New Orleans as Yearly Check on Shirt Design

I attend the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival annually and so do almost 500,000 other people. It is interesting to stand back and see what folks in the crowd of all ages are wearing to a casual t-shirt type event, and always interesting to see what the Jazz Fest merch looks like. On both fronts one continues to see simple designs: one color, distressed,
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Human Rights Shirts

I am in Brooklyn in New York (look it up, there is a Brooklyn in CT as well) at the Annual General Meeting of Amnesty International. Volunteers from all over the country get together to work on human rights issues. They also wear all kinds of t-shirts. T-shirts are clearly a way that many people choose to express their political and social views. It always
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Tag You’re It

The Samuel Adams Boston Brewery gift shop was looking to have some shirts done with a vintage football feel. We were to use a very simple distressed “84” as that is the year they were founded. They loved the garment as well as the distressed numbers and wanted to brand the shirt in a way that complimented the style. Being a simulation guy… I created
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Arte para las camisetas, no arte para todo

Demasiado a menudo un cliente insiste en que la imagen de sus camisetas debe de estar a conjunto con los carteles publicitarios, señales, posters, carpas, anuncios revistas, etc. Farm Aid y el artista que creó el logo, Kathy Keller hicieron un trabajo estupendo, especialmente creando variaciones para web, pósters, tickets y lo más importante para nosotros, las camisetas. Poner un rectángulo en una camiseta gasta
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Art for Shirts is Not Art for Everything

All too often a customer insists that their image on their shirts should match their billboards, signs, posters, table tents, magazine adverts, etc. Farm Aid and the artist for their logo Kathy Keller did a great job of creating a logo, but having variations for web, poster, tickets, and importantly for us shirts. Putting a big rectangle print on a shirt is too damn inky,
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Minimum Wage Art

Bob “Smitty” Smith has an “enterprise” he calls Minimum Wage Art. A few examples follow: – a great shirt design of his that we print is a map of North America titled “Indian Territory.” Search around the web and you can see Willie Nelson, Johnny Depp and a few other characters wearing it. – a one of a kind spray bleach design using a rubber
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What Are We Matching?

Make sure you know what you are matching when a customer has many other printed items. The file you are working from may have color indications, but if the customer has already printed brochures (well, maybe back in the days when dinosaurs ruled the earth…,) billboards, beer cans, boxes, … whatever, you had better fall in line. In this case the artwork was a bit
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Misprint Monday – GOAL!!! World Cup Mis-steps

I’m not sure who will win the world cup, though in my pool I’m doing pretty well so far with the Netherlands and Chile. Brazil may have a great team, but I’m disgusted by the horrible police brutality going on in Brazil around the World Cup. However, thoughts today are on neither of those things, I turn instead to my world, the garments. Most of the
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The Thrill of Shirt Sightings

It is a thrill to see your printed shirts in public, whether just somebody rocking it walking down the street in some odd place or maybe on a famous person in a public place. Yesterday Shawn Thornton of the Boston Bruins hockey team was rocking our Farmers Kick Ass shirt at a charity event. Not just any shirt, it is my favorite shirt that I helped
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Misprint Monday – Clean Bill of Health in the Netherlands

A few notes while passing through the Amsterdam airport and looking at shirts. I don’t know about the rest of you in the business but before I can even think of how clever (or not) a shirt might be, my eyes automatically scan it for being out of register, dye migration, off the mark right or left, too low…. It is a gift and a
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