sell/trade, so the market is there… and the community of traders will live on, whether it is via website, message board, ebay, Facebook or whatever the next form of media will be.
This is not a shut-down. This is not a goodbye from us personally because we are still around, at shows, online and such. This is simply an official handing off of the baton to the next person who wants to carry it.