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Dakota Uprising, 1000 Instagram followers, Black Hills apparel

On October 11, 2015, Dakota Uprising flew past 1000 Instagram followers.

When I started featuring your amazing Black Hills and Badlands adventuring images back in July, I didn’t realize how quickly the following would grow and it’s turned into a fun, little online community. I regularly see the same awesome folks posting awesome photo after awesome photo. I know who you are. I love the people that tag #dakotauprising on their most captivating images, and I love the people that send nice comments with a little bit of history about a location or an insight into something most people probably don’t know. I love that people from across the country have fallen in love with the Black Hills and follow the Dakota Uprising account to stay connected. So much love for you. One thousand of you. Wow.

Let’s break that 1000 down and admire how awesome you all are:

  • 333 new followers a month
  • 71 new followers a week
  • 10 new followers a day
  • 3 new followers per image post
  • 1,031 #dakotauprising tagged photos (amazing!)
  • 33 @dakotauprising tagged photos
  • 2 creative collaborations for photoshoots with Laurel and Rachel
    (visit their own websites to see their own unique creativity)

Kudos to all of you for exploring the hills, being at the right place, at the right moment, with the vision to catch that perfect photo in a frame. This account wouldn’t be around without you so keep taking and tagging your #dakotauprising photos for a chance to be featured.

If you want to be apart of the DU crew of 1000, follow me here:

See you out there.

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dakota uprising, model for dakota uprising, black hills

We love meeting new people, and I personally love taking portraits. We are always looking for models so if you are confident, fun and love Dakota Uprising, we’d love to see you apply to be featured on the storefront and social media showing off the Dakota Uprising gear and beautiful Black Hills area.

If you are interested, please e-mail Katie at Include the following:

  • Name
  • Age
  • Height
  • Instagram username
  • Other social media links (Optional)
  • 2-5 current photos of yourself (close-up and full body)
  • A little about yourself!
  • Note: You must be located in the Rapid City area to be considered
  • If you are selected you will get a free tee or tank of your choice, on us!

We will consider your submission and decide what campaigns we could potentially use you as a model. We will get back to you within a few weeks. If you don’t hear from us, do not get discouraged – we may be plotting our next campaign, designing new shirts or already have models booked for a few seasons.

Shop her tank pictured above here:

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Map decor is totally a thing right now. Whether it’s decorating your home with globes or wall-size world maps, use these ideas to document your own travels around the globe. You can use push-pins to mark the locations you’ve been to or buy a scratch-off map to reveal the places you’ve been.

  1. Or check out these beautiful maps you can get off of Etsy here, here and here.
  2. See more ideas from Athletes Abroad here.
  3. Or if you’re not much of a world traveler, buy your own vintage South Dakota map like this one here. You definitely don’t need to travel far to create your own adventures in the Black Hills.