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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

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.








Birds in a Row on Wooden Panels for Bangor’s The Rock and Art Shop

Dead Bird Paintings - Kris Johnsen 2014
Recently I was asked to take part in a large group art show at the Rock and Art Shop in Bangor, Maine. This is a shop that I sell prints, T’s and patches at and have visited on occasion and is a really amazing place! The idea behind the show is about 30 artists all get 3, 5-5in wood panels to make art on. I decided to keep with a theme I was already working on for the new Blood Warrior album and have these relate. Two of the birds are part of the record packaging and one is an extension of it. The panels do not say Blood Warrior of have any text. I’m really happy with how these came out and they were really fun to work on. The panels are up at the shop now along with many other great artists. Each panel is $50 and only available through the Gallery. I believe there is an Opening/Closing Party for the show on December 5th. Or atleast that is when it is up until. If you are around Bangor please stop by and see my pieces!
Dead Bird Paintings - Kris Johnsen 2014

Dead Bird Paintings - Kris Johnsen 2014
Here’s two shots from the gallery below!


New Stag and Snake Screen Printed Poster

Stag and Snake Screen Printed Poster - Kris Johnsen 2014

I just finished up printing 2 editions of this print I created a few months ago for the band Graveyard Lovers. It was initially a t-shirt design for the band but I always kind of liked it so much I decided to make it into a 12-16in 1 color poster. I also printed a small edition with band text that will be sent to the band and available through them. These are up for sale now here.Stag and Snake Screen Printed Poster - Kris Johnsen 2014 Stag and Snake Screen Printed Poster - Kris Johnsen 2014 Stag and Snake Screen Printed Poster - Kris Johnsen 2014

Process Shots 7.30.2014

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Here’s a few Instagram shots from the past few days. printed a few March of the Hare tshirts and working on album art for the band Slim Wild Boar and his Forsaken Shadow.

New colorways in my ‘Ride or Die’ Screen Print coming soon!

Kris Johnsen 2014

I’m just about out of my large 18-24in. Ride or Die screen print so I decided to do a 2nd edition but change it up a little bit. I’m doing a smaller 12-16in print and having 4 different colorways available. Red, light blue, pale green and silver! Pictures of the finished print coming soon. Below is the larger 18-24in print.


NEW Tattooed Hands T-shirt

Kris Johnsen Tattooed Hands T-shirt

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!Kris Johnsen Tattooed Hands T-shirt Kris Johnsen Tattooed Hands T-shirt