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New Product from Random Objects!

by Heather Abbott on August 3, 2012

Random Objects released some new tees and a print that all live up to the expectations of the brand.

Random Objects produces designs that play on the relationship between literal and visual language. Generally, when t-shirt brands try to tackle typographic designs, they can turn out kitschy or juvenile. However, Random Objects does it on an elevated level, keeping designs classic and minimal and exploring old proverbs. The typefaces are bold, mostly sans serif, or cleanly handwritten without the overexposed Contino effect.

These new products are now available in the Random Objects online shop. For a limited time, you can also use the discount code – HOTSALE – for 20% off your entire order. Good deal for some great product!

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arrow poster print by inkefx




Well now don’t these just look lovely? You’d think that a screen printed poster would set you back a bit, but these prints (both based on shirts that Inkefx also sell) are only $12 each, nice!

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Post image for Status Serigraph – Tees, Posters, & Sales, Oh My!

“Medicine heals the body, music heals the soul”, my thoughts exactly. Being a lover of music, I have been captured by this tee over at Status Serigraph. Showcasing just a small number of tees (it’s a small selection, but very nicely designed and that’s what really counts), Status Serigraph’s main focus is prints – and what makes it even better? Most of them are hand-printed concert posters, like the two lovelies pictured below.

Also sign up at Fab.com and take advantage of the sale on Status Serigraph – only 4 days left, so hurry! Nice bunch of tees on sale (some of them shown below, my favorites of course), as well as prints on sale, lots of them!

Keep up with Status Serigraph: Facebook, Twitter, Shop
Tees $20-$25, Posters $20-$35
Fab.com Sale $18.50-$29.60

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Post image for I Won a Poster – Cat’s Cradle from Miles to Go!

As most of you know (or at least you must have seen Matt’s blog about it) Miles to Go released their Spring 2012 line, and obviously it looks fantastic. Greg Kerr (owner of Miles to Go) put together a contest on Facebook; share the release of the new line and be entered to win a poster from the Miles to Go store – and guess who won?

So I got to pick, and I chose Cat’s Cradle, designed by the talented and cute, Cutty Bage. I took some photos of the poster for all of you and as you can see, there’s so much detail in just one piece… I feel like I could stare for hours. Also this silk-screen poster, like a lot of Miles to Go’s prints, is limited to only 50 – I’m glad to be one of the 50 to own this one. Speaking of, I love that each are hand stamped and numbered on the back, nice added detail I must say.

I also happily framed it and hung it, all in one day (which is pretty good for me as I usually take way too long to accomplish that – I must have been really excited about this one!) I recommend everyone own a poster from Miles to Go, quality, quality, quality! And I would also like to tack on that I received my poster in what seemed like record speed, so thanks again Greg!

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New and Nostalgic at Camiseteria!

by Leah on March 14, 2012

Post image for New and Nostalgic at Camiseteria!

Vagalumes by Robson Borges, the newest winning design over at Camiseteria, really caught my eye this week. Taking a look at this design instantly takes me back to my childhood; climbing trees, catching fireflies (or vagalumes) in a big jar, and living life carefree. Not only that, but the colors are magnificent – the reds, burgundy and gold remind me of those hot, Summer days right at dusk and the dark trees add a stripe-like pattern to the tee, which draws me in even more… makes me want to jump right into the tee and become a kid again.

Buy Vagalumes at Camiseteria as a lovely tee and also available as a print at Society6.

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Screen printing at Print Club London

by Mr Four Fingers on February 25, 2012

Nylon mesh screens

For those of you you who know anything about placing designs onto fabric you will know that the most common if not popular and widespread way of transferring these images, is by screen printing.

Recently the duo that is Mr Four Fingers had an induction at Print Club London to learn more about the screen printing process. We chose the printing to paper induction to break us in easy as printing to fabric is more challenging.

We took some photographs of the day with our new idiot proof camera, so check out the images below for a peak ‘behind the scenes’ of the screen printing process. I recommend this induction (London) if you want to learn more about screen printing your own designs or maybe you just want to know what the process is capable of.

If you are interested in seeing more, as we took a kak load of photographs, you can check out the rest over at Mr Four Fingers website.

 

 

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Sleepy Dan: Creation of the Pillow Monster

by Sleepy Dan on December 16, 2011

After the inauguration of the Pillow Monster character at Artopia for the t shirt battle with Fur Face Boy, the design has been getting great reviews. Dallas Observer sponsors this annual event as their birthday party and I was proud to have their help bringing the Pillow Monster Lightning Strike design to life in the true nature of Frankenstein! So continuing with the success of this behind the design column, I decided to share the whole design process for this new character. The Pillow Monster will be involved in another design this coming year, so I am going to show how the idea began from concept, then sketching, then inking the layout, then vector the art for production of the printing.

The first step of the process is creating the concept. The Sleepy Dan branding has been so much fun to design for because there is a wide range of possible ideas that fall in line with the sleep theme. The Alarm Clock character was the beginning of the character side of the branding, reminding fans of our youthful side that used to be afraid of the dark and the possibility of things coming to life when you are unable to see them… Remember the clown doll from Poltergeist under the bed? Thanks, now I can’t even look at clowns any more!

Illustrating a complete character design for the brand, is a more complex project than people realize. But it’s the passion for the brand that keeps me going! Pencil sketching the concept takes several attempts to get the look right. Keeping in mind that the design needs to have more of a vertical layout to take advantage of the printable surface area of the shirt.

Making friends in the arts community is easy when you are giving back at the same time. Having friends with ill skills like Rico Ultraelectromagnetico to help with the character style was the first step to the Pillow Monster. I want to make sure that all my characters have the same appearance so they are easily understood to be a Sleepy Dan character, even if the design has no displayed type.

After making several sketches, better parts of the character will be remade in the next sketch. There is a constant improvement for the problem areas, till the whole design has the perfect layout. This is the fun part of the process but usually takes the longest, so you can’t get frustrated with levels of failure. Just gotta work thru them till you find successful revisions. Ask friends for constructive criticism, you have to learn to take the good advice with the bad, create a thick skin for necessary revisions cause this is the best time to make them…

I am sharing less than half of the sketching process for this project, so you can understand there are so many versions of progression for this design you can almost look at them like a flip book! Eventually you get to a sketched layout that best suits your concept vision from the start. All parts suddenly fit perfectly into place, then you can move onto revising the smaller details thru the inking process and using Adobe Photoshop.

Inking over the sketch allows you to see a clearer design layout, while creating deeper levels of detail. Usually after the first inking designs, you are confident to almost be there. But treat this stage just like the sketching stage, revision is still easily done now that details are clear, so get some more constructive criticism from your friends that you know will not leak the secret just yet…

Making final inking revisions gives you goosebumps! You wind up staring at the design for a couple days, 30 minutes at a time to make sure there is nothing else that needs to be changed. Then you can decide how many colors you want this design to be printed with, then create color layers of detail for the character scene. Inking new layers can be done in Adobe Photoshop or Adobe Illustrator, I prefer to use Illustrator because it makes the color separation so much easier to manipulate and revise.

Usually I start this stage, not by looking at the color I want, rather looking at the color details I want to involve, so use crazy contrasting colors… The Pantone colors used can be revised after the levels of detail are finished. The best way to decide colors of the print is to decide shirt color first. Figure out the background color of the design, then the character colors can easily be picked knowing what shirt trends are most successful. Research shirt brands over the web, see what colors are selling best for the season. You’d be surprised what a little research can tell you!

Printing shirts for your brand in this economy means planning out the profitability of the design. The more color you print, the more the shirt will cost, and shirts just don’t sell well the closer to $30 each you get. I advise to keep even the most complex designs to a maximum of four printed colors. There is no reason for you to use more color than that, also fans will have a harder time matching up their gear to the shirt, secretly all guys love to do this…

Any printer you use, will appreciate you color separating the art before you give to them. This means separating each color, so the printer knows what colors to put on each film layer they print, which will be used to make screens for your printing. Remove the questions from the process for the printer and your project will turn out the same way you give it to them. I prefer to have a design with the darkest color as the top detail. It’s easiest for the printing process to have the color layers beneath the darkest layer, that way the bottom layer edged are covered with the darker layer, insuring there will be no offset printing problems.

Give the printer the exact Pantone colors you want used in your design, they will be mixing ink to match the Pantone colors you give them. If you don’t give them exact colors, then you are opening the possibility they will not mix the right color you want to use. For the Pillow Monster design, I had to see the shirt color to pick printing colors since there is one tonal color specified in the shirt. The print might have looked weird if the navy color was too much of a red tone rather than a blue tone…

After the Artopia event, the extra shirts were added to the Sleepy Dan web shop. Check out the Artopia event blog posting and friends links on the posting to see lots of pics of the event! Maybe we will see you at Artopia 2012?

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Sleepy Dan: Printing SnapBacks

by Sleepy Dan on November 6, 2011

Sleepy Dan snapback hats released this week! Screen printing on shirts has been so much fun so I am working to print on new apparel bodies too. This is the first part of the Fall line addition, the second half will release by the end of November. These hats are USA made and printed at Classic Cap & Embroidery with a high density ink to give the graphic some texture. There are several types of printing texture you can use, but all are able to be printed thru a normal silk screen. Using a dense ink for printing, means using a lower count screen mesh to let the ink easily pass thru the screen onto your material.

This is a 95 count mesh attached to a small metal frame, custom made for printing on headwear. The emulsified screen has the new wake up graphic burned into it the same way a larger screen is made for printing on t shirts.

The thin flat metal frame is bendable and slides into this form shape. The form gives the screen a stable arch that matches the shape of the hat crown, so an even transfer of ink goes onto a non-level surface.

After the frame is secured into the form, the screen is taped off just like a larger t shirt frame. This makes sure no ink will leak around the edges of the emulsified screen.

The form is secured into the specialty headwear manual printing press. This setup is used with specialty headwear dryer, which is taller to fit hats and has the heating coil on the side rather than on the top like a t shirt dryer. This makes sure the ink printed on front of the hat is properly cured.

Normal ink can be combined with several different types of textured materials, to create a different texture print. The amount of ink has to be precisely combined with the correct amount of high density material to create the desired look during printing.

The headwear printing press looks very similar to a t shirt press, but the pallets are curved just like the screen and hat crown. A hat is positioned on the pallet and secured with a spring mechanism at the back, then the press is operated like this — LIVE PRINTING

After printing, the hat takes a 15 second run thru the dryer which activates the high density material and cures the ink to the hat.

Each hat has to be positioned perfectly on the small pallet surface so all graphics are printed in the correct area of the front crown. This process is tested several times till the desired graphic position is perfected for the project. The hats I printed have a five panel crown, so there is one front panel of the hat.

I tested the printing on some Flex Fit six panel hats, but not all of the prints came out well because the seam at the front of the hat did not allow perfect printing every time. The printing surface has to be perfectly flat for printing success. As with all printing, some mistakes happen and then some mistakes are a surprise success… Screen printing is an art form, so have fun with it!

The Classic Cap & Embroidery sewing team is amazing, the side woven label is attached with precise placement every time like this — LIVE SEWING

I made some interior woven labels for extra detail. They are again attached with amazing placement like this — LIVE SEWING

I hope this insight helps you design a better project, knowing how easy it is to get it done. I made this hat printing a limited edition only printing 30 khaki and 30 navy hats. Creating something original is so much fun, so I’m looking forward to making some new snapbacks for Spring 2012…

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Antisparkle fight cancer by releasing a print

by Andy on September 22, 2011

antisparkle cancer charity print

Antisparkle are attempting to raise $1000 for the American Cancer Society through the sale of the print that you can see above. Available for $12, 100% of the net proceeds will be donated to the charity. It’s a lofty goal to donate that much, but I wish them luck.

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Rap Music Hides My Hipster

by Umang on July 12, 2011


One thing that comes to mind is the integration of a hipster to an urban neighborhood undergoing gentrification.

Imagine a hipster digging through his crate of old CDs, past the Beck single, “Loser” and finding Public Enemy’s “Fear of a Black Planet”. He converts the CD to MP3s, dump them on his iPhone, newly equiped with Dr. Dres’s “Beats” headphones, passes by the local Bodega and grab a 40oz of Pabst Blue Ribbon, makes sure to wrap it in a brown paper bag, all while rocking this t-shirt. If he makes it down the block, on a hot summer night and refrains from moistening his pants he should be good to call himself “hood” and shed the hipster shadow.

From the awesome folks at Print Liberation.

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stanley kubrick t-shirt

I hadn’t heard of Stan Chow before today but now I’m really glad I have because I like his style. I’m not too keen on the ‘© Stanley Chow’ that is embedded within the print as it distracts from the clean simplicity of the design, but it is what it is. Also available as a signed A2 print.

Costiness=£25 Buy it at Socialfabrik

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Hide Your Arms posters are on sale!

by Andy on March 3, 2011

hide your arms posters

I am very excited about this, I had a feeling that the 5th anniversary posters were going to look good, but when I opened up the box of prints last night after a bit of an epic day I couldn’t believe how much I liked them. I look at stuff on a computer screen every day, and seeing designs like this on thick paper reminds me why print will (probably) never die, because it’s lovely.

I had hoped that I would be releasing 4 designs at the same time, but there has been an understandable delay with the 4th poster design, so I thought I would go ahead and release the first three because I’m an impatient man and if I waited much longer these would be the 6th anniversary posters.


Much like the HYA hoodies, I am very proud of these posters. I know they’re a bit outside the boundaries of what HYA stands for, but posters are cool, and these ones will look great on your wall. Milk & Eggs Co. were responsible for the two non-logo designs, “Five” & “Come Rain, Come Shine”, and I think they’ve done a very good job. I didn’t really give them much of a design brief other than to produce a design that related to Hide Your Arms in some way and might use the HYA colourway of blue and red, and somehow from that they managed to gleam enough inspiration to create these designs (and some others too, but these two are my favourites). I have decided that in this form the posters by Milk & Eggs Co. will be limited to a print run of 100 pieces each, it’s possible that I might use the designs for something else in the future because I really do like them, but as they are now they’ll be kept to 100 posters maximum per design. The logo poster is an open-ended print run, though at the end of this year if I print it again I’ll remove the 5th anniversary shield that is printed on the bottom right corner of that poster, so in that respect this version of the logo poster is limited to 2011.


The designs are digitally printed onto using nice and thick A3 sized 300gsm matt card stock. The three designs are available individually in the HYA store for what I believe is a very reasonable £4 each, or you can purchase all three together for £10, which for the mathematically challenged/lazy out there will give you a £2 saving over buying the posters individually.


All the posters will be rolled up and shipped in poster tubes as I feel this is the best way to minimise the chance of damage during transit. Thankfully due to the light weight of such a product it isn’t prohibitively expensive to ship the posters outside the EU, so hopefully I’ll be sending posters all over the world over the next few weeks. If you purchase one or more posters individually, or more than one pack (why not get one for a friend!), you will only be charged for shipping on the first poster/pack, so y’know… buy lots of posters in the HYA store.

As ever, your feedback is much appreciated, so please check out the posters in the store. If you have any questions let me know via your favourite social channel (comments on here, Twitter, or Facebook) and I’ll get back to you as soon as I can.

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25% off at Regan Smith Clarke today

by Andy on November 26, 2010

regan smith clarke black friday


Sale on store-wide, and every order at Regan Smith Clarke will receive that rather lovely looking poster free of charge. No coupon needed, discounts are already applied.

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Surrogate by Lowercase Industry

by Andy on September 19, 2009

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This is an A3 print rather than a tee, but does that really stop you from enjoying this?

Costiness=£60/90 (unframed/framed) Available from Lowercase Industry

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HYA got some Godmachine!

by Andy on September 3, 2009

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Godmachine was nice enough to send over a poster to brighten up the office, and I think you’ll agree, even with this crappy shaky photo (at least it will stop someone from ripping it off!), it looks pretty sweet. The post is still available from his store as part of a double-pack for £12.50.

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