Mar 12, 2007

Behind the Scenes: Making A T-shirt

The new Eternal Embrace shirts are a big hit! Reprints are already required as they are selling through much faster than I expected!
Last post I promised a little more info on the story of the two lovers.

Right around Valentines day a news story broke about an Archaeological dig in Italy that unearthed the remains of a couple over 6,000 years old. The figures were clutched in an embrace that has lasted several thousands of years. Far be it from the Archaeologists to separate such dedicated lovers. Instead of removing each bone piece by piece and putting it back together in the lab. They have decided to excavate the whole plot of land and keep the two figures intact.

Generally I hate Valentines and all the mushy consumerism that comes around that time of year. But this story really struck a chord with me, and a lot of others. Inspired, i worked out a recreation of the two drawn from scratch, with a lot of help from Eliot Goldfinger.

Since the couple was so ancient I wanted to carry that theme onto the shirt itself and at the same time try something completely new. So I decided to use Alternative Apparel stock. They have a great shirt called 'destroyed' which is distressed and aged looking. They're also super soft and almost feel like you're not wearing a shirt at all.

So with the image drawn, the shirts ordered, all that's left is to print them. That's where the talented and wise Sodriveme takes over..

shirts arrive and the work starts

double check art file before printing

Printed out image & pieced together.
Most images don't need to be cut, but
we decided to go big with these two lovers
Get the image ready to burn on a screen,
we ended up using a 220 mesh screen,
but also burned it on 110 and 300 too.

No luck, sometimes it takes 3 trys until perfection is achieved,
(I like how we ended up with it on our crappiest screen.) - ed
So we begin ink mixing, Derek wanted a lighter grey tone so we mixed some secret sauce up
Ink plus screen make.... printing time
The first shirt
Shirts stacking up as they're printed
last shirt!
Random printed object, its always good to
clean out the last of the ink on a
different material
I like these bandanas, I might have to print some up!