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!
Posted in hand pulled, ink, screen print, silk screen, Tshirt
Tagged band, design, ink, mirage, murder by death, o'death, ocean, press, screen print, sea, shirt, silk screen, sun, sweatshirt, t-shirt, tree, tshirt
WEEKEND SALE!!! Any purchase at my Etsy store gets a free Ship and Whale screen print. No minimum purchase at all. Sale goes through Monday!
Posted in Art, screen print
Tagged etsy, for sale, free, kris johnsen, maine, nautical, ocean, portland, print, sale, screen print, ship, silk screen, whale
Here’s my new Whale Screen Print called “Until The Path is No More.” It’s hand pulled in Portland at my small studio and measures 7in.-12in. It’s two colors and is on 100lb Madero Beach Speckletone French Paper. Signed and numbered edition of 53.
This print was created for the Framed. Group Art Show I put together at Pinecone+Chickadee in Portland this past month. My framed Whale piece is no longer available in the show but I have about 45 prints left of this and and selling them pretty cheap! If your interested in picking one up I have them for sale at my Etsy Shop!
Below are a few shots of the actual print.
Posted in Art, poster
Tagged anchor, emblem studio, hand printed, ink, kris johnsen, maine, nautical, ocean, print, screen print, sea, silkscreen, sperm whale, teeth, water, whale
Finished up a small batch of isobell band tshirts yesterday to finish my work on their concept art for their new album Sea Spells. They also had their album release show at SPACE Gallery last night. I also decided to make a small edition of 20 posters using the same screen I made for the tshirts.
If your interested in picking up one of these Alternative Apparel tshirts or posters please get in contact with the band, they are very approachable and I don’t have any left.
Hallway drying area since I don’t have storage for 30+ wet tshirts.
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Tagged album, arrows, Art, concept, design, emblem studio, isobell, kris johnsen, maine, ocean, portland, screen print, sea, sea spells, silkscreen, tshirt
Here’s the booklet and album artwork for the band isobell‘s new album ‘Sea Spells’. I had a ton of fun making this record cover and experimented a lot while making it. Most of the artwork is watercolor blotches with pen drawings along with photography I took with 2 found images from old Polaroid photos I found flea marketing. Below you can see some process shots of creating the watercolor stains then I scanned them in and blocked certain parts out to create a circle theme throughout the whole packaging. The band is having their cd release party on June 1st at SPACE Gallery. I may or may not be doing visuals projected on the band as they play their set, we’ll see!
Under cd tray
Inside booklet page 1
Booklet page 2
Booklet page 3
Booklet page 4
Booklet page 5
Posted in Art, event, music, Press
Tagged album, arrows, Art, cd, collage, digipak, drawing, found, imagery, isobell, kris johnsen, maine, ocean, packaging, paint, portland, process, release, sea spells, watercolor
Here’s my final for Moe.‘s Album Release show poster for the album WHAT HAPPENED TO THE LA LAs. I’m really happy with the outcome of this drawing and will be screen printing a large edition of these this weekend for the show on the 23rd. More on these posters very soon!
The posters will be a 4 color screen print. 12.5in.-19in. With an edition of around 225.
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Tagged album release, drawing, emblem studio, gig poster, hiro ballroom at the maritime hotel, kris johnsen, moe. moe, new york, ocean, poster, print, row boat, screen print, silk scree, skull, waves
Here it is! The finished printed poster for Radar Recordings & Extinguish Boston‘s 9th Annual Last Night On Earth show with Caspian, Defeater, Constants & Dreamtigers.
Above is a video of the whole process of making this poster. Filmed, edited and printed by myself. I hope you like it!
The poster measures 18in.-24in. Is printed on Black Licorice French Paper. Has an edition of 112. Signed and numbered, 3 Color print.
I’m very happy with the outcome of this poster and am really excited to have a little part in this show. These will go on sale for the first time the night of the show for a super low $10 price tag, and if any are left they will be for sale at my Etsy Store afterwords. I also have a small artist edition with no text available at my store now.
*UPDATE: These are for sale right now at my Store.*
Big thanks to Ben Hoffman at Extinguish for hooking me up as always! And thanks to David Zwickerhill for the above photo and Craig Hardin and Meagan Anderson for helping me print.
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Tagged 9th annual, cambridge, caspian, clouds roll, club, contants, defeater, dreamtigers, emblem studio, extinguish boston, kris johnsen, landscape, last night on earth, music, ocean, poster, print, radar recordings, screen print, ship, silk screen, sinking, sky, the middle east, waves