New o’death T-shirts

o'death tshirt printing - Kris Johnsen 2015
Over the last month or so I’ve been working on new t-shirt designs for my friends band o’death. We ended up going with 3 different designs. 2 were printed on a round of 100 t-shirts each and then a 3rd design was printed on a limited amount of gray sweatshirts.
I’ve been designing and printing t-shirts for a few years now but have never really taken on larger jobs since the way I print is a very diy way, by simple putting a t-shirt down on my printing table, holding the screen down and printing with a small hand squeegie. This way works great is you are only doing a few t-shirts at a time and don’t mind if they all look slightly different, I actually prefer to print my designs this way. But over the last year I’ve been asked to make more and more band shirts and I prefer not to send off my designs to get printing by anyone else, mostly because Portland does not really have a good t-shirt printer on hand. So I decided to take the money from these last few jobs and buy myself a 4 color t-shirt press! I used it for the first time on these shirts and couldn’t be happier! This this is super sturdy and is very easy to use.
I’m hoping this will allow me to feel more confident with my printing skills and open my self up to taking on more jobs and providing something in the community that doesn’t really exist. I can also charge a bit less if I’m doing both the designing and printing.
Below you will find a few shots from the last few days of printing. o’death will be taking these shirts on tour with them on their opening slot for the great band Murder By Death. I will be heading down to the Boston date if you want to come hang out!
o'death tshirt printing - Kris Johnsen 2015

o'death tshirt printing - Kris Johnsen 2015

o'death tshirt printing - Kris Johnsen 2015

o'death tshirt printing - Kris Johnsen 2015

o'death tshirt printing - Kris Johnsen 2015

o'death tshirt printing - Kris Johnsen 2015

o'death tshirt printing - Kris Johnsen 2015

o'death tshirt printing - Kris Johnsen 2015

Huak – Yorba Linda vinyl record

The first record I got to design and screen print. Huak‘s – Yorba Linda. Printed on Kraft paper and is a 2 color print. I also designed the record sticker. I think 200-250 of these were made. I really love this record and am super happy with how it looks! Still available through the band if you want to grab one!

Slim Wild Boar & his Forsaken Shadow Album

Finally got a physical copy of this album in my hands! Slim Wild Boar & his Forsaken Shadow – Self Titled. Released in 2014. I did the album cover illustration as well as the record sticker with the boar and text on it.

Portland Patch locations in Portland, Maine

Portland Patches are now available at Ferdinand, Kurier, the Portland Museum of Art Shop and Pinecone+Chickadee! All in Portland, ME. Please feel free to send me links to shops you think should carry the project or if you have a shop and are interested!

New Blood Warrior fabric patches + pins


Last night my friend Greg from the band blood warrior hung out and made some diy patches on fabric and some pins. I recently had the pleasure of designing his new album for the band which will be released in a few months and we have been brainstorming little merch ideas for him to have until the record is released. We are also working on a tshirt design that will be printed at a later time.

Greg also sings for the band o’death which have been a favorite of mine for awhile. If you are a fan of that band you will probably also like blood warrior. It is much more stripped down and has less instruments. Take a listen here, and look out for the new album Letter Ghost.








Portland Patch Project update!

Portland Patch Project

For the last few months I have been working towards to launch of my new project called the Portland Patch Project. It is basically a project where I curate 12 different artists to create a design in which will be getting made into sewn patches. 1 patch will be released every month by a different artists and between 100-300 patches will be made of each design. I will also be adding surprises throughout the year including screen prints, pins and possibly more patches!

The first patch in the project for January 2015 is Steve ‘Stivo’ Zittel‘s Maine Makers Club patch. I have just received these in hand and they look great! You can purchase these here and can choose between buying all the available patches individually or in a subscription which saves you money and gets you a few extra goodies. All patches so far are $6 and shipping is free.

I also have a older Maine patch that I designed and a screen print of Steve’s design available. Free is you order a subscription!

Other artists that will be making designs include… Ryan LaMunyon, Eric Hou, Hannah Rosengren, Kris Johnsen, Reuben J. Little, Amy Teh  and a few more to be announced!

After this weekend patches will be available at the stores Pinecone+Chickadee, The Portland Museum of Art, Ferdinand & Kurier in Portland, Maine if you would like to purchase these in person. Pricing may change slightly at stores.
Portland Patch Project 2014

The man himself Stivo with his awesome wife Allison!

Portland Patch Project 2014

A few variations on the screen print available for sale on free with subscriptions. Purchase here.

Portland Patch Project 2014

Maine patch. Purchase here.

Portland Patch Project 2014

Steve Zittel’s Maine Makers Club Patch. Purchase here.

NEW! The Albatross Screen Print

The Albatross Screen print - Kris Johnsen 2014 New print available in my online store here. This print came together when I had a design job from a band where I was creating multiple designs for them to choose from, another design got picked and I was left with a few designs. So after this design sat on my computer for a few months I decided to edit it slightly and see how it would turn out as a print.
This is a 1 color print, printed on 140lb Black French Paper. 12.5-12.5in in size.