Sin City Presents Magazine May 2016 Volume 3 Issue 5 - Page 9




After 40 years as a dedicated fan and 3 years selling licensed KISS products made by others, a San Diego based former sailor turned entrepreneur, has become a small business owner to benefit from a KISS licensed manufacturing opportunity by Epic Rights.

Michael Patton’s company,, is the first disabled veteran owned firm to be authorized to make and sell licensed products inspired by the huge following the group has world-wide with fans of all ages.

“I became a KISS fan, make that an obsessive KISS fan, when I was 11 and stayed loyal during my service in the Navy to present day,” Patton proudly admits. In addition to the music, Gene Simmons’ books “Sex, Money, KISS & Me, Inc.” were my study guides for how to build my business. Paul Stanley’s “Face the Music” provided a lifestyle blueprint for happiness and success.

Patton’s bond with KISS was strengthened when two years ago, Patton and other Disabled Veteran business owners honored Gene Simmons for his service to America’s veterans and active duty military.

In addition to his KISS licensed product manufacturing company, Patton is the CEO of Pothos, Inc. a California based event planning and travel firm that includes supporting programs presented by the Veterans Administration, Federal & State Governments as well as Corporate America. POTHOS is award winning and has been recognized by Inc 500 and the San Diego Business Journal to name a few.

Chuck Ashman, who produced the Disabled Veteran awards event honoring Simmons said, “If hard work, passion and loyalty are the keys to success, Michael Patton will make it to the Guinness Book of Records with KISS product sales. The Patton story seems to have found its way between two of KISS hit records – WAR MACHINE and SHOUT IT OUT LOUD,” Ashman added.

About KISS:

As America’s #1 Gold Record Award winning group of all time, and that’s in every category, KISS can easily be named one of rock’s most influential bands. The Rock N Roll Hall of Famers have released 44 albums and sold more than 100 million albums worldwide. Honored by their peers, KISS received the illustrious ASCAP Founders Award in 2015. Over 40 years of record-breaking global tours have brought KISS to their fans. They kicked off their recent world tour with 5 headlining shows in Japan and a #1 single in 2014 “Samurai Son” with pop group, Momoiro Clover Z. Their 40th Anniversary world tour also rocked North America, South America, and Australia. Additionally, once a year, the “KISS Army” becomes the “KISS Navy” as fans from across the globe board the KISS Kruise (this year will be their 5th voyage.) KISS teamed up with Warner Brothers in 2014 to create the well-received original movie Scooby Doo and KISS: Rock and Roll Mystery. Other high-profile appearances have included the Super Bowl, the Winter Olympics, Rockin’ The Corps concert, a FOX alliance with KISS appearing in multiple episodes of Family Guy, plus two special guest performances on America Idol finales. KISS has been featured in major advertising and marketing campaigns for John Varvatos, Google Play, and Hello Kitty - even appearing in a Dr. Pepper Super Bowl commercial and advertising campaign in support of their Hottest Show on Earth tour. This year represents the 3rd season of the LA KISS Arena Football League team bringing professional football back to Los Angeles. KiSS founding band members Paul Stanley and Gene Simmons have also entered the culinary world by opening a string of successful restaurants aptly named Rock & Brews. KISS is dedicated to numerous Veterans Organizations including: The Wounded Warriors Project, The USO, The U.S. Chamber of Commerce “Hire a Hero” program, The Legacy Organization in Australia, Help for Heroes United Kingdom and The Dr. Pepper Snapple Groups Wounded Warriors Support Foundations. For more information, visit

About Epic Rights:

Epic Rights is a full service global branding, licensing and social media marketing company dedicated to building celebrity and entertainment brands via its broad global network of retailers, licensees and agents. Working with a roster of top clients and brands, Epic Rights’ services include licensing/branding, music merchandising, social media management, VIP ticketing and fan clubs. Epic Rights also oversees sponsorships and endorsements, digital archiving of all creative/photo/media assets and manages worldwide e-commerce for its clients in addition to providing in-house legal resources for trademark registration and audit management. Epic Rights is headquartered in Los Angeles, California. For more information visit Epic Rights.