It was just a dream last year.
We tweeted using the hashtag #championshipoffseason…
We watched the draft anticipating the talent John Schneider would find in late rounds…
We celebrated the trade for Percy Harvin as the speed we were looking for…
We clamored to get into the Richard Sherman Charity Softball game, delighted with the less formal glimpse of our Hawks!
We sold out training camp before it even started because we couldn’t wait to see our guys!
We set our first world record for loudest crowd cheer on September 15, 2013 against the San Francisco 49ers!
We traveled to away games at a record setting rate and thanks to the Seahawks Road Crew, Saturday night rallies on the road became the norm.
We set our second world record for loudest crowd cheer on Monday Night Football, December 2, 2013 against the New Orleans Saints!
We matched our record for number of wins in the season at 13 and 3, assuring that the road to the Super Bowl came through Seattle.
We enjoyed a bye week before playing two decisive games against the New Orleans Saints and the San Francisco 49ers, ironically the two teams we’d played when we set our world records!
We then went to NYC and endured two weeks of announcers and critics picking against us because we were playing the number one offense.
And then we won the Super Bowl in such a decisive manner that it created discussions regarding whether we were one of the best defenses of all times!
The common denominator in all this is the word “We.”
In all the NFL, there is no other organization in which the fans are so closely intertwined with their team…. where the team wears the symbol of their fans on their uniform… where the fans actually impact the game (and often the post game show)… where the fan’s jersey has been retired… where there’s actually a flag symbolizing the commitment of the fans to the team and that flag shows up around the world as fans display it with pride.
As much as this season has been about the team, it has also been about you, the fans… your world records, your travel, your cheering!
Volume 12 has been proud to support the fans this year through multiple rallies, world record successes, our official Volume 12, Lady 12s and Legion of Boom clothing, our fan caves here and in New York City, our Facebook and Blog… it’s been an incredible honor for us to make this journey with you!
Let’s do it again next year, yes?
Volume 12 is geared up and ready to go for Superbowl 48 today!
But we want to know what you’re doing!
Where are you watching the game?
Who are you with?
What are your superbowl rituals? Game day food? Pre-game worm ups?
Tell us all about it! We want to know!
Leave a comment on this post! We’ll draw a random number after the game to pick one of the comments to win a little something from Volume 12!
Whether you’re on the best coast or the east coast, Volume 12 has you covered for the Superbowl!
Here in Seattle we’ve organized an epic Superbowl party… On February 2nd at The ShowBox SODO Volume 12 with support of Mercedes-Benz of Seattle and our sponsors will be throwing the largest Super Bowl party in the state hosted by Jordan Babineaux and his friends!
The Volume 12 Super Bowl party will feature musical performance Xola Malik (also known as Kid Sensation), guest DJ/MC Druha from H206 events and food by Wolfgang Puck Catering. Mercedes-Benz of Seattle will be sponsoring the VIP Lounge – where guests can enjoy complimentary food and cocktails.
Doors open for ticketed guests at 1:30 with the game starting at 3:30pm. Tickets will not be sold and the only way into the party is by winning your tickets through Volume 12 or by visiting our sponsors! 21+ only! Here’s the link to the event page!
Meanwhile, in New York, we have taken over the Copacabana all week for the Super Bowl in New York and Created a “Legion of Boom Fan Cave” The Official 12s Hang Out & Headquarters for Super Bowl Week!
Located in middle of Times Square NY 1 block from Super Bowl Boulevard off Broadway we’ve decked this fan cave out in Seahawks banners, Legion of Boom posters, football/Super Bowl swag & Skittles…. Now you have a place to call your home on the road!
There will be special appearance and performances throughout the week including:
Blue Thunder our Seahawks Drum Line
Blitz our Mascot
Seahawks Road Crew
Musical Performances & Guest DJs
There will be a Kick Off Party, Saturday Night Rally, Tailgating & a Super Bowl viewing party, we will even be raffling off custom banners & Seahawks swag every day throughout the week.
The Fan Cave is all ages so tiny 12s are welcome and are only $6 at the door.
Here’s the link to the event page, and yes, if you decide at the spur of the moment that you want to hang out in the Fan Cave, you can purchase tickets at the door!
Like Russell Wilson, who loves being the Seahawks Quarterback, I sometimes think I have things pretty good too, writing for Volume 12. Especially when I get to spend time talking with someone like Christopher Keywood.
Over the last few weeks, Volume 12 has been holding an artistic contest. We love seeing what people create and we’re endlessly fascinated by the art the Seahawks seem to inspire. We love the art that’s been emailed and posted to our Facebook page. But when we saw Christopher’s work, we were completely intrigued by the imagery and texture in his work. So I called him and asked all the usual questions… and got some inspired answers!
So this is Chris. Chris has been drawing since he was about three. Growing up in Kent, his first portrait was a 3D Mickey Mouse that his mom laminated for him. Chris wasn’t just a Disney guy though. He moved on to He-Man and She-Ra! In grade school, he started drawing Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and trading the drawings to his classmates for their best snacks!
And then he became fascinated by Junior. Ken Griffey Jr. While his twin brother was all about the Seahawks, Chris became a baseball guy… and the art kept growing.
Chris says it’s just what he sees, all the angles and straight lines. His eyes see the straight lines and he draws and trims them perfectly without a ruler or a straight edge. He says it’s always been the way. Being a perfectionist is also part of his charm!
Chris’ art kept pouring out of him. Moving from Jr High straight into honors art in high school, Chris focused on logos and murals throughout the school… and less on the classwork. Although he was serious about his art, following graduation, he didn’t go to art college like everyone thought he would. Instead, our happy-go-lucky artist went to Mississippi and started an art gallery…
… and developed a fascination with Seahawks! The 2005 season caught his attention. The 11 false starts against the Giants turned him from a spectator to a diehard fan. The Seahawks played their 2006 Superbowl game on February 5th, the birthday he and his brother share. From then on, Chris baffled residents around the delta with his never-before-seen Seahawks shirts and hats.
Reppin’ his Seattle hoodie in Archie Manning land didn’t keep Chris from selling his art. He even began doing a quite a bit of work around Ole Miss and eventually doings pieces for Eli Manning and creating an NFL series for Terrance Metcalf, former Chicago Bears Guard.
When family circumstances brought him back to Washington State, he fell back in love the with area. The cloudy skies, the water, the trips to Seattle. He went back to Mississppi and closed his gallery and moved to Port Angeles.
He continued working on his football pieces. He felt like his shapes and pieces were creating football players that started looking more like machines and he explored that using the current Seahawks players. From Russell to Sherm. From Earl to Marshawn… Chris began working the same magic with his shapes and shades.
And then the Volume 12 art contest happened. Chris’ friends and family urged him to enter and eventually, he sent us some shots.
And we loved them and wanted to see more!
So Chris brought some of his work in and we’re happy to say that we’re featuring it at our Game Gear location in Redmond Town Center.
We love what Chris sees when he looks at the Seahawks. I asked him what he sees when he looks at his art.
“I just love the ability to see the beauty in art, the movement, the shapes… It’s like I’m not even working. It melts me to look at what I’m creating and see people’s reaction to it.”
“But I’ve always known I can make people happy through art. I’m like a jack of all trades. I feel like I can create anything. I’m fierce on a hedge. Give me a trimmer and man, I can see the lines. I may take up sand castles!”
Whatever Chris does, we’re pretty sure he’s going to be good at it!
Where can you get your hands on Chris’ art? You can find Chris on Facebook and of course, you can see his art and buy it at the Redmond Town Center Game Gear store! Come see us Saturday during our NFC Championship open house! We’ll be greeting guests from 3-6 pm, Saturday the 18th. Chris will be there along with a lot of other great folks! Drop on by!
Wow! What a year 2013 was!
Thanks to you, the 12s, we accomplished so much!
Your World Records:
Not one, but TWO world records, thank to all our 12s! The first record was set on the Seahawks opening home game September 15th against the San Fransisco 49ers… and the second record was set during Monday Night Football against the New Orleans Saints on December 2nd.
When the challenge was presented, it wasn’t the team on the field, it was the fans in the stands that rose to the occasion and battled for the record. In many ways, you put yourselves on the map as well as your team and your stadium!
In November, Volume 12 organized The Battle in the Bowl at Redhook Brewery to benefit Baby Ellie, who was fighting cancer, and her family. Thanks to the sponsors, including the Redhook Brewery, all the 12s that signed up to play flag football on the 8 teams competing for bragging rights, the fans that showed up to cheer everyone on, and the former Seahawks players that volunteered their time to coach the teams, much needed funds were raised to help Ellie’s family offset the cost of her medical care!
No matter whether you were at the stadium or at home, on a mountain top or at the beach, flying to a game or tailgating at a pub, you all, as 12s, gathered together and made yourselves heard and seen! Your passion as fans made headlines and sometimes were the headlines in post game interviews at away games. You flew the flags, made the noise, wore the jerseys and let the team know you were there for them!
And what was the outcome of all that passion?
You’ve been so amazing and so unique… you’ve created a movement that has the team and the players turning around to gaze at the fans in amazement! While you’re excited by what they’re doing on the field, they’re the ones blown away by how awesome you are in the stands!
You’ve created a fellowship of 12s that is so huge and so passionate… we have 12s checking in from around the world on game day. And trust us, we’re just as amazed as you are. When training camp started, we had a few thousand fans on our Facebook page. This week, we exceeded 100,000!
As we’ve made this journey with you, we’ve worked hard to connect you (Connecting the 12s), meet your need for Volume 12 and LOB fan items (Volume 12 Game Gear in Redmond Town Center) and make sure you get the recognition you deserve (World Record Cheer)!
If you’ve liked us on Facebook, hung out with us at Game Gear, yelled with us during world record attempts, checked in online during game days, sent us photos, jokes and suggestions… thank you! You’re part of a powerful movement! If you haven’t yet, here’s where you can find us…
Legion of Boom
Thanks for all your passion, heart and enthusiasm! 2014 is going to be another awesome year to be a 12!
Hello World Record Holders!
Have you caught your breath yet from our amazing Monday Night Football game? We’re still giddy about being 11-1 and bringing the world record back home for Volume 12!
We wanted to take a moment to thank all our 12s for the photos, questions and messages you send us on our Facebook page. We love knowing that we’re doing our part to connect you all and showcase your wonderful spirit of 12! Be sure to check out the great photo albums our talented admin Jenn is putting together! The holiday album is going to be awesome!
With the San Francisco game right around the corner, we want to encourage you to get connected with other 12s through our Connecting the 12s page. Whether you’re trying to find other 12s or you know of a meeting place for 12s, it’s important to us to get you together to watch the game!
Our Best Fan program is ready to announce our first round of nominees! Stay tuned for that announcement and your opportunity to vote!
Finally, our Volume 12 store is open daily at Redmond town center. We have all your Volume 12 and Legion of Boom game gear, everything from hoodies to beanies to arm socks to Volume 12 flags! Feel free to stop by and see our World Record certificates for loudest stadium cheer!
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Happy Holidays! Volume 12 has a holiday store at Redmond Town Center! Grand opening on Black Friday! Now you can drop in to get your Volume 12 and Official Legion of Boom gear! If you’re out and about doing your shopping today, make sure you swing by to see what we’re up to!
And, check out the write up Redmond Town Center on our guys!
Here’s a great story … listen to this! Joe Tafoya and Kerry Carter are ex-Seahawks players that started their own company – JumpItMedia – after they retired from the game. They are the guys that did the “Volume 12″ promotion at the Seahawks game where we got the Guinness Book of World Records for being the loudest.
Anyway, they helped Redmond Town Center get our Celebrity Santas this year! And now have opened a store “Volume 12″ Store that has their trademarked clothing lines … “Volume 12″ and “Legion of Boom” (for our great secondary). AND they will be hosting the Celebrity Santas at their store.
They needed a good Display Area for the Santa Photos and that’s where Utopia comes in! Janis Staskowski and her staff decorated the space for the Celebrity Santas and here it is!!! The Celebrity Santas are at RTC every Friday night from 6-8pm. Our first Celebrity Santa is Marcus Trufant, a former Seattle Seahawks player. Come have your portrait taken with our Celebrity Santas and the proceeds go towards their individual charities.
Make sure you put Redmond Town Center and Volume 12 on your shopping list this year!
The 12s have done it again!
- Leading the league for the most false starts in our stadium…
- Traveling in unprecedented numbers to other stadiums…
- Breaking attendance and volume records in our own stadium…
- Undefeated at home for the last two years…
- Best record in the NFL this season…
What can we say? Seahawks Fans are number one in so many ways!
Just for that, we’re going to let you prove it by giving you another shot at the loudest fan cheer this Monday night on national TV! The 12s are going to take the record back in a huge way!
Volume 12 is leading the effort again with the support of the Seahawks! We still have a lot to organize in a short amount of time and we’re going to need your voice and your spirit! In the meantime, here’s what we know now!
- We’re going for the loudest cheer as soon as the Saints have their first possession. We figure with Beast Mode and Harvin and Tate and Baldwin and the Legion of Boom, we’ll have plenty to cheer about the rest of the night!
- There will be earplugs available at the stadium
- We’re working on the details of a Volume 12 rally prior to the game. Stay tuned!
In the meantime, if you’re not at the game, we’re going to need your vibe. Check our Connecting the 12s page to find meeting spots near you where you can be with other 12s during the world record cheer! If you know of a place, you can fill in the form on the Connecting page and we’ll post it on Permanent Tailgates. If you need to find people near you, post on the Connecting page and we’ll get you on the Meet the 12s list.
Stay tuned to this blog for details as they become available.
Volume 12 is proud to announce the launch of Best Fan!
Best Fan was developed to bring the world of 12s closer together and give each of you a louder voice and a stronger connection to each other. It is you, the 12s who drive the Best Fan program! You show us the 12s who are going that extra mile to help others in the community, we honor them!
There are many examples of 12s that exemplify both staunch 12-ness and community involvement and we want to hear your stories and recognize those fans! You can read more about Best Fan and nominate fellow 12s by visiting the new program page here! From our home page, simply hover over community and click on Best Fan.
We also want to kick off this program by being involved members of our community. Please plan on joining us this weekend for The Battle in the Bowl to help Baby Ellie and her family! The Volume 12 Battle in the Bowl is a flag football tournament featuring 8 teams coached by former NFL players! Red Hook Brewery is sponsoring and all proceeds go directly to Baby Ellie’s family! You can find more information here!
Do you have your Volume 12 and official Legion of Boom gear?
Come get it today and meet some of the Volume 12 crew!
Today we’re tailgating at two locations! Come see us at our original location at 1st and Holgate with CBS Radio! This week, we’re also at Hawk Alley right next to Blue Line Express Tailgate! Hawk Alley is located three blocks south of Century Link on Utah Avenue.
We’re adding new gear each week and we’re excited at the response we’re getting, especially for our trademarked Legion of Boom approved gear! This week, we have our classic Legion of Boom tee shirts in black. We also have our Legion of Boom sweatshirt hoodies in! Even better, we have team color long sleeved Legion of Boom long sleeve tee shirts! And don’t forget your Legion of Boom rally towel!
Our famous arm socks will be back in stock next weeks, and the Volume 12 flags that you 12s voted on will be in stock soon!
Please remember, if you buy our gear, we really want to see pictures of you with the gear! You can post them on our Facebook page here
We’ll be open at 10 am this morning! We look forward to seeing you there! Go Hawks!