Thanks to my friend Ryan August‘s site I Want Your Skull, I have recently been introduced to many great new artists and websites.
One of my favourite artists of late is John Baizley. Not only is John an amazing artist but he also fronts the metal band Baroness from Savannah, Georgia. He designs many of the jackets for his band’s CDs and also creates artwork for great bands such as Kylesa.
Many of his designs are available in t-shirt form and I recently purchased two of them (see above) at a very reasonable price from the excellent Shirt Killer.
See John and his band in action in the clip below.
Here is my latest T-Shirt design featuring my character “Meat Bear”.
I have sketched a similar looking character many times in the past and decided to bring him back.
This was my first attempt at printing with more than one colour. Though it looks simple, lining up the heart was quite a challenge, so I will have to think carefully before trying any more complex prints.
The shirt is available on white or grey and there is a variety of heart colours.
See the T-shirt page for more details.
I have finally completed my first batch of T-shirts and they are officially now on sale.
I discovered that screen printing is not as easy as it appears, but am pretty pleased with the result and learnt a lot through the experience.
For my first release I went with a simple black and white design called “Bad Eggs”.
These are characters that I have had flouting around in my head for some time now.
The shirts are 100% heavy-weight cotton and come in a screen printed envelope with an exclusive full colour postcard.
They are available in most sizes and come in black on white or white or black.
During Golden Week we were visited by Naoko’s cousin, her husband and their lovely baby boy. Here are some pictures of Mum and Dad sporting 2 of our shirts and looking very good in them if I do say so myself. Shame we don’t have any baby sizes to complete the picture…
This week Mrs. Matsuoka found our first T-shirt wholesale customer in the form of� Toppe Sogawa. Toppe runs a children’s boutique clothing store called Peek a Boo Yah in New York gallery in Kitahama (Takamatsu).
Though we had not really thought that much about the kids’ market, after having a look around Toppe’s store we were struck by the variety and quality of the children’s clothing he had selected. His policy is to stock products from abroad that have not yet made it to Japan or unique items made by local designers.
Peek a Boo Yah focuses on high quality, natural materials and small runs, rather than the mass produced products that are readily available these days. Apparently he really took a liking to our shirts as they fitted all the above criteria.
The store itself is housed in a converted warehouse next to the one where we held our Gravity art show back in March. It is a wonderful little area and the store itself is exactly the kind of place we were looking for to display our products.
Hopefully this will lead to a long and fruitful relationship. I have already begun thinking about some designs aimed at children and suitable for clothing that size.
The highlight of the day came when a grandfather bought his grandson one of my Skullboy shirts while we were in the shop. It is good to know that some kid will now be strutting around town wearing one of my horrific shirts.
I spent the day yesterday at the Graph Design office putting the finishing touches to our T-shirts. All the designs had arrived and we set about packaging the products. Mr Matsuoka had also ordered some custom-made Horrorwood labels and he spent most of the day sweating behind the sewing machine attaching them. The labels added a final professional touch to the shirts, and again though I do say so myself the finished products look pretty damn good.
I would like to add a special thanks to the Matsuokas’ daughter Shouko who was roped into working in our sweatshop though she was supposed to be on holiday. Without her help we wouldn’t have been able to finish everything yesterday.
The shirts are now ready to roll. I will be posting final images and order details in the near future. In the meantime any order enquiries should be made directly to Graph Design at email@example.com.
Last week I had another meeting at Graph Design, this time to discuss packaging design for our T-shirts. The boxes that we had ordered had come in and we set about making up some samples. Each final product will be presented in a box along with a few extras as mentioned earlier – some info cards as well as a random magnet sticker based on each design.� Below are some pictures to give you an idea of what the finished products will look like.
We also discussed tags and labels and are considering hand stitching our own tags onto the shirts. The full batch should be in hand next week, so stay tuned.
I visited Graph Design last week and we now have the sample T-shirts in hand. Even though I do say so myself the results were very pleasing.
2 designs were done using silk screens (Robots & Fiends) and 1 using digital printing (Skullboy). Both yielded very nice results but a slightly different feel. Fiends seem to work best as a screen print due to the simplicity of the design, and Skullboy really benefited from the vibrant colours that the digital printing can offer – apparently a slightly more expensive technique was used and this paid off with a nice mat finish as apposed to the usual horrible shininess.
Each shirt will be available in various different colourways and sizes (including kids) and the Robots will be available as a tank top for the ladies (see above).
We are currently working on the packaging. Each shirt will come in a presentation box that also includes a few extra goodies as mentioned before.
Shirts should be available for purchase next month. Watch this space.
Anyway I will stop rambling and let you have a look for yourself:
During my first Japanese exhibition that was held at the beginning of last month in Takamatsu, I had the good fortune to meet a Japanese couple who run their own� design office. For some reason they took a liking to my� art and before I knew it we had made an agreement to turn some of my designs into T-shirts.
No complaints from my end.
Anyway, a� few weeks later and some prototypes are currently under production. We ran with 3 designs in various colourways. I have yet to see the results but they should be ready by next week.
The plan is to create some high quality products in short runs. If all goes according to plan the T-shirts will be presented in boxes, hopefully along with some little extras in the form of a set. We are aiming for the beginning of summer for maximum effect.
Keep you eyes peeled and in the meantime here are some pictures of us in the Graph Design office with the Matsuokas coming up with a few ideas.
I will be posting some of the designs on the main site shortly.