Category Archives: T-Shirts

T-Shirt design is another challenge I love to tackle. I want to create something that makes you want to go and look up the band when you get home! Much like Posters nothing thrills me more than the sight of a blank cotton canvas and the challenge of being limited to single colours for example.

Stagecoach Tee & Tote Bagsss

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Awesome Poster No. 9 – Other Peoples work…

I haven’t even reached double figures and I’m already veering off into non-poster territory, well, to tell you the truth, there ain’t nothing out there today grabbing my attention. Well apart from this that plonked on my doormat yesterday, but it’s not a poster, but i’ll write about it anyway…

The rather ace 7″ from Bristol three-piece CAVES (FB) – now, review it I wont’ I will merely comment on the ace screen printed artwork, the black and white, the thought and overall lush-ness of it all… The tunes are ace as well! BUY IT HERE!

They’ve got rather ace t-shirts too which can be found HERE (and badges)

The record is out on Specialist Subject Records who have sold out of the limited blue ones… Tell you what, whilst you’re there, get hold of the ALGERNON CADAWALLADERFUN 7″ too… 2 nifty little ‘zines, 4 tracks on wax and a CD with an extra two too!

Cheers for continually reading, if you are, the graph that shows how many people look is steadily rising!

More poster work tomorrow… if there’s any good ‘uns!

Samoans’ T-Shirt…

Samoans Tribal

Samoans T-Shirt Design

I was over the moon when these dudes asked me to do them some merch… A super awesome band that sound like American Football and Algernon Cadwallader and Thursday all put in a jam jar to ferment amongst the Saddest Landscape… Anyway… Samoans…… check ’em. They’re ace!

Was cool to have free reign on doing some pattern/tribal work with repetition and things, this was initially a hand sketch which I scanned in…

Samoans T-Shirt Mock-Up

Black Flag – "Bars" T-Shirt

To start a blog, you have to have something to say that matters… This does that for me:

Black Flag - Bars

Black Flag - Bars

Raymond Pettibond (Website) created the simple, stark and questioning logo when he suggested the use of Black Flag as the bands new moniker (after they decided to ditch Panic) to his Brother Greg Ginn, band member and Label Chief (SST Records).

From it’s humble beginning the image was and is continually used on the majority of visual output from the Band. It is said that Pettibond would create simple black and white sketches using just ink and hand them over to his brother, using the photocopier, scissors and a bunch of Pritt Stick, flyers, posters and even album artwork were created from single illustrations. Pettibond would get annoyed as most of the time it was the original piece that was used to make the new artwork ie. Not a photocopy. Losing it to the hands of the band.

Rollins even used to collect the flyers and posters pasted up on telephone poles before he joined the band… In his book, Michael Azerrad cites his artwork as integral to the growth and popularity (relative) of Black Flag and the entire American Underground movement during the 80’s (Our Band Could Be Your Life)

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The link with SST records, via his brother allowed Pettibon to work with a bunch of other artists who shared the same DIY ethic as Black Flag. He worked with The Minutemen Sonic Youth and more recently The Foo Fighters.

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And there we go… Blog post number one, well atleast the first ‘Classic’ post done and dusted, i’m going to keep the classics to a weekly affair as otherwise it’ll just be a bunch of old stuff whilst it’s not actually the point of the blog… Looking at new exciting design capturing the feel of the originals.

Lone Pine -Smokin’


Saturday’s Kids – Reinventing Lichtenstein

So these guys totally blew me away when I saw them live, I’d heard the demo and known Sion for ages but when I got to see them with the Shitty Limits it was incredible…saturdayskids

‘Dopa-be-Mine’ T-Shirt Design

Dopamine - 3 Colour T-Shirt
Dopamine – 3 Colour T-Shirt

This is possibly the T-Shirt I’m most proud of, mainly because I have had e-mails off friends travelling around the USA, Australia and Japan telling me that they had seen my design being sported by someone who had bought a shirt off the band DOPAMINE.

The design is far from flawless, this was definately the first shirt I ever designed. Posterization and many techniques that have hopefully been driven deep into my subconscious.

Still, I think it communicates the message well and has managed to stay looking fresh even though it is almost 5 years old!