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!
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Tagged band, design, ink, mirage, murder by death, o'death, ocean, press, screen print, sea, shirt, silk screen, sun, sweatshirt, t-shirt, tree, tshirt
I have recently been printing new tshirt designs and am working on new ones at the moment which I hope to print and release slowly in the next few months. I’ve always said I would never want to own or be a tshirt company but I have found it quite fun to just make a shirt here and there when I come up with a design I like. And also not really adding pressure to have lots of them made up or do multiple color designs. I have been sticking to very simple 1-2 color designs and right now just working with black/charcoal and white/oatmeal colors.
I just fulfilled a larger order that’s currently headed up to Bangor, ME to The Rock and Art Shop so I made some new tags for the shirts. Very simple using a new whale pattern I completed for a recent pattern. Here’s a few shots from making them…
All new shirts are available here. I’m currently having a $15 sale on my Whiskey & Snakes Tshirt.
Posted in Art, Process, Studio, studio life, Tshirt
Tagged digital, diy, french paper, hand make, maine, portland, process, screen print, shirt, tag, tshirt, whale
Here’s my new t-shirt design for the Brooklyn, NY band Graveyard Lovers. I had the pleasure of seeing them in December at the Last Night On Earth 11 show and made a poster for that show with their name on it. They asked me for a new shirt design and this is what happened. I’m really psyched on this design and hope to see lots of people wearing them. The band is on a summer tour right now and you can only pick up this shirt from them so either attend one of these shows or shoot them a message if you are interested in picking one of these up.
Thurs. July 10 – NYC – Pianos
Friday July 11 – Philly – Legendary Dobbs (https://www.facebook.com/events/1425529217707966/)
Sat. July 12 – Bethlehem PA- Steel Stacks Town Square stage
Sun. July 13 – Baltimore – Holy Frijoles
Mon. July 14 – Columbus, Ohio – Donatos Basement (https://www.facebook.com/events/246537838876769/)
Tues. July 15 – Nashville
Thurs. July 17 – St. Louis
Fri. July 18 – Madison – Mickey’s Tavern (https://www.facebook.com/events/1455843904662733/)
Sat. July 19 – Milwaukee – Bremen Cafe
Sun. July 20 – Green Bay – Trailmixers
Mon. July 21 – Chicago – Livewire Lounge
Wed. July 23 – Grand Rapids – Death House
Thurs. July 24 – Port Huron Schwonksoundstead (https://www.facebook.com/events/536485076462937/)
Fri. July 25 – Cleveland – Mahall’s
Mon. July 28 – Albany – The Low Beat
Also available in gray.
Posted in screen print, Tshirt
Tagged antler, deer, graveyard lovers, lovers, screen print, shirt, silk screen, snake, stag, t, tshirt
Printed the first few Tattooed Hands t-shirts yesterday, they came out pretty good! Pick one up here if you’d like one.
I recently put together this Tattooed Hands t-shirt after finishing up a small wood panel with this design. I’ve been playing around with lots of black and white imagery lately and thought this would look pretty good on a black/charcoal t-shirt. Each shirt will be hand printed by myself with care in my studio. I’ve been printing lots of these shirts to order so I make sure each one is up to par and printed well! You can pick up one of these here if you would like!
The printed area of the shirt is roughly 12-12in. in size and printed with white water based inks. Below you will find a few pics of the actual wood panel this shirt design came from. This panel is also for sale, so email me if interested. $75 takes it home!
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My good friends in the band CASPIAN are currently on a tour of Asia and Australia. As I understand this is the first time they are going to a lot of these places. They were kind enough to ask me to design a Tshirt for the tour including dates on the back and all! I actually submitted 6 or 7 designs to them but this is the one that we went with! I really enjoyed some of the other designs so they might see the light of day at some point in the near future but probably not as a band tshirt.
I do not have any of these shirts. they are only available through the band on tour and possibly after.
Dates on the back of the shirt.
I found this picture on Instagram of a fan who bought the shirt. My first view of an actual printed shirt since they were printed halfway around the world. Sorry for stealing your photo for my blog.
Posted in Art, Tshirt
Tagged asia, australia, birds, black, caspian, crow, dates, design, illustration, kris johnsen, maine, moon, portland, shirt, t-shirt, tour, tshirt