Diary of a T-Shirt Intern: House of the Surprising Sun

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!

Last week, I got to prepare a piece for printing. This time, it was an intricate 5-color illustration by B7 (Ben Foot) called “House of the Surprising Sun.” Although this was rather challenging design to work with, I learned quite a bit from my trials and tribulations.

First, I had to expose all the screens. Sometimes I wonder if the intense UV light that seeps through is killing my eyes, since I’m short and the exposure unit is near eye level.

When all of these screens were ready, it was time to head to the printing press. The first thing that I had to do was to tape up all corners of each screen, so that I wouldn’t be getting any ink into the crevices. Right off the bat, I was having trouble. How hard can taping up screens be? Very! There’s so much adjusting required, especially if you’re no pro like myself. I kept putting tape down, and having to take it off, only to do it all over again many times. I think I’ve finally figured out a technique to speed up the process and minimize the messing up, but it definitely took a while to get to where I am now.

Tilteed Bo Taping

When I had managed to finish taping everything, it was time to line up the screens. I am quite sure that I spent hours doing this. It’s much harder to get every screen perfectly lined up than I had expected. What you have to do is to print the first color, then line up the next screen with that first color, and so on and so forth. At times when I thought that everything was perfectly aligned for one screen, I’d go to tighten up the knobs and the screen would shift by a bit. Talk about frustrating!

Tilteed Surprising Line Up

Unfortunately, something ended up happening that made one of the most important screens unusable. The artwork seemed to be stretched lengthwise by about a millimeter, so it couldn’t line up with the rest of the screens. There was no way to fix this but to completely wash out that screen and expose a new one. It may not sound like a big deal, but that was hours lost right there!

Tilteed Ink on Screen

Alas, everything worked out in the end. I was completely pooped but it was well worth it! Here’s a look at the test run of the print:

Tilteed Test Print

Oh, and as promised, there are dinosaurs! I apologize for the horrible picture quality, but this as good as my phone can do.

Dinosaurs

This picture was taken at a restaurant called Laughing Planet. They have super tasty burritos and delicious smoothies. What makes them really cool is that they have random dinosaur figures on their tables. I even spotted a Pachycephalosaurus on our table, which made me super happy. I did a group project on pachycephalosaurs for my dinosaur class in college. Yeah, I’m a nerd. There’s no use in denying it.

On another note, if you aren’t participating in Tilteed’s one year anniversary contest, then you should join in on the fun! You have the chance to win a Flip UltraHD camcorder, inprnt art prints, and free t-shirts. Head over to Tilteed to find out more about the giveaway!

Until next time!

Bo.

Be sure to check out the latest tee at Tilteed. The shirt is called Reticent and is on sale now for $12 but you can save $2 by using the coupon code “TILTCOTY” at checkout!

Reticent

Reticent

Swan Dive Like The Old Spice Guy

First of all, those Old Spice commercials featuring that ultra confident and barely clothed Old Spice spokesperson are hilarious. So I don’t blame BustedTees for jumping on the Old Spice bandwagon with their latest tee, Swan Dive. If you haven’t seen the latest Old Spice advert then you haven’t yet realized your full potential as a human being. Seriously though, it’s funny and you should check it out below.

Swan Dive is available now from BustedTees for $16.99, Old Spice not included.

Busted Tees Swan Dive Old Spice T-Shirt

Busted Tees Swan Dive Old Spice T-Shirt

The Mischievous Mr. Fox

I’ve always been a fan of Itself, the online T-Shirt shop that prides itself on the simplicity of their designs. They are known for their “basic” Itself Tee – solid colored T-Shirt blanks with the only branding being the Itself tag on the lower left seam of the shirt. The Itself Tee comes in 8 solid colors, is made by itself and is priced at a reasonable $15.

But were not here to talk about the Itself Tee. The Itself shirt of the moment is The Mischievous Mr. Fox by the designer known simply as YAWN. The Mischievous Mr. Fox is a slight departure from the usual simple Itself designs, but it is nonetheless a welcome departure. The illustration looks highly detailed and the fox indeed looks quite mischievous.

Speaking of foxes, how many of you have seen Fantastic Mr. Fox? I’ve been meaning to watch this flick. I’ll probably add it to my Netflix queue.

The Mischievous Mr. Fox is available now from Itself for $24 and remember that if you spend over $60 you will receive free shipping on your order!

And by the way, I’ve gotten word from Itself that they’ll be sending me The Mischievous Mr. Fox for a future episode of Co-Tee TV! I’ve heard a lot of good things about the Itself Tee so I am excited to review this one.

The Mischievous Mr. Fox

Free Swan Tee From Summerjunk

Free stuff is always nice and so I thought I’d pass on this offer from the folks over at Summerjunk. They are offering a free Summer Junk Swan tee with every online purchase made at the Summerjunk shop. It’s really that simple. You purchase one tee (or polo, v-neck, hoodie, sweater) and you will score a free Summer Junk T-Shirt in return. Pretty sweat deal.

And if you’re wondering what to buy, I’ve posted a few of my favorites below, including Original Mono and Junk 69. Both are solid tees and are priced at £22.99 a piece. Head on over to Summerjunk now and grab your free Swan tee!

Summerjunk Swan

Summerjunk

Summerjunk

The Allergy Collection

I’m so glad that I don’t have any weird allergies. I would be so sad if I were allergic to peanuts because that would mean no peanut butter and jelly sandwiches! There was a time when I thought that I was allergic to shelled seafoods like clams, crab and … gasp … lobster. In fact, I went through much of my teen years bypassing those foods because of a previous allergic reactions I had to clams as a child. Fearing for my life, I stayed away.

All of that changed, when, during a visit to New Orleans for a conference, my advisor from an old lab at the time, insisted that I try the raw oysters that he had ordered for our group of budding scientists. Since this was his favorite eating joint in The Big Easy, he didn’t let us order, instead, he ordered every type of seafood on the menu. My worst nightmare had come true. Nonetheless, I sucked it up (literally) and ate those oysters. AND oh my god my life had changed forever. The allergic reaction that I had expected never came and so I ate and I ate and I ate. I indulged in a decades worth of seafood in a single night. Let’s just say I made up for lost times. Ever since then, I’ve been a fan of all seafood varieties!

In any case, I thought that story would be the perfect way to segue into The Allergy Collection by the Los Angeles based design company, Jeeto. Their latest collection of patches, stickers and yes T-Shirts allow you to tell the world that you suffer from severe allergies! The collection covers peanuts, gluten, dairy, eggs and tree nuts. But alas, no seafood.

The T-Shirts from The Allergy Collection are priced from $18.95 to $19.95 and are available now from Jeeto. And by the way, these are available for the kiddos only. T-Shirt sizes available in 0-6 months, 6-12 months, 12-24 months, 3 year, 4 year and 5/6 year. Infant one piece sizes available in 0-6 months and 6-12 months.

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BeerBot Bottle Opener T-Shirt

Yeah, someone made a T-Shirt with a beer bottle opener built in. No, I’m not kidding. And although this is not the end of civilization, I think we might be getting close. Speaking of built-in bottle openers, have you seen those slippers (flip-flops for you mainland folks) with the built in bottle openers? I could not even fathom opening an ice cold lager with the germ ridden underside of a slipper. Nasty! N-A-S-T-Y!

So compared to the slipper with the build-in bottle opener, I guess the BeerBot isn’t that bad. Unless of course you use your T-Shirt to wipe your snot.

The BeerBot Bottle Opener T-Shirt is available now from ThinkGeek for $19.99.

BeerBot Bottle Opener T-Shirt

BeerBot Bottle Opener T-Shirt

BeerBot Bottle Opener T-Shirt

And here are those slippers that I was talking about. These are made by Reef. You can pick up a pear from Amazon for about $45.

Reef Bottle Opener Sandals

Suck It Trebek: SNL Celebrity Jeopardy Parody T-Shirt

I admit that I no longer watch as much Saturday Night Live as I used to do. In fact, nowadays I tune in mainly to catch the musical act, if it’s a group that interests me. However, there was a time when I tuned in to SNL on a regular basis, when  Sandler, Ferrell, Carvey, Farley and Myers ruled the SNL airwaves.

One of my favorite Ferrell sketches was definitely the Celebrity Jeopardy sketches with “Sean Connery.” See below for some funny clips! The sketch is so timeless that our friends over at NerdyShirts decided to turn it into a T-Shirt! Suck It Trebek is the NerdyShirt homage to the classic SNL sketch.

You can pick up Suck It Trebek from NerdyShirts now for $14.95 (special presale price).

Suck It Trebek

Not So Happy: Ronald McDonald Not Really Lovin’ It

Oh you poor Ronald McDonald. I can actually relate to Ronald because I’ve had a little too much McDonalds for liking in the past few weeks. I am a Chicken McNuggets fiend and so the recent 20 piece Chicken McNuggets for $5.99 deal that recently swept through Hawaii was not good for me and my cardiovascular health. They taste really good when you are eating them but within an hour or two I always feel like Ronald does in this lovely Threadless tee. Needless to say, I keep going back. Despicable me!

Not So Happy by Lara Zombie is available now from Threadless for $18. Chicken McNuggets are not included.

Not So Happy McDonalds Ronald McDonald

Not So Happy McDonalds Ronald McDonald

Hold The Ketchup + Pizza Fight

Scared Panda is a Chicago based T-Shirt shop that specializes in tees that show off the spirit of Chicago and support non-profit organizations. What better way to show your love for your city than with its food. I’ll be the first to admit that when I visit a city that I’ve never been to, I make it a point to eat only at local dining hot spots. No McDonald’s for me. Hole in the wall joints, local eateries, bakeries, and fine dining restaurants make for one of the best ways to experience a city you’ve never been to.

The guys at Scared Panda not only have a love for Chicago but also a love for the food that Chicago has come to be known for, like the Chicago hot dog and the Chicago style deep dish pizza.

Some of you might be wondering at this point, what makes a Chicago hot dog a Chicago hot dog and how did the Chicago style deep dish pizza come about? Chicago food history lesson:

A Chicago-style hot dog is a steamed, boiled or grilled all-beef hot dog on a poppy seed bun. The hot dog is topped with mustard, onion, sweet pickle relish (often a dyed neon green variety called “Nuclear Relish” or “Emerald Relish”), a dill pickle spear, tomato slices or wedges, pickled sport peppers, and celery salt.Some variants exist, adding ingredients such as cucumber slices, but there is a widely-shared, strong opinion among many Chicagoans and aficionados that ketchup is unacceptable.

And according to Hot Dog Chicago Style, it is important to apply the topping on a Chicago dog accordingly:

  1. Yellow Mustard
  2. Bright “Neon” Green Relish
  3. Fresh Chopped Onions
  4. Two Tomato Wedges
  5. A Pickle Spear or Slice
  6. Two Sport Peppers
  7. A Dash of Celery Salt

Chicago-style deep dish pizza has a buttery crust up to three inches tall at the edge, slightly higher than the large amounts of cheese and chunky tomato sauce, acting as a large bowl. The term also refers to “stuffed” pizza, another Chicago style. While in Chicago most pizzerias serve thin-crust pizza, generally in a style characteristic to the city, the term Chicago-style pizza is used to describe this deep-dish style of pizza.

Where to go for a Chicago-style deep dish pizza?

And of course, you can pick up the Hold The Ketchup (10% of the proceeds go to PAWS Chicago) and Pizza Fight (10% of the proceeds go to The Anti Cruelty Society) tees from Scared Panda for $17 each.

Now I’m hungry. Are you?

Hold The Ketchup

Pizza Fight

Portillo's Chicago Style Hot Dog

Chicago Style Deep Dish Pizza Uno's Pizzeria

Ignoble’s Dino Boy

Santa Monica based Ignoble is known for their screen printed, hand numbered and short run tees. Their latest creation, Dino Boy is no different. Dino Boy is limited to a print run of 50 tees and features a black print on a slate American Apparel shirt.

Not a suit and tie person? If this true of you then this is a T-Shirt that you have to own. The whole point behind this graphic is to tell the world, loud and proud, that the suit and tie salesperson needs to go extinct. NOW.

Extinction is a reality. Scientists will have you believe it is a measureable quality, one that can be monitored, tracked, and traced. So we ask, why the hell do only cool things ever seem to go extinct? Enter Dino Boy.

Don’t get us wrong, ‘DB’ is a COOL graphic, and we’re rocking this shirt proudly. But society willing we’d have the whole lot of suit-and-tie salespeople extinct by morning, no further questions asked.

Dino Boy is available now from Ignoble for $22.95.

Dino Boy

Dino Boy