There is a great little boutique in Dallas called We Are 1976 that specializes in all kinds of indie art stuffs. I was invited to be a part of a show they are having this Friday (February 11th) called No. 76 Special Edition. The show will feature exclusive new T-shirt designs and art prints from many of the top independent artists from the Dallas area. I was born and raised in Dallas, so guess I still make the cut.
My design contribution is titled, “Unwanted.” I wanted to make something that paid homage to Texas, so I took inspiration from old West “Wanted” posters, and of course I had to put a GOST spin on it. I just finished the graphic over the weekend. This will be no small feat (miracle!) if I can pull off designing a brand new shirt, from first sketch, to final design, from the printer in Santa Ana to the show in Dallas, all in one week!
As if I wasn’t cutting things close enough, I got the bright idea that I would hand grind the edges on all of the shirts (with sandpaper) and hit them all with some custom bleach embellishments. I am only making an extremely limited quantity of these shirts (about two dozen), so I figured why not give them all some hand-made, custom love. I guess I just didn’t think very much about how much time I would be adding to the process.
I do this to all of my own personal shirts and love the way it looks. Unfortunately after grinding and bleaching 24 shirts my hands were a little worse for the wear, but I think the shirts are going to look great! Tomorrow the shirts will be dropped off with the printer and if all goes as planned I’ll get them back in time to ship them to Dallas by Friday.
I can’t wait to see how the finished product turns out and I hope that anyone who is in the area will show up for the reception Friday night at We Are 1976. Unlike Franky you are all extremely WANTED!We Are 1976 1902 N. Henderson Ave. Dallas, TX 75206