Diary of a T-Shirt Intern is a weekly column written by Bo, a T-Shirt blogger at Loving This Tee who is also affectionately known in the tee community as dunz0. Bo will be tracking her experiences as an intern at Tilteed and sharing her thoughts on the strange land that is Portland, Oregon!
Hey, cotygonzales.com readers! Some of you may know me, but chances are that most of you donâ€™t, so let me begin with a brief introduction about myself. My name is Bo, but Iâ€™m also known as dunz0, the blogger at Loving This Tee, and b2.0 at I Am The Trend. I hail from the DC Metro Area, I recently graduated from The College of William and Mary with a degree in Psychology, I have a strong love for slushy drinks, and I have joint custody of a purple Betta fish named Gilly.
To be completely honest, I never imagined being a part of the t-shirt industry when I started out blogging at Loving This Tee. I always thought that I would only be able to stand on the sidelines and admire companies and their designs. Boy, was I wrong! Earlier this year, I was asked to be a curator at Tilteed, an offer that I couldnâ€™t refuse. When I thought that that would be my greatest accomplishment in the t-shirt world, I was asked to fly across the country to Portland, OR to intern at Tilteed. Three weeks after graduation, thatâ€™s exactly what I did. So this is where my journey begins. Iâ€™ll be sharing with you some of my weekly activities, as well as some of my experiences outside of the print shop.
Iâ€™ve only been in Portland working at Tilteed for about a week and a half, but Iâ€™m already learning so much and having a lot of fun in the process. In my brief time in the shop, I have learned about all the steps needed for preparing screens for printing, fulfilling orders, and general website upkeep. I have already gotten a chance to try screen printing, and the first shirt that I ever printed was a Tilteed Limited design by Recycledwax called â€œJackalope.â€ Since then, I have printed a couple of other shirts and am hoping that I get many more opportunities to develop my skills. I have a greater appreciation for the whole process now that I know all the steps that go into it.
Strangely enough, I have also found a real enjoyment in fulfilling orders. This part sounds boring, but itâ€™s actually not bad! Whatâ€™s awesome is that we keep two large maps in the office for pinning where our orders get shipped to. Although it takes me forever to locate towns and cities (Iâ€™m horrible with geography), itâ€™s a fun part of packing orders. I hope to see a map completely covered with pins someday!
One of the main lessons that Iâ€™ve learned thus far is to treat every aspect of my work with the utmost care. From setting up screens, to printing, to packaging orders, the whole process is even more meaningful when you put in your best efforts throughout each step. Thereâ€™s no concept of cutting corners here. Since Iâ€™m somewhat of a perfectionist, I love this mindset.
T-shirts aside, Iâ€™m enjoying being on the West Coast for the first time. It has been cloudy/rainy most of the time, but I do enjoy the fact that Portland weather is not anything like Virginia weather at this time of year. It has been hoody weather here, unlike the hot and humid summer days back at home. I love walking around when it feels this great outside. As a Tilteed outing, I got to go to this amazing donut shop downtown called Voodoo Doughnut. There were some amazing selections on the menu, and I had a hard time picking a pair of donuts. I ended up getting a Voodoo Doll and a Captain My Captain donut. Talk about tasty! I hope to go back again multiple times before I leave this beautiful city.
So, thatâ€™s my recap of my first 10 days interning at Tilteed. Iâ€™ll be doing a new write-up on a weekly basis, so keep your eyes peeled for an inside scoop on working at a t-shirt company. I hope that you have enjoyed reading my account and flipping through the photos! If thereâ€™s anything in particular that you would like for me to touch on, Iâ€™ll be happy to take your suggestions.
Please check out Tilteed if you arenâ€™t familiar with our site. We feature a new design every 72 hours (curated pieces and a monthly contest winner), so youâ€™ll be sure to come across something to your liking!
Be sure to check out the latest curated tee by Bo at Tilteed. The shirt is called Age of Innovation and is on sale now for $12 but you can save $2 by using the coupon code “TILTCOTY” at checkout!