I mentioned the tiny window I was working with trying to get these “Unwanted” tees printed in time for the “No.76 Special Edition” show at We Are 1976 in Dallas, Texas. There was only one week (not counting the two weeks prior that my sister spent calling me everyday to ask if I’d started yet), just one week to come up with an idea and get it printed and shipped to Dallas.
On top of everything else, I just started a free lance job that requires me to go to Laguna Beach everyday, so the time I had to work with kept getting smaller and smaller. Fortunately I was able to hatch an idea (“Unwanted!”) and get it drawn and illustrated and ready for print over the weekend. That was well over half the battle. With my art done and at least a few more days to work with I knew I had a fighting chance.
I got up early on Monday morning and put in an order for 24 blank T-shirts (thanks Jeremy!). After I went to work I had Nikki drive to Anaheim and pick them up for me (thanks Nikki!!). Nervous about the prospect of distressing all the tees by myself I said to Nikki, “Hey I know! Tonight we can watch a movie while we grind the shirts!”
“Um…no,” she said. So, I grinded and bleached all 24 shirts myself until about 2AM (thanks Nikki!).
Grinding is easy by the way, since a few people have asked. Just take sand paper and sand the edges: around the collar, on the sleeves and around the bottom. You don’t have to sand all the way around, just pick a few spots. The nice thing about distressing a shirt is that you can’t really mess it up because, well, you are trying to make it look messed up. As for bleaching, I just diluted some liquid bleach with water and sprayed it from an old spray bottle onto the shirt.
Since I’ve been going into work everyday at an office in Laguna Beach (Fuse Interactive), most of the production on “Unwanted” had to happen early in the mornings before work. Fortunately there is a great printer (Lucky Relabel) right around the corner from my house in Santa Ana.
I packed up all of the distressed shirts and took them to the printer on Tuesday morning.
I had a mad scientist moment and grabbed some old GOST V-neck tees on my way to the printer to have the new “Unwanted” graphic printed on them.
They actually came out really neat, but I don’t have a great photo as of this writing. I’ll include one with the wrap-up.
After some minor snafus trying to get the films (for the screens) right, my production was completely finished by Wednesday morning in time for me to pack it up and ship it out 2 Day Air to Dallas.
Here is a close up look at one of the distress details.
And here is the final shirt (modeled by Randy Spizer!). It came out great, and in record time! Each “Unwanted” shirt was hand treated by me (no thanks to my girlfriend) and will be available exclusively at WeAre1976 in Dallas, Texas. The opening reception will be this Friday, Feb. 11th starting at 7PM. Hope you can make it!
Visit WeAre1976.com for more info.