Many of you are wondering just what the heck Encircling.us is, and where it came from. Well, it was borne out of my love for Tool, A Perfect Circle — and now — Puscifer music.
One night, back in August of 2000, I decided to create a message board out of sheer boredom. I had absolutely no idea what I was going to call it, or what it was going to be about. I wound up choosing a username I had been using at the time, and purchased the ‘jazzdpb.com’ domain.
Horrible domain name choice, I know.
For the insatiably curious, the ‘jazz’ portion of my name is for my love and appreciation of jazz-style drumming (and my utter inability to play it), and the letters ‘DPB’ are simply my initials. So, there you go.
In 2002, the owner of aperfectcircle.org had decided to put the domain up for sale on eBay, so I put in a last second bid and won.
I knew when I purchased the domain that I had my work cut out for me. The site had started dying a slow death. It was barely being updated. The page was showing up on page 4 or 5 (I forget) of the Google search page results, and as a result of all this, the community had started to drop off.
Nevertheless, I came up with a design, and a very talented graphic designer named ‘Col’ helped me bring my vision to life. You have to admit, it’s as “A Perfect Circle-ly” as you can get (sorry for the blurriness).
Here’s how aperfectcircle.org looked like back in 2003:
At the same time, I was still running the message board on the jazzdpb.com domain and wanted to do something related to the other musical love of my life, Tool. So, I chose the name ‘Oiad.net’ after the final track on Lateralus — Faaip de Oiad (“Voice of God”).
Here’s how the site looked like back in 2004:
At one point, we held a logo design contest and received some incredible designs from our community of talented artists.
Here was the winning entry:
After receiving some requests on the message board, I chose 3 designs and decided to sell some t-shirts on a limited-run basis.
Great idea, right?
Anyone who knows me knows that I’m a big believer in CYA (covering your ass), so before doing anything, I contacted the webmaster at their official website and ran the idea by him. He said that as long as I didn’t use any of the band’s trademarked logos or fonts, and used the domain name exactly how it was written (i.e. ‘APerfectCircle.org’, not ‘A Perfect Circle’), that I should be in the clear.
Well, let’s just say he was slightly off.
A couple of weeks after putting up the shirts for sale, I received a visit from an officer of the court at my place of work. He brought with him a little present for me: a court summons. A Perfect Circle was suing me.
Now, I don’t want to get into any of the gory details, but what they wanted was for me to a.) stop selling the shirts, b.) turn over any/all profits, and c.) hand over the aperfectcircle.org domain.
That night I took the shirts down and contacted the .com webmaster and Maynard (shameless namedrop) to help call the dogs off.
Well, the message must have been delivered loud and clear because just a few days later, they stopped all legal proceedings against me, and I was allowed to keep the domain as long as I didn’t attempt to sell any more shirts.
Here I was, giving the band free promotion to help drive sales for their music, merchandise, concert tickets, etc., and I’m the one getting sued?!
Needless to say, I decided to get rid of the domain and recoup as much of my money as I could.
As far as what happened to the domain, I believe the person who purchased it from me no longer owns it. Here’s what happened to her. Poor soul, I think that domain is cursed.
So long story short, I decided to close aperfectcircle.org and oiad.net, and create a new “spin-off” site. I wanted to choose a domain name that conveyed a more community-oriented environment, while at the same time paying homage to the previous site, so I settled on Encircling.us (as in “encircling us”), and invited members from both communities.
So, there you go. That’s how our beloved Encircling.us came to be. We started in late November 2004, and somehow we’re still around!
Thanks for visiting!