A few weeks ago, I decided to try my hand at screen printing. It seemed like a simple, straightforward process: Get the supplies and make it happen. Well, I made it "happen" and ended up learning a bit along the way. Here's my process and the things to watch out for when starting out.
There are a number of simple kits out there with all the supplies you need to get started. While they all seem to be complete, you can get better materials by gathering it all yourself. Here's my list of everything you'll need for $50 - $100.
Make the Screens:
The first step is making your screens. While I used scrap wood in my shop, I wish I
We all have designs, and we all have ideas. And sometimes, they just have to get out of our heads and into the real world. Screen printing is a great way to ink art on just about anything from shirts to posters to wood. If you figure out how to do it right, it's the easiest way to create dozens of copies fast. So here's our look at the right gear and techniques you'll need to get started today.
The plain white T-shirt (with accompanying pocket) dates back to the Spanish-American War. But was truly popularized in the post-WWII period, when GIs brought the habit of wearing the "undergarment" back to the states. Shortly thereafter it became an icon of working-class masculinity as the Everyman sought to embody the virility of such matinee idols as Marlon Brando (a la Streetcar), Steve McQueen, and James Dean.
Here's a helpful tip for some serious upcoming summer getaways. Cause the more efficiently you pack, the easier you travel; and the easier you travel, the more places you can go.
"In 1904, the Cooper Underwear Company ran a magazine ad announcing a new product for bachelors. In the “before” photo, a man averts his eyes from the camera as if embarrassed; he has lost all the buttons on his undershirt and has safety-pinned its flaps together. In the “after” photo, a virile gentleman sports a handlebar mustache, smokes a cigar and wears a “bachelor undershirt” stretchy enough to be pulled over the head. 'No safety pins — no buttons — no needle — no thread,' ran the slogan aimed at men with no wives and no sewing skills."
A ManMade Twitter follower just sent me a link to this great Etsy shop, Maiden Voyage, who sell tongue-in-cheek graphic illustrations inspired by humorously outdated notions of manly things.
The team describes their brand,
The term "maiden voyage" conjures up images of massive floating zeppelins, prop driven planes and towering ships embarking on their initial journeys. With these vessels came adventurers and their desires to discover the unknown. Their expeditions were retold in countless enchanting tales. More often than not, recounts of these stories became embellished, adding to their mystery and intrigue.
It is this mixture of truth
There's nothing like a well-worn t-shirt, faded just so and perfectly soft from repeated wearing and washing. Many new shirts try to mimic this effect, with pre-cracked screen prints and ultra thin fabric just of the verge of tearing...but those end up looking like, well, brand new shirts with pre-cracked screen prints and ultra thin fabric just of the verge of tearing.
Fortunately, there is a better way to get your new shirts ultra soft.
The t-shirt. It's soft, it's comfortable, conveys your personality, and if you play your cards right, can be worn at least twice before it needs to go through the washing machine.
I'd even go as far as to say that in a hundred years, in 2112 (beware the Priests of the Temples of Syrinx!), folks everywhere will still be wearing the basic cotton, screenprinted t-shirt. I welcome your guesses as to the imagery in the comments below.
Get Poor Quick by RAYGUN $19.00
In case you haven't started yet, let this be a gentle reminder to begin working on your holiday wish list, unless you want to end up receiving another ugly necktie and a gift certificate to a gas station.
T-shirts are always a great item to put on your own list or to stick in someone else's stocking. Personally, I'm a huge fan of graphic tees…I just can't get enough of them (technically speaking, I could get enough, but there's still plenty of room in my closet for now). So I've compiled this round up of 10 funny and cool t-shirts that will hopefully give you some ideas for holiday gifts this year.
It can take weeks or months and several wash cycles to take a stiff, new printed t-shirt into that just worn enough, soft favorite. Thankfully, the team at Found Item Clothing, who recreate iconic t-shirts spied in classic cult movies and TV shows, have been testing a few methods to age things nicely.
ManMade readers loved this workout measuring t-shirt last week, so here's another twist on the sternum gauge shirt: a Beard Growth Chart.
At its most basic, its a beard ruler reversed to measure growth from your chin. At its most complex, just imagine the possibilities.
It's amazing what a little line can do....
Design Toronto and GLP advertising created this promotional t-shirt for personal trainer Roland Semprie. It's a heathered-gray t-shirt with a gauge down the center - as one works out, the sweat works down the center in fifteen minute increments.
Totally inaccurate, and completely hilarious. And pretty easy to DIY, I'd imagine